Black and white, Challenges

The Old Grist Mill

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The Martintown Grist Mill in Glengarry, Ontario was built in 1846.  Built of local field stone and operated by water power, it sits on the bank of the Raisin River. It served the village and region as a custom flour milling operation for a 101 years, commercial use ending in 1947.  Typical orders were for a bushel at a time of wheat, corn, buckwheat, oats and malt. Below is one of my edited photographs that was purchased by a local resident at a show I participated in at the Mill. DSCN1446 The Grist Mill 8x6

Cee’s black and white challenge: older than 50 years

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Challenges

City Scene Week 4

Robyn hosts the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – one of our own photos edited four ways over the course of the month.  This month I’m just going to play and see what develops – pun intended  :)  For the last week I simply tried this and that, looking to produce something different.  The first slide show shows my steps to arrive at this –

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These are the four versions for this week

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Challenges

City Scene Week 3

Robyn hosts the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – one of our own photos edited four ways over the course of the month.  This month I’m just going to play and see what develops – pun intended  :)   Last week I played with the sky; this week I thought I’d concentrate on the reflections.

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Photography

City Scene Week 2

Robyn hosts the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – one of our own photos edited four ways over the course of the month.  This month I’m just going to play and see what develops – pun intended  :)   This is my original photo, taken in Montreal on a drippy early evening in March.

ORIGINAL

The slide show below outlines the steps I took to take the image to this –

DESATURATED AND BLENDED THE TONES

DESATURATED AND BLENDED THE TONES

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Travel Theme Challenge

Land meets Water

I love the water, in all its forms – from puddles with reflections to the weedy banks of streams to fast flowing rivers to fresh water lakes and the oceans beyond.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Land meets water

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Challenges, Travel Theme Challenge

What Independence means to Cooper

This is Cooper. DSC00729 SL 8x6He’s very obedient.  He understands, “sit”, “stay”, and “leave it”.

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Most importantly he understands, “come”, and he follows all the commands with just hand signals .

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And this has earned him his independence and freedom to explore his 30 acres of yard, field and wood, to check out all the scents and smells, play with sticks, muck about in puddles, and have friends over,

And at the end of the day, he can choose his own bed.

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Ailsa’s travel theme is: Independence

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Photoplay

One Photo Focus July

Stacy hosts the One Photo Focus over at Visual Venturing.   We all work from the same photo and edit it in our own way. Then Stacy does all the work of bringing them together for a visual feast.  This month’s photo was taken by Robin Kent.

one photo focus julyI didn’t know where to go with this.  I took a look around the photo on zoom but it wasn’t suitable for any close cropping since it’s taken at quite a distance.  Looking at the photo I found the people on the left distracting, causing my eye to bounce back and forth between them and the woman on the right.  So I cloned them out along with the fencing on the right.  I played with the power curves and arrived at something close to this. Because I changed the lighting so drastically, the shadows on the right were no longer appropriate so I removed them, as shown below..

one photo focus july SLNever one to know when I’m finished I went into Photoscape, lowered the gamma rays further and added a reflection.  one photo focus july SL ps

Didn’t really like that so much so I cropped it, which is how I gained some additional space at the bottom of the image,  added a moon, and a shadow on the person.  It took several trials and lots of errors to get what I felt was a balance between the sky and the ground.

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Photography

City Scene Week 1

Robyn hosts the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – one of our own photos edited four ways over the course of the month.  This month I’m just going to play and see what develops – pun intended  :)   This is my original photo, taken in Montreal on a drippy early evening in March. DSCN1034 8x61. adjust the lighting

2. adjust the detail

3 & 4.  play with the edges

5. adjust the curve

6. add a soft focus just for fun

7. brighten it

8.  adjust the detail again – perhaps I shouldn’t have added the soft focus :)

9. adjust the colour cast.  The resulting image:

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I have to say, when I did all this, I subsequently inadvertently deleted all the images of the steps :(   SO, i proceeded to repeat what I did in order to recapture the steps and just to prove that they will never turn out exactly the same, below is the image I had after completing the above steps the first time, as opposed to the one above.   I prefer the cleaner look of this one.

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Fine Art Photography, weekly photo challenge

Frog Hollow

When my husband first mentioned Frog Hollow I thought it was his own name for a local spot, but, no.  It’s right there on the road sign: Frog Hollow.   Since I moved here, Frog Hollow and I have become acquainted – it’s about 3 kms down the road.  I have photographed it in winter and the floods of spring, with the butterflies of summer and the glorious colours of fall, and captured more than one sunset.

The weekly photo challenge is: Muse.  A person’s muse is their source of inspiration and photos I’ve taken at Frog Hollow have inspired these pieces of digital art.

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Black and white, Challenges

Round Houses of Veryan

Veryan is a village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, England. There one will find five Round Houses built in the early 19th century, with thatched roofs and a cross on top. A pair stands at either end of the village and one is in the village itself. It is said they were built round so that there was no corner in which the Devil could hide and that the crosses were meant to drive the Devil away, so they say.

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Cee’s black and white challenge is: Houses

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My Own Backyard

St. Raphael’s Ruins

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

This is not the very distant past, but apart from the history of our First Nations people, the history of the settlement of Canada isn’t very distant, and when compared to European history,we just have baby history.  :)

This is St. Raphael’s Church, and around here that’s pronounced St. Raffles. Building commenced in 1821 making it one of the oldest churches in what was then the colony of Upper Canada. In 1970 a fire, natural in origin, burned the church down to the bare stone walls.  It was designated a National Historic Site in 1999 and it is a reasonable walk down the road from where I live.

It served a congregation of Gaelic-speaking Catholic Highlanders who had settled in the county of Glengarry in 1786. For a time St Raphael’s functioned as the administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Upper Canada and today is recognized as the founding church for the Anglophone Catholics of the province.

St. Raphael’s before the fire. http://www.saintraphaelsruins.com/about.htm

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