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Photo Project Theme Week 33 – Tiny Planets

You’ve probably seen some photos online of weird but interesting looking tiny planets.  This isn’t a new Photoshop project but I thought I’d make some of my own photos into my own Tiny Planets.

To start with, I selected a photo from our family’s recent trip this summer to the Northeast.  The photo that I found that I thought would make a good Tiny Planet was shot in Maryland while we were on the road.  My husband was driving and I was on the passenger seat of our motorhome.

My criteria for selecting this photo are:

  1. Clear sky
  2. Interesting subject
  3. Similar things on each end of the photo – in this example I have trees that are quite similar in height and looks so I can easily blend them together.
Maryland farm with red barn

Maryland farm with red barn – Original unedited

As you can see, this is just an ordinary photo, with boring sky, power lines,  and some movement at the bottom since the vehicle was moving fast.  I didn’t even roll down the window when I took this photo.  Nothing exciting here, just a snapshot.

In order to use this for my tiny planet creation, I had to make it into a panorama.  I cropped the top and the bottom of the photo and I also did some minor adjustments to make the colors pop a little.  This is what it looks like after some minor tweaking.

Maryland farm with red barn. - cropped with minor editing.

Maryland farm with red barn. – cropped with minor editing.

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ViewBug Photo Contests

Hey Guys.  Awhile back I joined ViewBug.   This is a photographer’s community where people can join different contests and if you are a paying member you can also sell your photos there.  Members can also award other members and like their photos as well as follow other members.  Well, I uploaded only 16 photos on my free account and tried joining a few contests. My goal was just to have some sort of presence in that community.  I don’t have much time to devote to yet another “social” community as I am already struggling to keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Recently, I received an email from ViewBug saying that one of my photos was automatically entered in the Image of the Year contest because it was at the top 10%.  They said there were over a million photos entered in 266 contests for 2014.  I was very thrilled!

So far, people have been responsive and I have gotten 38 awards and joined 9 contests.   I am asking you to please visit my wall and VOTE for my photos.  The photos you can vote on are at the top of the specific contests.  I’m happy with that as well.  So I just now looked at ViewBug again.  I should have been sharing my photos to my friends and family to get votes for people’s choice –  so here they are.

Please vote and share!  And THANK YOU for your support.

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Lensshots Wall

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Photo Project Theme Week 25 – Fog

I don’t like days when there’s thick fog and I have to drive to my workplace.  Every time this happens, I always wish I could just skip work so I can photograph in the fog.  Well finally my wish came true 🙂  On Sunday morning when I woke up, the fog was thick.  I knew this  is the chance I’ve been waiting for and if I don’t go out there, I will miss a great opportunity to take cool looking photographs.   So I grabbed my camera bag and took my dog with me and drove around the neighborhood to find interesting things to capture.

First stop was Lake Pflugerville.  I was able to take some shots of the trees by the water.  I took shots of the dock,  a man walking his dog and a fairly big tree by the water but this one is my favorite.  I love how the trees in the back look as if they’re lost in the thickness of the fog.

Lake Pflugerville Fog

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