A Photo a Week Challenge: Faded

This weekend I was looking through some older photos from when I first got my new camera. I found these sweet hummingbird photos, but the bird was in the bush, shadowed, and a bit blurred.

When I read Nancy’s (Nancy Merrill Photography) newest photo challenge “Faded” these photos came to mind, as they had a soft blurred and faded look.

I brought them up in Lightroom and played around with the editing a bit more. I discovered the “soft mist” preset softened the background even more (I had done a touch of editing, to try and bring out the little bird from the darkness). It also seems to better highlight the tiny beautiful hummingbird.

What do you think?

These are both softened, but I love these, swipe and see his little tongue:

You can see how the hummer seems to stand out when you look at the softer version:

And finally, using my featured image up top, take a look at the difference the softening made:

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”
~ Julius Caesar
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
~ Scott Adams

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Alice says:

    Aww, I love those pictures! The colors sure do stand out so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! They were kind of in my “not good enough group”. So glad I got creative with them! 😊

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  2. Toonsarah says:

    Yes, the softening is a definite improvement 🙂 It just goes to show that we need to be careful before dismissing photos we think haven’t worked too well!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! And sometimes imperfect photos are still nice to see 😊

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  3. Amy says:

    Love, love these tiny beautiful hummingbird images, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! I just love hummingbirds!

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  4. Naomi says:

    You are learning so much about your camera’s settings…looking forward to more beauty in your postings.

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  5. Very nice, Lisa, I love the slider effect to see the difference so easily!

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    1. Thank you Donna! I was trying to be extra creative 😊

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  6. gr8ful_collette says:

    Just beautiful! I love hummers!💕🌟

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    1. Thank you, so do I! We stayed at my parents for a few months a couple of years ago. They had a hummingbird feeder that brought a lot of birds and I loved practicing my bird photography on the little hummingbirds! 😊

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  7. The colors are beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much Nora!

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  8. Beautiful capture of Nature. Thank you.

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  9. lolaWi says:

    love those birds, Lisa!

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