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.

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.

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.

Photography Challenge update – some subjects yet to fill.

Some ideas for your photography – and you could send the photos to us as Photography Challenge entries.

Photography Challenge 2021 update.

Use your imagination to create an image that fits the theme. You can send an entry to us at email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk – at the very least your photo will automatically enter you into the £10 draw!


These are some subjects that are still open. If you have not entered the competition yet, perhaps these will spark ideas! Send your photos to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.com.

1 Sweatshirt. 1 slot left.

2. Somersault. 2 slots left.

96. A yellow traffic light.

4. A belly laugh. 2 slots left.

5. Jumping rope. 3 slots left.

6. Shoelaces tied together. 2 slots left.

8. Clouds that look like something else. 1 slot left.

9. A happy reunion. 3 slots left.

10. A bald spot. 3 slots left.

14. A stain. 3 slots left.

15. A wonderful surprise. 2 slots left.

16. Chapped lips. 2 slots left.

19. A cat sleeping in a window. 1 slot left.

24. Hanging laundry. 2 slots left.

27. Pierced ears. 3 slots left.

28. Thumb wrestling. 2 slots left.

29. An arrow pointing up. 2 slots left.

58. Today’s date. 1 slot left.

Send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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.

Photography Challenge update!

RESERVED subjects become UNLOCKED and open to all at 5pm Sat March 13th.

Photography Challenge 2021 update.

Those that haven’t played yet, we have RESERVED a few subjects specifically for you to have a go at:

  • 2. A somersault.
  • 4. A belly laugh
  • 6. Shoelaces tied together
  • 15. A wonderful surprise
  • 24. Hanging laundry

Use your imagination to create an image that fits the theme. You can send an entry to us at email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk – at the very least your photo will automatically enter you into the £10 draw!

BUT… the Reserved list ends 5pm on Saturday 13 March. The above subjects are then open to claim by other challenge participants!


More points have been awarded in the following LOCKED categories.

36. Something hidden.

And the winner of the two points is JANET BUCKNALL. What is hidden in the darkness!?

46. Dancing.

Two points go to MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

64. Graffiti

The two points are awarded to PAUL BENSON for his beautiful capture of Dan Kitchener’s ‘Queen of Colours’.

65. Wild animal.

Some really cute wild animals – but the ‘wildest’ is the Gorilla by MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

81 Messy wires.

The winner of two points for clearly the messiest wires is DAVE HOOK.

The current League Table (as of 6pm on 12 March 21):

Dave Hook100+2= 102£25
Janet Bucknall93+2= 952nd
Steve Denniss703rd
Gareth Hughes694th
Mike Redhead445th
Maggie Wingfield39+2+2= 43
Jenny Young26
Jim Uney22
Paul Benson20
Glen Stallard8
Richard Winchester5
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
League Table 7am 7 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk. The Reserved subjects stop being reserved from 5pm on Saturday 13 March 2021.

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.

Photography Challenge update!

A reminder of our RESERVED subjects for those of you who haven’t played. We award more points. And a League Table update!

Photography Challenge 2021 update.

Firstly we remind those that haven’t played yet, that we have RESERVED a few subjects specifically for you to have a go at:

  • 2. A somersault.
  • 4. A belly laugh
  • 6. Shoelaces tied together
  • 15. A wonderful surprise
  • 24. Hanging laundry

Use your imagination to create an image that fits the theme. You can send an entry to us at email viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk – at the very least your photo will automatically enter you into the £10 draw! Don’t wait too long though, we will open them up to everyone if not taken up soon.


More points have been awarded in the following LOCKED categories.

33. A blur.

The winner of two points for a photo that includes a couple of Club stars is GLENN STALLARD.

73. Rocks

And the winner of two points is GARETH HUGHES.

78 A long time.

Although Mike’s skeleton really made me chuckle, the winner of two points is DAVE HOOK with his long time with the NHS.

82. A hole in the ground.

The two points are awarded to MIKE REDHEAD for his Hole of Horcum landscape.

83. Power lines.

A very good selection of photos and difficult to judge. But for composition and symmetry, the two points go to MIKE REDHEAD.

84 Flock of birds.

The winner of two points for the photo that I think gives a sense of scale to a flock of birds is MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

104 A hiding place.

The winner of the two points could have been Jim Uney for his cheeky hidden plaice (!), but instead, we opted for the child who has found a peculiar hiding place by GARETH HUGHES.

