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Over at Visual Venturing it is AB Friday Week 29 and I thought I would have another go at doing an image for it.  I do images all the time, but I don’t always think to show the before and after, but sometimes it is really good to do that.  I liked what I did with this image, and I like how much it changed from the before, so I really wanted to participate this week.

The Block Arcade Closed

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The after image.  I like the silence of it, and the peek into a world that we don’t get to see very often, when things are shut, especially in an arcade.

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The before image, it looks as it usually does, well with the exception of the people.

When I went to the Block Arcade on this particular evening I was so surprised to find it with no one in it.  For about 2 or 3 minutes I was there taking these photos no one entered, it was like a dream come true for me.  So I quickly took some images.

Most didn’t work because my ISO was too low, but I just had to go for it, I knew if I stopped to muck around with settings or put my tripod up, the moment would be gone.  The only downside to the whole thing was that the shop right at the end was still open and there were people in it.  So my challenge for this image was to remove the trace of people and close the shop and try to make the arcade look like it was closed, or had been closed for some time, like it was stuck in time.

I don’t know that I quite achieved that, but I am still fairly happy with what I got.  I do need to get more textures though, ones that are more suitable for this sort of image.

Don’t forget to go to Stacy’s blog and see all the other entries for AB Friday Week 29.

I just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, but it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

Here is a gallery, so you can see the images individually.

 

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Over at Leanne Cole Photography is Monochrome Madness 41 and I thought this week I might show what the colour image looked like, the colour in Monochrome.  I have some lovely carnations in my garden and while it was nice seeing one of them in monochrome, they also look really in colour, so here is the colour one.

The Colour in the Monochrome Madness Image

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I cropped it a little different to the monochrome one, than when I was processing the monochrome version, I didn’t really plan on doing it in colour as well, but I hope you agree the colour one is nice as well.  I have processed this a little differently to the monochrome carnation, though I also didn’t do as much to it.

I like carnations, they are sort of scrappy flowers, but when you look up close they are also quite detailed.  Quite amazing.  I think I will have to go and find more to plant, I think a lot more in the garden would be nice.  Funny, since I got a macro lens, I really want to get my garden looking good, would be nice to have many things to photograph.

I just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

I am going to include a gallery now for the two images.

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It is Week 2 of Robyn’s, from Captivate Me, One Four Challenge. I thought when I picked the image of the tree that I wouldn’t have any problems trying to figure 4 ways to process it, but I think I need to start thinking about this a little more. Next time I will have to pick an image that I am fairly certain will work a lot better.

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This weeks effort.  I knew I wanted to try and make the tree bigger, and I wanted a washed out colour look, though I think I ended up with more of a monochrome look, but I don’t mind it too much.  I wanted to see if I could over exaggerate an Australian summer day.  I haven’t done that this time, but it is something I wanted to keep trying.

I have two more weeks to do something with this image.  I am glad I have another week to start thinking about what I am going to do.  I am sure I can do more with this, but I will have to try some more things.  I have one or two ideas, but I am a bit worried that I am not very good at this.  Oh well, hold onto next week, see what I can do for it then.

I am going to always do a gallery with the original image, and each one that I have manipulated, I like being able to see each one, I hope you do too.

If you want to see more images that others have done for the One Four Challenge then please go to Robyn’s blog post, One Four Challenge – Dec wk 2 and check out the pingbacks.

I just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

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Challenges can be great, especially for people who are starting out in photography and need help taking photos, or help finding inspiration.  I don’t do a lot of challenges, I don’t really need the help with finding inspiration, but the challenges I do like are ones that make me process images. Well I don’t really help doing that, but I figure I am doing them anyway, why shouldn’t I enter the images into challenges as well.

One of the challenges I quite like doing is the AB Friday from Visual Venturing.  You work on a image and then send the original or before photo and the end result, the after photo to Stacy, then she posts them all on her blog on Fridays, hence AfterBefore Friday.

My After photo.

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This is a photo that I took of a fountain in the city of Melbourne near Parliament House. I decided to make it monochrome because I thought the water would stand out more, which it does.  The park behind it was too distracting.  Once I turned it into black and white, and made the greens and yellows a lot darker, then the water started to be more prominent, the distractions gone.

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See what I mean, the water doesn’t stand out so much, you see it, but then look through it to the garden on the other side.

Quite a few people do this challenge and if I can, I like too, so if you want to see more entries then go and take a look at Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing.  If you want more information about the challenge then go to the AB Friday Forum, how to do the challenge and what you need to do is all there.

I will put the photos into a gallery so you see them free of the blog, better background.

