Category Archives: Photo101 Rehab

Blue Jay Series

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I was overjoyed to see this beautiful blue jay perched in my dogwood tree last September. I am so glad I was able to showcase his vibrant blue feathers and jaunty spirit in this series of photos.

I am submitting these photos for JNW’s Color Your World-Blue photo challenge as my second entry today. What can I say? I love blue and I love birds. I will also place them in Lucile’s photo101 rehab clinic as my first entry of the year.

Charm Me

Charm

Charm

Charm Haiku (Rose)

Charm flows from a smile,
a look, a lingering touch,
the gift of a rose

*posted for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge with prompt words of charm and look:

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-75-charmlook/

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic.

Howl at the Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Haiku (Moon)

Layered cake of clouds
Moon cover silences wolf
True nature restrained

This is my first entry into Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge. This week the target words were cake and wolf. Check out his blog for more info and reader submissions.

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-74-cakewolf/

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic. She has run the clinic for one year and I am happy to be included!

Low Key, High Key

Low-Key Pal

Low-Key Pal

Low-key:

I hope I was able to produce a low key image of my dog, Pal. The photo was originally taken outdoors with afternoon sunlight on part of his face. Trying to follow the suggestions of Mitch for the Imagecraft Bootcamp, I changed the photo to black and white and adjusted the lights (-60), the darks (-55) and the shadows(-5) using Lightroom for the low-key (dark and dramatic) effect. I was wary of going too dark because I didn’t want to hide Pal’s pretty face!

High-key:

Last week, we tried high-key (light and ethereal) photo editing and I submitted this photo of my brother. I edited the original image to black and white and made the suggested adjustments, as seen below, for that lesson. In this case, I was wary of going too light and hiding his handsome face.

High-Key Brother

High-Key Brother

Thanks to Mitch and Lucile for hosting these learning lessons. I certainly have a lot to learn and feedback is welcome!

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (twelve)

movie poster makeover

movie poster makeover

Here is my entry for the PhotoRehab Cover Makeover challenge this week. I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies so I haven’t seen this. I understand there may be some dark humor; still, I’m not sure it’s for me. I did like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and Spike) on TV which was created by the producer of this movie.

I didn’t have a picture of a cabin so I used a sepia filter to make this green house, with a partially open door, look more like a cabin. I adjusted the shadows and the film grain using camera+ to make it look a little grittier. Then, I used the Over app for the text. I wasn’t sure about the text color, but at least you can read it over my picture. I think the final product has an ominous feel-ominous enough to keep me away from it at the theater!

What do you think? Would it draw you in or turn you away as a movie poster?

Hummingbird Gem

Little Gem

Little Gem

I thought the hummingbirds had already headed south. When another blogger, suburbanferndaleark, posted an action picture of two hummingbirds, I made the comment that I hadn’t seen any of the tiny birds at my house for several days. I was missing the satisfaction of glimpsing their long beaks, glistening feathers and furtive glances through the camera lens.

This week, I was elated to discover that hummingbirds were still coming to the feeder in my dogwood tree! I saw this little gem resting on a branch, preening its feathers between drinks of nectar. She would zip in, hover, flutter around the feeder and drink her fill.
She put on quite an airshow! I was happy that I was able to capture this picture!

As long as the birds keep stopping by, fresh nectar will be waiting, and I will be enjoying the show.

*posted for writing101 and photo entered into Lucile’s photo101rehab

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (eleven)

Movie Poster Makeover

Movie Poster Makeover

Unlike most people, I have never really been a big fan of this movie. But that doesn’t mean I don’t dance around and sing along to all the songs when I see it. Doesn’t make sense, I know. I thought being so familiar with the topic would make it easy. But, this cover makeover challenge turned out to be harder than I thought.

The theme and scenery of this movie are so well known that I immediately thought of mountains. I ended up choosing a photo of the Blue Ridge Mountains that I recently took, so no snow caps here. I am not adept at adding figures to my pictures, but I did have fun playing with the text. I think it turned out all right, although I am not sure it really conveys the happiness promised!

Still, *Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do* to you all! Enjoy your weekend as you sing along to your favorite happy tunes!

Thanks to Desley and Lucile for hosting the Cover Makeover Challenge each week.

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (two)

Movie Cover Makeover 070915

Movie Cover Makeover 070915

This is my entry for the new Photo101Rehab cover makeover challenge inspired by Lucile and DesleyJane. This week’s theme is: “Winter’s Tale”, a movie. I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t offer a review. It sounds like a romance story to me. The photo is from my archive and had a soft, mystical feel that seemed to fit the movie tag line. I used the app called “over” to place the text over my photograph.

The Red Door Dream

Red Door

Red Door

The Red Door Dream

I see the red door in a dream, partially obscured by swaying tree branches. I feel the soft wind on my face, cool air brushing my cheek. I hear the strong, steady beat of my heart as I step forward. I am unafraid. Time slows. My legs start to feel heavy. I bite my lip and it starts bleeding. My face flushes with heat and my vision starts to blur. I wake up drenched with sweat.

The dream is recurrent. Each time, I draw closer to the door but wake before reaching it. The journey seems endless. The anticipation is agonizing.

Even when awake, I re-live the dream. I wonder if I can make myself reach the door in my sleep. I talk to myself. I tell myself I can do it. It is hard to think of anything else. I look for the door everywhere I go.

Now, here I stand, only inches away from touching the door. My heart starts to race. I am afraid. I don’t know what to expect. I no longer know if I am dreaming. I gasp for air and take an unsteady step back.

The red door opens.

*this post seems to meet the requirements for several blogging challenges as follows:

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge,Door, challenges us to post a photo and consider how the elements might add up to a story.

Laura’s Literary Lion challenge asks us to include the word “bleeding” in our post of 400 words or less.

A late addition to Andy’s Dark Side Thursday which challenges us to create a dark story.

And, I think this photo belongs in Lucile’s Photo101Rehab Clinic too.

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (Premiere Post)

Book Cover Makeover Challenge 070315

Book Cover Makeover Challenge 070315

This is my entry for the new Photo101Rehab cover makeover challenge inspired by Lucile and DesleyJane. This week’s theme is: “THE LONG WAY HOME”, a book from Louise Penny. I haven’t read the actual book yet so I can’t offer a review. The photo is from my archive and had a nostalgic feel to me that seemed to fit the book title. I used the app called “over” to place the text over my photograph.

Here are the details of the new Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge – Cover Makeover!

The challenge is to make a cover for the book, CD or movie that will be shared every Thursday. Every Thursday we will be given the name of a book or movie, etc. and the hosts will share their take on a new cover. We must prepare our own cover by using our archive photos or shooting a new one to go with the theme. Then, we prepare our post and publish it, remembering to Ping Back (hyperlink) to Lucile’s page or copying the link to the comments section of her post. The tag #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover will be used so that we can find other posts in the WP reader.

Join in the challenge for some fun!

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