A Moment of Stillness (One Photo Focus: November)

This month for One Photo Focus hosted by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing, Julie Powell of Julie Powell Photography has offered one of her beautiful images to edit.

Something about Julie’s image reminded me of my grandfather’s old cottage. So much so I could even smell that distinct residue from the wood-burning stove he had. Being on his own for almost a decade, it was very much an old man cottage.

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With these memories from so long ago in mind, I edited the photo as such. After rotating the image slightly then cropping it, I decreased the saturation for that “old-world” feel. A grunge filter was then added followed by a weathered frame.

It now reminds of one of those thick, old photos you’d once see at an elderly relatives house. It proudly displayed behind a support on the sideboard, still in its original cardboard folder. The photo slightly crazed from years of gentle viewing.

It’s such a contrast to Julie’s crisp, clean image below.

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If you aren’t familiar with One Photo Focus challenge, it’s a once a month challenge where everyone has the opportunity to edit the same one image. The results are always mind-boggling. Be sure to see all the submissions over at Visual Venturing, they will amaze you!

 

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Lovin’ the Pink (iPhriday Flowers)

The stunning colour in this flower which was surrounded by so many promising buds, more than caught my attention whilst wandering the Brisbane Botanical Gardens earlier this year.

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Once again I’m lovin’ this opportunity offered by Lisa over at GrayDaysandCoffee for iPhone photos. It’s such a hoot playing with images on the phone!

 

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Water Lily Grunge (iPhriday Flowers)

Little did I realize when I began editing this photograph I was actually channeling Monet. Love, love, love this grunge filter and how it transform a photo.

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To join in the fun of iPhriday, hosted by Lisa over at Gray Days and Coffeesimply post photos you’ve taken with your cell phone whatever the brand, then add the tag iPhriday. Too easy!

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Stars in the Garden (Wordless Wednesday)

What I love best about editing photos on my phone is that for some reason I feel as if I have the freedom to go over the top with the editing. Ah, the simple joy of OVER-tweaking {sigh}!

Stars in the Garden

To join in the fun of iPhriday, hosted by Lisa over at Gray Days and Coffeesimply post photos you’ve taken with your cell phone whatever the brand, then add the tag iPhriday. Too easy!

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Contrasts (iPhriday Flowers)

 

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Potted to my Left (iPhriday Flowers)

Just to the left of me where my new desk is currently in a holding-pattern until my study is completed (any day now we should have lift off!), is a mixed pot-plant arrangement containing these delightfully little red vivid flowers.

Potted to my Left

Every year I buy pots of these plants as I love the waxy green leaves which help accentuate all those tiny flowers that bloom from within. No matter the colour of bloom, they are always gorgeous (although I do tend to favour the reds and dark pinks)!

 

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Friday Night Flower (iPhriday Flowers)

This geranium was just one of the six in the mixed bunch of flowers Hubby brought home last Friday night. They were simply beautiful.

Friday Night Flower

Once again I’m lovin’ this opportunity offered by Lisa over at GrayDaysandCoffee for iPhone photos. It’s such a hoot playing with images on the phone!

 

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Spider Agapanthus (iPhriday Flower)

Around our apartment at present, scattered amongst all the other plants in the garden beds, are all these wonderful flowering Spider Agapanthus.

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For whatever reason, I tend to find the Spider Agapanthus plant very reassuring… I know, bizarre but true, lol!

 

 

 

 

The Colour of Summer (iPhriday Flower)

For me, nothing says summer quite like that of a Hibiscus flower out in bloom.

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Summer in Australia holds absolutely no interest for me with its persistent heat but the blooms this heat encourages, well, that’s a totally different story. {sigh}

 

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