Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 149

Welcome to the 149th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Layers definitely got your creative juices flowing, as you put together some amazing posts! I’m somewhat partial to those that feature foods, as they all looked very delicious! There were also stunning landscapes and cute puppies and kittens! Going back through layers of time definitely made me think!

Thank you for all your effort and thought that you put into these amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s a trip back through the layers of time…

Looking forward in Time

The Roman Forum is a stunning place to visit; as you traverse the Palatine hill and walk across the Forum, you walk through history. Few places on the planet are tied to history the way this location is.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. This week’s entries are kicked off by pensivity101 with some amazing layers that are sure to please!
  2. Sarah brings us a wonderful layer in her post in By Sarah; after all, who can argue with a layer of puppies?
  3. Kammie brings out some great layers in her post in Nut House Central; there’s one that’s my fave! Which is yours?
  4. Nicole takes us to a stunning location with her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; and, of course, her photo is amazing!
  5. That is another awesome great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery that has a stunning rock in Galicia!
  6. Shelley shows us that the whispering winds can create some serious layers in her post in Quaint Revival; Spring will come soon, Shelley!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to both experience and view the layers of Elephant Falls!
  8. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes challenges us to look deeper than those first couple of layers!
  9. In Pictures without Film, Ken brings several layers, of which I’ll dig into the edible one!
  10. Yinglan shares some more amazing photos in This is Another Story, which remind me to update my bucket list!
  11. Xenia has another couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom exploring the layers of the highlands with Eivor and Pearl. Her second post is in Tranature, watching the birds wade through layers!
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings out the layers of gooey goodness that are nachos!
  13. In her post in Light Motifs II, Paula focuses on a variety of layers ranging from clothing to hair that make up a layered blogger!
  14. Na’ama examines the layers that takes us back in time in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda; truly interesting!
  15. Maria’s wonderful photo in her blog KameraPromenader has layers all throughout and a stunning view!
  16. In a wonderful post in A Midnight Rider, the seagulls may just be in the upper layer!
  17. In a cool post in the 59 Club, we get to enjoy a gentle layer of snow in Georgia! It makes me smile, as it is snowing in New England while I’m writing this post; we expect 6-10 inches tonight.
  18. In JKRoaming – Travel Blog, we get a slice of the pie from John; that looks delicious!!
  19. Jase’s post in Proscenium focuses on the layers of air that carry a plane aloft to go soaring; it’s on my bucket list!
  20. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs features some astonishing layers across the valley; gorgeous shot!
  21. Brian has a ton of great photos in his post in Bushboy’s World; those layers are truly amazing!
  22. In another beautiful post in Heart to Heart, we get a view of Bhutan that is nothing short of breathtaking!
  23. Sandy’s post in Out of my Write Mind shares some beautiful snowdrift and a lovely poem!
  24. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand features some stunning landscape in New Zealand and lots of sweaters!
  25. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has some great desert sunshine with layers of light!
  26. Robert’s in Photo Roberts Blog are fantastic, as they feature layers of texture and raw beauty!
  27. In a lovely post in Corazon181, it’s almost like we’re looking at a painting where the sky layers above the gorgeous landscape!
  28. In a great post in Cactus Haiku, we are treated to a haibun about Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, which features many layers!
  29. In another lovely post in A Pause for Nature, there are stunning layers featured in flowers!
  30. With another gorgeous photo in Land of Images, we get to enjoy the layers of the sky and landscape!
  31. In a wonderful post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we explore the biblical layers in Israel; amazing stuff!
  32. Cee has a great set of layers in her post in Cee’s Photography! That kitty layer is awesome!!
  33. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais examines the layers of shadows in a very interesting image!
  34. In a tasty post in Another LQQK, Teressa has some delectable layers in her photos!
  35. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings the layers of the sea to us in photo and awesome poem!
  36. Woolly goes deep in his post in Woolly Muses as layers are exposed step by step!
  37. Debbie shares another great post in ForgivingConnects, as she unfolds the layers of compassion and their importance to self-forgiveness.
  38. Liz brings us several posts this week. Her first in OneMillionPhotographs brings us the layers of color in her watercolor painting. Also in OneMillionPhotographs, we get layers of color in the Dallas Museum of Art. Her next OneMillionPhotographs contribution has some very colorful dinosaurs! The last OneMillionPhotographs entry features layers of snow and Rico!
  39. Debbie features the layers of a mine in her post in Twenty Four; fantastic view and photo!
  40. Khürt’s photo in his awesome blog Island in the Net is another stunner! Great look!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #07

The Old Man and the Sea

Here comes a seventh mystery slide post of this year….

I expect that this week’s slide is an easy one to figure out, as it’s eminently google-able (is that even a word?). My challenge to you is to try and figure this out from the clues in the image without the aid of any search tool…

I look across the harbor, as I go out to the sea in my ship…

Where do I stand?

