I was out and about looking for some interesting shots. What I really wanted was a red tailed hawk. Usually they are a dime a dozen when I don't have my camera but now that I had my camera and my new 70 -300 mm lens not a one to be seen. Not a pheasant, not a Canadian goose, not a red fox, nada nothing. So.... something we do have plenty of. Old corn fields and old fences, snow and more snow.
It is so hard not to get reflection from the snow. I forgot my polarized filter so the corn is bleached out. With each new lens is a new learning experience.
The water always looks blue when it is frozen, kind of a blue green. I liked the colors. Makes it look later in the day then it was when I took this.
I was looking for something Ruby for the ruby Tuesday photo shoot. Wasn't sure if these would be red enough.
The barn below was just way to bleached out in the shot. So I played with it. I like the way it turned out. Looks like I painted it....
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I had fun playing with this photo. Another from my fog series this was almost black and white to start with. I just deepened the contrast and increased my colors initially to give it more depth. Then I made everything black and white except the checker board. To give it a sense of ageand make it a little more dramatic I added some film grain. I am in love with this type of framing technique and having a hard time at the moment convincing myself to use any other type of frame for now. So the finished product.
Here is the untouched photo. You can see it needed to be cropped.
I actually kind of like this foggy park shot, it looks just like it did when I was there. I haven't touched this shot, but I couldn't help but play with it in picnik
The shot below I added some depth to the trees by contrasting them and increasing the temp until I got this color. The I added the crystallizing effect and moved it around until I got the effect I wanted. It almost looks like the sun is breaking through the fog and trees. After I got the shot the way I wanted I used a museum matte frame to finish it off. And I am pretty happy with the results.
Anyone familiar with old fashioned lithopanes? With the photo below I was trying to give it that look. I wanted it to look lit from behind and also like an old photo. What do you think? What could I do to improve it? Click on the photo to enlarge it.
I took this photo which I always liked because it reminds me of a really fun day we had at a bock fest and used some tips I got to get a better sepia shot.
I increased the reds as recommended and then converted to black and white and then to sepia. Played around with the warmth alittle. So what do you think. Whenever the whether improves outside I will try looking for shots to covert but for now. Practice makes perfect.....hopefully. Click on picture to enlarge.
For the Community Photo Challenge this week it is to show something new. Post between today and Jan. 1st to play along. I was lucky and extremely happy to get this from my husband. Boy was I surprised and pleased. Now for some good weather so I can go out and play.
Another cool old black and white photo. I used to have a editing program to repair old photo's like this but for some reason it got lost in the move. Anyone know of one that I could get to do the repairs with that isn't to challenging? My old program was so easy and I sure miss it. Wish I could remember what it was called.
The photo below was of my husband's Grandmother. No I didn't take it, LOL. I am guessing from her age in this it was done in the late 1800's or early 1900's. These were her traveling clothes for coming to the United States. I think it is a grand photo.
The community Photo Challenge is ornaments this time. They need to be square so she can do a collage with them I have several, over 200 Santa's so this could go on and on but here are a few. Not all Santa's.
So come on, show us your ornaments.
Not square but I liked the way these two turned out.