Adding Filters to Photos for Unusual Effects

#24 in the Judging a Photograph Series

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Last week in the “Judging a Photograph” blog series I talked about choosing when adding a presets or filters to a photo. I find that it only really works on simplistic images. Any photo with complex appeal is usually ruined by a filter, especially the fairly brutal Instagram ones. However I did also say there are exceptions and this photo of a peacock is the most striking one of mine.

Why Use Filters Now?

Now I know what you’re going to say; you’re going to say you prefer the original version in colour. I get it. It’s a beautiful bird and it makes me glad colour photography was ever invented. The problem is that this particular peacock was a tremendous show-off. It was strutting around the wildlife park picnic area for over an hour shaking its booty. I have about two hundred shots of the creature, and it was quite tame so many shots are close-ups.

Editing this many photos of one peacock eventually starts to grate a bit. So I played with filters and looked for something avant garde. I used the same filter as last week called Creative Split Tone 4 which I used on the pc version of Adobe Lightroom. I toned it down quite a lot and removed some of the vignette and most of the colour.

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How Do I Know It’s A Success?

It works because the peacock has a distinctive pattern and a variety of texture. It demonstrates that a peacock’s beauty is not dependant on colour. If it makes you see something new in a familiar object, then I would argue this edit has some artistic merit.

Of course it works best if you have only seen this edited version. By showing you the original shot it ruins the impact. I did enter this photo in a competition and it was really satisfying that I managed to surprise the judge. He said various nice things about it, particularly that it was an unexpected image and he would never have thought of doing it. I am satisfied with that, even though it didn’t win a top place. I also entered another photo of this peacock in a different competition in it’s natural colours. It is no surprise to me that it was completely glossed over because a colour peacock is exactly what everyone expects to see. It can be rewarding to do produce something unexpected.

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The colour version is an obvious beauty, but would you have seen it in the same way if you had never seen avant garde edit?

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14 Comments

  1. 13th July 2017 / 1:34 pm

    This is a really lovely idea. You would think it was the rich and vibrant colours that mostly gives a Peacock its beauty, but your black and white photo shows that actually, it can be the texture and patterns. I love the black and white one. Its a really fantastic photo as well. Kate <>

  2. 12th July 2017 / 10:50 am

    They are both gorgeous. The black and white one is mesmerising. I notice its features and markings more on the black and white one

  3. 12th July 2017 / 10:48 am

    I don’t use filters much and I agree with your comment on the Instagram ones. I do love the Peacock. I think as a photographer I’m a little old-fashioned and prefer hand edits if any are needed.

    • 12th July 2017 / 12:03 pm

      I agree, I prefer hand edits too, but trying to explain things to other people has made me look at these filters which are so commonplace. Thanks for your comment!

  4. 10th July 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Adding a filter to a picture, is truly brings out a different element. It is great to add a look of texture and tones.

  5. 10th July 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I’m loving the black and white effects it looks stunning. It’s amazing how different filters change the whole picture just so much

  6. 10th July 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I really like this, I actually prefer the black and white photo. All the textures of the feathers come through much better.

  7. 10th July 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I like experimenting with different filters too. Sometimes photographs can look better in different colours!

  8. 9th July 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love this idea!
    #MySundayPhoto

  9. 9th July 2017 / 5:53 pm

    the black and white reminds me of art lessons with pen and ink at school.

    • 9th July 2017 / 11:42 pm

      Someone else has just said that to me too – I didn’t see that at all until today but I get it now!

  10. 9th July 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I’m not usually a fan of adding filters. I prefer the colour version to show off the bold and pretty colours

    Thank you for linking up

    • 9th July 2017 / 11:41 pm

      I have hundreds of colour peacocks, but wanted to try new things.

  11. 9th July 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I like both versions – each has its beauty. The b/w one is quite striking and the color one is gorgeous!

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