You learn something new every day.

This weekend, I found some inspiration at the 78th Street Studios Third Friday event, where the studios are open to the public to come through and take a look around (and BUY STUFF!)  I really enjoy looking at other people’s work, and I hope to someday have my own studio there… hell, even a Third Friday booth would be nice.  I have to make some serious adjustments to my confidence levels first, though…  This blog’s page on Instagram is helping… strangers appear to be liking my work, but I still crave that constructive criticism that I would get from an instructor or a teacher.

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CLEVELANDS A BEACH postcard-web

The week 8 challenge called for panoramic.  I learned two new things about myself as a photographer.  I don’t like panoramics, one, and two, I don’t really like HDR toning.  The two are wildly unrelated, so after I shot some shots for the pano, I figured I would HDR tone them and see if two wrongs DO, in fact, make a right.

 

PANO-web

The top image I made to look similar to an old timey postcard… more on that later.  The second image I stitched together in Photoshop and added HDR toning, which I think looks… okay.  I toned down the toning quite a bit, though.  I think HDR has a time and a place, don’t get me wrong, I just haven’t really come across that time or place in my own work.  Either way, I figured I should add it to my tool box, even if I will probably never use it… or maybe I will, who knows.  Next week, I might love it.  I can be rather finicky that way.

 

We had some nice weather over the weekend, so Boyfriend and I went to Edgewater park.  The snow has pretty much melted (it will probably be back) and it is mixed in with the sand, making for a VERY texturized look to the beach, which I found really neat.

 

I ended up taking some pictures on his cell phone of a man with his dog, which was fun, and we came across a bunch of folks sitting in their cars, not really enjoying the beach at all, probably.  Then we came across a woman screaming “you shoulda drank some water at home!” at her dog who was drinking water out of a gross puddle.  Typical Cleveland stuff.

 

MY CLE-web

This isn’t a true panoramic, I just cropped a wide angle shot to look panoramic.  There is something about bounding the world into that 3:2 ratio box that I find appealing about still photography… perhaps that is why I’m not a huge fan of panoramic.  That does NOT explain, however, why I love fisheye so much…

 

CLEVELAND IS A BEACH II postcard-web

I REALLY wish I had thought of this idea before we started shooting, I would have made certain to have the Browns Stadium in this shot.  I think this sums up Cleveland pretty well, actually.  I find myself pretty hilarious right now…

 

THE TRAIL-web

Going back to the 3:2 photos, I like a good high contrast landscape.  I like a well-placed lens flare.  I think you can tell that I LOVE monochrome.

 

I decided to give HDR Toning another old college try and I don’t think I hate the effect here, see?  A time and place for everything.

DRIFTWOOD HDR-web

DRIFTWOOD-web

However, I think I prefer the non-HDR version.

SEAGULL-web

The bird obsession continues… The high contrast landscape obsession continues… The monochrome obsession continues…

 

ICE-web

The chunks of ice on Lake Erie were beautiful.

STILL, LIFE II-web

And at the end of the weekend’s adventures, I found myself appreciating the beauty of those things large AND small…

Next week’s challenge is for shadows, which I am going to LOVE.  I love shadows.  The problem is going to be self-editing.  I am TERRIBLE at self-editing. HOWEVER, the ideas are a-flowin’ already, so I hope I can accomplish them all!

 

UNTIL NEXT WE MEET, FRIENDS OF THE ART BOX, MAKE LOVE AND IMAGES!

~Melicious~

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