Shoot and Edit : Week 11 - Flowers Edit

I keep finding all this cool photo challenges that I can't resist to participate in! I recently found out about this Shoot and Edit challenge. You are suppose to post your S.O.O.C (straight out of the camera) shoot on Monday and then on Thursday Ashley from Ramblings and Photos, post an editing tutorial and you are suppose to follow it and edit your own pictures. Well, when I saw Ashley's edit I couldn't wait to download and install the pixel bender plug-in for CS5 and try it out, it was love at first sight! Much to my dismay though I spent hours and hours trying to get the stupid plug-in to work with no results at all! I even emailed Ashley to ask her if she could help me! She was so gracious and so kind to take time to try and help me but unfortunately she couldn't solve my problem either!. So I finally gave up and though I'll just leave it! I did all I could and who knows one of these days it may actually work! Soon after that, I received an email with a pictures in it. I use Photoshop to view the pictures so I opened it in Photoshop, viewed them and then when I closed it, Photoshop all of the sudden opened again on its own and lo and behold, there it was! Finally Pixel Bender Filter was working! I could have cried! I am so over the moon, I love, love this amazing plugin. I visited the Flicker group that Ashely sugested and it is simply amazing the things others have done using this plugin! So THANK YOU SO  . . . MUCH Ashley for sharing this with us, for your tutorial and for all the patience you had with me today! THANK YOU!!!

So . . . you want to see what I did with this today? OK, here it is! First my S.O.O.C.

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Then my edit using a few actions like Ashley's Nice and Easy, P.W. Lovely and Ethereal, working on levels and curves and finally applying the pixel bender plug-in.

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