Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a word:¬†¬† ¬† I decided to follow Paula’s lead and interpret them all. ¬†Please click on any image for a better view. Populated – King Cormorants on an isle in the Beagle Channel¬† Time Sensitive – Mirabilis Jalapa, or commonly known as Four O’clocks because they usually don’t open until around four o’clock¬† Companionable¬† Clandestine ¬† And lastly the burgeoning city … Continue reading Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

More about Composition

Composition is one of the elements that scared me the most when I first started painting. ¬†I did not have a handle on what made¬†a composition¬†‘good’. ¬†But it’s true that the more you do the better you get and composing my photos is becoming second nature. ¬†I look for something on which to ‘hang’ the composition. My first image (click on images to enlarge them) … Continue reading More about Composition

Photo Editing: Redesigning

I’ve been reviewing some of my photos and thinking, “this should be a pretty good image, but it isn’t. ¬†What’s wrong with it?” ¬†Then I reverted to my painting and composition background and realized, “They are too busy. ¬†If I’d painted this it wouldn’t be so cluttered.” ¬†So I set forth and changed the landscape :). ¬†Here are two examples. The black hole on the … Continue reading Photo Editing: Redesigning

Photo Editing: Transformation

Sometimes I edit to improve my original image – set the grey scale, tweak the detail, raise the contrast. ¬†Sometimes it’s to remove elements – the garbage can sitting the background, the telephone wires draped across the sky, the back end of a car destroying the balance of the image. And sometimes I like to transform my image – using distortion techniques, or extreme zoom, … Continue reading Photo Editing: Transformation

Photo Editing: Organized Noise

Paula at Lost in Translation invited¬†Tobias M. Schiel¬†to host her Thursday’s Special challenge, the theme being organized noise. ¬†Please read his interesting and thought provoking¬†post. I really like the term ‘organized noise’; it has such possibilities. ¬†What rang true for me was Tobias’ comment – ” . . .¬†¬†there is also the aspect of organizing noise into music ‚Äď or visual ‚Äėnoise‚Äô into pictures. Some … Continue reading Photo Editing: Organized Noise

Photo Editing – Cropping for Effect

Sometimes there is more than one image hiding within a single photograph. ¬†Here is a nondescript, ho-hum photograph of the 15thC tower house of King John’s Castle in Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland, followed by three different images cropped from this one photograph. ¬†Please click on any image for a larger view. #1¬† In addition to cropping I judiciously removed any elements that I felt were … Continue reading Photo Editing – Cropping for Effect

Photo editing – we are what we edit

I spent all of December at the hospital with my husband and it became my only source of subject matter, but I ¬†took photographs to distract myself. ¬†Now at home I have begun to¬†view and edit them and as I do¬†so I realize my editing choices are¬†very much connected to my experience. ¬†I suppose this is always true – we are, after all, the sum … Continue reading Photo editing – we are what we edit

Photo Editing Two Ways – House at Sandside Bay

Play time. ¬†I like this photo, for its composition and subject matter, but it’s a little too soft for my taste. ¬†So I played. First up, I worked on the detail, contrast and lighting. ¬†The HDR creates a haloing effect resulting in the grey sky but in this image I liked it and kept it – I think it goes well with the mood and … Continue reading Photo Editing Two Ways – House at Sandside Bay

After Before at the Bus Stop

Stacy at Visual Venturing hosts After Before Friday. ¬†This week Lor√© Dombaj at Snow’s Fissures and Fractures graciously agreed to stand in while Stacy takes a break. This is my original image. ¬†I liked the shadows and lines but beyond that I found it uninteresting. ¬†There is no point of interest. I decided to give the girl on the right a greater role.¬†In cropping I … Continue reading After Before at the Bus Stop

Black and White: Composition

Cee’s black and white challenge is hands, feet or paws. ¬†Thus challenged I decided to see what I could glean from my street photography files. ¬†I wanted to see if I could produce an engaging image with feet as the focus; not just a photo of feet, but a photo that might give pause to the viewer – a composition challenge. ¬†Not so easy, a … Continue reading Black and White: Composition