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2021 Smart Phone Group

Smart Phone Group: Critters
Photo by Jackie Anderson

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Jackie says:

Canadian Geese are such a wonder and I was able to capture their beauty at a nearby pond where mothers were teaching their goslings about life and what comes next.

 

 

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Group

Challenge: Radial Symmetry
Photo by Corrie DeCamp

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Corrie says:

I almost went with a beautiful rose with radial symmetry, but this more "artistic" image just kept calling me back. I was working with shutter zoom and between the wind and the technique, I really like how your eye travels around this naturally lime green Everillo Carex plant. LR edits, spot removal, square crop.

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Night Lights
Photo by Bill Arneson

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 Bill says:

Gas stations like this have a bright, colorful aesthetic and are apparently inviting. But late at night with no customers or with customers one would rather not be alone with, these oases of light enveloped in darkness can also project isolation, loneliness and in some cases foreboding. I took this photo from a distance to try to give some sense of that feeling. Editing was primarily decreased exposure around the pumps and removal of some extraneous lights on the sides from other sources in PS

 

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Critters
from the 2021 Smart Phone Group

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Ricky says:

I was determined not to submit my pups - but I had far more photos of them than the bees - which were just about the only other critter I came face to face with this week. The Cailforina poppies have been a joy and hundreds of bees seem to think the same.

 

 

 

 

Challenge: Night Lights
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This is my little oasis - or rather jungle. I used a high f-stop for the starbursts and full 30seconds exposure.

 

 

 

Montana Star by Ricky Tims

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Being a 5th generation native of the Lone Star State (Texas), I have always had a love affair with Lone Star quilts. I’ve enjoyed the easy process of using strip sets and cross cutting them at a 45˚ angle to create the blades of the star.
 
A few years ago I taught this particular quilt on an episode of The Quilt Show. I liked it so much that I came home and finished the top. I quilted it with fancy free-form feathers. This one is wall size, but I’ve made them in many sizes. Do you like Lone Star quilts? They are such a timeless design with big impact.
  

 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 Smart Phone Group

Smart Phone Group: Clouds
Photo by Alberta MacAulay

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Alberta says:

I enjoy sky watching in the early morning, to see what kind of day I am have. Today will be a day of transition as our normal temperatures start to soar as another heat dome approaches.

 

 

2021 52 Week Challenge Group

Challenge: Silhouette
Photo by John Coote

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John says:

This image was captured in a 'Carpe Diem' moment in a Street Photography manner. I was down at the shore with friends from my Photography Society and stayed to see the sunset develop.

I shot this image with my camera at waist height pointing to my right and I framed, focused and took the image using the swivelled LCD display.

In LrC I removed some distractions to the left of the subject using the clone tool but left in those to the right to show that my subject was not alone. The shallow depth of field around my subject retained the focus on him.. To enhance the silhouette I darkened the shadows. This had the effect of increasing the saturation of the colours, so I knocked these back by decreasing the vibrance and saturation.

I reviewed the image in B&W, but felt that the colour version was more pleasing.

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Dripping
Photo by LizWhitehead

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 Liz says:

Dripping - Mother Nature provided me my challenge shot for the week - major thunderstorm, flash flooding, camera in the entry way, and dripping from the gutter. I took alot of shots from the entry way of the rain hitting the street, the yuccas and even the sidewalk (that I used for the subject for a couple of past challenges)

I got this shot right before the drip fell - didn't catch the drip though - darn.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Clouds
from the 2021 Smart Phone Group

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Ricky says:

We didn’t seem to have any major sunrises or sunsets this week, but we did have significant rain. This was taken shortly after a thunderstorm

 

 

 

 

Challenge: Dripping
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I spray painted white paper and let it drip - combinded with a panned shot of slightly vertical panned grasses.

 

 

 

 

 August 2 was National Watermelon Day. If you missed it, don't worry. Watermelons will be great for a while longer!

How do you eat yours? Plain? With salt? Salt and pepper? 

     
     
     

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