2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Black and White
Photo by Sarah Carpenter

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Sarah says:

Well, it seems silly to take flowers and turn them into black and white. This is the end of my Valentine's Day Flowers, and I put them on my light box. I shot the picture (s) then came to LR and turned them B&W. After adjusting the "normal " sliders, I adjusted the clarity, texture, dehaze, and vibrance sliders down, to create a dreamy feel. I used the brush tool to darken the edges, ( lowering the exposure slider), squared everything, and used the spot healing brush in PS to clean everything up. I learned a lot.

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Use A Mirror
Photo by Lorne Wald

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Lorne says:

The Mirror Doesn’t Lie, but Neither Does It Tell the Truth”

This week’s theme was quite a challenge for me; I rarely even notice mirrors, let alone reflect on them, and I really can’t see myself looking in a mirror.

I know this image might strike some viewers as being unrealistic, and they’d be right - I actually haven’t been outside in ages.

As I turned up the collar of my favourite winter coat I asked my wife if she could think of a good quote or song title for this photo, but she was too distracted to answer and only grunted “I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror”.

Incidentally, the pose was necessitated by my limitations in Ps. I kept on getting halfway through my edits when I would suddenly notice something amiss - for example, a straight on shot wearing a shirt would mean the back of my shirt behind my head would have to be visible, so I tried with a tie, then with a coat and scarf. It finally occurred to me that if my mirror image and I were both facing away from the camera it would be much easier. Similarly, having a hat to adjust made the image both more natural and, I think, more interesting.

 

2021 Smart Phone Challenges

Challenge: Upside Down
Photo by Karen W

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Karen says:

Lila upside down on the beach. Distressed edits added with birds.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Single Leaf
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

Other than the permanently installed mirrors in my bathrooms, the only mirror I had available was a round hand-held makeup mirror. (don't ask). So, I walked around seeing what I might capture of interest using that. The big boy camera was cumbersome, so I switched to the iPhone. I took all sorts of images, and even tried a distored panorama and my striped shirt, but when I discovered how the mirror worked with the organ keyboard, I liked what I saw and played with that for a while. I also like that the black curved mirror frame mimicks the keys.

 

 

Challenge: Upside Down
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

I suspect like many of you finding some thing that was upside down that seem to work, was really a challenge. This is my pump organ, photographed upside down, at least at a vantage pointe that the keys are not as I see them while I’m playing. This was edited in Prisma using the Berries preset option

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Bears In Bertie's Log Cabin by Ricky Tims 

In 2002 I was able to purchase forty acres in a fir forest at high elevation in central Southern Colorado. In 2003 a little log cabin was erected. It was only 10’ x 12’, had no electricity or running water, and had a little pot belly stove for warmth. I named the cabin the Bertie Marie, after my maternal grandmother—my Granny.  It was a fantasy to imagine staying in that cozy space for a few days…and QUILT! 
 
I like sewing on a machine. That became possible at the cabin because I acquired a Singer treadle sewing machine—and what better project to work on in a log cabin than to make a log cabin quilt? We also have bears roaming the woods and so I decided to incorporate the bear paw block into the quilt too. Being truthful, this quilt was not entirely made in the Bertie Marie cabin, but many of the log cabin blocks were stitched on that treadle sewing machine during the times when I would stay there.
 
The fabrics are all hand-dyed. The border design is quilted with Razzle-Dazzle (in the bobbin). The Razzle-Dazzle was stitched while it was still a quilt top - so in essence, it is “embroidered”. Then, once the quilt sandwich was assembled, I just used regular thread and free-motion quilting and stitched directly on top of the embroidered Razzle-Dazzle. The effect is...that the quilt is bobbin quilted, but in fact, it’s not.
 
As many of you know, in 2018, an extensive and destructive wildfire burned about 109,000 acres in southern Colorado. It was called the Spring fire and it burned all of my land. The Bertie Marie and my tipi were lost. Miraculously, my house, which had just been completed in March 2018, was spared (unscathed) even though the fire came within thirty feet of the structure.
 
Many days after the fire, when I was finally allowed to return to the area, I went down to the cabin to see what remained. The pot belly stove was about the only thing to survive. The Singer treadle was destroyed. Someday I hope to rebuild the Bertie Marie and then I will begin the quest to find another very functional and operable treadle. Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin holds the memories of a wonderful time when the Betrie Marie was a refuge and solace. That’s the thing about quilts—isn't it? They hold memories, and in turn become family treasures.
 

The Bertie Marie Log Cabin

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Inside the Bertie Marie

 

After the fire, the Singer sewing machine became a tangled mess.

 

 

 TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE

Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!

   

 

2021 Photo Critique Group

Challenge: Jagged 
Photo by Sandy McCurdy

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Sandy says:

I borrowed my husbands's handsaw, used a flashlight to back light it and a long exposure in a dark room to emphasize the jagged teeth.
Edited with a little healing brush in PS to remove a bit of saw support and a little exposure reduction in LR to tone down a distracting bright spot plus basic edit sliders adjustments.

