Monday, November 29, 2010

It feels good to be selected as a Favorite

Earlier this month I submitted my photos for the October Photo Hunt. As with any challenge I participate to push myself to be more creative. I don't expect my photos to stand out from the other entries. It is so interesting to see other's interpretations and to learn from other's comments.

This particular challenge does include Favorites and votes. The categories are divided up among several judges. The judges select their Favorites. From those favorites votes are counted. Two of my photos were selected as favorites. I came no where near collecting all the votes in my categories but it was a pleasant surprise to see my photo in the two favorite posts.


Jack O' Lantern

Friday, November 26, 2010

Before and After

Here are some before and after photos. They were all edited with Picnik.

This photo was from  a photo hunt challenge. I removed the branches at the top, the power lines, the stop sign, and the reflector sign.

This photo was much too dark. I lightened and brightened. I also removed the mail boxes and the stick from his had. I changed the view to portrait.

This is from the farm where we pumpkin picked. I removed the picnic bench and the tarp. I also tried to make the sun flair not so noticeable.

Ideally I would like my photos to be near perfect SOOC but I have a long way to go. Picnik is an online source for basic editing that has helped me get by without editing software.

Monday, November 1, 2010

October 2010 Photo Hunt

The October 2010 Photo Hunt is my first monthly challenge. I really enjoyed looking at my list of 20 items daily and pushing myself to take more photos of things I usually don't. I look forward to the upcoming challenges and hope to become more creative with the themes. These were all taken in October.

1. In Disguise - A Halloween skeleton.

2. Crisp - A dried up fall leaf.

3. Fall Colors - This was taken on the way to the coast for some saltwater fishing.

4. Jack o' Lantern - Harvey dropped and cracked his little pumpkin. Following the crack I made the mouth and added the eyes.

5. Shot From the Ground - The sunlight was in just the tops of the trees. Here, I am laying on the sidewalk looking up.

6. Landscape - I took this shot on three different days to get the composition how I wanted it. The colors kept getting prettier as the days went on.

7. Fall Traditions - Pumpkin patch 2010.

8. Books - Some of Harvey's favorite books.

9. Dining - Weekend lunch.

10. Child / Children - Harvey.

11. Faces Formed in Nature - This piece of drift wood will eventually be used to mount Harvey's first fish.

12. Tilt-Shift Photography - This is the farm where we picked the pumpkin.

13. B&W with Selective Coloring - Fall leaf.

14. Bokeh - This spider has been outside the window at work for weeks. This is the best bokeh I was able to get. Hoping to improve that technique after Christmas with a new lens.

15. Best Photo taken October 23rd - Clearly I didn't take many pictures on the 23rd. Harvey was trying on his costume for my parents.

16. Something from the Kitchen - I love my Henckels knives.

17. Something Vintage - This is a chair in the bathroom at work.

18. Something Creepy - The spider again.

19. Something Golden - My girl Julie.

20. Self -Portrait - This is me.