Monday, April 23, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #31 4.24.12 and 5.1.12

Due to a series of events I am reopening last week's Tones on Tuesday for one more week. So please link up another photo and I will do 6 showcases next week. I can't wait to see what you have been shooting!


Another busy week has begun so this will be short and sweet. Thank you for visiting, thank you for linking up and thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration! Here are the showcases from the beautiful photos that were linked up last week...

Ruthie from Ruthie Photography
I am not a big fan of blueberries, but this photo looks delicious! The color is exquisite and the detail is amazing. The depth of field and perspective complete this stunning photograph. Thank you for sharing Ruthie!

Maboe from Maboe
I love how soft and dreamy this photo is! The color, the depth of field and the texture work together to create a lovely, ethereal feel. Thank you for linking up Maboe!

Kristy from Life-n-Reflection
The vintage feel of this photo collage is lovely. What a wonderful collection, great processing and a quaint story. Thank you for sharing Kristy!

Ruthie, Maboe and Kristy 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.

My photo for this week of a rapidly deteriorating Spring. A few weeks ago the flowers had begun to bloom and I was looking forward to some Spring photos. However, I only had time to take a few photos. Now, many of the flowers are beginning to fall and turn. I hope they last until this weekend when I hope to have another free moment. I have throughly enjoyed experiencing the seasons in a different way through photography and I don't want to miss out on Spring! This photo is of our camellia bush outside the house. I did a clean edit with Lightroom to brighten the colors.

Settings: ISO 200, 50mm, ss1/500, f/1.8 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The hidden feel of this flower
"It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done." - Matthew Arnold


Joining the link ups below. Be sure to check out the beautiful shots and join the Tones on Tuesday link up found further down!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Favorite Photo of the Week: Sinking Below the Horizon


My favorite photo this week is from my weekend trip to what I affectionately call "almost Canada." It was taken from Birch Bay State Park, which was a new park for me. This was also a new attempt for me as I usually wait until the sun has disappeared and the colors are at their most vivid. This is also the best time for silhouettes, another passion of mine. This time I tried to play around with shots of the sun making its descent. My aim was to communicate the breathtaking feel of the light and the moment. I made many intentional decisions in my attempt to do this and I really like the outcome. I would love to hear your thoughts!

ISO 200, 240 mm, ss1/500, f/9.0 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The amazing color of the sunset and the light against the clouds
LR Processing: Clean edit to add pop to the color balance
Location: Birch Bay, WA
"Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun." - John Lennon

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Texture Illuminated 4.13.12

On the last day of my Spring Break, Friday, we drove up to northern Washington to the Semiahmoo Park and then to Birch Bay. We were almost to Canada and I had never been that far north before. Both parks were beautiful and unique. It was an amazing new experience and a great place to recharge. 

Location: Semiahmoo Park
Settings: ISO 200, 250mm, ss1/400, f/22 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The sparkling of the sun and the texture of the clouds
LR Processing: Clean edit with basic settings and tone curve to add definition

Location: Birch Bay Park
Settings: ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/100, f/22 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The texture of the rocks and the lines of the water and beach
LR Processing: Clean edit with basic settings and tone curve to add vibrancy

"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." - Henry Miller

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: The Ever Changing Sunsets

One of the most majestic things about sunsets is that they are always changing. From one day to the next, from one moment to the next, there is stunning beauty and a timeless feel. I love the challenge of capturing something that utterly captivates me and how each time I set out to photograph it is a unique experience. These photos are two different sunsets - one on Friday at Birch Bay in northern Washington and one from Saturday in Lincoln City, Oregon on Siletz Bay.

ISO 200, 240 mm, ss1/500, f/9.0 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The amazing color of the sunset and the light against the clouds
LR Processing: Clean edit to add pop to the color balance
Location: Birch Bay, WA

ISO 200, 41mm, ss1/160, f/7.1 (sunlight wb)
Intent: To capture the beautiful colors and the texture of the silhouette
LR Processing: Clean edit to make the colors more vibrant and the blacks darker
Location: Birch Bay, WA

ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/250, f/11 (sunlight wb)
Intent: To convey the beauty of the soft sunset
LR Processing: Clean edit to balance the foreground with the background
Location: Lincoln City, OR - Siletz Bay

ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/40, f/11 (sunlight wb)
Intent: The vast feel of the space and the lovely array of colors
LR Processing: Clean edit to make everything more vibrant
Location: Lincoln City, OR - Siletz Bay
"I love to be here at the beach to watch the sunset - the greatest performance of Nature.  Like in a theater, but it’s free." - Gina De Gorna

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #30 4.17.12

Welcome back and thank you for coming and joining in despite a brief hiatus last week to find my photography inspiration once again. Many beautiful entries from two weeks ago, but here are 3 that caught my eye...

