Lens-Artists Challenge #220 – One Subject Three Ways
“Be the moon in somebody’s night.”Yasmin Mogahed
It’s often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This week Patti’s “One Subject Three Ways” gives us an opportunity to explore the ways we see and capture our subjects, portraying scenes in multiple ways, visualizing them from different perspectives – or as Patti says, “working the shot”. I’ve chosen to open with Kiawah beachscape featuring a full moon, about to disappear during sunrise on my recent turtle hatchling expedition. Although we failed to find turtles, we did have a beautiful moonset/sunrise, of which I took full photographic advantage 😊. The image above and the two below show the moon captured horizontally, then edited using Nik Silver Efex Pro and finally as captured vertically in camera.
The next set of images captures a dramatically cloudy sky on Kiawah’s beach in late September. The different interpretations are the scene as originally captured horizontally, then vertically, and a third version edited with Nik Silver Efex Pro.
“No dark cloud can forever prevent the sun from shining!”Mehmet Murat ildan
Finally, I’ve included three versions of an image I captured last week during a neighborhood walk. I came upon these simple little buds after photographing butterflies nearby. The three images include the original, a version edited with Topaz Impressions and finally a Topaz Texture Effects version.
“Be a wildflower amongst cut flowers”Dahi Tamara Koch
I very much enjoyed Patti’s challenge this week, which is a great reminder to stop, to really “see” a scene, visualizing it from multiple perspectives. It also reminded me that working with textures and impressions in post-processing can result in something entirely different. We look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link them to Patti’s original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag.
Sincere thanks to those who joined us for last week’s Treasure Hunt. I was amazed at how many rose to the occasion with images for all of the items, often taking advantage of the “extra credit” options. We hope you’ll join us next week when Ann-Christine leads us on her beautiful Leya blog. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.
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Lovely landscape images Tina.
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Loved this challenge, and your interpretations of it. I love the different effects you brought. I was a good idea to go from horizontal to vertical . Amazing how that changes the same view.
Thanks Donna. Before I became a blogger a much larger percentage of my shots were vertical but IMHO the horizontals are better in the blog format so although I still shoot vertically quite often, I don’t often include those images in the blog. Appreciate the feedback.
Truly amazing trios, Tina. The dramatic clouds at Kiawah island are truly wonderful.
I would like to link this post for my upcoming Weekend Sky challenge 🙂
Thanks Hammad. Happy to link it. Will watch for your challenge!
Wonderful Kiawah – great take on this, Tina! I love especially your moon, and the Cloudy day in Nik Silver Efex really blew me away. It is stunningly beautiful.
Many thanks Ann-Christine. The Nik tools can be fun to work with, and Mother Nature surely gave me a great head-start on that one!
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Beautifully done Tina, I love the beach and moon images especially 💛
Thanks Xenia – a fellow nature lover 😊
Tina, I really like the three moon rising images. It’s amazing how taking a vertical shot makes such a difference in the scene.I like the way you edited the beach scene and flowers to make such dramatic images. All are wonderful!
Many thanks Beth. Since our worlds are so similar I especially appreciate your comments on this one.
Beautiful and artistic editing on the lovely photos.
Thanks very much Ritva, appreciate your visit and comment.
Wonderful examples! If I ever went back to the United States, I think one of the places I would have to visit would be Kiawah, it seems like a beautiful place, at least that’s how I see it through your eyes.
Thanks very much Ana. It is indeed a very beautiful place, the images actually do reflect reality. I was just reading a post by someone who has been vacationing here from Chicago with her family for 30 years. She said the thing she loves about it is that it is essentially unchanged over all that time. The attention to nature’s gifts here is amazing, and the peace and quiet is surprising considering how many vacationers we have. I hope some day you get to see it for yourself!
Love your Cloudy Day images Tina….especially the last one. Just Gorgeous.
Many thanks Woolly – nothing like a moody sky to draw the lens, right?!
Nice touch on your third Cloudy Day shot..like that a lot Tina. Might have to give that program a try. Have you used it much? Like the different effects on the flower shots as well.
Hi Andy and thanks. I love all of the Nik software tools and I do use them quite often. Their B&W is excellent and I do all of my frames with them as well as touch up the lighting. I’ve been using them for quite a few years. The impressionist software on the flower set is Topaz and I use it whenever I do that kind of thing. Also very easy to use with lots of options. I don’t use nearly as much capability as both programs offer, I just stick with the few things I know. I do recommend both products though.
Thanks for the info Tina. I’ve been shooting a lot more B&W lately and am looking around for a software program that isn’t too involved to use for those shots as needed.
I liked your first image of the cloudy day, Tina. So much drama in that scene.
Thanks Siobhan, such days are fairly frequent here and most often they come and go quickly because of the ocean breezes. Always a good subject for a nice landscape.
Nice storm clouds.
O/T: I’ll be looking for candy corn images in my archives for you. 😉
LOL, I was at a friend’s last week and she had candy corn along with tons of spooky decorations. I restricted myself to one small handful but oh my did I enjoy it!!!
Marvellous, Tina! I think working the shot can be more than in camera
Agree wholeheartedly Sue! I suppose it’s easier and more effective to work it in-camera but post-processing can deliver a wholly different result!
Mores effective in camera, agreed, but at times not possible! Good to have options!
I like the way you have used both the horizontal and vertical compositions for the landscapes. So often I find that you can’t really capture all aspects of being in a place without using both formats. That silver effect is interesting.
Thanks I.J., I agree although for landscapes I think I prefer a horizontal. Glad you enjoyed
Love them all Tina and especially your words of wisdom about stopping and spending time taking it all in. Best wishes.
