After Before Friday – Week 38

For this week’s After Before Friday challenge, I don’t have the inbetween images to show you. It’s been one of those weeks. But I hope you like what I’ve done with this image anyway. I’ll start with the After:

After week 38

This photo is from our recent Scotland trip. We were walking down a road to a ruined castle, and the stone wall was so intriguing I had to take a photo of it. (We didn’t know the people who were ahead of us, but I think they add interest to the picture.)

Here’s the Before:

Before week 38

I think it’s still a lovely photo, even without any processing. For the After photo, I maxed out the contrast, moved the hue a little to the red side of things, and saturated the colors just a bit (less than 15%). Then I cropped it to more of a panoramic feel.

Let me know what you think!

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A Photo A Week Challenge: View

Stirling Castle countryside

Queen's View Scotland

As photographers, we get the chance to take a lot of pictures of many things: scenery, family, scenery, buildings, scenery, pets, scenery. You get the picture (pun intended). I can’t think of anywhere that I’ve ever been where I thought “Wow, I never want to take a picture of THIS place.” And I’m really glad about that. The world around us is amazing. Every place has it’s own type of beauty. These pictures are from our recent trip to Scotland. The first one is looking over the countryside from Stirling Castle. The second (one I’ve posted before) is call The Queen’s View and was the favorite view of Queen Margaret (Robert the Bruce’s wife) in all of Scotland. So this week’s challenge is to find the beauty in your view, whether it’s just outside your kitchen window or from a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE VIEW OR VIEWS.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes and Seascapes

Queen's View Scotland

Big Sur Sunset

One of each. Thanks for the fun challenge, Cee!

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Travel Theme: Colorful

Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Tobermory is the largest town on the Isle of Mull. It’s a beautiful sea port with colorful houses and beautiful trees. I especially love the reflection of the buildings in the bay.

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A Photo a Week challenge: Movie reference

Doune Castle, Scotland

You may recognize this castle, if you’re a Monty Python fan. This castle has the distinction of being every castle (EVERY castle) except the Castle Arggghhhh in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The French taunted Arthur and his men from the tower on the left. One of the windows on the third level was Herbert’s bedroom window from whence he shot the arrow with his plea (“To whomever finds this note…”). Terry Jones (one of the Monty Python boys) narrated the self-guided tour recording. Not only that, but it was also built by one of my ancestors, Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany (c.1340–1420). We love this castle.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH A LINK TO A MOVIE OR T.V. SHOW.

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″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  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.

Travel Theme: Belonging

Waiting for the brideIn the village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond is a beautiful, very quaint kirk. We happened to wander into the village the same day as a wedding, and we caught the groom and his father waiting for the rest of the wedding party to arrive for the ceremony. We had passed the bride and her attendants having some last-minute pictures snapped at a cemetery just down the road, so we knew his smile wasn’t in vain. It was fun to see the men all decked out in their finery so perfectly fitting for Scotland.

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