AB Friday One Focus and MM 2-22

Stacy’s ABF 54 July One Photo Focus 

Robin Kent One Photo Focus July-final

“This month, 27 photographers are sharing their post-processing interpretations of one “before” image submitted by Robin Kent of PhotographybyKent. From patriotic to apocalyptic (and everything in between), this month’s group certainly had a lot of fun with Robin’s image of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.!” –Stacy   Take a look

I processed the “before” photo through the LR and EFex Color Pro 4. I used LR for the basic adjustment, then moved to Color EFex Pro to adjust the color tune and details. After experimenting several color tunes, I finally decided to change it to the golden hour to create a relaxing summer evening mood.  Then, I went back to LR to use the graduated filter for the clouds and the radial filter for the statue on top of the dome. Thanks to Stacy for showing us how to use these two filter tools. :)

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Mono Madness 2-18: Bridge

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Leanne’s MM 2-17 had  43 creative mono photos.

The colored version of this Rainbow Bridge photo was posted a few weeks ago through Monday Walk.

Rainbow Bridge is often described as the world’s highest natural bridge. The span of Rainbow Bridge was reported in 1974 by the Bureau of Reclamation to be 275 feet (84 m), but a laser measurement in 2007 has resulted in a span of 234 feet (71 m). This nature bridge is located in San Juan County, Utah. The base is composed of Kayenta Sandstone, reddish-brown sands and muds laid down by inland seas and shifting winds over 200 million years ago.  ~ Wikipedia

I will be taking a break starting this weekend. I have scheduled three posts for next week (no Monday Walk). I will find time to visit you and read your comments through wifi. :)

Throwback Thursday: A Season Of Giants

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Recently, a few of my blog friends have visited Rome and Vatican. As I enjoy their fabulous travel photos, I recall the trips we made to Italy and the post that I did over a year and half ago, entitled “A Season of Giants”.

The School of Athens frescoes in the Vatican is the master piece of Rapheal. He painted Leonardo da Vinci as Plato, Michelangelo as Heraclitus, and himself as Apelles (a renowned painter of ancient Greece in the 4th century BC). Rapheal formed the traditional trinity of great masters of any time on the painting.

Leonardo was more than thirty years older than Raphael, and Michelangelo was eight years his senior. Both Michelangelo and Raphael were in Vatican about the same period of time working on their commissions by Julius. Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling was completed in 1512 (began in 1508) and Raphael’s Room of the Segnatura was completed in 1511 (began in 1508).

Leonardo died in Amboise, France, at 57 (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519); it was said that he was by the side of King Frances who brought aged Leonardo to Amboise.  Michelangelo lived to the age of 88 (March 6, 1475 – Feb. 18, 1564) three weeks before his 89th birthday; he requested to rest in his beloved Florence. In 1520, at 37, Raphael died on Good Friday (April 6); and he wanted to be buried in the Pantheon in Rome.

With the ringing of the bells that saluted the new treasures acquired by Pope Julius.

The story of the Season of Giants was concluded…

it would have no equal in the flowing of history through the centuries untour time.

~ Vincenzo Labella

Source of these images: Wikipedia

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Helen takes fascinating street photos. She made a two-week trip to Italy in May. Her first post of her grand trip included three street photos. She said,”Interestingly, in this trip, I came to a realization (didn’t know how I did it) that street photographing is not just catching a specific moment of someone’s (a stranger) life, but it is catching a moment of someone’s life that I feel connected to.”  This explains why her street photos always tell stories.

Take a look of these photos and read about her photo experience in Italy.

Thank you for reading. Happy Thursday :)

Mundane Monday (Leaf) and Flower of the Day

Trablogger’s Monday Mundane # 13: Leaf

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Monday Mundane is a unique photo challenge encouraging us to “find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty.”  Click HERE to visit.  Join us.

After a long nap, Trablogger is bringing his VOTE & LEARN for photography back. I have enjoyed the lessons and tips from this series. Take a look…

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Cee’s Flower of the Day: 7-1

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Thank you for visiting! :)

Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing

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Sally’s Tip of the Week: The blurred photograph can be made with a slow or quick move of  your camera or Smartphone. Read more

I can’t recall when was the last time I saw this many mushrooms out in the field. The recent rain and moisture have made plants and flowers very happy. :)  These two photos were taken with iPhone 6 and processed through LR.

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Cee’s Flower of the Day 6-30

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Happy Tuesday :)

Monday Walk: The Antelope Canyon

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The Antelope Canyon is located in Page, Arizona, on Navajo Nation land. The Navajo People have lived in the area for many centuries.

There is no entrance at ground level so visitors need to climb down ladders to reach the canyon floor. We were entering the lower part of the Antelope Canyon with a bunch of college students.

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These red & white sandstone walls have been sculpted by rain and wind to form unique swirls.

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Glowing pastel colors made brilliant by beams of sunlight that illuminate the sandstone in infinite shapes and forms.

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Turning around, we saw sunlight dancing on the sculpted walls.

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Amazing nature’s work of art.

Words fail to describe…

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While I was taking photos through the path, my husband was taking photos of me from my back.

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As soon as we climbed out of the canyon, a storm was approaching, and they immediately shut down the canyon for the rest of the day and all the reservations were cancelled.

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An evolving millions upon millions of years where flowing water and winds carved this sacred wonder. Imagine how ancient people must have respected and protected this place.

These photos were taken in the Lower Antelope Canyon. Navajo calls it Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches”.

Jo is taking us to FINCHALE PRIORY for a fabulous walk. Beautiful photos of ruins and scenery around.

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Thank you for visiting! Have a great week. :)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

Find a subject keeps you coming back. Show your muse.

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This is one of trails that I always go back to, where I take photos of wildflowers, trees, and deer. I also have a spot under a beautiful tree where I can enjoy solitude.

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Wait a minute… that’s my spot!

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Thank you for visiting! :)

Cee’s Flower Of The Day

Yesterday:

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Today:

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Texas has wonderful programs to promote and preserve wildflowers throughout the state. Thanks to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for their never-ending effort of conserving, restoring, and creating healthy and beautiful landscapes enabling us to enjoy the beauty of nature through highways, country roads, trails, and parks.

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Pit’s backyard is like a nature park. It’s so beautiful, Bambis show up there often. Take a look of these joyful photos, click HERE. Thank you, Pit! :)

Thank you for visiting! Happy Friday :)

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