2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Mirror Image
Photo by Kathleen Madden

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Kathleen says:

This is a sculpture titled "Fragmenta" by artist Osman Akan of dichroic glass for the Anchorage Crime Lab. The artist wanted to have the sun's light block and reveal certain rays...much like forensics work in solving a crime I drive by it often and it never looks the same. It also reminds me of the Aurora that we often see here in Alaska. This was a fun challenge.

2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

Challenge: Blue (no sky)
Photo by Linda Rowberry

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Linda says:

I found a blue vase, so I added some blue flowers and a blue bow. I added an oil painting filter from the BeCasso app. I’m really liking that app!

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: It's Alive
Photo by Gail Garber

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Gail says:

Meet one of the two Greater Roadrunners that hang out in my back yard. I worked on photos at other sites around Albuquerque, but nothing gets as close up as these two very friendly birds (they ARE wild birds) that are hoping for a handout, like so many roadrunners of the southwestern U.S. This feels a lot like cheating; it was so easy. Very minimal edits in Lightroom and a slight crop to get rid of a bright sun streak across the top.

 

Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Its Alive
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

I went with the mirror montage. I haven't created one in a while and they are fun. I tried many different subjects, but wasn't happy - until this one. This is a tray next to my cook top, looking down onto the tops of salt and pepper shakers and a teapot. Also a pottery jug with a zippy bag inside. I thought the critter looked a bit intense - very much alive.

 

 

Challenge: Blue
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

I kind a grab just about everything that was in sight that was blue because there’s not much blue which makes it a challenge. Duh

Gaelic Blessing by Ricky Tims

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I have a love affair with Ireland and I have been 9-10 times. I go as often as I can.  As a result, I was inspired  to make a Double Irish Chain quilt. As is my way, I didn’t follow the rules or adhere to typical look of the quilt. So instead of using the usual grid of equal sized squares, I shifted the lines on the grid so there were a series of squares and rectangles. Within that framework, I wanted to incorporate a Celtic Cross. I figured out that by removing six of the center blocks I could replace those blocks with a single Celtic Cross using a minimal amount of appliqué. To contain all of the design and create a border, instead of sewing on a regular border, I just colored the grid differently so that the border was incorporated into the blocks of the quilt. 

In today’s methods and techniques a Double Irish Chain made from squares can be done relatively quickly by shifting the grid and incorporating the different fabrics for coloration. This quilt is only slightly more complex but is still made using traditional rotary cutting methods. The fact that there is not very much appliqué means that those sections will be completed quickly as well. 

It was a fun quilt to make and if you are Irish, of Irish heritage or connect with Ireland this might just be a fun quilt for you to make!

P.S. Be sure to click for detailed view and see the shamrocks that I free-motion quilted into the quilt!

 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

Challenge: Tilted
Photo by Lucy Snyder

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Lucy says:

"Tilting at Windmills" and Don Quixote is a major theme in my life and relationships, so this week I took photos of the several Quixotes in our collection. I removed the background in the Canva program and replaced it with an image in that same program. Made some small edits in LRC and voila!

2021 52 Week Challenge Class

Challenge: Abandoned
Photo by Emma Voss

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Emma says:

No boats in the marina. It's amazing to see the difference in the place between winter and summer! It's such a cold desolate feeling place here in February, whereas in summer there is a comforting hustle and bustle to the place.

 

 

 

2021 Critique Group

Challenge: Pins & Needles
Photo by Cate Armstrong

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Ricky's Challenge Photos:

Challenge: Pins & Needles
from the 2021 Critique Group

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Ricky says:

This started with one felt ball and I put pins with yellow ball heads radiating out. In between those I used flower head pins. I added a few other color flower head pins closer to the center. This was then set on a black box so I could spin it like a top and push in while spinning. I opted for my iPhone because of the angle and the situation, but also to share this bit of info if you don't know it. I shot using the LIVE option. When you shoot an image with LIVE it captures a second or so of 'video'. If you swipe up from the bottom you get options. The far right option is "Long Exposure" where it blends the little short movie into one single image. From there, I went to Topaz for a filter called City Lights which gave it some punch and a pseudo dreamscape appearance. Cropped square.

 

 

Challenge: Tilted
from the 2021 Smart Phone Challenge Group

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Ricky says:

This is my little favorite tea pot, from Dingle pottery on the Dingle peninsula and Ireland. I used snap seed to clone out my fingertips because I wanted the teapot floating. The level of the tea in the cup should mess with your mind a little bit.

Heart Flower by Deborah Kemball (Brazil)

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Over the years I've had a small obsession with collecting quilts. Most of them have been acquired from miniature quilt auctions. Some at local guilds or charity fundraisers. Many of them were acquired during International Quilt Festival at the Celebrity Miniature Quilt Auction that was associated with the International Quilt Association which as an annual fundraiser for the organization.

The quilt in the IQA auction were generally submitted from prize-winning quilt artists. Several years ago this quilt caught my eye. I loved that it was hand made—hand needle-turned appliqué with hand embroider and densely quilted by hand. Deborah Kemball. This quilt measures 24" x 24"  (61cm x 61cm).

A picture is worth a thousand words. Check out the details by clicking on the images for a larger view. Learn more about Deborah Kemball, her books, quilts, and awards 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 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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