Time to post our hunt finds! I think know I'm fudging some of my photos, and some of these I took last Saturday (before I knew the theme); look at me becoming a rule breaker! But while some of these came really easily--so much that choosing one was difficult--a few of them eluded me. Who knew the only cool statues I'd see this week were at the Fair--and they apparently are someone's art, so not allowed to be photographed!
All week I was thinking about the past, so this is Sunflower with her grandmother who passed last November. But of course, it is also the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. How to honor those whose lives were lost or experienced a personal lost? This grange at the fair tried.
All wood, all natural statue? No?
Process of Elimination:
I took a ton pictures of swings and ferris wheels, etc. trying to capture "flying high." Then I actually got a vision for what I wanted! I thought if I could add the sunflare to the photo, it would give it the context of height--making it more obvious that is was "high." I had to run around to the other side of the swing from where we were meandering, stopping down my aperture as I ran. I only had a moment to snap two shots before I ran back to my family (I'm not sure they knew where I went.) The flare was there, and when I got home it was my favorite shot from the day for capturing flying high. I did take the process of elimination a little further. I cropped to a square, straightened a little so angle less distracting, and lowered the exposure on the people a little so they were more of a silhouette. (I also had to clone out a few spots; I need to get my camera cleaned.) All of those things were done to eliminate what took away from the image and left me with an image I loved.
Then I did the normal brighten, etc. Couldn't decide which edit I liked best, so you get another collage for...