Leaves photo editing challenge

WE ASKED you to edit our unprocessed photo of leaves on the cobbles. It really was a case of ‘anything goes’ using whatever editing tools you like.

We hope the participants enjoyed the challenge. And we hope that other photographers will be inspired by the ‘How I did it’ notes to have a go themselves next time.

Here are the results:


Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

Leaves on road re-edit by Carl Cooper

I basically found the images I wanted to add and cut them out, copied them in, adjusted the sizes and positions, adjusted the levels so they blended, added a gaussian blur, added a vignette and changed the colour to black n white.


“Please don’t leaf me here” by Tony Beacock.

Please don’t leaf me here! Tony Beacock.

How I did it: A fairly simple edit using GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). I duplicated the image and desaturated the top layer in order to make it greyscale, before adding a layer mask to it. Using the eraser tool, I then erased the areas of the image, exposing the colour from the second layer, lying beneath, and untouched.


“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

“Leaves illegally parked” by MH Seville

How I did it: Unfortunately, my knowledge of Microsoft Office Picture Manager is limited, and I just used “crop” to remove the cars, and then to crop small left & right sections to improve the resulting composition, and then just “auto correct”!


“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

“LEAVES” by Paul Benson

How I did it:

  1. Cropped the image
  2. Used the Photoshop add on Nik Filter ‘Detail Extractor’
  3. Used the PS add on Nik Filter ‘Multi Camera’
  4. Used the Photoshop Noise filter ‘Dist & Scratches’
  5. Reduced the saturation.


Re-edit by Keith Maddon

Re-edit by Keith Maddon

How I did it:

I thought I’d have ago at your challenge by way of an ice -breaker. I haven’t done anything whacky just some tweaking to try and give the image more “pop”.

I’ve used Affinity Photo and the free version of the NIK collection.

  1. Changed the colour space from 8-bit RGB to 16-bit Adobe.
  2. Reduced the saturation and luminance of the greens to de-emphasise the moss.
  3. Tweaked the white level.
  4. Removed small bits and blemishes using clone, inpaint and patch tools.
  5. Changed the perspective.
  6. Added some noise to the top of the picture to de-emphasise the cars and the wall.
  7. Added vignette and some tonal contrast using NIK.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham.

“On yer bike!” by Lynn Leedham

How I did it: My entry for the photo challenge. On Yer Bike. Cropped, enhanced, bike and rider added using In- Pixio.


Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

Re-edit by Janet Bucknall

How I did it: I cropped out the car, and added a watercolour filter, on my phone, then blurred it. On Snapseed, I added glamour, and the double exposed it.


Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

Street Photo Edit by Gareth Hughes

How I did it:

  • 1/ Rotated and cropped the original image
  • 2/ Copied the photo to a second layer
  • 3/ Mirrored the 2nd layer and faded both to blend them together
  • 4/ Darkened both images

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

Leaves Re-edit by Dave Hook

How I did it: I composited the image in CanonPro4.  I put another layer over the image, cropped it, altered the colour slightly by fading. 


“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

“Sucked into the Vortex!” by Ray Duffill

How I did it: In Elements I added saturation to boost the colours. Then Filter – Distort – Twirl for the vortex effect.


Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

Leaves re-edit by Nigel Robson

How I did it:

  • Cropped top and sides
  • Adjusted tone & colours
  • With the use of the Spot Healing Brush Tool removed debris/leaves off the footpath and some of the road

We hope that participants enjoyed the challenge. If you enjoyed viewing the results then please do consider joining in with the next editing challenge to be published soon.


Latest from Photography Challenge 2021.

74. An unmade bed.

And the winner of two points is the Black & White extra-legged bed of MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

In the League Table this now puts Maggie clearly into 5th position with 58 points.

Hedon Viewfinders – The free, fun and friendly photography club.

Toys, models, action figures…

Outdoor Event. Toy Photography. Wed 5 May 2021. Haven Arms car park 7pm.

Outdoor Event. Toy Photography. Wed 5 May 2021. Haven Arms car park 7pm.
In the proximity of the Haven Arms (avoiding the beer garden area), your task is to find some good settings/scenes for your favourite toys/models/figures, etc.

For those who really want to ‘play’ then let’s create some rain/wind/smoke/flame/lighting effects for your action figures! 

Search Toy Photography on the internet for some inspiration. Will you go cute & cuddly, or blood & guts!?

Social distancing still applies. Will split into different groups of six people. No booking necessary.


Don’t forget to have a crack at our Editing Challenge! And we still need new people to have a go at Photography Challenge 2021. Have a look at some of the subjects covered so far: Photography Challenge rounds.

104 Photography Challenges will fill up the Mayor of Hedon’s album.

As we begin to return to more ‘normal’ circumstances we want members to get back in touch with us – we need your ideas and suggestions for how the Club can serve you and your photography needs.

Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part, and Viewfinders prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach.

#2 New Photo Editing Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge – All photographers invited to have a go. Download and edit this unprocessed JPG.

