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From Phone Line to Life Line

I have seen a few of these now in my various travels, and I just think they are a very good idea, a nice use of the iconic phonebox no longer in use:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2/2 1/230sec

For my edit, I wanted to take out some of the distracting elements and create a more vintage looking photo.  To create the crop I used the line of bricks on the left, which was enough to remove the black street poles and the partial window above the defibrillator. I used a vintage preset for the vintage look but then added back in the hue and saturation of the reds because I didn’t want to lose that iconic red completely in the interpretation. I also put some clarity back into the edit and darkened the corners more than the preset had. Here is the result:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2/2 1/230sec

What do you think of my interpretation? Do you also use presets as a starting point for editing? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Here was my slightly different take posted on Instagram:

Just thought this was a cool repurpose of a #phonebooth #defibrillator

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Cheers!

Added in a bit of a cheeky way to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Power Lines.

 

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A Garden Maze

After a recent visit to Chatsworth House I brought home this image:

ISO 800 22mm f/20 1/80sec

From that I made this:

ISO 800 22mm f/20 1/80sec

I started with the crop. The original file was shot with a wide angle lens with the intent of taking in as much of the scene as possible. For the image I was creating, I wanted to leave the large trees as a frame for the maze but lose some of the foreground which I thought wasn’t necessary. I then pulled the yellow, brown, orange, blue, and purple tones out of the image. I then used a graduated filter in the sky of the image and added some blue tones back into that area only.

The result, I hope, is an image just slightly removed from reality, but not so far removed that you couldn’t imagine being here. Do you think I succeeded? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns.

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Wordless Wednesday: Are You Looking At Me?

 

ISO 25 4.15 f/2.2 1/200sec

Added to A Photo A Week Challenge: Attitude.

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Morning at the Grotto

I created this image after a recent boat trip to the Blue Grotto in Malta:

ISO 800 14mm f/9.0 1/1250sec

 

The original image is here:

ISO 800 14mm f/9.0 1/1250sec

For this particular edit, I wanted to draw attention to the row of boats. I cropped the photo using the rule of thirds as a guideline, placing the anchor painted on the first boat on the lower left grid point of the rule of thirds. That also cropped out the people on the bench, which for this edit, was something I wanted to do. When I was working with the color in the image, I boosted the whites to make them separate a bit from the blue tones. I also brought up the exposure just a bit. I didn’t want to totally lose the shadows of the early morning though, the sun is encroaching, but it was still cool in this spot, and I wanted the tones to still keep the feel of that.

What do you think of this edit? Does it seem to reflect the cool calm of morning before the day is fully up and running? Within the half hour, all these little boats would be busy running tourists out to see the beautiful blue waters of the grottos in this area.  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge: Row.

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Bright Field, Old Church

This is the kind of image I don’t get much of here in England, one taken on an intensely sunny day:

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But it has been a different type of summer here, one that is warm and very little rain. This photo was taken with my point and shoot.  I liked the image but did want to edit it a little bit.  The photo below is what I finished with:

ISO 100 12.1mm f/5.0 1/320sec

The crop was where I started. I wanted to lose the lower left corner of the field and bring the church in just a bit closer. I’ve also used the tone curve to make the colors a bit deeper and I applied a vignette to the corners.

What do you think of the edit, does it retain its sunny day feel? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge: Field and Wandering Wednesday: Landscapes.

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Where is your Focus?

I have a small point and shoot camera. It’s a nice camera but the one I am least likely to have with me. I almost always have my iPhone with me, and when I know I am going to be taking photos, I usually choose my Canon 50D over the Canon Powershot that is in the point and shoot range of cameras. A few weeks ago, I decided to make an effort to carry around the point and shoot more which is why I had it on a visit to the lake where I took this picture:

ISO 100 19mm f/5.6 1/200sec

I visit this lake a lot. As a result, those swans are seen frequently here on my blog and also my Instagram feed:

And then there were just two #cygnets #thingsiseewhilewalking #nofilter

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If you are a regular reader of this blog and are wondering about these swans, yes, this is the pair that had four cygnets this Spring. Unfortunately, all of them have now gone missing.  It’s sad, as they would have been too young to make it on their own.

This particular morning, in addition to having my least used camera, I was also thinking about a way to photograph the swans a bit differently.  The file above is what I came up with and this was the final edit:

ISO 100 19mm f/5.6 1/200sec

For the photo itself, I focused on the vegetation on the shore, which softens the focus of the birds on the lake. The thought I had in framing this shot was to have the plant seem to be pointing to the birds and leading your eye into the frame. The crop was to decrease the amount of vegetation on the far bank. I’ve also decreased the highlights, sharpened the photo, and added a vignette to darken the edges.

It’s a different photo for me, I tend to like everything in focus. What do you think of this interpretation of the swans? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Soft.

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Wordless Wednesday in Black and White

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Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs of Any Kind.

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