When the light works against you! (Friday Flowers)




Gerbera Grunge (Friday Flowers)

It seems almost wrong to “dirty up” a beautiful bright pink gerbera but gosh darn it, a fresh gerbera is just too hard to resist sometimes!

If what is old is new again, why can’t what is new be old?





Pink Papered Petals (Friday Flowers)

An old photo of a pink tulip with a new look. In this age of technology there is no longer such a thing as an old photo. With a little tweaking, a filter or two, an old photo can have new life breathed into it.

Is is recycling, repurposing, or renewing? Or is it simply enjoying the beauty that always was?






Brightly Coloured Raindrops (Flower Friday)

Why is it flowers never look so pretty as when they are covered with fresh raindrops?

My baby petunias are hanging on for dear life as the winter winds begin blowing once again.







Watching from Within the White (Flower Friday)

As is so often the case with me, I was so focused on getting a clear, closeup shot of this white Lisianthus that it wasn’t until I’d downloaded my photos that I noticed the two balls within.

It was as if there was a pair of green eyeballs looking up at me. In retrospect I’m rather glad that I didn’t notice them earlier, they’re a tad freaky!






The Under Belly (One Four Challenge – Week 3)

‘Tis Week 3 of the fabulous One Four Challenge hosted by the lovely Robyn Gosby of Captivate Me.

This week curiosity had me editing to see what my ‘schroom would look like in the ageless sepia tones. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint.


What was interesting after this edit of converting from colour to sepia was, for me at least, it felt as if I cropped the image which I hadn’t. The only other edits after changing the photograph to sepia, was to bump up the contrast and to straighten the image ever so slightly. Below are my previous week’s submissions for comparison.

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Oh, and if you aren’t familiar with the One-Four-Challenge, it’s where you choose one of your own photographs and for four weeks you edit this photo differently each week. It really does makes you think!





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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In a Twirl (One Photo Focus: August)

It’s hard to believe we are half way through the children’s summer vacation. Seriously, where has that time gone? And here we are, time for another One Photo Focus from the equally very-busy Stacy Fisher of Visual Venturing.

This month we have a fabulous photo submitted from the talented Robin Kent of PhotographybyKent. If you aren’t already familiar with this photo challenge of Stacy’s it’s where we all edit this one photo any which way we like. This is my submission…

Joanne Ritchie - One Photo Focus - August

Yes, it’s very different but what can I say, I like it, lol! The editing was all very fast and furious once I saw the result from hitting Tiny Planet. Within this option I increased the twirl to expand the width of the wheel more. From there I pumped up the contrast, then tweaked the hues and temperature slightly to create the background colour.

This is Robin’s original photo.

August - One Photo Focus

What I found really interesting when working with this image was that no matter what I did, the colour of the discoloured copper along the attic edges never changed. Too funny.

Be sure to pop over to Visual Venturing by clicking the link below to see all this month’s submissions – they never disappoint!

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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

Be sure to click on the badge below to see all the submissions for this month’s 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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