For extra bonus…try to pinpoint the year that this slide was taken! I’m looking to see how the car aficionados do with this!

My Photo Workflow

Turning over a leaf

Last week I shared an example of an edit that I did to highlight a blue canoe on a rather dreary, sleety day. In that post, I mentioned that quite often I do very little to adjust a photo. So in today’s post, I’ll detail my standard workflow.

Even though I do a lot of little adjustments in Lightroom for events, I only use Lightroom for print preparation. To get any image ready for print, I use Photoshop, as all my printer/paper profiles are available to me in Photoshop.

Let’s take a look at the steps that I used to process this image of a solitary leaf that I used as one of my test images to explore the Fuji X-T1.

Solitary Leaf

In Photoshop, my first step is to duplicate the background layer (Cmnd-J/Ctrl-J), as I don’t want to make any changes to the background layer that I might want to undo later. This also has the advantage of doing quick comparisons between layers.

Select this new layer, I will apply some amount of sharpening using the Unsharp Mask filter. My typical range of settings for the Unsharp Mask are:

  • Amount between 50-100% (note that too much sharpening will create some artifacts
  • Radius in the 2-4 range
  • Threshold in the 3-5 range

These values tend to work pretty well; for this specific image I used 70% with a radius and threshold of 3.

Next, I duplicate the Unsharp Mask layer and select the Soft Light blend mode for the new layer. Soft Light darkens or lightens the colors, depending on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened as if it were burned in. As the impact of the Soft Light blend mode can be pretty overwhelming, I tend to use an Opacity of 7-15% on this layer (it’s usually more than enough). The effect of using the Soft Light blend mode is to provide a subtle bit of saturation without overdoing it. I find this works better for me than using the Saturation adjustment.

Last step is to adjust the Brightness/Contrast to make sure that the brightness is right. Also, I make sure to use Contrast to ensure that the image is not overly muddy.

At this point, I save the Photoshop document and, if I want to create a cropped version of the image (quite often I don’t) that is a next step. There are times when I have a specific format in mind that I will crop for; if that’s the case, I save the cropped version as a separate Photoshop document.

That’s all there is to it! Hope that this was interesting to you, and feel free to ask questions, if you have any.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Layer

Explore the layers around you!

Welcome to week 149 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Another wonderful week of posts with your amazing contributions! This week’s theme was inspired by one of your posts, as Layers were mentioned, which I thought would be a fitting sequel to last week’s theme. What I like about Layers is that this is another theme that can be photographed or described in many ways. Layers build one upon the other, to create great edifices or towers that risk being toppled.

Unleash your creative energies upon this theme and build a layer cake of the world around you! Have fun and share with one another!!

Here are some colorful layers that were very delectable…

Layers of Goodness!

Sometimes photos simply appear in front of you, such as this one. As I was getting ready to dig into my piece of ice cream cake, I noticed the great colors and pattern that had been created on the knife. Between the sense of an archeaological dig and interesting colors, this made for a good Thanksgiving moment!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Don’t hold back an share your best layers, as they appear in front of you!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 148

Welcome to the 148th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Cream rises to the top, which means that all of you created a magnificent Surface this week! Many of you found some interesting surface that spoke of deep, meaningful explorations! You also went deeper, well below the surface to bring out thoughts that should be shared by all! Your photography was amazing, as always; there were a couple of images that completely blew me away with their beauty and execution. Explore and see, if there are some that affect you similarly.

A great big thank you for all your effort and the amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s something from below the surface…

Going below the Surface!

