Phoneography Challenge: Editing Dragon Fruit


The challenge today, as posed by Sally at Lens and Pens, is using editing apps for our mobile device photos.  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the dragon fruit I saw at the grocer’s today, and have edited with three different apps.  The photo above was edited in Pixlr Express.


Photo above edited in Snapseed


Photo edited in PicMonkey

I’ve used my Samsung Galaxy Express phone. My favorite? I can’t decide.


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Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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47 Responses to Phoneography Challenge: Editing Dragon Fruit

  1. I NEED Dragon fruit in my pantry!

  2. Margaret says:

    I’ve only seen dragon fruit once or twice so it wasn’t immediately apparent what I was looking at, and my first thought was “triffids”, fruit did not come to mind. They all had this amazing science fiction effect on me, it’s quite amazing to see the effects done on unusual objects. Thanks for that.

    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks for stopping in to comment, Margaret. I have not seen dragon fruit before and this encounter truly amazed me at their unusualness; they do look science fictionish. Glad you liked the effects I worked on them.

  3. mihrank says:

    just beautiful and brings smile!!

  4. Su Leslie says:

    These are lovely photos Angeline. The first looks like a still life painting, while the third really captures the weird, almost alien look of dragon fruit. :-)

  5. Yes to pixlr. Hi Angeline, I can’t help but wonder what the original photo looks like. Both snapseed and pixlr show a more natural looking photo than picmonkey (don’t know that one) but it looks like the latter may be useful for different subjects.

    • Angeline M says:

      Hi Joseph. I agree, I maybe overdid the edit in PicMonkey; it does have an incredible capacity for edits. The Pixlr photo is beginning to form as a nice framed photo in my mind or photo transfer to canvas.

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  7. acuriousgal says:

    Super cool, love it

  8. A great image, Angeline, and fun to see how you processed it differently. My favourite is the one processed in Snapseed. I don’t know either Pixlr Express or PicMonkey, so I will have to check them out.

    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Otto. I’ve had Pixlr Express on my phone for ages and had only used it a couple of times; PicMonkey is my go to for editing, it has some good tools…and it’s free. I use it on my PC. One day I will open up the package that has been on my desk for months with the LightRoom disc to download.

  9. I confess to loving the Pic Monkey edit the best, despite what I just posted about Snapseed. But I suspect you could have achieved a similar smooth luminance effect in Snapseed. Thanks for alerting me to your post!

  10. Madhu says:

    I prefer the more natural looking Pixlr Express one. Does that make me boring? :-)

    • Angeline M says:

      Absolutely not! I like the look that Pixlr gives of a soft painting. I could have amped up the saturation on this one, but left it as is for the softness.

  11. dadirri7 says:

    I prefer the top one Angeline, softer colours, more like the fruits I remember … I found the red flesh on I tried recently was almost tasteless … so next time I will choose the grey flesh type :)

    • Angeline M says:

      Exactly, it’s the softness that the edit created that I liked. The actual fruit in the store was very red. I wonder how one knows what color the flesh is.

  12. Great curves and colors, Angeline. :)

  13. cindy knoke says:

    gorgeous series….surprisingly I think I like the first the best~

  14. Amy says:

    Very cool shot for the Snapseed editing! Well done, Angeline!

  15. That stuff looks funky no matter what, Angeline! We have several grocery stores nearby with lots of ethnic fruits and veggies and I’ve often taken photos there, even though people sometimes look at me a bit oddly. But it’s such fun!


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  17. The first image has the element of mystery,. If I didn’t know the subject, I would guess that to shows peels of apples. That abstract quality coupled with its soft hues make it an engaging image. Happy Photo Challenge.

  18. Imelda says:

    I think I prefer snapseed, too. It heightened the character of the fruit.

  19. arlene says:

    I love Dragon fruit, it’s anti-oxidant. I’ve tasted the pink and white meat, the same taste and flavor. Love them both.

    • Angeline M says:

      I can’t believe I didn’t get one! Now I’m wanting to check it out!! Now! Maybe I can get back to the store in next couple of days. Thanks, Arlene.

  20. The Snapspeed for me, Angeline – it really draws out the ‘weird’ in the fruit. I must say I’m looking forward to tasting the ‘red’ version; I wonder if you get it there in California yet? I’ve only seen it on our Farmers program on TV – from memory it looks much the same on the outside, but inside the flesh is deep crimson, with the black pips, and looks a little more juicy. From the time I first saw it, in the markets in Lao, I’ve been disappointed – it’s one of those fruits that looks way more exciting than it tastes,

    • Angeline M says:

      I think I like the Snapseed too. I was so excited about seeing these strange fruit in our local yocal grocery store, and taking a photo, I didn’t even notice the price. I’m thinking I should have bought one to taste…I’ve never had one before. I did wonder how one eats this fruit. I’ll have to go to google for a lesson.

      • Just cut it up like a kiwi fruit – and quarter it, the thick waxy skin peels off easily – or just scoop out the compact flesh with a spoon. They’re a fine addition to a fruit salad but by themselves … I’ll leave you to tell me what you thought :)

      • Angeline M says:

        Ah, thanks. You saved me the trip to google. I’ll get one next time I’m at the store.

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