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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – / Two Ways

beach

Do you edit your photos in a special way?

photo

Do you increase the saturation, like I do, on certain photos?

Some weather conditions mean our snapshots might need brightening, or a slight change in contrast, the background removed, or a portrait touched up. We might want to add a frame or see what the photo looks like in Monochrome?

Portrait or Landscape Aspects in Photography

Experiment with your photography.

Take a shot then turn your Camera around. Take the same shot in opposite format.

Portrait and Landscape. Check the difference.

Gyoen Park, Tokyo

Weekly Friendly Friday Theme – Two Ways

For the photo challenge this Friday, I am asking you to show the Friendly Friday community one or two photographs presented “Two Ways.” That is the same photo or the same environment presented in two different ways, or at two different times.

 cliff at beach

Using the Worpress Media Block – Image Compare

Using the Image Compare block is a perfect way to present this photo challenge, especially when they are of the same size or the same angle.

If your theme doesn’t support this technique or you don’t edit your photos, post a shot of the same location at two different times.

How to Access the WordPress Image Compare Media Block

To access the media compare feature: Find the + sign on the taskbar. Under blocks, scroll down to find all media blocks, and select ‘Media> image compare,’ or search for ‘image compare.’

Upload the two photos as prompted and use the slider to see the changes.

In the individual block settings on the right sidebar, you can choose for the slider to go from side to side or top to bottom. This feature works brilliantly if you have photos the same size but still can be effective, if they are not quite exact, or, if you want to reveal a before and after.

old bridge trondheimbridge
Move the slider to compare

Effective!

We can post a photo two years apart.

I was in Tyssedal Norway, in one of the branches of the beautiful Hardangerfjord in 2014 and then again in 2016 at the same spot. Not an exact match, but close enough for impact.

norwegian fjord

This WordPress Image compare format may be useful to document changes in a landscape that you encounter as the seasons pass by. Photos from your archives might work well.

For example: Summer and Autumn, Winter and Spring, depending on your hemisphere. Or colour and monochrome?

Pop Art and other Photo Effects

Adding a special effect can significantly change the atmosphere or mood of a photo.

I tried something very different in the following photos. Sort of a pop art feel. I don’t feel it is very successful. This was just a fun edit and still quite effective in this format. Use the slider to compare.

Friendly Friday

A new Friendly Friday prompt can be found at TheSandychronicles, next Friday. In the meantime, are you joining in this week? If so, let us know in the comments box so everyone can find your entry.

Friendly Friday Tags and Pingbacks are preferred.

Full instructions on how to participate in Friendly Friday.

128 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – / Two Ways”

      1. I will look for image compare if I’m not in a hurry. I tried the”columns block” a few days ago and struggled to control the placement of photos and text. The post went out about ten hours after I started, because I had obligations during the day.

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              1. I’m glad the block editor did something right. Many people have complained about using it. I switched a long time ago, and I’m used to it now. There are many things I don’t know to try.

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              2. I switched when it was the Gutenberg trial and like you, Anne, I am so glad I did it back then. I might have given up blogging, if it was suddenly foisted upon me.

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  1. On Thursday, November 5, 2020, Something to Ponder About wrote:

    > Forestwood posted: ” Do you edit your photos in a special way? Do you > increase the saturation, like I do, on certain photos? Some weather > conditions mean our snapshots might need brightening, or a slight change in > contrast, the background removed, or a portra” >

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  2. I ‘tweak’ them all the time. It’s surprising what a difference that can make, but I have to be in the right mood to ‘play’. I waited for a long while to find a subject I thought worked well in the slider, but it’s a fun feature. 🙂 🙂

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        1. There seems to be a glitch with tiled/stacked galleries when I use it. I might report it next time as it has persisted for a while. We don’t want to waste too much time that could be spent writing.

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    1. Editing comes down to individual preferences, Sofia. I like posting those photos that do not really require any adjustment. I think it means I have come closer to getting just the right capture. Although it is quite fun experimenting though with special effects.

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  3. This is such a colourful post, Amanda. I really enjoyed seeing how you used the WordPress image compare block to show us your before and after photo edits. A photo can look so different after having gone through colour changes, filters and presets.

    To answer your question, yes, I edit my photos on my blog. I like to edit my photos to give my photos a certain feel to them – and more often than not I want warmth to radiate from my photos. I also like colours, and when it comes to editing the brightness and contrast tools are often my best friend.

    When it comes to taking photos, I prefer landscape mode. Not sure why, but I think I am drawn more things horizontal at eye level – just a preference.

