Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

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The roof of Chillon Castle in Montreux, Switzerland.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Horizon

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Landscape photography comes in many forms: mountains, oceans, deserts. You can think of as many types of landscapes as there are people to think of them. I love this view of the far-off horizon over the Great Salt Lake just north of Salt Lake City. The lake was at a low point, so you can see a lot of eddies and sandbars. The distant mountains and wispy clouds add interest and create a sense of vastness.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF HORIZONS (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR OTHERWISE).

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Hats

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I’m so glad that hats are back in style. They can add so much character to an outfit. I grabbed this photo of my niece on a boat trip on Lake Lugano. We bought hats from a vendor at the dock and were grateful for the shade as well as the fun styles. They even traveled back to the States in great shape.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF HATS AND VARIOUS FORMS OF HEADGEAR.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

One Photo Focus October

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had the chance to participate in one of Stacy Fischer’s One Photo Focus challenges. It feels good to be back.

This month, we received a photo from Michelle Lunato, a wonderful photographer, who provided this beautiful image for us to play with.

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When I opened the RAW image, I made these adjustments first:

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These settings gave me this image:

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I loved the sun flare, but wanted to add a little lens flare to compliment it. I used these settings in the lens flare filter:

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For instructions on using the lens flare filter on an “empty” layer, see this YouTube video.

So adding the flare created a nice, light effect:

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I’ve been playing around with posterizing images lately, and thought this image lent itself nicely to some posterizing. I used these settings in the Photoshop Fine Art Gallery filter:

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I really like how the filter gives the image a more defined look:

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Finally, I wanted to give it more of a painting feeling, so I added a blank layer filled with white and then used a fun eraser brush to “reveal” the image under the white layer:

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I hope you enjoy my experiments. I sure did.

Stacy, thanks, as always, for a fun challenge. For more from this challenge, visit One Photo Focus: October.

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