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.


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