Lens-Artists Challenge #134 – From Forgettable to Favorite

Most photos I take with my phone, so I often quickly touch them up with Google Photos editing and maybe a little cropping. If I’m making a scrapbook with them, though, I usually put them through Historian, a photo editing software designed for scrapbookers.

Most of the time, I like authenticity in my photos. The Sagrada Família in Barcelona has been under construction since 1882, and won’t be completed until 2026 or so. (Construction had to be halted briefly last year due to the pandemic, and who knows how it will continue to affect progress). So when I visited in 2012, all the pictures we took had large cranes and other construction equipment in them. While I wanted to document the historical progress of the basilica with my photos, I also gave into temptation and edited the cranes out in one photo!

So instead of a slightly tilted, overly busy image of the facade of the church, now I have a beautiful photo that allows one to focus on the fantastic details that Gaudí designed.

Stairs

Here we have both indoor and outdoor stairs in Ireland, both a bit perilous in their own way. We carried our luggage up these stairs when staying in Ballynahinch Castle, but that was nothing compared to walking the stone steps on Skellig Michael in the wind with no handrail.

Street

The streets of Pompeii are a marvel of Roman engineering. In addition to being laid out methodically, they feature sidewalks, embedded reflector stones, and crosswalks.

Salamanca, Spain

I spent a semester in Salamanca during university and a piece of my heart will always remain. A beautiful city, a friendly and fun city, and so full of history. These were my daily sights: the double cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, and my host family’s street in the east part of the old city.

You can find more letter S subjects at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

5 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #134 – From Forgettable to Favorite

  1. Tina Schell February 11, 2021 / 3:47 pm

    Excellent result Mei-Mei. I did the same thing with the green screens on Angkor Wat when I was there. Beauty like this should stand on its own without distraction. Perfect edit!

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    • Mei-Mei February 12, 2021 / 10:09 am

      Agreed, the church is so magnificent I wanted it to really shine!

      Like

  2. Amy February 11, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    Wow… The edited version is great! Well done, Mei-Mei.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. pattimoed February 12, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    Wow, Mei-Mei. That’s a wonderful transformation. Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

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