Mock-Turtle from Jack's Paper Moon
Love the expression and the eyes, adorable! The colors are bright and fabulous as well. Thank you for sharing with us Mock-Turtle! The other photos of Jack and of the dog are super cute too :o).

The concept of this shot is so strong! The long exposure of the light and the black and white background gives such a sense of motion. Thank you for linking up Rebecca!

The drama of the black and white is amazing and I love how it takes an ordinary object to a different level. Beautiful bokeh in the background as well. Thank you for sharing Nessa!

Mock-Turtle, Rebecca, Nessa 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 took a little break from blogging as I was getting in a rut and feeling uninspired. The break helped and then I went to one of my favorite parks in Lincoln City on Siletz Bay to photograph my favorite subject - sunsets and silhouettes. It was a perfect experience and it reminded me that capturing the magic of nature is why I love photography. For the first edit I did a clean edit in Lightroom with the basic settings and the tone curve and then applied Pretty Presets Sharpening. For the second edit I used the Who Is Wolf BW Deluxe Light Preset. I love the vibrancy of the first and the drama of the second, what do you think?

Settings: ISO 200, 18mm, ss1/50, f/11

"Travel is like a tonic to me. It's more than just getting away from the studio for a brief rest. I need it to recharge my batteries." -Norman Rockwell

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     and then, she {snapped} 



Monday, April 2, 2012

Tones on Tuesday #29 4.3.12

I apologize for the lateness in visiting and commenting on your photos. I was not feeling well this past week and the worst of it was this weekend. Despite that, seeing your photos and have the privilege to host this link up is always a highlight of my week! Thank you for coming on this journey with me! Without further ado, the showcases from last week...

Lisa at With Words: Lisa Gordon Photography
Lisa hosted a fabulous link up called The Creative Exchange that she unfortunately had to put on hold for a while. I was sad to see the link up end, but excited to see that Lisa is still photographing and sharing her work with us. I love the timeless, soft feel of black and white and the glow of it. What a beautiful capture! Thank you for sharing with us Lisa.

The bright pink is stunning and I love how it contrasts with the soft processing and texture. There is also a nostalgic feel to the photo that conjures up images of a bouquet from the past. Beautiful job Amy, thank you for linking up!

Creamy black and white tones, soft texture and a beautiful subject make for a great photo! A great story regarding this feline supervisor just add to the adorable photo. Thank you for sharing Nancy!

Lisa, Amy and Nancy 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 am going to continue with my photos from two weekends ago as I have only posted one and I didn't get out to shoot this weekend due to feeling under the weather. I am still working to find that elusive balance between photography, work and my personal life. Instead of beating myself up about it, though, I am going to cut back on my posting and try to alleviate a bit of the pressure I have placed on myself. My goal with this blog as always been to become a better photographer and to learn from the many talented photographers I have the pleasure of interacting with through their blogs. With that in mind, I think keeping my joy and reducing my stress is important. 

Now, for the my photo this week...
For this photo I again used the zone system that I wrote about last week. In this case, I metered off the sky and then put it in Zone VI or overexposed by one stop. Again, this tutorial does a much better job of explaining it than I did. Here is the SOOC photo:

Settings: ISO 200, 50mm, ss1/1250, f/5.6 (cloudy wb)
Intent: The vastness of the field and the contrast between the yellow and blue

I liked the balance of colors, but they were sort of blah. So I did a clean edit in Lightroom with the basic settings and then moved to Photoshop to use the Content Aware fill feature to remove the houses in the background as I felt they were a bit distracting. I then ran Pioneer Woman's Lovely and Ethereal and Oh So Posh Actions I Dream in Color actions. What do you think? 

Edit - Lightroom and Photoshop
Intent: Make the colors pop and give it a bit of a vintage feel
“A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” - William Wordsworth

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     and then, she {snapped}