FROM PAULA: I am sorry I can’t always keep this photo challenge a weekly event due to my ever-increasing workload and stresses at work, but whenever I can, I’m happy to be here to challenge you and look at your entries. For this week I thought it would be a good idea to tackle “saturation”. It can be interpreted as colour saturation in photography – especially evident in the image post-processing, which is what I did in my examples below, but you can also take it from another angle. Did you know that you can be saturated with work too? 

I can’t get to my photography in a normal way because I’ve been hacked and my PC is closed down until it gets fixed. So … I winged this one. Probably not my most brilliant work, but it was as good as I can do on this computer without any of my normal processing tools!

Is this more or less saturation? Technically, this is higher saturation but I think it appears less saturated because I changed the tint slightly. 
As I said: technically, this is less saturated than the first picture. Really, the problem is not just definition, but perception. Same picture, but the details are sufficiently different to change the nature of how you see it. 

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

19 thoughts on “THURSDAY’S SPECIAL – SATURATION – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. The second pic is richer to me. More detail, more separation. Easier on the eye.

      The first one is murky. Hard to see Mr. Bear or brick wall in background. Maybe a color noir pic?

      I just saw Leslie’s comment, above mine. I guess less saturation is better??

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  1. Saturation or lack thereof is tricky. But thanks. You’ve given me something to dwell upon, as I learn more about DE-saturation versus going ‘grayscale’ in Photoshop. Much better detail (IMHO) desaturating a color photo versus the stark black and white (and grey) of gray scale. A preference perhaps. One of my favorite flowers is the sunflower. Thanks for providing such a beautiful example of one…


    1. Garry asked me to remind him what saturation IS and I said “color intensity.” But how your mind sees it is something else. I often LOWER the brightness of a picture to bring up the the colors. There’s also the temperature of the color and the tint — AND the level of detail and all these make your eyes see the picture differently. If you took one picture and did nothing but turn up or down using the saturation slider, that’s what you’d see, but inevitably there are other changes that affect how you see it. And of course, your monitor changes everything.


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