Monday, January 23, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #19 1.24.12

I am so glad the snow, ice and power outage did not keep me from getting Tones on Tuesday up! I know I say this every week, but I so enjoy seeing your work, learning from you and being inspired. Thank you for linking up! Now on with the showcases from last week (which seems so long ago due to the week I have had)...

Kristy from LifenReflection
Kristy is one of those photographers who has a distinct style. I love the collages that tell a beautiful story and the softness and texture of her photos. Another stunning job Kristy, and just what I needed after the crazy winter weather!

I love the power of black and white to freeze time in a way that color photos cannot. This photo is a lovely example of that. Not only is the subject adorable, but the combination of tones and contemplative expression makes this one of those photos that tells a story. Thank you for sharing and linking up Melissa!

What a beautifully simple photo! And yet it is so dramatic with the tones and the texture. Great job Nancy!

Kristy, Melissa and Nancy please go HERE to grab your showcase button

Now it's your turn to share your photo with altered tones. Here is the guidelines for Tones on Tuesday:
  • The basic idea is to share one photo where you have altered the tones. Such as a black and white, sepia toned, selective coloring or colored photo. Feel free to share the original and edit, or just the edit.
  • Please share a photo that you have taken and edited yourself.
  • If you have more than one photo in your post please indicate which one if for Tones on Tuesday.
  • Please link up with your permalink and not your blog address.
  • Attach the Tones on Tuesday button to your post
  • Leave comments for the other participants, share the love :o)!
  • Have fun!
Disclaimer - By participating you give Scattered Horizons permission to share your photo on this blog. Photographers will be given credit for their work.

One of the positive byproducts of the snow week was having the opportunity to spend time taking pictures around my house. One Wednesday, day 4 of snow and day 2 of snow days, there was a group of at least 30 robins who were flying among the trees in the back yard presumably trying to stay warm. My goal was to capture the robins, the snow on the trees and the snow falling. I must say that wildlife photography is difficult, yet rewarding. What I learned from shooting the robins is try to set your setting as quickly as possible and be patient. It took a while for the robins to become comfortable with my presence and the zoom lens sure helped :o). The first shot is SOOC and the second is a black and white conversion in Lightroom with the basic settings adjusted. 

If you love snow and ice shots be sure to come back this week as that is all I from the past week. I am glad to be decompressing and thawing out! I would love to know what you think and if you prefer the color or black and white. 

Settings: ISO 400, 250mm, ss1/160, f/5.6 (full manual, cloudy wb)

Converted to black and white in Lightroom
"Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain." - Doug Coupland

Joining the link ups below. Be sure to check out the beautiful shots and join the Tones on Tuesday link up found further down!
 Sweet Shot Day  Live, Love, Travel 


  1. It is a very nice conversion, but I think I like the splash of color on the bird in the first version. So funny that there are so many birds in the middle of the snow!

  2. love the shot of the bird! I think i like the splash of red too!

  3. Firstly the composition of your photo is marvellous. Secondly - I think I'd go with your first one, I like the focus and warm one, it gives on the bird. Thank you for your time in hosting this link up.

  4. Great bird shot! I agree with the others. That colour is beautiful and converting to B&W loses the warmth of the photo. Bird colours, on the whole, are so stunning and make the shot leap from the page. The bird is almost lost in the B&W. Lovely composition, though.
    I am loving all the Winter photos with snow from the other side of the world. It's Summer here and we never see snow as the weather is too tropical.
    Thanks for hosting this link up :)
    Have a lovely week.

  5. I love the bird in the snowy branches....I think I prefer it in color though....the orange breast of the robin just steals the picture and pulls you provides a nice focus point! I love snow photos...can't wait to see more!

  6. Oh, to see a robin right now! That would be awesome.

    Love your captures, Emily and thanks for the shout-out! :) Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

  7. That last image is lovely --whether in color or in b/w. :)

  8. I think I prefer the original one over the B&W. A tiny spot of red gives it a lot more visual interest.

  9. You are so kind!! These are all beautiful. When I lived on cattle and horse ranch in North Texas the Robins would visit each winter. We put on several bird feeders in the trees surrounding the gardens. On cold winter mornings we would watch our little friends dine and flutter! Their crimson breasts always glowed against the barren winter background. You did an excellent job of capturing that.


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