Visual Venturing’s AB Friday


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.


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.


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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  1. Beautiful monochrome Leanne, I love how you have made the water sparkle and shine, it stands out so well, especially after you have taken down the brightness of the distracting background. Its a very striking image in black and white. 🙂

    1. Thank you Katie, I thought the background was way too distracting, I like how in the monochrome you don’t notice the background at all. 😀

  2. Oh, what is it about water shots that is so mesmerizing?! Love them in color; love them in B&W. But I agree that the the background in this image makes B&W the better choice. Great fun seeing the detail of the jetted water up close! So glad you’ve submitted to ABFriday once again, Leanne. It’s always a delight to see your work and to share it on the Forum! Thanks, as always, for your support 🙂

    1. I don’t know Stacy, but I know exactly what you mean. I’m glad you agree with my about this one, I think it works better like this too. I want to go back and do some long exposures there.
      You’re welcome Stacy, I do like this challenge and will try and do it as often as I can. Thank you too. 😀

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