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Colour Splash Effect | Photoshop

Originally posted on Blogenture:
I started learning how to use different aspects of Photoshop a few years back and I’ve decided to develop my skills some more. The tutorial I am going to share today is called the Colour Splash Effect. I felt like doing this as soon as I saw the cover picture for…

When The Stranger Came Home

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:
Photo Credit: Hunter McGinnis via CC Flickr A fascinating story to share with you today… A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to…

#Photography101: Water & #NaBloPoMo Day 5

Water

I had a little grumble when I woke up this morning and saw the challenge ‘water’ for the Photography101 challenge for today.  Not only because my immediate thought was that I would have to go outside but yes I have that miserable winter bug caught from my children over half term, they always like to share the little darlings.

So the prospect of going outside wasn’t an appealing one but actually in hindsight it does tend to make one feel better and ‘clear out the cobwebs’ so to speak.

So I found a puddle, yep not some roaring ocean or majestic river flowing over sparkling stones but a puddle!

I am taking on Cheri’s advice from yesterday and finding art or interest in the mundane and seriously, how more mundane than a puddle. right?

I live in the UK, so puddles are as common as queues here.

Now I took a vertical and horizontal shot of the puddle shots, as requested by the challenge, with my trusty steed, my iPhone6.

When I looked at the shots from my phone I preferred I thought the horizontal one, but now I see it on the blog I muchly prefer the vertical one.

I suppose that is part of the exercise right, to see how one image can be affected by the placement of the shot?

Why do I prefer the vertical.  Mainly because of the reflection in the puddle, it is a street lamp which is long and the vertical one to me accentuates this, whereas the horizontal one just squashes everything up.  So I have learn’t from this that perhaps long items do better on vertical shots, but I stand to be correct on that.

Puddles

Now in keeping with my writing for NaBloPoMo I feel I should do puddles some justice seeing as they are everywhere, often ignored, often misjudged!!!

Look at this puddle, what do you see?

It is a drinking well for little animals, survival for some, pleasure for others.

It holds the vestiges of Autumn, holding the leaves perhaps with their colour a little longer for our visual appreciation, should we care to look.

The puddle cleans tips of boots should they dare to wander through bringing joyful glee to children splashing through with vigour.

Puddles highlight rubbish like cigarette butts that people might toss their way, a silent plea to pick it up and put it away.

Puddles highlight the rest of the world through reflections like a mirror,

They cause pretty patterns when they are dappled by the droplets of rain, for all our amusement.

Puddles are in fact ART!!!

Can you think of anything else to say about puddles or am I completely nuts?

 Horizontal Shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Vertical shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Macro Water

I thought I would continue the whole water and my slightly cold infested aka loopy loo state of mind back indoors and get arty farty with some macro water.

The shots below are taken with my Fuji Bridge Camera, the poor mans DSLR

What did I find with the first black and white picture below, did I learn anything?

For me, I enjoyed playing around with the colours, seeing that turning it black and white highlighted the line that water makes when inside glass.  I like the slight ripples that one can see, I am such a ripple girl!  What does that mean I hear you ask, I decline to answer.

Also I enjoy the distortion the water and glass give if you look above the line and below.

This is the Horizontal Shot

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

Vertical Shot

I got a bit arty farty again I am afraid.

Here I played with the colours a little and tried to work it to focus on the ripple on the right.  In doing so it almost becomes as bright as a light and again its a ripple and I am as said before a ‘ripple girl’.

Photography101: Water

Photography101: Water

 Which photo do you prefer and why?  I would love to hear.

I was going to try and write a poem for the Nano thingy but exhaustion from this buggly wuggly thing has taken over and bed calls me for a mo de toe!!!

When I awake I shall eagerly respond to any and all comments for which I sleep and wait with eagerness.

Snuffly huggles, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddnsods.com

Photography101

Photography101

Photography101 Water

#Photography101

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NaBloPoMo_November

NaBloPoMo 

#NaBloPoMo

Nano Poblano 2014

Nano Poblano 2014

 

#Photography101: Street & #NaBloPoMo Day 4

Street

Royal Crescent Bath

Royal Crescent Bath Summer 2014

Royal Crescent Bath Summer 2014

A little history about the crescent.

