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Calm Reflections Photography shares beautiful photographs that can be placed on mugs, mouse pads, canvas, puzzles, T-shirts, coasters and prints. Joanna Macaulay makes souvenirs of St. Mary’s County for tourists and local residents. Information about St. Mary’s County attractions, travel, events and photography can be found at her site. She now does pet photography as well.

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Cormorants from St Michael’s Manor in St. Mary’s County.  They were very far away, and my focus was off a little, but I liked the reflection...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Texture Fun

I had fun last weekend playing with textures.  I chose a photo I like of an old sink.  First, I borrowed a free copy of a texture called Softened Faux by "Skeletal Mess" from Flickr, placed it over the sink photo with a little blending, then HDR'd the single photo.  I thought it was kinda neat.

Then to use the photo for a Camera Club competition on textures, I chose to do something similar with only my own photos.  I took a photo of a crumpled sheet of paper and superimposed it over the sink. 

Very interesting for a first attempt.  The texture didn't win, but I will probably use the photo again.

Original photo

Photo with crumpled paper texture

                                   Photo with Softened Faux and HDR

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Misty Wood received a First Prize in January's Advanced SMCCC Competition

I love my photo of a man with a cane walking in the wood's on a foggy day.  I saw a streak of light coming through the trees and knew I had to take the shot. 

You could make up lots of stories about this photo.  It was really about the determination to keep on walking and having the energy to get to the end of the trail in spite of having difficulty walking.  The fog created an interesting mood to the photo, like he was walking toward the unknown.

A quick photo tip is to use a touch of red or yellow to make a photo really pop.  (like a red umbrella, T shirt or jacket) Since there was so much green in this photo, the bright blue jacket really seemed to  help lead your eye to the subject and the fog created an uncluttered background, while the trees made a nice frame around the subject.

Yes, you may have seen this photo before on August 21, 2011 blog.