This shot came from an all-too-short excursion into the Chincoteague area. I was lucky enough to see some amazing wildlife and spent some time capturing this white egret, while it was fishing. With the incredible range between the dark background and the stark white of the heron, I have not come up with a perfect solution for capturing it, but this one is not too bad.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Xenia has a couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom and about helping the hounds of Macau with Eivor and Pearl relaxing on a soft surface! Her second post is in Tranature, where the seals are snoozing on the sand!
  2. Klara brings us a great surface on the turtle in her post in Sliku svoju ljubim II; excellent mixture of textures!
  3. Shelley shares a great set of surfaces in Quaint Revival, where she also reveals that old clicking habits die hard…
  4. In a lovely post in Minding my P’s with Q, we get treated to a combination of Nature and human-made surface…cool photo!
  5. That great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery brings back memories of sailing and walking in the gullies at low tide!
  6. Another fantastic post from sgeoil, in which the beaver is swimming along the surface!
  7. Marie shares a gorgeous photo in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect! That is a lovely surface!
  8. Maria’s post in her blog KameraPromenader makes me think that a particular part of that plaque is more popular than the rest!
  9. Na’ama takes us well below the surface in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda and brings depth to the theme!
  10. This week, pensivity101 stays right on the surface, which is a good thing when you’re in a boat!
  11. Woolly takes us to the water in Woolly Muses with a good contrast between the placid days and the stormy sea!
  12. In an interesting post in A Midnight Rider, we get to see the surface of the harbor of New Bedford, Massachusetts with some cool views!
  13. In a great post in Reflections, we see that not everyone is afraid of the big, bad wolf!
  14. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs for this week’s theme has surfaces for both Winter and Summer!
  15. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand makes me wonder…is walking on water possible?
  16. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie takes us to the surface of the moon in Mazatlan!
  17. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features a surface that might not be welcomed by all…
  18. With a stunning photo in Land of Images, we get to experience the multiple textures of surfaces.
  19. With a gorgeous post in Misty Roads, we get to experience the grace and beauty that floats on the surface…
  20. Penny’s inspired poem in Penny Wilson Writes is simply amazing! Oh what lies beneath the surface!
  21. In Biking to Work‘s post, we get to enjoy the contribution to surface artistry by a one-eyed, elderly family member…
  22. With a challenge from Life Amazing, who can not want to look to see what lies below the surface?
  23. Jase’s post in Proscenium channels thoughts of Bruce Springsteen, which may have been about that surface!
  24. In another lovely post in Heart to Heart, we examine some of the differences between surfaces!
  25. Sarah has another fantastic photo in her post in By Sarah; it’s a bit of an eyeball bender: what do you see?
  26. Kammie really went for a great variety of surfaces in her post in Nut House Central; which is your favorite?
  27. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post we go with the flow to make a sily, smooth surface!
  28. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine brings us a surface that also provides its own sound track…
  29. In Pictures without Film, Ken provides several great surfaces; I’m somewhat partial to the second one…
  30. Yinglan shares some great photos in This is Another Story, as the partial freeze of a pond provides great material!
  31. Sandy brings us some amazing koi in Out of my Write Mind; they skim the surface with great shape and color!
  32. In another great post in A Pause for Nature, we get to explore the many layers that make up the surface…
  33. Susan’s photo in Musin’ with Susan is a truly stunning macro shot of a mushroom! Such perfection!!
  34. In a wonderful post in Sharing Thoughts, Indira brings us a couple of awesome surfaces; one has a shy visitor!
  35. Debbie shares a gorgeous photo of a turtle in her post in Twenty Four; turtles are simply amazing creatures!
  36. Olga has a couple of stunning photos in Stuff and What if…; of course, this is one tree surface that I always admire too!
  37. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais goes to the simple beauty of black and white with a great photo!
  38. In a wonderful post in Another LQQK, Teressa examines a number of surfaces from great vantage points!
  39. The Raku pottery in the Alchemist’s Studio is stunning and has amazing surface textures!
  40. Cee brings a number of fantastic surfaces into her post in Cee’s Photography!
  41. Carol shares a fantastic surface photo in My Silly Snail Blog, which is a truly creative blog!
  42. Robert shares another stunning photo in Photo Roberts Blog! The combination of reflection and surface is one to behold!
  43. Tracy’s post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind invites us to look below the surface…she shares her life with great honesty, which I very much appreciate! The struggle is real, and you’re not alone, Tracy!
  44. Inspired by Tracy’s post, Dawnbird’s post in A Shared Space brings Marie Kondo to the surface; love that collection of condiments!
  45. A wonderful photo in Thief Images Photography Blog provides us with a rather slippery surface!
  46. Donna brings us a great post in Wind Kisses with a good variety of surfaces and some areas that I’d love to explore; I can’t believe that I haven’t made it to Arizona yet!
  47. Brian shared a really cool surface in his post in Bushboy’s World; cafe counters can be stunning!
  48. Debbie shared a wonderful post in ForgivingConnects about the power of letting love speak and listening to one’s heart!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #06

Awesome woods and a peak!

Here comes a sixth mystery slide post of this year….

This week, we’re doing another entry from the wonderful collection of slides that I received from my father-in-law. This time, I do know exactly where this location is, as I have been there myself as well.

These are some lovely woods with great mountainous terrain…

Where could this be?

As a hint, I can tell you that this view no longer exists…

A Touch of Blue

A simple touch…

There are many paths to a photo, some of which may rankle the ‘purist’ photographer in us. Early on, I was very much a purist in that I wanted to minimize the amount of post-processing. However, with the arrival of HDR processing, I expanded my range of experimentation and found it interesting to see how I could express more of a vision in my photography, rather than a representation of what I saw through the lens.

HDR can be very tricky and create some very cool results. Sometimes, I like to take a simpler approach…

Blue Canoe in the Assabet

This was a rather dreary day with sleet coming down lightly; the pale blue of the canoe stood out in the otherwise muted landscape.

The colors in the photo were already fairly muted, but not enough to get the mood that I wanted to communicate in this image. A simple desaturation of the image and some additional saturation of the blue color of the canoe created the sense of dying color in a winter landscape that I wanted to achieve.

What types of processing do you like to do in your images?