The Crescent was built during the 18th Century and with the architectural history of Bath was speculative, entrepreneurial and a commercial venture.

It was designed by John Wood who wished to continue his fathers grand designs similar in vein to fashionable Palladian style and Masonic symbolism.

These buildings were ultimately to cater for the newly emerging middle class being a new social group of people who though lacking the highest status or title used their affluence to have no need to work with their hands and to embrace the lifestyle of their social superiors.

Though they most likely could not afford fine country mansions they could however afford fairly large town houses.  These were cleverly presented by the Woods as palaces or grand terraces.

This architectural design provides a magnificent sweep of buildings like giant columns and it creates an impression hard to forget.

Building began in 1767 and finished in 1775.  No two houses are the same which includes stairs, walls, roofs etc.

There is a Museum at No 1 and the Royal Crescent Hotel.

Some houses were seasonally let out to socially acceptable people only by the floor or house.  Sometimes visitors would arrive with the entire contents of their house just to stay for this period of time.

Today eight houses are occupied by one family.  One house is owned by the Council.  The remainder are divided in to flat in varying sizes.

I do not live in Bath however.

I visited here this Summer and this is a panoramic photo that I took with my finepix Fuji which apparently so I found out today is not a DSLR or SLR it is a Bridge Camera, which is something of a hybrid between a camera with a separate lens and a digital compact camera.  I think it is the poor man’s DSLR.

What about the streets where I live?

I think the Daily Post had a street challenge before and I really struggled with this.

Why is this?

Basically I do not have amazing buildings to photograph of any interest on the main street, the side streets, aka residential streets have pretty enough houses, but every street is festooned with either and or, cars, vans, bollards, outside toilets, scaffolding, skips etc etc or road works.

It got me thinking as well.

What do I look at when I go out?

What do you focus on when you go out for a walk?

This challenge has highlighted that basically apart from when I need to cross the street, that is not where my eyes are drawn.

I did in my attempts to take a local street picture snap away with my iPhone 6 and though I don’t feel it fits the ‘street’ criteria for the above challenge I have enclosed a pictorial journey of my walk to my youngests school today and back and what ‘I’ see as my own personal ‘street view’.

This I would like to share with you…

Picture 1

My son always climbs on this letterbox every time I take him to school.  Usually I pre-tell him not to get on it, as I always worry he will slip or something, over cautious me.

However today I said to him, run ahead and go and get on that letterbox!

He did give me a small double take wondering if I had gone mad.

My youngest on the letterbox

My youngest on the letterbox

Picture 2

The little monster, sorry cherub was dropped off at school and as I turned tail to return the sunshine was peeking through the railings towards the school fields, a snap not to be missed me thinks!

School Grounds

School Grounds

Picture 3

I couldn’t help the urge but to swing by one of the local Commons en-route home.  The sun was still yawning and waking up, poking through two arched trees that seemed to make a nice frame for the lonely bench below.

No doubt it would get occupied very soon by some dog walker.

The Common early morning

The Common early morning

I wanted to include a lovely comment that might get missed below by siriusbizinus

Public benches have always been a fascination for me. Lives have grown together and apart on them, the homeless might have needed them to rest, and countless other thoughts and musings have transpired on them. So quiet and simple, and yet they have borne witness to many different lives over the years.

Picture 4

Now I am a sucked for nature.  Upon a street view, my eyes are always drawn to the plants and flowers.  My favorite time is after they have had a dewy bath, so today was wonderful.  Here is a small selection of the ones that tickled me pink. (please click each one individually to get the full benefit)

Picture 5

I love this one, not exactly sure why, maybe it is the two lonesome dog walkers walking towards each other almost directed by the sunlight that is struggling to be seen?

Dog walkers

Dog walkers

Picture 6 & 7

These two are on the last leg home.  I cut through from the 2nd Common down the alleyway.

