Monday, October 8, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday

It seems only appropriate that this weeks Mandarin Orange should be in the form of the sumptuous orange fall colors that we are surrounded by this time of year.  
 My first is a simple leaf picture boosted a little to bring out the orange on PSE with brightness/contrast and hue/saturation.  It is really a stand alone picture, but to give it a little interest I added the pdpa Dusty Rose Bokeh at 40% to one side.  I then used the pattern stamp tool on the overlay and pulled through some of the leaf color using a mask and the brush tool.

In this park picture I removed the sky using the magic wand tool then the magic extractor.  I replaced it with pdpa just peachy texture at 80% then faded it out using lighting effects filter.  Finally I overlayed with pdpa Dusty Rose texture at 24% and erased out the orange trees.

The background for this picture was just leaves on the ground.  I removed the color and spray painted them with various muted shades of orange and yellow.  The tree was extracted from another picture using the magic wand tool and the magic extractor. 

I had thought we were going to have a drab fall because of the drought.  For the yellows most of them were almost brownish and not as brilliant as they have bee in the past ... but the oranges are amazing!  I think it only fair that some good comes from a long, dry, hot summer, don't you?

  Everybody have a sparkly orange week:)


  1. Fabulous orange shots - love that last one!

  2. Love that last image!

    Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday.

    Your comment is always appreciated!

  3. Beautiful work. I am a novice at PSE and haven't played with that in quite a while. You do wonderful alterations with it.

  4. They are all delightful - but the second one has won my heart this week. And I am fascinated that the yellow/golds have largely disappeared because of the drought but the orange hues are enhanced. I will have to watch out for that after our next drought. Which sadly will happen.

  5. Beautiful captures. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

  6. I agree that the oranges this fall are amazing. I love the creativity in your images. Especially the last one of the tree with leaves for a background. Great job! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  7. beautiful Autumn colours and edit.

  8. What an interesting collection - thanks for telling us about your processes. All three are beautiful, but my favourite is the last one - I always like orange and grey and I like the combination of the big tree (made little) and the little leaves (made big):)
    Thanks Andrea, for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)