Editing a challenge photo —theme of chocolate, and the subject is being used as a muse while editing…



2011 Jan 16-26s



It’s As Easy As ABC…

It’s not a new idea. It’s not even mine. I don’t know who started doing it first. Probably some child who was tired of deciphering shapes out of clouds on lazy sunny days.

But however it started, here it is today. The alphabet, in visual form, for your viewing pleasure!

The oldest of the images I have on my site dates back about 6 years; on occasion I will notice another letter; or go through periods of not noticing. I have gathered them, and am now aware that K is either a hidden letter out in the world or one that I just don’t look for!

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I’ve created a few templates and created some WordArt that is ready to frame, as well.

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It’s an interesting exercise, looking at the world as a potential alphabet.  I think sometimes it would be neat to try to do full themes of letters, like the book set that I started…

Stop by The View From the Passenger Window and purchase the letters you need to spell your special word! A VERY unique holiday gift!

(I REALLY need to remember to update this blog more often! I do the other blog, and forget this. Probably a good thing I have no readers??)


This time around I am going to post some photos for another challenge I participated in.

The challenge was GREEN. Interpret, please. There are obviously so many ways you can photograph the color green. But what ‘says’ green? What has a an active feeling of green, over and above including the color itself?  I enjoy challenges, because they do cause you to look at things again. Look at them for the first time, or in a very different way. Green was suddenly everywhere!

My first thoughts were a rainy night on a street full of traffic lights, all turned green. Great visual, but not something easily orchestrated. What about piles of cash? Or recycling? American Express cards, my green M&M coffee mug, shamrocks, a blade of grass.

I decided on a lovely warm day to go puttering in my garden. I discovered the smallest, the first popping up of seedlings (WEEDS)… I dug one up, potted it, and took some interesting photos. Probably would have chosen this had we not decided to take a top down ride to Williamsburg a few days later.

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With seedlings in mind, we ran across a garden in the Colonial section, complete with Colonial gardener resting from his labor. I immediately took some photos and loved what I got (I didn’t ask him to pose, I don’t know if he thought he was even in the image).

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I really like this shot. The composition is dynamic, with the green crop growing in the front, and I chose a slightly deeper depth of field to keep the gardener in focus. I used a number of my favorite actions in Photoshop Elements and am happy with the aged, soft quality. (A few other versions of this image can be seen HERE )

But as we were meandering, I spotted a girl sitting on a grassy expanse, studying. And as we got closer to her, I saw she was situated perfectly in front of one of the main buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. I added a surreal glow, to emphasize the softness of the day. This is the photo that others on the site seemed to like best to say GREEN.

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The composition is basically symmetrical, but the student off-center and forward lends something to what could have simply been a snapshot of the Governor’s Palace.

It didn’t get into the finals. C’est la vie!

Some Photos….

This blog is something that I have wanted to do for a while. I even set it up to be part of my new year resolution, but here we are. Let’s call it my spring 2010 resolution—how’s that?

So, my first post of photos. Not “earth-shattering, I have to own it photos”. Not today. But still.

I went to a quilt show recently, and while there had in the back of my head a photo challenge on at a group of which I am a member.

I was keeping my eyes open for the theme of ‘Together or Apart.’

I had planned on people not interacting, sitting in chairs, strangers to each other but close together.

But when I arrived, I started noticing how close we would get to the quilts, to really explore them.

I photograph a lot of quilts, because I like to have them at home, to drool over and be inspired by.

And quilters, well we are generally a polite group of people. Aim your camera (Point and shoot, DSLR or phone) at a quilt and everyone scurries out of your way…  ‘Oh, so sorry!’…they don’t want to ruin a quilt photo with their silhouette.

I realized that I LIKED the interaction, and sometimes, when someone was alone with a quilt, I would turn off my flash and try to take one or two shots before they realized they ‘were in my way’.

I noticed something odd when I got home. Where the quilt viewers attracted to quilts they dressed like, or was I attracted to color/style selections subliminally?799043359_2010-feb maqs-19 20x201
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799042701_2010-feb maqs-31In these two images, the woman with flowing white hair and a brighter colored jacket gravitated toward the white quilt, and the woman in sensible black– while her clothing isn’t colorful, her pocketbook is exactly the same faded, soft color of the quilt….

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I cheated a bit, because this lady was absorbed in the quilt in front of her, not the one next to her. But still, she suits the quilt!


This is the image I ultimately submitted, (in black and white, of COURSE!!) Made it to the finalists.

(I have attempted to identify all quilts and quilt makers. If you are the creator of the quilt and prefer it not to be shown here, please contact me.)