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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White

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Over at Sally’s Lens and Pens blog, she showcases some marvellous photos and inspirational tips each week with a rotating theme. I don’t get a chance to participate every week anymore, but I still like to catch up with her advice and links. If you would like to check it out, here is the link

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/

I liked the contrast on this photo, I selected, as I feel that it told a story, or is that just wishful thinking? A Black and white format seemed so appropriate. Would you agree?

 

Something to Ponder About

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

With the ubiquitous phone cameras accumulating an over-abundance of photos, joining in with the Phoneography challenge, over at lensandpensbysally , is almost a given.

Here is my macro submission! Cropped but no other filter applied.

Taken with my new Galaxy S4 note

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and the original for comparison, (and cuteness) :

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Hello there!

Macro photography –

revealing in its detail,

stunningly artistic in its form

and surprising in its (original) format

Join in over at Lensandpens

Something to Ponder About

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Photo 101 Day Eight: Natural World Leading Lines

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It seems I have loads of photos of the man made world where lines lead your eyes around the photograph but this is one of the few I can lay my hands on at the moment that comes form the natural world.  Taken at the Ginger Factory in Yandina, Australia, where the terrential summer rain was really taking hold….. Nothing like a Tropical thunderstorm to freshen up the air.

Day 8 of Photo 101 – Something for the lens to look and ponder about

 

 

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One Four Challenge – January ( Bellagio) – Week 1

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This Challenge is not only pretty easy to do: one photo, edited four different ways, but it is also pretty easy to learn many things, from good photographers, along the way.

Week 1 – cropped and lightened the image.  Straightened and cropped somewhat. This is a photo I could really get my teeth into editing.

Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted
Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted

That’s a bit better!!!! But I have lost a bit of the peephole effect.

Photograph taken with an aging Canon Power Shot, and adjusted via a Nexus 4 editing software – July 2014

Join in with the One Four Challenge and see more entries on Robyn’s blog

I’d very much appreciate your thoughts or feedback. I would really like the photo to highlight the patterns in the mountains, and keep the peephole effect.

Something to Ponder About

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One Four Photo Challenge – December Week 3

I loved the colours in the driftwood in the original photograph, shown in the previous One four Challenge post,  but really wanted to see where the effects could take this with my desktop photo editor.

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This week I tried to alter this picture a little more. I cropped out the large black mass at the base of the photo and straightened it a little, then adjusted the contrasts and added a graduated tint to the top.

 

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But it wasn’t that much different from last week, so I added an effect  and a frame for fun!

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Quite dramatic I think! A ghostly effect, although I seemed to have created another dark mass at the base. Perhaps that is a task to adjust for next week?

A photography challenge to Ponder About

 

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Week 12 Finale Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge – Craft Activity Collage

WeliveinaFlat has been running a Photo along with Firebonnet for the last twelve weeks. I only entered week 7, so I had some catching up to do. There is so much to learn about camera apps which are downloadable on  an iphone or android smartphone.. The first time I tried using them, I was hopeless at getting the app to do what I wanted, but persistence pays off and through many trials and errors, I am discovering all sorts of additional tricks to add to your photos to enhance them.

So in order to tell a story with photos in the finale of the Snappy H’appy challenge, I had to find a connecting series of photos.  My photo story is a craft tutorial on how children can make a wool sheep from pegs, cardboard and wool. My previous post also used this concept of photo editing so it is included below.

 

Kids craft

 

 

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Cut out two small ears from black felt

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Coloured sheep
Pre schoolers will love making these fun coloured sheep

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And the last post on my blog: (photo hereunder) is another collage I put together via Moldiv and Aviary to tell a story. Thanks to the Snappy H’appy team for inspiring me!

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More info on using the camera apps can be found at weliveinaflat   I used Moldiv Aviary, and Picsart to enhance and collate these photos. Snapseed was used for the final photo

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/collage-for-photo-story/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/05/02/snappy-happy-finale-lets-tell-a-story/

http://sassmuffins.com/blogs/posts/14117261-snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-12-mix-it-up

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-12-mix-it-up/

My Previous entries:

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-1-light-bokeh/
https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/week-3-of-snappy-happy-photo-challenge/
https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-6-colour-filter/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-7-turn-your-photo-into-a-sketch/

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Telling a story with your photos and the versatility of camera apps to help you is something to ponder about