blogging, Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – / Two Ways

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Do you edit your photos in a special way?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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blogging, Mental Health, Photography, Travel

Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places

The world can be a stressful place at times. Often there is a need to step back and re-energize our tolerance to stress, pressures and worries.

Certain places in the world can be restorative to our spirit. These places may be somewhere in your own region, in your own street or even in one’s own backyard or a quiet city street.

Such ‘Quiet Places,‘ may bring solace and a settling of the nerves.

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Dalen, Norway

In the year of Covid confusion, I re-visit quiet places in my dreams. Photo archives bring those memories to life again, if only for a transient moment, in the present time.

Like the time, I stayed up in the mountains of Norway..

Or on the banks of the Tauber River in Germany.

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I am drawn to locations by the water, presumably due to the calming effect of the waves gently caressing the shoreline.

What about you?

Where is your ‘Quiet Place?’

Create a Friendly Friday Challenge ‘Quiet Places’ Post

To join the challenge, simply add a ping-back link and a Friendly Friday tag to a new post, then come back here to leave a comment with the published link, so visitors can find you and visit.

If this is your first challenge contribution, there is a full set of instructions on how to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge on my blog header.

Friendly Friday will at StPA, in two weeks time. In the meantime, next Friday, you can discover the next prompt at my Friendly Friday Challenge Co-host’s blog, The Sandy Chronicles.

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History & Traditions

Lens Artists – Creativity

We are all creatives here at the blogging world. As Manja recently commented, posts can be stories, and stories are creative. But today I would like to post some creativity of my own.

I never considered myself a creative sort, that is until I discovered a very old decorative art form from Norway, called Rosemaling and even though I was far away in Australia, I was determined to learn how I could paint in a similarly creative way.

Little did I realize that Rosemaling was to take me to so many places, meet so many fantastic people, and make so many enduring friendships around the world. From Iceland to Turkey, Japan, Holland and back to Australia.

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One of my painting that I have printed on fabric

As I have my own photographic challenge, that I co-host with another blogger, I do like to support other bloggers who are running challenges, when I can. This is the first time I have participated in the Lens Artists challenge.

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My mentor’s Rosemaling

This very old art form, called Rosemaling stems back to the 17th century and I think those who created the styles initially were extremely creative. It arose from Renaissance motifs but developed into individual styles based on each district in Norway.

Rosemaling
Inside an old Norwegian Stave Church. I love this blue!
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1766 Chest from Simenrud Fåberg
Norwegian Rosemaling Telemark Technique
Telemark Style rosemaling I painted. The small rose motif to the bottom left has been used by graphic designers with my permission.

Take a look here for the rules and other participants here Lens Artists – Creativity

Something to Ponder About

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One Four Challenge – January Week 4 – Vote for your Choice

Robyn’s four week One Four Challenge, involves posting a photo each week that you have adjusted/altered in four different ways. Participants range from amateur to professional photographers, and the software, they use similarly widespread.

Last week I experimented with LR, but this week I have used a phone camera app, Sketch Guru, to crop and apply an artistic effect to the photograph. Click on the smaller photos to enlarge. The original photo is seen here.

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Week 1 straightened and shadows adjusted

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Week 2 Heavily saturated and framed

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Week 3 exposure decreased in LR

Week 4 Sketch Guru App
Week 4 – Sketch Guru App – Painted effect

As always I invite you to select your favourite from the four weeks, vote, and post constructive feedback and criticism, if you feel so inclined. I appreciate everyone’s opinion.

I am going with Week 3 to win????

Join in each month at Captivate Me

Something to Ponder About

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Photo Challenge – YELLOW

It is easy to find lots of Yellow around you when you look hard enough.

Such a happy colour –

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More yellow flowers… Banksia… my favourite

Banksia Flower

Riverfire festival: Support the duck???

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Yellow houses….

in New Zealand

To Akaroa.... a hidden diamond

and  in Denmark

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Bees like yellow too……

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I used the picsart app to embellish the final photo

PicsArt camera appJoin in with the Daily Post’s Yellow – Photography Challenge  and find some yellow in your environment.

Something to Ponder About