I have no idea why I like the graffiti photos.  I would chastise anyone if I saw them doing it, but from my own perspective taking a photo of it here it provides me with some visual pleasure be it that the graffiti is not even particularly artistic.

What do you think?

Graffitti

Graffitti

Graffitti

Graffitti

Which is your favourite picture?

&

What do you look at on your regular walk?

Photography101

Photography101

Photography101: Street

#Photography101

Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road in a small town, an alley near your apartment, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes

NaBloPoMo_November

NaBloPoMo_November

NaBloPoMo Day 4

#NaBloPoMo

Nano Poblano 2014

Nano Poblano 2014

Thank you as always for reading and viewing.  Justine xx

© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent & #NaBloPoMo Day 1

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent & #NaBloPoMo Day 1

The first few photos are of Clovelly Village which I have written about before.

However, the whole village is just one street, this street beautifully laden with restored cobblestones, kept to their original state from years back.  This village is so steep one cannot drive through it, you have to either park at the top or bottom and walk the rest of the way.

Hence I thought this a perfect representation of Descent from the Weekly Photo challenge, the original link of which you will find here:  Weekly Photo Challenge:  Descent

Clovelly Village the lovely long steep cobblestone walk

Clovelly Village the lovely long steep cobblestone walk

At the bottom of the steep cobblestone path is the most amazing Harbour.  At points on the way down one could see views over the sea through pink blossom or over whitewashed walls making me reminisce of teenage holidays in Greece or Portugal.

Clovelly Village view down to the Harbour

Clovelly Village view down to the Harbour

The Harbour in itself is simply fantastic, a photo opportunity not to be missed with the waters out and all the seaweed laden stone and wood, split driftwood, boats and old fishing items.

What is it about the fascination for rust, do you have this as a photographer?  I was told that many ‘amateur’ photographers have a fascination with decay and rust.

Though of course I do put myself in this category it did make me chuckle, will it be something I should aspire to grow out of?  Will this mean I am no longer an ‘amateur photographer’.  If so I think I will stay the same as I really do enjoy a bit of deterioration.

Clovelly Village - the Harbour

Clovelly Village – the Harbour

 

Descending the Dunes in Devon

Next we have our Summer Holiday in Devon.  We stayed right next to the sand dunes.

Visually I appreciate the beauty of what I call these magnificent creatures, but with my back issues, slightly fear them.

However my 8yr old took one look, nabbed a snow toboggan from somewhere, which actually was totally unsuitable and climbed to the top.

He then hurled himself down with vigour, on a few occasions he came flying off at speed as the vehicle he was travelling on just stopped!

However as you can see by the last photograph he discovered a sort of sand cliff and adopted the ‘no fear no gain’ attitude and went hell for leather over it.

No broken bones I am pleased to say just a few more grey hairs for me.

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

Devon my youngest speeding down the sand dunes

NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo_November

NaBloPoMo_November

Now to go on to the Nano thingy, which is a double challenge, one to write a novel in a month, which I am NOT doing, the other to post daily during November.  You will see here the official badge, so if you come across one of my posts or anothers you know that is what they are doing, you can also click the badge to go to one of the organizers blog to find out more about it or here:  NaBloPoMo blogher

Nano Poblano 2014

Nano Poblano 2014

There is however some kind of peppery gang on wordpress gathering together also joining in the united fun, you will find the official image here and the main organizers so I believe here (stand to be corrected if wrong!)

markbialczak

Sheena

However how long I last I have no idea.  I might need a rocked up my backside to keep me going or some encouragement (looks around to any readers and fellow bloggers).

I hope you are having a fab weekend so far!

© Justine, Eclecticoddsnsods.com

 

 

Tuesday Treats! Meeting fellow bloggers

friendship

Tuesday Treats!  Meeting fellow bloggers Tomorrow is my birthday and wow what a fun week so far I have had, but what has made it really really special is having Samantha from FarmerFarthing come to stay for a couple of days. Shrek doesn’t believe that one can make ‘proper’ friends through blogging, which I find…

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