Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #27 3.20.12

Welcome to Tones on Tuesday! I am enjoying all the new faces and photos linked up, and of course I love that many of you are regulars here. I feel like I get to know you a little more each week through your photos :o). I can't wait to see what you have to share this time around. Before we get to that, though, let's take a look back at the amazing shots you shared last time. I think I am ready for Spring to come based on the photos I am showcasing...are you?

Ruth at RHWest: Photography, Art and Inspiration
The softness of the photo draws me in and the bright purple gives such a create depth. And then there is the light! This just screams Spring. Thank you for sharing with us Ruth!

Where to begin with this photo? The vibrant colors, the light making the flower glow or the beautiful boken in the background...it all makes for an exquisite image. Stunning, simply stunning! Thank you for sharing this inspiring photograph!

Evelyn from Within My Focus
Soft, delicate with a touch of vintage flair combined makes for one gorgeous photo! I love how the tones are subtle and compliment the composition so well. Thank you for sharing and linking up here Evelyn!

Ruth, Seeing Each Day and Evelyn please go HERE to grab your showcase button.

Now it's your turn to share your photo with altered tones. Here are 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.
  • One photo per photographer please. 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 or a link back here to your post
  • Leave comments for at least 3 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.

This week I am sharing a photo I took on Sunday while on a ferry headed to Bremerton. Living in Washington State for most of my life I have been on many ferry rides and each time I have the same feeling. I feel like I am setting out on some grand adventure for places unknown and I am filled with a childlike wonder. The photo below was taken through the window of the ferry of the ship cranes at the Port of Seattle. Having taken countless field trips to Seattle as a teacher, I often refer to these as the "dinosaurs," a term I picked up from my students. I love the lines and the colors and the mechanical feel of them. For my edits I used a few different presets in Lightroom (after I had done a clean edit). With the first photo I used the HDR Effect - Medium preset that I still cannot find the source of (I hate when that happens as I like to give credit and a link to download it - if you know where it came from please let me know, thank you!). I like how it emphasized the colors and made everything pop. For the second I used the B&W Creative - Sepia Tone and the B&W Filter - Red High Contrast presets that are standard in Lightroom. I wanted a vintage feel, as if it were taken years ago of the same port. 

In both cases I did spot removal before the final edits. I removed a light reflection as this was taken through a window and a smooth part of the water that did not match the rest. If you are unfamiliar with the Spot Removal tool in Lightroom it is amazing! What I have learned is to try both the clone and heal functions to find which works best for that particular spot and to keep lines lined up to make it look as natural as possible. Removing distractions is a simple thing that can do so much for an image and the Spot Removal tool makes it easy to do (as long as your spot is not too big or in a complicated place - Photoshop is better in those cases). What do you think? Which do you like better? Thank you for stopping by!

Settings: ISO 200 50mm, ss1/800, f/5.6 (cloudy wb)
HDR Edit

Sepia Edit
"It is the childlike mind that finds the kingdom." - Charles Fillmore

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. I really like the edit into sepia tones. I don't think I would have thought of that. It gives it a very industrial feel. Very nice.

  2. The sepia edit is great...takes me back in time! I LOVE riding on the ferry!

  3. I really like your sepia edit.

  4. Thank you Emily for including my photo from last week's review - the priviledge I'm feeling has made my day. Very kind and very much appreciated. And I'm really liking your sepia photo.

  5. I would say your ready for spring! :) You should live in S.C. we are in full bloom. I have had fresh flowers from my yard since early February. It been wonderful!!!!!! Yay for mild winters!

    Love your picks and your photos!

    1. I am bit envious Lisa :o)! Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Love your harbor shot! We have similar sights around here but I haven't taken the time to find a good spot to shoot from. I need to do that ;)

  7. Thank you for the invite to join Tones on Tuesday. :)

    I always spot and look at cranes. They never look twice the same from one day to the next. I like the Sepia edit.

    Have a good week.


  8. I like the HDR edit! So funny that we both posted about HDR today! I've heard great things about the Lightroom cloning tools, but I just can't get the hang of it. I'm so used to the way it works in Photoshop it's hard for me to get used to doing it differently, so I tend to export and do all my cloning in Photoshop.

    1. Great minds think alike :o). I really like the ease of the Lightroom spot removal, until I don't. Anything complicated or labor intensive I save for Photoshop as it has been options and versatility. If you just have a small spot or one in a place with lots of space around to clone from, Lightroom works well.

  9. Beautiful pictures, I love this beautiful edition sepia. Greetings.

  10. Oooh love all of these - that for inviting me.


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