That's an actual picture frame in the photo. Just in case...
You need to check the comment link in your submissions thread. It goes to "make a post" instead of to the comment thread.
I really like your final decision!
It's fun, isn't it, focusing in on a section, pulling back, changing angles--
all the same subject-- to see what we end up with?
The fun part is watching the entries come in and seeing all the ways people applied the theme.
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for their entry? I think it's going to be cloudy here tonight.
We had a gorgeous moon last night. Or is anyone going to lie on her (his back)
to shoot up through a flowering tree with an eclipsing moon in the background?
Love trees in black and white!
We were doing so using the Mary Tyler Moore character of Mary Richards. She threw disastrous parties. Just horrible.
alfredo is throwing a great party!
Betty White played Sue Ann Nivens on the show. Ted Baxter was another character from the show played by Ted Knight.
At least I think that's what we are doing.
i just have not been an American long enough to catch on to this without help.
I also think he photo submissions are beautiful, and alfredo is throwing a great party.
I did the trees because that's what spoke to me today as I searched for something to convert.
A forest in New Hampshire last May.
He's very dry or I imagine him to be. I say that as a compliment.
But I wasn't a big fan of the show, so I had to google to find out what he meant, too.
Thank you very much, Handmade. It's my first try here. Glad the first comment was such a nice one. And thanks for the warm welcome, Alfredo!
You can really see individual personalities through these photos, how the subject was treated, the various interpretations.
Scrolling through I learn so much!
I have a bleeding heart photo that I considered for an entry, too!
But it was taken last spring. My bleeding heart is just poking up from
the ground--not blooming yet--since our spring is so late this year.
Ours aren't even poking out of the ground yet. In fact, nothing is except the beginnings of some green grass along the edges of the snow. This photo is from 2010.
I love my bleeding hearts. Mine have been well established for about 14 years.
I am so impressed! Makes me glad I had no time for photography this month.
However, I thought I would give the daffodils a try any way.
After seeing the previous "help me decide" thread, I needed to step up my efforts.
I first tried the Nik Silver Efex. It was pretty good, but I wanted to try my hand at it...
Played with the color mixer in the b/w conversion.
Added a hi-pass filter. The blend mode got me what I was looking for!
Here's to no one entering a infra-red image!
but just couldn't get it right. Too much contrast, and I couldn't seem to tone it down.
and besides ... what's wrong with ir?
me like ir
Thus they need to be disqualified. BANNED, I tell you!!!!!
I stayed with the darker contrast for the B&W. The lighting was fairly dark in the original, there was very little post processing used, but I felt the dark contrast created a little more drama.
What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic.
I like how light and shadow explores the varying textures of a rose with each bloom. From the velvety soft topsides to the slightly fleshy undersides of the petals. A visual feast of the tactile.
I need to know how you randomized the prelims and what about permission to post the contest in GD.
I've looked at some randomizers, but they don't do what I need.
Copy and paste the "Permission...granted..Skinner..." sentence if you want.
I've used a 20 sided die and a 10 sided die before. I don't recommend it.
I use a randomizer I saw posted in the group. Chances are it is the same one you have already.
If you think the random draw doesn't shake it up enough then just switch some around.
I've randomized with the randomizer linked in her post. Did not like the results much but went with it out of principle.
Then someone (who actually got tombstoned for something else later ) criticized my order and accused me of maybe trying to skew results through the grouping.
So now, if and when I do it, I just use them as they come in and let the arrival of the entries determine the order.
It also eliminates some work- heaven knows it's enough work already
by taking the ones you think are the top picks and spreading them between the three groups in the hope that they make the finals for a nicely difficult final round.
the entire emotion changes.
The softness of the color in the lilies is just wonder-ful.
here my original:
in B&W... it is so dreamy and makes me want to be in the photo... of course, you know I love the woods more than any other place
by the way Mira... do you bike... I thought maybe we could do a little bike ride or hike when I come your way... just pulled into Virginia Beach today and next stop (approx. 2+ weeks) will be North Carolina...
let out a long german curse
i can't bike, garden, take photos, kayak, and above all swim.
i have a broken wrist that is seemingly barely improving.
i live next door to the YW - well, 4 min. walk - and i swim 30 min 5-6 times a week. i miss the swimming the most.
in va beach i would go to the edgar cayce institute.
when you visit there is nevertheless a lot of nice green stuff to see or do. this is a very good town.
can't wait to see you, even though the bike is parked for now.
thanks for liking my photo, i did not even look further once it was converted. i was forced to submit it
Here´s a long German curse (Bavarian style) to copy and paste with minimal fuss...
ein Bayer der Himmelherrgottsakrament noch verbessern kann!
Seit Jahrzehnten habe ich kein Scheissglump gesehen.
I feel better now.
(seeing the doctor today, will take the curse along in my head since i know it by heart now)
Fun idea to show the color photos.
Here are the dogwood
makes me want to touch and smell them (DO Dogwood blossoms have a scent?)
lucky you though... where I was there was not much new growth or flowers so I went to the store and bought a plant to photograph
learning SO much about B&W photography. Thanks for that. What conditions typically make
a brilliant color pic - do not work for B&W - almost the opposite. Same with lighting and time
of day too. Oddly, I am having better results at times it is not good to take color.
All that said, I feel like I am committing a mortal sin draining the spectacular colors
out of spring.:>
we can be a productive and inspirational group
and I agree with your comment of draining out the color - yet your infusing drama.
rather distant. So when I take the color out - all the detail leaves too. so - no color and just flat. Perhaps B&W for detail is only possible with the close-up still life approach.
your pictures aren't good enough, you are not close enough.
Do you have any veggies in your fridge? Some celery up close could be interesting.
veggies. LOL JK.
On my patio - we are surrounded by giant oaks - probably 100 yrs old at least. I have been watching as the first buds appeared - and the doves came back. It's a brilliant shot - with the birds roosting among the buds - but up and maybe 50 ft away. True about high contrast - direct perfect sunlight hitting the branch looks perfect in color - flat in B&W.
The more I work on changing photos to black and white the more I like the more recent versions. I'm learning a lot processing in RAW.
so many great images
i'm surprised that we haven't hit 30 entries yet
which is why I haven't entered yet. I've got one I might enter, but am going to do a few more first.
I prefer flowers. I've got a couple now to choose from. Still thinking about it. The subject matter that I thought would be it is losing out to an impromptu photo I took. LOL The best laid plans.
your wondering about too much wildlife made me think of this one shot I have
I call it "Fly? What fly?"
I love the snail ... it gives the image a narrative
That's a beautiful shot! Taken on the fly? Didn't think so... The snail was a challenge - most of the times, you set up your gear, and vooom, they're gone.
When the contest was first announced that tree had no blooms so I had something else entirely in mind for my photo. Mother Nature was very good to me.
I've missed checking out everyone's photos every day. I have a new job and have been very busy.
blows my mind anew. Thank goodness there is time in between them for me to gather my wits.
this is a contest where we will have a heck of a time chosing, as you can tell I'm very impressed, and proud to be part of it.
if there is still openings at the end of the submission period.
I went to scroll through to look at the entries and discovered mine was gone!
Had that little funny red broken box where the photo should be.
Chose edit, clicked on the box, and the photo came back. Now the post shows
1 editing, but really, I didn't do anything to it!
If you have a problem with that, let me know. I'm easy.
Prelims will be posted tonight or in the morning.