The current League Table (as of 7am on 7 March 21):

Dave Hook98+2 =100£25
Janet Bucknall932nd
Steve Denniss703rd
Gareth Hughes65+2+2= 694th
Mike Redhead40+2+2= 445th
Maggie Wingfield29+2= 31
Jenny Young24
Jim Uney22
Paul Benson18
Glen Stallard6+2= 8
Richard Winchester5
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
League Table 7am 7 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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.

A bonanza of points – Photography Challenge update!

PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2021 update – a bonanza of points and the latest League Table.

Photography Challenge 2021 – we have a bonanza of ‘TWO POINTS’ to award in the following LOCKED categories.

7. A different point of view.

And the winner of two points is in a very keenly fought category, is… GARETH HUGHES.

44. A drawing of a photograph or a photograph of a drawing.

The winner of two points is GARETH HUGHES.

54. A vacant lot.

The two points are awarded to JIM UNEY for his historically significant vacant lot!

56. Thinking.

The winner should be Dave for using such a thoughtful model – but instead, going to go for the slightly different gargoyle gaze of JANET BUCKNALL.

68. Broken glass.

For his beautiful framed shattered glass, two points go to JIM UNEY.

71. Deserted street.

And the winner of two points is GARETH HUGHES.

The current League Table (as of 3 March, 3.15pm):

Dave Hook98£25
Janet Bucknall88+2= 902nd
Steve Denniss703rd
Gareth Hughes59+6= 654th
Mike Redhead405th
Maggie Wingfield29
Jenny Young24
Jim Uney18+4= 22
Paul Benson16
Glen Stallard6
Richard Winchester5
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
League Table 9.15am am Fri 26 Feb 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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.

Photo Challenge 26 Feb 21

PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2021 update – and the latest League Table.

Photography Challenge 2021 – the latest update and League Table (as of 9.15am Friday, Feb 26).

The additional points awarded in four of the LOCKED subjects:

18. A chain link fence

The 2 points with her shadows of a chain link being an element, go to MAGGIE WINGFIELD.

23. Book covers.

The 2 points are awarded to GARETH HUGHES. Yes, could be argued more book ‘pages’, but the creative element won me over.

25. Strangers.

Strangers on a train or tube win 2 points for STEVE DENNISS.

30. Soft.

Soft materials, soft focus, and “Aww” type softness – and my 2-point winner for cute softness here is Teddy by JANET BUCKNALL.

The current League Table:

Dave Hook97£25
Janet Bucknall76+2= 782nd
Steve Denniss68+2 = 703rd
Gareth Hughes57+2= 594th
Mike Redhead395th
Maggie Wingfield24+2= 26
Jenny Young23
Jim Uney17
Paul Benson13
Richard Winchester5
Glenn Stallard5
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
League Table 9.15am am Fri 26 Feb 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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.

Photo Challenge update 23rd Feb 21

PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2021 update – and the latest League Table.

Photography Challenge 2021 – the latest update and League Table (as of 7.30pm am Feb 23).

The additional points awarded in three of the LOCKED subjects:

11. Disappointment.

A very good category and difficult to judge. But for a sheer expression of disappointment the 2 additional points is awarded to STEVE DENNISS.

12. Siblings.

The 2 points – again based on a great expression – goes to MIKE REDHEAD.

17. Incognito.

The 2 points are awarded to GARETH HUGHES.

The current League Table:

Dave Hook97£25
Janet Bucknall732nd
Steve Denniss66+2= 683rd
Gareth Hughes55+2 = 574th
Mike Redhead36+2 = 385th
Maggie Wingfield24
Jenny Young22
Jim Uney15
Paul Benson13
Richard Winchester5
Glenn Stallard4
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
League Table 10.00 am Fri 19 Feb 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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

We are the only 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.

Photo Challenge update 19thFeb 21

HAVE a look at our PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE 2021 and the latest League Table.

Photography Challenge 2021 – the latest update and League Table (as of 10 am Feb 19).

The additional points awarded in two LOCKED subjects:

94. A Bridge.

The subject winner and the additional 2 points awarded GARETH HUGHES.

95. Fashion.

The additional 2 points for his street photography fashion statement subject: STEVE DENNISS.

The current League Table:

Dave Hook77£25
Gareth Hughes53+2 = 552nd
Steve Denniss46+2 = 483rd
Janet Bucknall474th
Mike Redhead295th
Maggie Wingfield23
Jenny Young21
Paul Benson12
Jim Uney8
Mike Bartlett3
David Pike2
Malcolm Seville1
Richard Winchester1
League Table 10.00 am Fri 19 Feb 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.

RESERVED subjects are for those new to the game or with 5 points or less. We encourage you to send in your entries to email: viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk.

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

We are the only 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.