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this unprocessed JPG image for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to straighten, crop or frame and consider composition; maybe saturate or desaturate the colours. Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Friday evening 7 May.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. Will you join in and have a go!?

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image

Send your completed edited image with your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Thursday 6 May 2021.

Enjoy this? Then have a look at out Photography Challenge 2021 as well. 🙂


Hedon Viewfinders. The only photographic club rooted in Hedon. It’s free to join in and to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Graffiti Photo Editing Challenge

WE ASKED people to take the unprocessed image and edit it. These are the results and ‘how to’ notes.

WE ASKED people to take the unprocessed image and edit it.

These are the results and ‘how to’ notes.

First up was PAUL BENSON.

Edits on Photoshop:

  1. Rotate clockwise to level top of wall
  2. Applied Nik Collection filter detail extractor
  3. Applied lens correction to remove distortion, change vertical and horizontal perspective
  4. Cropped the image
  5. Applied Auto contrast
  6. Increased Saturation
  7. Sharpened the image
  8. Added a little more Contrast
  9. Remove a little red in Colour Balance.
  10. Filter Artistic – Cutout.

Next up is JANET BUCKNALL.

I applied a filter entitled ‘morning’, straightened the pic up a bit, and cropped out the signpost. I tried adding a frame but it didn’t work.

Also taking part was MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

I used the ‘Photos’ editing App in Windows to crop the image, taking out some distracting items. I also enhanced the colour and sharpened the image.

DAVE HOOK was next:

I changed the image to monochrome, then used the compositing tool in the Canon Pro 4 software to create three images, one on top of the other.  I then used a filter to introduce a new colour using the App in Windows.

Next was LYNN LEEDHAM who named her image “Stripe”.

Cropped enhanced sharpened noise reduction stripe added using In Pixio.

Then came NIGEL ROBSON with his Tornadoes Fly Over:

I used Elements 19. I adjusted/realigned the picture. Cropped the bottom and sides. I blanked out the top and created a new layer. The plane picture was resized and fitted.

And finally, I had to have a go too. RAY DUFFILL:

Straighten, crop and highlights in Picasa3. Then into Elements, used NIK (Silver Effex 5. High Structure (harsh)) to turn B&W, cropped again in Elements, then added a Layer Mask and painted (to reveal) the brighter colours back in.


Hopefully those who took part found the exercise useful and fun? And those reading this and viewing the results might like the photographers’ notes? Do let us know!

Remember we still have Photography Challenge 2021 which is ‘live’ to take part in!

Hull City Centre Photo Walk – Wed 28 April 2021

Meet-up at Hull City Centre on Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm at the corner Whitefriargate / Princes Dock Avenue junction. We’ll split attendees into different groups of no more than six. Social distancing applies. Booking not necessary.

Following a successful photo walk at Paull Nature Reserve last Wednesday, we are holding another this week.

Meet-up at Hull City Centre on Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm at the corner Whitefriargate / Princes Dock Avenue junction. https://w3w.co/craft.crowned.frames

The aim is to photograph the new Bridge as well as visit the Marina.

We’ll split attendees into different groups of no more than six. Social distancing applies. Booking not necessary.


Following the Government’s roadmap back to normality, it looks likely that our first meeting indoors back at the Haven Arms will be on Wednesday May 19th.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to meeting up again safely!

New Photo Editing Challenge!

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge – All photographers invited to have a go. Download and edit this unprocessed JPG.

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this unprocessed JPG image for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to straighten, crop or frame; saturate or desaturate the colours. Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Monday 26 April evening.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. Will you join in and have a go!?

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image

First Test Image to edit.

Send your completed edited image with your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Sunday 25 April 2021.

Enjoy this? Then have a look at out Photography Challenge 2021 as well. 🙂


Hedon Viewfinders. The only photographic club based in Hedon. It’s free to join in and to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Workshops to Restart. Photography Challenge 2021

YELLOW LIGHT to begin our 6-people-strong workshops again. Latest update and League Table from the Photography Challenge 2021.

YELLOW LIGHT to begin our 6-people-strong workshops again.

News: We have got the yellow light (go ahead but with Covid-19 precautions) to start our workshops once again. Each will be designed for six people only. Note: Photo Dave Hook.

Initially (until mid-May when we can use indoors again), these will be OUTDOOR events; demonstrations, photo walks and other photography opportunities. We plan to use Wednesday evenings at 7pm at the Haven Arms (outdoor meet-ups only) as our club nights again. But we can use other times and days to organise socially distanced events subject to the demand from members. We will of course be guided by the weather when holding outdoor events.

We have organised and run two workshops to date via our Facebook page, one on Lens Ball photography, and a second with a water theme. Both were successful – and fun!

We now invite you to express a general interest in attending workshops at our email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk and please do suggest your ideas for subjects and themes you would like to see us tackle.

Workshops will be organised in advance and each group will be limited to six people. Booking will be essential once again. Keep an eye on the website for further information.

From water-themed workshop – Photo by Peter Loft.

