Made it back from Hong Kong despite a delayed first flight, medical emergency on the second flight (not me!) and having to drag our cases through the mud because our road is currently being re-surfaced, forcing the taxi to drop us at the end of the road. So, top priority was my TP52 catch up!
Week 11 - Crowd
There were plenty of crowds in the city centre, especially in the street markets
#1 Crowded market
And the parks and nature reserves offered different kinds of crowds
The walk-through aviary in Hong Kong's main park is an absolute paradise for toggers to get up close to hundreds of different species of exotic-looking birds and I certainly made the most of it, but I haven't a clue what I was taking photos of most of the time!
#1 Some kind of parrot I think
#2 Random nest builder
#3 Exotic pigeon?
#4 There was one particular parrot who seemed to spend most of his time following a keeper around and begging for peanuts, but in between treats he was very happy to oblige the tourists and pose for close ups!
First time here. Lots of great shots and a lot of effort with respect to the themes. So may to choose from, but I think the Flamingo CROWD shot and the BOLD as Brass monkey would be my favourites so far.
Sorry I'm still behind with my comments and feedback - I've had a massively busy week, but things should start to ease up over the next few days.
Ever since I saw this week's theme on Saturday morning, I've had Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine as my earworm - could have worse earworms! So, I wanted to try and create something a bit surreal and spacey and OH's coffee machine seemed to fit the bill with its slightly alien shape and a welcoming cup of coffee. The sunnies just seemed to fit in with the image in case anyone's wondering .
Thanks DK. I was so engrossed in cropping it to make sure that the on/off swich at the top was dead centre and the glasses straight, that I didn't notice I'd cropped that bit off the bottom until I'd already done a load of pp cleaning up the bg and by then I couldn't be bothered starting again
Week 14 - Alphabet. I could only think of one idea for this and I thought it might be a fairly common one, so I decided I'd better get mine in quickly The playing bit was fun, but it was a real pain to photograph and get the light looking half decent on the white plate without blowing the highlights in the sauce too badly, so there's a LOT of pp gone into the bg
That idea had occurred to me too, but we only had spaghetti hoops in the cupboard (kids getting older I guess).
I'm glad someone did it
The pp on that is really good (far better than the banker I have).
I guess the best shot make it look easy even though it probably wasn't. Your shot is my fav 'Alphabet' posted so far!
ARGH !! Went out yesterday and bought Alphbetti Spaghetti with a very similar idea in mind. I'll think of a different interpretation and see what I can come up with, but love the idea and the way you've executed it. (Might have to have a rethink ....) Nice work.
Thanks Sarah. I did try a few wider shots, but it just seemed to make the lighting even harder to get right than using the macro/close up format and meant I had two backgrounds to deal with - the white plate and what it was sitting on
The pp involved adding a sliver of blank canvas to the top where I'd inadvertently cropped the top of the sauce in camera, then using the clone tool to create a new top. Quartering the shot, using the magnetic lasso tool to isolate each quarter of the bg in turn and painting it a uniform white, then carefully painting around the edges of the sauce with a small soft-edged brush to eliminate the hard edges. After that, I used a bit of burn to make some of the letters a bit more distinct and finally adjusted the brightness and contrast to make the sauce a bit less sickly-looking. Phew!