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Robyn’s One Four challenge is starting again for the month of December.  I was going to see if I could find a Christmas image, but I couldn’t find anything that I thought I wanted to process several times.  In the end for the One Four Challenge for December Week 1 I thought I would use an image I did last week.  It was an image that I already showed on my other blog, but I like the challenge of trying to do different things to it each week.

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I made it black and white the first time, and I have some further ideas, the challenge will be if I can come up with another 3 different processes. Last month I did really well until it got to the last week, and then I really struggled to come up with something for the final week.  In the end it was probably the best one and the one liked by most people.

With this image I had wanted to show the isolation and some how the heat of the day. I liked how the black and white treatment emphasises the tree.

I will put a gallery showing the original and this one as well.  Don’t forget to go and check Robyn’s image and look for the pingbacks for the images that others have done as well.  One Four Challenge – Dec wk 1

I just need to let people know too, that you can comment on it, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though I haven’t had time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why that blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

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It is the last week of Robyn’s challenge, ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 4, and I have my image ready for it.  I have to admit I was a bit lost with the image this week.  It is hard to come up with four different ways to do an image.  Anyway here is my image.

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I don’t really know what I was going for here.  I think when I do my next image I am going to have to find a better image. I decided to try using some blur to create an effect.  I don’t know if it really works, but it was fun to see something a little different.

I am making this short, I will also include a gallery with the original and the other images, so you can see which ones I’ve done.  Robyn has also suggested that we include a poll, I would like to, but this blog won’t allow it, so no poll here.

So you can go to Captivate me and check out ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 4 – POLLS.. AND DECEMBER’S CHALLENGE, there will be pingbacks there so you can also see the images from other people.

 

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Monochrome Madness is happening again on my other blog and this week I thought I would try reversing the processes again, so I picked my image and processed it as a black and white shot.

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Once I was happy and knew that this is the image I wanted to do for Monochrome Madness this week, I think I saved it, and resized it for MM38.  I felt good about this image so I went back to the saved full size image and then reversed the process that I had used to make it a colour image.

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I am really starting to like this reverse processing.  It gives the colours an interesting feel, or something like that.  It over saturates them slightly, and can give the whole image a surreal feel.  Though it doesn’t look much different to the original one that I did.

It is proving to be an interesting thing to do.  I have done it on some other images, but it hasn’t always worked out so well and can look a mess.  I think it is something I will have to keep mucking around with.

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Week 3 of Robyn’s challenge, from her blog Captivate me, and her challenge ONE FOUR CHALLENGE  NOVEMBER WEEK 3. I have gone back to my original image and had another go at trying to process the same image a different way.

Week 3

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I did the reverse thing again this week, like I did for Monochrome Madness last week.  So I got the original image, and made it black and white and worked on it as a black and white image, and then when I was done, I went back to where I had converted it to monochrome and made it colour again. It doesn’t always work well doing this, but sometimes it really makes the colours stand out, I like that.

I’m not pleased with everything I did to it, that is normal, but I think one of the things that I love about this challenge is how you can learn things.  It is like you get to just play and it doesn’t have to be serious.  Robyn did well coming up with this.

One week to go, and then I think we start again, will have to check with Robyn on that.  It has been good fun and I’m looking forward to finding another image to work on.  I don’t think I picked well this time, but that has made it more of a challenge which hasn’t been bad.  I will have to spend some time working out what I will do to this image for Week 4.

Remember to go to Robyn’s blog and her post, ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 3 and look at her post, and the others who have participated in the challenge.

I thought I might do what Robyn has done and give you a gallery with the original and the different changes.

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For the image that I did today for Monochrome Madness 37 I thought I might go back into the processing and see what the image would look like if I changed it back to a colour image.

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It is almost like doing in reverse.  Usually you have the colour image first, but I have to say I quite like how this turned out.  It is quite surreal. The smooth water really makes the image, though it was so choppy that I am so surprised that I was able to get it like this.

I still like the monochrome, and am really happy with that one, but I also like this too.   I like them for different reasons.  You can make up your own mind.

Don’t forget to to Monochrome Madness 37 and check out all the other fantastic images that are there and then take a look at all the blog and links.

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It is week 2 of Robyn’s challenge the One Four Challenge and I thought I would put it over here on this blog this week.  I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with each week for it.

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This week I tried to give the image a vintage feel.  I have made it sepia and put some textures over the top.  It hasn’t all worked out the way I had hoped but I don’t mind it. I love textures and like the way they can transform an image.  Though they have to be used sparingly, not good to use them too much.  They are great for making images look vintage.

There are details on Robyn’s blog Captivate Me about doing this challenge, and if you want to see other great entries then go to ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 2.

If you want to see my first weeks entry into the challenge then please go there, Quiet Thursdays – Robyn’s One Four Challenge.