No More Amy

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Long Beach CA from the deck of the Queen Mary

Long Beach CA from the deck of the Queen Mary

“Well sometimes I go out by myself
And I look across the water
And I think of all the things, what you’re doing
And in my head I paint a picture.”

Amy Winehouse

I hate to admit I never listened to Amy Winehouse when she was alive. I held an instant distaste of her from the first moment I saw her. The hair, the makeup, the tattoos, the way she dressed. Yes, I judged the book by the cover. But after hearing an excerpt of the current documentary on the radio. I went to see the film.

What a talent, what a waste, What a tortured soul. And the people around her were either too self-centered, or simply not strong enough to give her the help or support she needed. But would anybody have been able to save her?

I listened to her songs all day yesterday. I am an undeniable fan of hers now. Too late. There will be no more songs. No more of that voice!

No more Amy!

One Four Challenge – July Week 4

Prompts and Challenges

So, the first week of this current One Four Challenge Robyn G commented that what I needed were ducks. I told her that my skills were not up to adding ducks. Well, somehow we got to talking and came up with the brilliant plan of swapping photos, which then evolved into combining them. I’m not sure yet if that’s what Robyn finally ended up doing, combining them or not. But, because of my constant complaining, she suggested I forget trying to decipher Photoshop and just take her photo and edit it in Lightroom. She would never tell me what she had planned for my photo. But knowing her, I’m all excited to see. Anyway, this is what I came up with after a crash course on combining the two shots. I know, sort of anti-climatic. But you can’t learn Photoshop in a week or two. (I had to run this combo through Fotosketcher so that the obvious faults were not so obvious). Et, Voila!  My background with Robyn’s ducks. Her ducks are not quite in scale with my background but, hey, it’s my first Photoshop experiment. Pretend it’s your child’s first finger painting and gush over it. Then go hang it on the refrigerator. Please!

Week 4

Week 4 

So, please go visit Robyn’s Captivate Me to view the other submissions for this challenge. The first Sunday of each month starts it anew. You take one of your own photos and, each week, process it differently so that on the fourth week you end up with four different versions. Take a look at all the submissions and join in! 

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ABFriday – Week 55

Prompts and Challenges

So , I’m going to assume that, by now, you know what ABF stands for. OK, maybe I shouldn’t. ABF stands for After Before Friday wherein people like me bore people like you with how creative we are. Or how creative we think we are. Well, driving around during my lunch hour the other day I came across this trailer. I hope I don’t have to explain what made me stop suddenly and back up. Stacy says she didn’t see it at first.

ABF

ABF

No crazy story behind this one, really. Just, when I saw it I didn’t have my camera with me so I had to rely on my iPhone. Then processed it like I normally do in Lightroom and Perfect Effects. I sort of like the way it came out. Mostly cropping and color correcting in Lightroom, then sharpening and blurring the edges in Perfect Effects.

SOOP (Straight Out Of Phone)

SOOP
(Straight Out Of Phone)

OK, so now do me a favor. Go visit Stacy at Visual Venturings and see all the creativity I’m talking about. There really is some great work going on lately!

One Four Challenge – July Week 3

Prompts and Challenges

This is the third week of Robyn’s One Four  Challenge in which we all take  one photo of ours and process it differently each successive week for four weeks. Below are the original, and my first two weeks versions.

I’m sorry.  Was that rude? I’m talking about Robyn G of Captivate Me. Go check out the sites of everyone who has submitted this week. There’s quite an array of talent. All levels. Go! Look! Then come on back!

OK, this week I took the first week’s image with the transplanted sky and converted it to black and white. Then I tried a vintage preset in Perfect Effects, which was way too yellow. But it added a nice texture so I kept it and got rid of the yellow cast. But that left me with an OK shot in which I felt something was missing. So I added a split tone of yellow and blue and liked what it gave me. The image itself has totally lost any semblance of digital clarity it might have once had because of all the processing it’s been through. But that seems to match the feeling I’ve been trying to achieve- a rather battered and bruised older image faded by time.

Week 3

Week 3

One Four Challenge – July Week 2

Prompts and Challenges

From last week’s post:

Lake Las Vegas July 3, 2015 1/30 sec, f/22 at 6400 ISO 18mm

Lake Las Vegas
July 3, 2015
1/30 sec, f/22 at 6400 ISO
18mm

So, Robyn at Captivate Me has this challenge. The first Sunday of each month starts it anew. You take one of your own photos and, each week, process it differently so that on the fourth week you end up with four different versions. Take a look at all the submissions and join in! Sometimes it’s fun, sometime’s it’s not. Just like life!

The above image was shot at Lake Las Vegas, a luxurious  destination that only lasted about 5 years until the banking debacle and subsequent real estate crash. Now the place is pretty much deserted. The casino and most shops have closed down. This hotel has somehow remained open but is under new ownership.

So, last week Torrie of A.PROMPTreply commented “….was just thinking about this pic and relooked at it……am thinking lights…you need to get some lights in those windows, etc. Yes, this could be a new direction….” Then, our hostess Robyn, suggested “you  need some ducks ;)”

Well, Robyn, I couldn’t figure out how to add ducks with Lightroom.. And my experiment with adding lights in each window was – if not a complete failure, then at least a partial one. But I do like how it turned out. I kept the framing straight out of camera, kept the original sky, then darken, lightened, adjusted, added highlights with a radial filter, and played with a vignette. And, voila!

This week’s transformation:

Week 2

Week 2

Please feel free to click on the image above for a larger, more detailed, version.

And please revisit Robyn’s Captivate Me to view this week’s variations of last week’s images!

Brunswick Hotel

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Brunswick Hotel Route 66 Kingman AZ

Brunswick Hotel
Route 66
Kingman AZ

From the Brunswick Hotel website: Historic boutique hotel on Route 66 offering 24 room variations of suites, guest-rooms & cowboy rooms. Property features an upscale restaurant & businessman’s bar.

When I poked my nose up against the window that day, less than 4 months ago, it looked like no one had been inside for over a decade.

If you poke around anywhere inside the image, you can get a much larger version.

Just sayin’!