Photos of the Week - Week 10

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 10, Wrinkles

Photo by Brian Savon

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Brian says:

I used a folded bed sheet to create this image. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

 

 

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 10 - High Key

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 10, High Key

Photo by Egídio Leitão

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Egidio says: 

Survivor – For this week’s assignment, my very first subject choice turned out to be the one I chose to submit for the class. After several different compositions and locations, this is the one I kept coming back to. Once again, it is proving time after time that familiarity with your environment is your friend. I had seen this tree many times. It is right near the lot where I park my car when I go biking. It has always stood out in my eyes because it is the only tree on that grassy field. For now, it has survived the effects of progress and has not been cut to make room for another sports field. Now, since this is an urban park, I had to be very careful to compose my photo such that I would eliminate power lines and other signs of civilization. I am loving the fact that I am paying more attention to things in my viewfinder before I make the photo. I walked around the tree and paid attention to the shadows I wanted and also the things I did not want in the photo. There is no cropping whatsoever in this photo. I used the Basic panel for black and white conversion and overall tone adjustments. I only used four localized masks to even out the skylight and bottom third of the photo. It helped that the sky was cloudless.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 10 - Glass

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 10, Transparent

Photo by Karen Raforth

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Karen says:

This is a cropped piece of an image of Frida that flew by in the multi-media Frida Kahlo Immersive. iphone edits. Don’t miss it if it is in your area;but be sure you have read her bio or you may be confused.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 10, Transparent

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

My birthday was this week and Hugo purchased a decanter for whiskey. It has beautiful cut glass and I placed this in front of some multi colored handled fabric.

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 10, Wrinkles

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I took crumbled/wrinkled white tissue paper and placed it under a red lamp that sits on a wooden chest. I did a double exposure in-camera - both panned left and right. I had other images that were more smooth, but this still shows some wrinkles (which I like). I've done these double exposure panned "landscapes" before, but this was a first on a somewhat small scale. I like how the wood gives a sense of a flat field and the gentle mountain peaks under the fiery sky.

 

 

 

Photos of the Week - Week 9

 

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 9, True Colors

Photo by Roz Rossiter

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Roz says:

I have spent so much time thinking about this week’s image, True Colours is a favourite song and I am a fan of Cyndi Lauper and in normal times I would have had lots of wacky ideas. But this is the idea I kept returning to, a one-woman tribute to the people of Ukraine especially the women and the creatives.

I apologise if this is considered a political statement.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 9 - Square Crop

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 9, Square Crop 

Photo by Carol Freda

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Carol says:

A feather I picked up on a walk last fall. Placed on a white background with lighting from a lamp spotlight. After LR adjustments in Basic, Gradient Mask on the corners to bring out the blue tone (it was a muddier brown/blue color).

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 9 - Glass

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 9, Glass

Photo by Linda Rowberry

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Linda says:

I like playing with water, glasses and funky backgrounds. I had a little trouble trying to shoot this with my iPhone. I had to watch where I positioned the camera or I would distort the top of the glasses!For the most part I think it turned out pretty good. After doing some cropping I applied a Toon filter from the BeCasso app.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 9, Glass

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

This is a piece of art glass that lives on a shelf in my dining room. I really like the colors and the pattern and then the opening at the top really made a big impact. So I like this for this weeks challenge… Glass

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 9, True Colours

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

For 25 years I have worked with multicolored hand dyed fabrics. They have been a major part of my artistic identity and a primary income generator. Covid took that away. But dyeing is back on a limited basis so I opted to celebrate that fact with this photo. The manipulation is a mirror montage.

 

 

 

 

 

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Road to Wichita Falls
by Ricky Tims

 
When it started quilting, dyeing fabric was not part of my experience. Like most quilters, I began hoarding fabric… er… building my collection, and I tended towards bright colors, jewel tones, and large-scale prints. I remember seeing a show-n-tell quilt at a guild meeting that the maker called Road to St. Louis. The pattern was sixteen patches alternating with hourglass blocks (quarter-square triangles). I liked it so much I wanted to try it—but… as always… I had to shake it up a bit. 
 
If you look at this quilt you’ll see it is indeed basically two blocks. The trick was that I altered the hourglass block in places and changed the colors to give a big impact to the overall design. That’s one of my magic tricks…doing something simple, but making it look more complex.
 
FUN FACT: I was living in St. Louis at the time, and my hometown is Wichita Falls, TX. As a point of interest, Interstate 44 starts in Wichita Falls, TX, and ends in St. Louis. Therefore, the "Road to St. Louis" is also the "Road To Wichita Falls”.
 
This is a fun pattern which I named On The Road Again. It's easy to make, and you can make a few extra blocks to make a bigger quilt if you wish. Maybe this one is for you. I hope you have fun.
 
Get the pattern 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!

   

 

 

Ricky's Birthday Cake or Cheesecake
by Hugo Dos Santos

I wanted to bake one of the things that Rick's like.

Did you know that Ricky loves Baby Ruth? (...and Snickers, and Butterfinger, and Reese's Cups)

This Cheesecake is very simple and you can change Baby Ruth for another chocolate.

I know that cheesecake it's one of favorite desserts in America, so I wanted to combine cheesecake with Baby Ruth.

It's so delicious!

Tip: You can always freeze the cheesecake.

Ingredients for Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 cups cream cheese, softened
  • 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. malted milk powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups Baby Ruth pieces

INGREDIENTS For Garnish:

  • 1-1/2 cup salted caramel cookies, for crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, warm

INGREDIENTS For Topping:

  • 1 cup chocolate sauce, RTU
  • 1 cup caramel sauce, RTU
  • 2 tbsp. malted milk powder
  • 2 cups Baby Ruth pieces

                                                                                                                                                         

In a food processor, blend salted caramel cookies, sugar and melted butter to a fine grain. Press crumb mixture into a 12” spring-form pan sprayed with food release spray. In a mixer and using a paddle, mix the cream cheese, evaporated milk, vanilla, and malted milk powder on medium-high until there are no lumps. Switch to low speed and mix in the fresh lemon juice and mix until smooth. Pour mixture into form and place in the refrigerate overnight until the cheesecake is firmly set. Carefully run a sharp knife tip around the sides of the cake pan to unmold the cheesecake. Warm chocolate and caramel sauces in a small pan to 100oF and add malted milk powder, stirring until smooth and shiny. Tightly place the mini cream puffs in concentric circles, covering the face of the cake. Top with the Baby Ruth® Pieces and drizzle a thin layer of chocolate caramel sauce evenly over the top of the cake.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Photos of the Week - Week 8

Critique Group Challenge: 

Week 8, Time

Photo by Clark Poppleton

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Clark says:

We have been taught that TIME is linear and never changes. But we all know that the perception of time is a different story. That is evident by a few of the phrases we’ve grown up with such as “Time flies when you’re having fun” and “A watched pot never boils”.

Recently I acquired a Lens Ball so I thought I’d see what fun perception effects I could come up with using it. I’ve lost count of how many images I captured. Funny that we depend on the auto focus so much, yet with the Lens Ball, I found that you can’t. You must look THROUGH the Lens Ball, and focus on the image in the ball, which meant manual focus. I was also using a handheld light source that only highlighted parts of the image because I didn’t want the light to reflect off the surface of the Lens Ball. Moving the light source around like I did, also meant changing the shutter speed from 1/60 of a second into a 10 second exposure.

Well, time was distorted when a 1/60 of a second exposure took me two hours to get something I was satisfied with.

 

52-Week Photo Challenge Class
Week 8 - Mirror

 

Week 52 Photo Challenge:

Week 8, Mirror

Photo by Marci Stokke

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Marci says:

Originally a large painting displayed at a very fun nursery in TriCities WA. Cropped to the most interesting swirals, mirrored and there he was, staring at me. Love the color mix and original design; love the outcome. Wish I was this talented! I enjoyed mirroring several images but liked this outcome the best.

 

Smart Phone Photo Challenges
Week 8 - Liquid

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 8, Liquid

Photo by  Carol Huston Lindow

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Ricky's Challenge Photos

Smart Phone Challenge:

Week 8, Liquid

Photo by Ricky Tims

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Ricky says:

Bubbles come from liquid. Right? I blew some bubbles in a blue bowl. This was then edited in Picasso. I enhanced the saturation.

 

Critique Group Challenge:

Week 8, Time

Photo by Ricky Tims
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

Recently my first year class learned mirror image and I decided to have some fun with an antique clock face in my studio in a montage with one of my raven quilts by Judy Alborn, the pocket watch indicates it is almost midnight - time is running out. I then duplicated the project and in Topaz added a filter - but then back in Photoshop I erased some of that layer so the magic drifted in an out rather than being one static filter over the entier image.

 

 

 

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