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Random Fridays: Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Most native Australian trees don’t lose their leaves when autumn comes, but the imports certainly do. This plane tree near Circular Quay in Sydney is displaying about as much autumnal colour as we get. With late afternoon sun shining through the leaves, they glow against the reflection of the pure blue sky seen in an office tower behind.


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Random Fridays: Buttons

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How cool are these buttons? I came across this shop that sells nothing but buttons, but not ordinary boring buttons! My first thought when I saw the window displays was that these were little cakes or chocolates. If you look at the feature image, you can see that the out-of-focus buttons in the foreground do look like chocolates.


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Random Fridays: Ripples

Sunset on Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

Sunset on Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

This photo was taken 15 minutes after my supermoon photo — one way looking west, the other looking east. The wake of a passing small boat flung ripples through the smooth water, creating these wonderful reflections.

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Poolside – 4

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This photograph is my entry for week 4 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different!” I call this one the Purple X-ray, and I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste. This look is the result of adjustment layer on top of adjustment layer in Photoshop: invert (swap light and dark); channel mixer and hue/saturation (to adjust amount of r, g, b to get the purple and grey look); shadows and highlights to get the strong white background to the trees; vibrance; levels to darken the pot, cushions and reflection.

I like how the leaves in the trees have an almost painted quality. The spiky plant looks to me like flames shooting upwards.

Here are all four processing variations, plus the original:


Got a favourite? Let me know!

Bonus

I had two other processes that, in the end, I decided not to include officially. It was a real toss-up for week 4 between the Purple X-ray and the Solarized version. The Andy Warhol take was just a bit of fun!

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Poolside – 3

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This photograph is my entry for week 3 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

This time, I’ve gone for the ‘distressed old snapshot’ look. To achieve this, I applied a number of adjustment layers to the jpg in Photoshop: levels, black and white, colour balance, a gradient fill. Then I added some dust and scratches on top to give it that authentic “laying in a drawer for 20 years” look.

Below are snapshots of weeks 1 to 3 for comparison, and you can see the original here.

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Poolside – 2

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This photograph is my entry for week 2 of the One Four Challenge. The premise behind this intriguing new challenge, hosted by Robyn, is to process the same photo four different ways.

I’ve gone for something completely different this week — from harsh and monochromatic in week 1, to soft and dreamy now. Some people commented that my first edit reminded them of images in interior design magazines; to me, this one is right out of a wedding magazine (without bride!).

To get this look, I knocked clarity way down; bumped up vibrance, exposure, highlights and whites; increased noise reduction; decreased luminance in greens and aquas; added blue to shadows and highlights.

Below are snapshots of week 1 and week 2 for comparison, and you can see the original here.

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