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.


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.


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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As if in a Doll’s House (One Photo Focus: October)

It’s coming close to the first Friday of the month which means it’s time for another wonderful One Photo Focus from Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing. One Photo Focus is where everyone edits the very same photo then shares their results.

This month we have a very interesting photo from Y. Prior, from Priorhouse Blog. This photo below was taken with a cellphone in the  lobby of The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Oh the grandeur of yesteryear! {sigh}


When looking at this photo for me it felt very surreal. The building was so grand, dwarfing the furniture within. It made me feel as if I was looking into an antique doll’s house. Hence I decided to create a miniature effect to match this emotion.

This was created first by transforming the colour with a filter giving it the “turn-of-the-last-century” appearance then upping the contrast and clarity with a hint of brightness before cropping then miniaturizing. Here is my version of the above photo.


Be sure to see all the incredible submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus over at Visual Venturing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it never ceases to amaze me how we can all edit the same photo yet all have such different results!

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Neptune’s Wooden Angel (September One Photo Focus)

Is it seriously September already? What happened to August? I can’t even remember it being August 1st, which is particularly sad considering my birthday was the day before! (Perhaps that’s why I can’t remember, lol😂)

Here is my submission for this month’s One Photo Focus hosted by Stacy at Visual Venturing. This month’s photo of the Balclutha was taken by Stacy herself on a visit San Fransisco. I simply adore the carved figurehead on these old vessels.

Joanne Ritchie - September - One Photo Focus

With this in mind I’ve cropped the photo to bring more emphasis to this beautifully carved figurehead. Then I’ve altered the photograph to black and white then raised the contrast and added a frame. This is Stacy’s original photo.


What is One Photo Focus? It’s the first ABFriday of each month when all participants edit the same photo. It is unbelievable to think that with so many of us participating in this challenge, no two edits are ever alike so be sure to check out all the submissions over at Visual Venturing!

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Quiet Moments (July One Photo Focus)

Time for One Photo Focus hosted by Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing. This has to be one of my favourite challenges as it’s where we all have the opportunity to edit the same photo. Here is my take on Bren Ryan’s intriguing photo for this month.

Joanne Ritchie One Photo Focus July VV

As you can see I’ve severely cropped the photo. This crop was to highlight the smattering of coloured flowers near the water-lilies at the bottom right of the photo. After cropping I brightened the photo then boosted the clarity.

This is the original photograph offered kindly by Bren Ryan.

July 2016 One Photo Focus

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One Photo Focus – June

Woo hoo, it’s that time again, it’s… One Photo Focus time. This challenge is hosted by the lovely Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing and is where we all edit and manipulate the very same photo. LOVE IT!!!

Below is my submission of the photo offered this month by David Croker. My edits this month include a little cropping, adjusting the contrast, changing the colour for sepia, then adding a grunge-like frame (which I now wish was a tad narrower.)

One Photo Focus June

Here is David Croker’s original photo offered for the June One Photo Focus challenge.

June One Photo Focus

To see all the submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus challenge, please click on the badge below, you won’t be disappointed. And a big thank you yet again to Stacy for hosting this fabulous challenge!

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One Photo Focus May

Seriously, where does the time go? Is it truly May already, time for another One Photo Focus hosted by the wonderful Stacy Fisher of Visual Venturing?

Yet May it is and here is my interpretation of this month’s photograph from the very talented Julie Powell – Photographer and Graphic Artist.

One Photo Focus May WM

My objective for editing this month was to create the feel of yesteryear by reducing the saturation, adding a grunge texture, then a frame that gives the illusion of the colour seeping from the photograph.

Here is Julie Powell’s lovely original photograph.

May One Photo Focus - Julie Powell Original

Be sure to check Visual Venturing for all the other wonderful submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus. There are always so many incredible interpretations to this one photo.

Kudos once again to Stacy for hosting such a wonderful challenge – thank you!

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April One Photo Focus

Yes, I know. It’s still March yet here I am posting my one One Photo Focus for April. It’s not very often I’m early for anything but here I am, lol! This month’s photo is by the very busy Cee from Cee’s Photography. This is my submission.

Joanne Ritchie One Photo Focus April

When it came to editing this month my focus was to highlight the left-hand corner of this structure with its interesting adornments. First I cropped severely then tweaked the contrast and highlights before converting the entire image to sepia.

Photography by Cee Neuner

And remember tomorrow to check out all the submissions for this month’s One Photo Focus hosted by the talented Stacy Fischer and her Visual Venturing.

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One Photo Focus: December

This month Stacy Fisher from Visual Venturing has given us a beautiful image from Julie Powell (Julie Powell Photography) for December’s One Photo Focus. As always, here is my interpretation first of her image.

One Photo Focus December - Julie Powell - Joanne Ritchie

As the flower was just so delightful I erased the background images, leaving just the flower which was then covered with a little grunge for texture. Somewhere along the processing-way it became monochrome, lol, I completely missed that!

And here is Julie’s original image.

One Photo Focus - Julie Powell - December

What I love about this challenge is how one image can be interpreted in just so many ways. Be sure to go over to Stacy’s Visual Venturing next to see what other’s chose to do.

And many thanks to Stacy for hosting this challenge this year. It’s been a blast to say the least and look forward to more “thinking outside the box” next year!

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Anping Treehouse (November One Photo Focus)

Oh how quickly these last three months of the year go, I can’t believe it’s already November. Only 49 sleeps until the fat guy comes and time for another One Photo Focus with the talented Stacy Fisher of Visual Venturing!

Here is my interpretation of this month’s amazing photograph of the Anping Treehouse in Tainan, Taiwan by Helen Chen of HCC Blog. The roots of a Banyan Tree have engulfed themselves around what was once an old warehouse. Quite amazing.

One Photo Focus - November

Looking at this capture I couldn’t decide for the longest time what to do until I was looking through the photographs recently that my father had in his army kit bag that he’d brought back with him from his time in the South Pacific during WWII.

There were photographs of comradeship and their day-to-day life, then there were some really gruesome shots of the harsh realities they were facing. The darkness within these photos seemed to highlight this reality.  This is what I aimed for in my editing.

Not quite what you see here in Helen’s original photograph thankfully.

Helen Chen November One Photo Focus

Be sure to head over to Visual Venturing by clicking on the badge below to see how everybody else has interpreted Helen’s photograph, my favourite part of this challenge. One Photo yet in SO many different ways… BRILLIANT!

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One Photo Focus – October

Oh how I love the first Friday of the month as that’s when Stacy from Visual Venturing hosts her One Photo Focus – LOVE IT!

This month we have a fabulous photo from Michelle Lunato of Michelle Lunato Photography. If you aren’t already familiar with Michelle’s work I highly recommend a visit as you won’t be disappointed. This is how I’ve interpreted her photo.

October One Photo Focus

Below is Michelle’s original photograph. The line of light from the sun through the water I found mesmerizing so tried emphasizing this by portrait cropping the photo.

Then I removed all but the three boats you see to make the picture less distracting and this being me, pumped up the contrast somewhat!

Michelle Lunato October One Photo Focus

Do pop over to Visual Venturing to see all the submissions. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how we can all have the same photograph yet interpret it in different way. I just love it!