Fill the Frame

The challenge to fill the frame gave me an excuse to pull out the close-up filter I have that fits onto my 50mm lens. That and a little editing gave me this photo: The original photo is below so that you can see that I saturated the color, and applied a vignette to darken the... Continue Reading →

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Tour Guide on Patrol with the Ducks

A few days ago I went looking for these guys: Only in real life, they looked like this: I was looking for them because week six on the Dogwood 52-week challenge is alternating rhythm, or to practice using light and dark to create depth and rhythm. Sunlight on the lake often creates harsh shadows which... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

One of my favorite things about photo editing is that is fairly easy to create many variations on a single photograph. When processing my photos I create many versions, saving various edits along the way. For example, I started with this photograph: Created many including these below: Before settling on this one: This final version... Continue Reading →

Thursday Doors: You have to look up to see the Door

There are some beautiful wooden doors at Ely Cathedral: The photo above was taken on the Octagon Tower tour so I was at eye level.  From the main floor of the cathedral though you would be forgiven for looking up and not realizing it was a door: Even with one open, from the floor it's not... Continue Reading →

Thursday Doors: Stone Doorway

Having visited Plymouth Rock as a child, I was curious about visiting the town of Plymouth where the pilgrims departed from. Overall, it was less of a tourist trap than its American counterpart. One of the more charming parts of town was an Elizabethan Garden that was tucked off the main drag.  This first shot... Continue Reading →

Thursday Doors: Secret Garden, Secret Door

I was enjoying a day out at Buckland Abbey and came across this lovely door: It's an entrance to a secret garden that is on the grounds.  Beautiful, but not really easy to photograph, lots of dark shadows.  Here is one of the original shots: The color of the flowers in the original is lovely but a... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

If you are ever at Hampton Court Palace don't forget to look up. The Astronomical Clock, an imposing, functional work of art, was installed in 1540. Other than the time it also indicates high tide at London Bridge.  That's important if you are traveling by barge, as many members of the court at the time... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

As with most places I have lived, I know that I am only going to be here for a few years. It's an evanescent way of life, when you know you will be packing soon.  I think my photography sometimes captures that as well.  Last week, I took this image while out on a walk:... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!

In case you thought it was safe to leave the house, my teenager will tell you it's not: Pictured above, a dinosaur, not my teenager. This is the terrifying or hilarious sight that awaits you at the entrance of National Showcaves Centre for Wales. It kind of depends on how you feel about dinosaurs. As... Continue Reading →

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