52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Forks
Photo by Scott Conway

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Scott says:

Background hand-died fabric by Cassie Conway. Forks suspended in space with vice grips 4" above fabric. Lens flare created by iPhone "flashlight" under fabric. Tripod, full manual. Shutter remotely activated with iPod. Natural light through window. Highlights +100, shadows -100, clarity -55, whites +26, blacks -16

 

2021 Smart Phone Challenges

Challenge: Single Leaf
Photo by Charlotte McNaughton

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Charlotte says:

It’s been extremely cold around here this week. -25 to -35 C cold! So I haven’t been venturing outside much this week. Last night I found a leaf under some snow just outside my back door. Put it in a bowl of water outside and waited for it to freeze.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Single Leaf
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenges

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Ricky says:


This is a poinsettia lease that had fallen down and slightly dried. I placed it on the marble countertop for the texture in the background. I edited in both Prisma and in BeCasso.

 

 

Challenge: Jagged
from the 2021 Photo Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This is my gastro aloe that has survived my black thumb now for three years and has sent up a bloom spike about 6 times. It's showing age, but it's definitely one of the most jagged subjects I had around. Cropped square. Edited to a high key BnW - then exported both the high key and the color edtied and did a BnW dreamscape, with the BnW sharp, and the color out of focus. Because of the white edge, I decided to add a frame so there was an obvious frame edge. My frame is the photo rotated 180˚, then blurred and enlarged so to fit the expanded canvas.

 Announcing the  GRAND PRIZE WINNER in the RISE UP QUILT CHALLENGE!

Social Bubbles by Denise DeGrandis, Thornberry, Ontario, Canada

GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN THE RISE UP QUILT CHALLENGE!

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SEE ALL RISE UP CHALLENGE ENTRIES HERE

About the Winning Entry

From Denise:

Where to begin? This challenge has made me consider my effort to remain optimistic during this ever present devastating coronavirus. Ten years ago, I saw a thriller film called “Contagion”. The situation in that movie has become far too real. The societal chaos, isolation from and loss of loved ones, only leaving home for essentials and the forming of social bubbles has become a reality. Being retired and with no family close by it has been extremely important to keep busy, focus on and be grateful for the positive things in our lives. Thankfully, in our little bubble, we have 3 lovable dogs that help make our home feel busy.

Realizing that while everyone’s social bubble is different, they also have much in common, a strong desire to resume our ‘normal life’. My depiction of social bubbles are circles in a variety of sizes and colours surrounded by purple to show different feelings and relationships. The blended brick wall in the background shows the difficulty to move forward until everyone has been vaccinated. I thought the brightest part of this piece needed to be the phoenix symbolizing the vaccine arriving so we can, hopefully, all safely leave our social bubbles this summer!

 

 

Xanadu
by Carol Moellers of

Greene, Iowa, won 2nd place.

 

Carol says:

These last 10 months there have been lots of ups and downs, good days and bad. Being a business owner there have been some very uncertain, stressful moments. Making business altering changes to protect our staff and clients. Calming fears and trying our best to keep everyone safe from contacting the virus. Working through dealing with supply shortages of paper towels, cleaners, masks, hand sanitizers, spending hours trying to find suppliers to send us these needed items. Days were long and stressful. At the end of the day I would go to my studio to unwind and just relieve the stresses of the day. Xanadu was made to symbolize the emotions during this pandemic. I named it Xanadu because this is my "place" where I go to find peace and contentment. I was sitting on the couch early one morning working on my computer and looked up as the sun was rising. This beautiful, colorful sunrise was being painted across the morning sky. At that moment it hit me what to create for this Rise Up Challenge.  

 

A huge thank you to all who submitted and shared their stories and inspired creative endeavors during the time of this historic global pandemic. The additional entries can be seen here.

 

TRY THE JIGSAW PUZZLE

Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!

  

 

2021 Photo Critique Group

Challenge: Obsessive Compulsive 
Photo by Ross Millikan

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Ross says:

A marbled godwit among the American avocets. Shorebirds that dig in the mud often gather in large flocks at high tide, waiting for the tide to drop and expose the mud flats again. They usually gather by species, but there are often a few interlopers. I took a bunch of shots and like having the godwit off center. There is another just out of the frame on the upper right. Minor light adjustment in Lightroom.

52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: One Shape
Photo by Jeff Aleman

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Jeff says:

Wheelbarrel in the snow

 

2021 Smart Phone Challenges

Challenge: Point
Photo by Laura Minch

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Laura says:


I’m fortunate that there is a lot of math homework in my house. I had many pencils to choose from.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Point
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenges

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Ricky says:


My attempt to compose a point with a reward at the end. This is actually just a light on the ceiling and my outstretched arm. It is edited with an extreme filter from prisma.

 

 

Challenge: Obsessive Compulsive
from the 2021 Photo Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I was in LaVeta from mid-week dealing with the hard-drive failure and still trying to present my first virtual Quilt Luminarium. In all of the chaos, I did not bring my camera to town. I'm still in town tending to the wrap up, and (being very bad) posting nearly 12 hours after the deadline. This is iPhone - I have all the little soldiers stair-stepping, but one is shorter and leaning - maybe a bit drunk...which I think is what I need to be after what transpired these past 8 days.

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