Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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!

Bokeh:

Remember:
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.

Statues:
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...

Flying High:
Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Hunting!


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32 comments:

Kathy said...

Yowza!!! LOVE that "flying high" shot with the sun flare! And you are right, the flare gives the illusion of more height. Brilliant idea on your part.

Kathy

tiarastantrums said...

your bokeh shot is marvelous!

Marla said...

Fabulous shots. I love the first and last one.

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Nukke said...

Your flying high and elimination are very good photos !!!!! I love your Bokeh !!!

Have a nice sunday !

Desirae R said...

I really love your bokeh shot. I love how it looks sparkly. I also really like your 'statues' shot. Very earthy.

jodi said...

oh that bokeh - stunning!

Leovi said...

Very beautiful, excellent compositions.

Buckeroomama said...

Amazing Flying High collage! I love your beautiful Bokeh shot, too. :)

Leanne said...

I like your flying high too!

Tamar SB said...

These are great! Love the bokeh and flying high! That is super high!

Rachelle said...

the collage is beautiful.
The flag in food stuffs is lovely. The remember photo of your little and her grandmother touches me most - - we are celebrating the life of my son's grandpa on Tuesday and I'm not ready. I wish there'd been more time, more pictures, more.

Brooke said...

Awww! I love your shots this week! Bokeh is stunning!! And those flying high shots are spot on. Love the flare. Great stuff.

Sarah said...

Wonderful shots. Love your bokeh and flying high.

Sarah said...

Your process of elimination led to some very cool shots for flying high!! I love that you cut it down to just half of the picture, it's far more stunning that way. Wonderful job!!

Also, this week always leaves me remembering my grandfather (15 years ago today...we mourned him before 9/11). I totally understand your remember photo...I did a full post of it yesterday :) *hugs*

Jenn said...

Great shots! I love your bokeh shot! Beautiful!

Mama Monkey said...

Wowsers!!! Love the flying high shot!!

Mad Mind said...

I'm okay with the wood statue. I love it! Your picture of your grandma is very precious. I have a couple of mine around here too. She's been gone for overs 5 years now. Photos are our way of being memory keepers.

No Greater Love said...

Everything is beautiful! I think my favorite swing shot is the one that has the orangey glow! :)

I am determined to play with my camera this week, and start learning more. I may have told my husband that he needed to fly me to the Pacific Northwest so I could learn from a pro....but he just laughed at me. :)

Have a wonderful Sunday, Cedar!

scrapinbabygal said...

Hi!! Doesnt that just bug you when you go to a festival or local event and you cant take pictures? It bugs me :) Priceless shot of your daughter and Grandma!! I think of trees as statues as well! And WOW your flying high shot is incredible!

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

Love that Bokeh shot! and the fair shot too, I love the fair and can't wait until ours get here.

Kat Sloma said...

Fabulous Cedar! Your final shot for Process of Elimination is just wonderful. My favorite is the one with the warm tones in the upper right of your collage. I love that you had a vision for what you wanted to do, and you DID IT!! Thanks so much for linking this in to Exploring with a Camera. I have so much fun coming by here!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Great shots Cedar especially that bokeh and the flag made with the eggs and flowers. Your elimination photo was great - my favourite was the bottom left shot of the collage.

Michelle Renee said...

That sparkly bokeh in your first shot is incredible. I like your flying high collage, too (very nice!).

Linda R. said...

Such great shots... I love seeing your process of elimination..

Stasha said...

Love the bokeh, the story behind remember and the "flag". You did a superb job on the elimination, cannot choose my favorite in the collage...

Sara said...

Fantastic set Cedar, your bokeh shot is so beautiful, love the DOF on your statue shot and your flying high collage is fantastic, love the starburst, I think I prefer the final edit, cool colours, but they're all fabulous.

LINDYLOR said...

Great Set, I think your flying high is terrific, creative and fun.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

WOW Cedar- you blow me away. That bokeh in the first one is so pretty & your remember shot touches me so deeply!

Ashley Sisk said...

Your flying high shot is definitely very cool, but I'm really loving your bokeh! Gorgeous.

Valeria said...

Bokeh is wonderful and I really like your statues.. I know, but I like it

Misty said...

What a creative way to make a flag! Love it!

kewkew said...

Just love your process of elimination and flying high. Sweet photo of Sunflower with grandma.