Monday, July 2, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #37 07.03.12

I cannot believe that June is over! The school year ended, I closed down my classroom and said good bye to another group of students. It is always bitter sweet and usually comes with an illness of some sort. Hence, the reason there was no Tones on Tuesday last week as my body adjusted to the change in lifestyle.

I have big plans this summer for the blog and my photography, including regular posting and keeping up Tones on Tuesday. So without further ado, here are the six photos from the last link up. Thank you for sharing your talent and beautiful photos!

Elena at Cropped Stories
What an adorable little girl and a beautiful photo! The softness of the black and white works perfectly with her curious expression. Thank you for sharing Elena!

I love how the HDR effect gives such a mood and mystery to this photo. The color and composition are amazing too! Thank you for sharing with us Desirae!

The detail in this shot is amazing! I love the vantage point and the vibrancy of the colors. I love how Jaymi included information on how she used a polarizing filter to achieve this in her blog post. I am putting it on my list of things to purchase. Thank you for sharing your photo and your information Jaymi!

This photo does an amazing job of transporting you to this place and moment. The colors of lovely and the texture adds to the overall feeling of a breezy summer day. Thank you for sharing Mona!

Could he be any more of a cutie? I of course love the beach backdrop and I love the expression captured. What a great photo! Thank you for sharing Kelly-Marie!

Laurie at Pride in Photos
The title of this photo is "An Aunt's Love" and that is exactly what is captured here. The colors are stunning, the moment priceless and I am so glad you shared it with us Laurie!

Elena, Desirae, Jaymi, Mona, Kelly-Marie and Laurie 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.

I mentioned last time that I went to a place called the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area in Eastern Washington near where I went to college. It is no secret that I love sunset photos, but my comfort zone with sunsets is the beach. I always fall into a rhythm that provides me with a sense of success. However, I have lately been wanting to experiment with sunsets and branch out from my typical scenery. Not only was the Qunicy Wildlife Recreation Area an amazing place filled with a ton of lakes and amazing wildlife, it was also the perfect opportunity to stretch myself. I shared another sunset photo taken on the way home here, but this photo was taken in the park before the sun had really begun to set.  My goal was to capture the sunburst and the color and texture of the sky. I had to brighten this up and do some work on the colors to make the sky pop the way it did in reality. I am very happy with how the serenity of the moment is portrayed in the photo, but I am a little unsure of the processing. I would love to know your thoughts!

Settings: ISO 200, 29mm, ss1/160, f/25 (sunlight wb)
"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." -  E. E. Cummings

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 Tuesday with Kent Weakley  Live, Love, Travel     and then, she {snapped} 


  1. I think this is absolutely beautiful. I love the reflection on the water and the wispiness of the clouds. I can't really think of an editing suggestion except that the landscape is in the middle of the picture..where as it might have more interest with less sky more water, less water more sky? But really, it is amazing!

  2. congrats to the winners! wonderful collection :)

  3. It's a wonderful picture with great skies and reflections! - well composed too. The darkest part could perhaps have been lightened up a bit, but it's all about taste:)

  4. As always Emily, thank you for the time you invest in this weekly link up. I simply love your photo - for many reasons, especially the clarity and the two rays of sunlight through the tree. Beautiful.

  5. Wow, so many wonderful landscapes

  6. Your capture of the sun and lake is lovely, Emily. You live in such a picturesque place. Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week. xoxo

  7. Beautiful photos, I love your link-up concept. I'll be enjoying following along until I figure out how to do this myself. :)

  8. What a beautiful picture you've posted today. I especially love the sunburst over the tree!

  9. I think it's wonderful, the sunburst, the reflection in the water . . . very serene!

  10. These are all stunning! Wow, gorgeous all around!

  11. Thanks for featuring me; I'm so excited! I already stole the button code to showcase in my sidebar! Thanks so much! Oh, and I just love your other picks as well (especially that HDR shot); it's stunning!

  12. Thanks for choosing my picture! And I really love your picture this week.

  13. Cool pics this week. Love Mona's edit. Glad to have found this party.

  14. thanks for showcasing my photo!!! Your sunset photo is amazing, I love the wispy clouds!


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