Challenge Your Camera #6 Colour Splash

Last week my Flower of The Day challenge on Cee’s challenge was fulfilled with two different images of Poppies in some nearby fields. One of those photos looked odd …… the poppies were red as you’d expect, but the rest of the image was monochrome and you can see the images here Poppies FOTD. “How the heck did you do that” was a question that some of my follower-friends asked! Not surprising really!

The answer is ….. digital trickery! It’s a technique called Colour Splash and all you need is a downloadable app on your phone or tablet. The two apps I have used the most are Photo Splash and Moldiv, they both work diffently which is why I need two apps. You will find them on the App Store or Google Play for android tablets.

Simply put, the Photo Splash app needs a fine digital “pen” of some sort, the finer the better, with the Apple Pencil being the best but also the most expensive. You could just use your finger, but it’s difficult to do the finer colouring. Yes, that’s the right word, you actually convert your image to a monochrome photo, then just start colouring back in anything you want, returning it to its natural colour. Just like in a colouring book using coloured pencils.

On the other hand MOLDIV is different, it’s all automatic to turn the image into monochrome then to “put back” red, green or blue. Just open your image in Moldiv, choose Edit, then choose Art, then choose Coloursplash for red, green or blue and …… bingo ……. you get a monochrome image with only anything containing elements of red/green/blue in it. But, there’s a couple of drawbacks, first they are the only three colours that work digitally in Moldiv, and secondly as an example ….. brown contains red, so if you choose this colour say for some red roses against a wall made of brownish bricks ………. the bricks will show up too!

I think that’s enough technical stuff, it’s really quite easy and great fun. Both apps are free. So where’s the skill you might ask? Well, it’s all about choosing the right scene for colour splash then the right app. Here’s some examples below with a simple explanation of what has worked and what hasn’t.

Original image, no colour splash editing
Image transformed using the Photo Splash app with an Apple Pencil or finger for the colouring in. It’s worked ok “manually”.
The same image now transformed automatically using Moldiv and selecting the Red filter. As you can see it hasn’t quite worked as there are too many colours in my photo which contain “red”.
One of my favourite colour splash images, I asked this young Oxford student to pose for me explaining what I was doing. She gave me the perfect setting for colour splash with her red jacket set against everything else without a hint of red. I used Moldiv automatic for this image, perfect. So, choose your scene and setting carefully if you want to use Moldiv.

So why not give it a go, something new to try, something new to learn. And ….. trust me, it will definitely improve your eye for things to photograph, I now tend to see “red” opportunities more than any other. Try it at home with tomatoes, or peppers for example on your kitchen table, an easy start to learn how to use the apps.

Roll of Honour #5 Steps ‘n Stairs

Thank you everyone, the list is growing👏👏👏

Each week I am selecting a single theme to point my camera at or display a few photos from my collection as a way to brighten up the week as we enter a new year which we all hope will be brighter than the last. If you would like to join me in #challengeyourcamera then here’s what to do:

  1. Follow me to discover the weekly theme I have chosen.
  2. Select a few photos related to the week’s theme
  3. Post your own photos that week, any day you like.
  4. Include a caption with each photo so we know what/where it is
  5. Include a link to my blog in your post so that I am notified and can follow you back
  6. Add a pingback/link to YOUR post in the comment section of MY post on that weeks theme.
  7. Include the tag #challengeyourcamera
  8. I will follow you back
  9. I will encourage other posters to follow you
  10. I will list each blogger in my weekly post in arrears

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36 replies

  1. What a great idea for a challenge!! Wonderful photos you have for this week.
    Here is my entry. Enjoy!

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  2. Work for my lazy brain.
    Thank you, Dr B.
    Love all your clicks.
    Love the Oxford lady’s natural smile.
    Thank you

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  3. I’ve just downloaded the Moldiv app and it appears now for all the fancy filters you do have to pay ..oh well I’ll have a think!

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  4. Moldiv looking for payment for the filter pack…. I was able to play around with the effects though…. I’ll try elsewhere during the week.

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  5. OK, I want the GOLD STAR for my ONE PHOTO I will be scheduled/posting on Friday! I am going out of town for a little vaca and I NEED it after this challenge! After fiddling with Photoshop (which I have never used) for two hours, following the TUTORIAL, I FINALLY called in hubby! Hubby and I followed the Tutorial and after two hours and hitting EVERY LAST BUTTON on Photoshop we finally had ONE PHOTO! I guess that means It is Hard to teach an old dog a NEW TRICK! I’m good now! See you next week!

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  6. Oh, you’ve set some work out for me today! I will have to go through my apps and see which one does this!

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  7. I’m ready to give it a go!

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  8. I don’t do much photography on my phone. I did look for the moldiv app but can’t seem to find a free version. I prefer to edit on the PC so might look at downloading the PC version to try.

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  9. A challenge indeed ..accepted


  10. Brilliant choices and art, thank you, folks should take a look at these.



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