Editing graphics can be tricky. While I enjoy taking pictures of a beautiful scene outdoors, many people can take pictures of scenery. What people do with those pictures is what makes it different. Below is a photo that I took at Ridge Run County Park in West Bend, WI, which is near my home. I took this picture in the later afternoon on a warm, overcast day. in the summer.

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This picture looks beautiful to begin with. It’s a scene in nature that is pure and untouched, and a vision that one can imagine experiencing themselves. Next, I decided to use an online photo editor (Pixlr.com/editor/). What I created with this picture seems like something that is entirely different. Below, you will find the new picture I created.

Edited River photo

This pictures looks as if it could be at a different time of the year, and taken at a different time of the day. Here, based on the color scheme I used while editing the photo, it looks as if this photo was taken in the fall after the leaves were turning colors. It also appears as if the sun is setting. I used the sharpen tool to sharpen the objects in the background in this photo. I also went under the adjustment column, and adjusted the “Curve” setting, to show that there were different curves in the photo, while it also changed the color scheme. I then went to the color balance option, and tried to put in some more blues and greens so that the photo did not appear to be completely washed out and overtaken by the vast amount of red that is present. While this photo also looks beautiful, there is harm in having easy access to online photo editors. We come across different images multiple times every day. I think that it would be interesting to find out how many of these images we see on different social media sites and on other platforms have been altered to “enhance” the beauty of the image. If we are continually seeing images of false events or images of our environmental surroundings, how could this affect us in the future? Many different images can tell you a story. If we alter these images, one may tell a different story versus what actually occurred (as in the example of time of day/year, and the weather for that particular day). If we look at images of our environment and they are altered, this may depict a difference in what our surroundings actually appear to be. This could hurt people who are recording what the environment looked like, what the climate was that day, or any other kind of record that could be taken. If using a false document, the data they are creating could be misleading! While we think of this result, think about the conclusions or thoughts people have every day as they encounter numerous images. Young girls are often being misled in what real beauty looks like in a person – this issue is a consequence of all of the photo editing that can be done to make an image look “better” or to bring out the “beauty” within someone. The same can be said about a natural landscape, such as the examples I posted above. Everything has beauty in itself. This is where the quote, “The beauty is in the eye of the beholder” comes in. Beauty is everywhere surrounding us. We can each pull different elements of beauty through any lens, it just depends on which lens you look through.

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