    I also am not a huge fan of Pop Art and special effects on photos, especially the ones you find on mobile photo editing apps. I do think these effects are for the arty kind who want to make a statement. Sometimes subtle editing, such as a bit of brighten, sharpen and colour correct can give a different vibe to the image.

    Hope you are doing well, Amanda.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Mabel and yes we are doing well up here. I hope you are able to emerge from the lockdown cocoon unscathed.
      I take your point on the pop art and don’t often use that because of its artificiality. Andy Warhol did use it to good effect but it doesn’t work great with landscapes.
      Speaking of which, I think landscape mode is the natural first choice for most of us. Then we might observe and turn our cameras, however mobiles are changing that a bit as they are often vertical oriented to begin with.

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      1. That is great you are doing well up there, Amanda. As far as I know those around me are alright here, and we’re all very glad to be able to go out as per normal (as can be) again.

        Yes, you said it. Not a huge fan of pop art due to its artificiality. I have seen some kinds of pop art that has made me dizzy. That is a good observation with mobiles – they are vertical and I tend to take a photo vertically with my mobile. With my camera I naturally use it in landscape mode.

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    2. Ref- Mabel Kwong , I am a fan of Landscape photography like you.As you rightly said,I don’t know the reason.May be it covers a wider area I am not sure.
      I prefer portrait mode for tall structures.
      Thank you for your thoughts and thanks to Amanda I am able to interact with you.
      I agree with you about the mobile photo editing apps which can make you go mad.Sorry for the harsh words.( beauty in the eyes of beholder)

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      1. Yeah, I also have always struggled to say why I like landscape photography. Given a choice between taking a photo on my phone or camera, I will always reach for my camera first – and it will almost always be a landscape shot.

        I have heard good things about Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop mobile apps. Haven’t tried them but maybe some day.

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  4. I didn’t know you could do this in WP and it’s fascinating. I edit my photos, but I focus more on words than images so have not tried anything like this. Will check it out. Thanks.

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  5. Great post fun with the photos. I am a more of a what you see is what you get kind of gal. I just don’t really have time to fiddle with the photos as much as I like, with the new set up it takes me hours now just to do 1 blog hence why I am not posting as much. I love checking out what clever people such as yourself do so when i am able i will have somewhat of a clue as to what I am doing.lol

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    1. No drama, Linda. Post when and how you can. Hopefully the block editor will grow on you, bit by bit. It has so many more options for us. I just checked out columns which I was always frustrated by using the Classic Editor. It looks good too.

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    1. I am so pleased you like a purple beach. It is a bit reminscent of the psychedelic ’60’s isnt it? I will pop over and check out your entry. Thanks for joining in with Friendly Friday.

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  6. Great challenge Amanda. It’s my opinion that many photos have GREAT photo lurking beneath the surface. All it takes is time, patience & digital tweaking ! I’m looking forward to what folks have to show.

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  7. I had never come across the image compare either, It’s quite addictive. You could give lessons in how to use wordpress properly for people like me who never bother to look!

    I fiddle around with all my photos. My contribution;
    deathbyshyness.wordpress.com/2020/11/07/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-two-ways/

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  8. Oh thank you so much for this mini tutorial. I’ll give it a try and enter your challenge (a couple of days late). What can one do, in a different hemisphere?

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    1. The challenge is open for seven days, kzmcb, so don’t stress too much. We factor in global participation! Next year the challenges will run for two weeks, so far less pressure.

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    1. They are lots of fun and I could not resist. I do think they have a place though, not in every post. They are perfect for illustrating a sequential event or a before and after.

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    1. Good on you, Knickers! The regularity of Friendly Friday must help! I wonder how many other followers have been inadvertantly dropped off the WordPress cliff. Thanks for finding me again.

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  9. Thank you for another lovely inspirational post and challenge.

    Your clicks are great!!

    Love the portrait & landscape one.

    HDR gives some satisfaction but looks dramatic.

    Black and white depends upon the individual taste.

    Pop art is unique but I feel it’s a bit overdo.

    Ultimately the whole show depends on the likes and dislikes of the photographer doing things to his / her satisfaction.

    “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical” Sophia Loren

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  10. Though I’m not much of a photo editor, editing is very important. You might not see the hidden gem in that boring looking smartphone shot until you make some edits.
    Some of the best pics I took came from a bit of cropping and adjustment of saturation.

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  11. Yet another discovery about WP from your blogsite: thank you, Amanda! All these gems I am uncovering because I’ve popped in to visit!

    I don’t spend enough time editing my photos – you have reminded me of the powerful tools we have at our fingertips. And how a little change in perspective can make all the difference.

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