Photography Challenge 2021

More scores from Locked Subjects:

96. A yellow traffic light.

Two points winner for his close-up is DAVE HOOK.

100. Cosy (Cozy in the book).

The winner of two points for his feet like toast – is GARETH HUGHES.

And the current League Table – including the points from above:

Dave Hook108+2 =110£25
Janet Bucknall 1052nd
Gareth Hughes 69+2=71 3rd
Steve Denniss 704th
Mike Redhead 565th
Maggie Wingfield 565th
Jenny Young 31
Paul Benson24
Jim Uney 22
Glen Stallard 8
Richard Winchester 5
Mike Bartlett 3
David Pike 2
Malcolm Seville 1
League Table 8.30am, April 16 2021.

Remember: We’ll only accept one photo from each person to each subject. After we’ve received 5 photos to a particular subject, then that subject will be closed for entries.

Not taken part yet? Enter a photo to take part in our free draw for £10. There are still lots of subjects in the challenge for you to tackle. Click the link below and have a look.

In whatever way you send us your images for the challenge, use the hashtag so that we can find them easier:

#photography_challenge_2021

Photography Challenge 2021

Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part, and the club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach.

Japanese inspired Wabi-sabi themed photography

This is about getting inspired and using your imagination to take some new and interesting photographs! You can interpret the theme as you wish. The important thing is taking part.

OUR THEME for this week is the Japanese inspired Wabi-sabi.

“This is the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection and decay in nature (and elsewhere). It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

This is about getting inspired and using your imagination to take some new and interesting photographs! You can interpret the theme as you wish. The important thing is taking part.

You can post via our Facebook Group Hedon Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members) or email them in to us at viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk

HEDON VIEWFINDERS: The only Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying photography.

Socially distanced Club Photography events

Albeit restricted to six members at a time, we do hope to start ‘meeting’ once again for photography activities. Initially, these will be outdoors…

IT HAS BEEN over a year since the Club met in ‘normal’ circumstances. However, with the roll-out of the vaccines and the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, we can now look at holding some activities once again.

Albeit restricted to six members at a time, we do hope to start ‘meeting’ once again for photography activities. Initially, these will be outdoors although from *April 12 it may be possible to restart indoor club activities again (6-members-at-a-time socially-distanced workshops).

The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and other advice and guidance is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

To begin our journey back to active photography, we are holding a Lens Ball photography walk early evening on Thursday 1 April in the Hedon area. If you would like to attend then you need to book via viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk and we’ll send further details.

Six places available only, but do get in touch anyway, and we can assess what demand there is for such activities.

Note: If you don’t have a Lens Ball, I have a spare that I can clean and sanitise for someone to use? Let me know, please. – Ray Duffill.

Lens Ball
Lens Ball – Paul Benson

HEDON VIEWFINDERS: The only Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying photography.

Photography Challenge 2021 – More scores and latest League Table.

Latest update and League Table from the Photography Challenge 2021. Not taken part? Enter to take part in our free draw.

More scores from Locked Subjects:

96. A yellow traffic light.

Two points for the most bemused expression at her messy hair, is JENNY YOUNG.

35. A view from above.

The winner of two points in a keenly contested subject is MAGGIE WINGFIELD for her overview of a gull colony.

51. An accident waiting to happen.

A truly scary accident waiting to happen, is that depicted in JANET BUCKNALL’S photo! She wins two pointss.

57. A neon sign.

Two points are awarded to MIKE REDHEAD for Money Talks.

67. A spider web.

Which website has won two points? It is MIKE REDHEAD and his web network!

70. Running water.

For his excellent composition and long exposure, MIKE REDHEAD wins two points.

76. A winding staircase.

The two points go to MIKE REDHEAD for his graphic monochrome.

86. Sunny side up.

Coming ‘sunny side up’ in this challenge today is PAUL BENSON. I like his simple composition matching what became an ‘eggy’ theme. With respect to Jim Uney for interpreting the theme in another less obvious way.

93. Stripes.

The best representation of stripes is the natural ones worn by the zebra! Wins another two points for MIKE REDHEAD.

And the current League Table – including the points from above:

Dave Hook108
Janet Bucknall 103+2= 105
Steve Denniss 70
Gareth Hughes 69
Mike Redhead 46+10= 56
Maggie Wingfield 50+2 = 52
Jenny Young 29+2= 31
Paul Benson21+2 = 23
Jim Uney 22
Glen Stallard 8
Richard Winchester 5
Mike Bartlett 3
David Pike 2
Malcolm Seville 1
League Table 5.30pm 25 March 21

Remember: We’ll only accept one photo from each person to each subject. After we’ve received 5 photos to a particular subject, then that subject will be closed for entries.

Not taken part yet? Enter a photo to take part in our free draw for £10.

In whatever way you send us your images for the challenge, use the hashtag so that we can find them easier:

#photography_challenge_2021

Photography Challenge 2021

Hedon-based photographic club. It’s free to join in and take part, and the club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach.