This collage is for an upcoming auction to be held on a bay cruise sponsored by Seatuck, a local nature/environmental center.  A lot of different elements from my overflowing collection of postcards, maps, letters and books are used in this piece. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of collage material. Summer is here – enjoy!



On a quick trip to the post office this morning I saw a downed tree trunk and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. The colors have been manipulated with Photoshop filters, bringing out an interesting pattern in the grain.


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Since discovering some new photo apps, I’ve been spending (too much) time experimenting.  For years I have used Photoshop Elements and then last year I moved up to Photoshop CC. I still have a lot to learn about that latter one.

These pictures of the dahlia garden were taken last fall at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY.  I edited the first photo a bit in Photoshop Elements-brightening it up and blurring the background, then on my Android, I manipulated it with the PhotoDirector app, using a grunge effect. Fun! 2016-03-07-12-44-44

In this second photo, the background was changed  to black and white in Elements and the colors of the flower and bud were saturated slightly.


The third photograph wasn’t touched up too much. I just cropped, brightened it a little, and blurred the background.  I like the blur tool!


Some free photo apps that I use :

PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS – a camera and editing app

PICSART  – a photo editing app that I use for making grids with multiple photographs

SNAPSEED – for  photo editing on your mobile

VSCO – a camera, editing and photo sharing app. I just added this, but haven’t really checked it out yet.

I know some people who really like CAMERA+, a camera and editing app for iPhones.  I have an Android, so can’t say.

I do find I’m using my digital camera less and less and my “phone” more and more, especially now that I have all these apps to help make my photos look so good!

I know there are so many apps to choose from. Are there any others for photo editing that anyone would recommend?