Dense Cloud Spawn (WPC: Dense)

My daughter hates it when I call this snow-rain / hail Cloud Spawn but given there doesn’t appear to be a definitive name here for it, it’s what I choose. Particularly as it reminds me of the sacks of Salmon eggs we’d see down at the river.

At least twice a week we have this “matter” falling from the sky, creating a dense cover over our back deck. DENSE is The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Click on the image below to see all of this week’s submissions.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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Yesterday’s Beauty (One Four Challenge: Week 3)

Here it is Week 3 of the One Four Challenge hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. Robyn’s challenge is to choose one photo of your choice then each week for the next four weeks, process it a different way.

This week I’ve simply converted the photo to black and white. Admittedly I imagined this particular image would “pop” more but sadly for me, it falls way short of that mark.

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And are my efforts for the previous two weeks.

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ABFriday – July

Why do I keep doing this to myself? Yes, I’ve found another photo challenge, but when I read Stacy Fischer’s post regarding the After-Before Friday over at Visual Venturing combined with Robin Kent’s magnificent image, well… I just couldn’t help myself!

If you haven’t already visited Robin Kent’s blog, Photography by Kent, you really must to so. This is his image for the After-Before Friday Challenge.

Robin Kent One Photo Focus July

What is this exactly? It’s where on the first ABFriday of each month all participants edit the same photo. Cool huh?

Now, here is my version of the above iconic photo. I’ve cropped it, I’ve removed most of the people, then added a Grunge Filter to create the feel the photo is much older than it actually is.

One Photo Focus - My Editing

To view all the other submissions for this awesome event visit Stacy at Visual Venturing. I so love how we can all look at the same image but see it so differently – BRILLIANT!

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Life is my MUSE (WPC)

 

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week is… MUSE! The question asked of us was… so what’s your muse – what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time? Good question, what is my muse?

After a week-end of pondering I sat down to write Mother Nature is my muse. Before I knew it I was side-tracked with tidying the backyard following a week-end of festivities. Then I saw this lovely composition and new exactly what my muse is… LIFE!

Life is my Muse

It so appealed to me the fence that’s seen better days, the hot pink chair and a lone purple flower vying for attention between the two. The contrast between the old and the new, the smooth and the rough, the dark and the bright, it’s so life!

Life may not always be as bright and cheerful as that chair, or as delicate as the flower, and there are some days I feel just like that old fence but you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing, I feel so blessed to be part of this journey called life.

And to my Darling Husband on our wedding anniversary, thank you for sharing this journey with me! xx

 

 

Pretty Bird (One Four Challenge: Week 4)

Here we are at Week 4 of the One Four Challenge by Robyn at Captivate Me. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge you select a photo at the beginning of the month and each week process it in a different way. This is my Week 4.

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These were my previous week’s contribution…

This is the photo that began it all…

Pretty Bird Original

And now I’m off to have a cup of coffee to ponder what I could possible do next month. Oh how I love a challenge, lol!

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End of the Line (Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge #24)

 

Has society really come to this? Do we really have to state the obvious?

End of the Track

Seriously, if we aren’t told, we won’t know? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

 

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Pretty Bird (One Four Challenge: Week 2)

 

Okie Dokie, here we are at Week Two of Robyn’s from Captivate Me One Four Challenge and I have to say I was absolutely stumped. No matter what I did, it seemed to always have the same end result until I discovered the “reflection” effect.

Pretty Bird 1-4-2 Challenge

Having tweaked the hues and contrast as much as possible then cropped the bird mercilessly, I then reflected the image, managing to add a wonderful gradient to the overall photo at the same time.

This is so totally out of my realm but that’s what I love/hate about this challenge, it is so freakin‘ challenging, lol! 😉

 

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