Many thanks Andrew – yes it’s a practice I should do more often. Hurrying never results in the same quality, no matter the subject! Best wishes to you as well.
I enjoyed the different looks you were able to get with processing the same image.
Thanks Nora – a fun challenge this week. Hope you’ll join us!
Wonderful photos of lovely moments and the quotes are full 9f wisdom. One of my favourites is, There is not enough darkness to extinguish the light of a small candle. Regards, Lakshmi
Thanks very much Lakshmi, both for your visit and lovely comment.
Great examples of different perspectives, Tina!
Thanks Laurel – had a bit of fun with this one.
Fascinating to see your responses to this three ways challenge. All are good and also interesting.
Many thanks Anne, I thought it was a most interesting challenge this week.
So love all of your examples of changes Tina 🙂
Thanks Brian, much appreciated.
The highest quality, as always. Love that morning moon, au natural. The flower impressions are a fave too.
Many thanks John – it was a very unusual morning in that both the sun and the moon were highly visible. Glad you enjoyed!
These are lovely, Tina. In the first two sets, I particularly like the vertical orientation.
Thanks Tracy – I’m always at a loss as to which is better, horizontal vs vertical. Interestingly WP has moved me to more horizontals as they typically show up a bit better on the site. But verticals were my first love!!
I find that too, Tina. Perhaps we need to reclaim the vertical. 😄
A different approach to the challenge, Tina. I love the silver effect in your first scene, but don’t like it so much in the second, but you really can’t spoil the great photos that you take. Happy week ahead!
Very interesting Jo, very much appreciate your take on the Nik effect. I think the second example is a much more dramatic difference. We never know how different people will react to different images so I love an honest opinion! Happy week to you too!
Oh these are lovely. You have such picturesque beaches. The flower too is beautiful
Many thanks Karina – our beaches are very different than those I grew up with in the north. The tides make a huge difference in how much beach we have and for how long 😊. It’s amazing to watch Mother Nature at work.
Wonderful beach photography Tina.
Thanks Rudi – since we stopped traveling due to Covid I’ve taken about a million images of the beach and nearby plants and flowers. Oh, and don’t forget the birds and butterflies!
That’s one of the advantages of digital photography 🙂 So you have a whole winter to sort them out ha ha ha
Have a nice day and many greets.
So interesting to see how editing can quite change the mood of a photo. Actually though, in each case I like the original best.
Love that feedback Margaret; many thanks! I agree with you on the first two but must admit on the final image I did like the third version. But you know what they say, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!
I guess, I like the antic silver efex version most (#4). It is shown in the WP reader as the title image. A great choice 👍
Interestingly Andre in my reader version the horizontal beach scene is the featured image. Very curious! Glad you chose that one, thanks!
You’re welcome 😊
Fabulous as always, Tina. My favorite is the topaz texture effects wildflower.
I’m so glad you chose that one Kellye, it’s my personal favorite of this set. You never know what will work with the Topaz products until you give them a try, and there are tons of options and ways to edit each of them. I could spend days honestly LOL.
I love the flowers in all three versions. I’ve never tried this kind of editing. Will try it some time for some of my pictures and see what comes out :-).
Thanks PR. It can be really interesting to see what happens with the various filters. I believe Topaz software still offers a free trial of their products.
Wow, Tina, your three ways of sharing these subjects are stunning. I agree with John, the sepia-toned cloudy day is frame worthy!
Thanks so much Terri, I rather liked that interoperation too. The Nik tools are really terrific.
Great examples, Tina! Once again, that black and white reminded me that I don’t spend enough time in Silver Efex.
It’s a great product isn’t it John?! I don’t use it as much as I once did, and when I do I typically do a whole post that way but I thought this week was a good opportunity.
You enticed me to include one in my challenge response as well, coming Thursday. 🙂
Wonderful, all of them. Particularly loved the verticals.
Thanks Kathy! It’s funny, for a while I shot almost exclusively vertically but am more prone to horizontals and/or both versions these days. Live and learn!
I agree with Anne and VJ. What a great way to address the challenge. I love seeing the differences in horizontal vs vertical vs adding filters/effects. It really shows the dramatic difference in the variations I guess this takes us back to the fundamental questions–why were we taking the image in the first place (what makes it interesting to us) and what is our photographic aim for the shot….Um…very thought-provoking, Tina! A great post! I really enjoyed it. And of course, your images are fantastic! 😊😊
Many thanks Patti, both for the interesting, thought-provoking challenge and for your lovely comments. It’s funny, I always enjoy playing with filters but my husband prefers realistic images so I tend not to play as much as I once did as he probably represents the majority on that.
Most likely. I think it can look too artificial with filters, but still sometimes they work…
These are excellent. Amazing what a difference a shift in perspective can make.
Many thanks VJ – Patti’s challenge was a great opportunity to explore the concept!
Your photos are all wonderful!
Thanks very much Lisa. Appreciate your stopping by!
I always love seeing your photos of Kiawah, you bring out the natural beauty so well. And here you make a good point about turning the camera – a landscape photo doesn’t always have to be taken in landscape format, portrait can be very effective. I like the moonset shot you’ve taken that way, but I think my favourite from this post is the Cloudy Day with the Nik Silver Efex Pro edit!
Thanks Sarah – I think we actually had a visiting pro lecture our photography group about working a shot and the horizontal/vertical and zoom in out were both explored in that workshop. It’s a wonderful exercise and Patti’s challenge was a perfect opportunity for it!
What an intelligent and creative post.
Thanks Miss Linda, a most interesting challenge.
Great interpretation of this challenge Tina! You went beyond showing us how perspective can change an image and showed us how editing can also change an image. And, your photographs are beautiful.
Many thanks Anne, glad you enjoyed. I thought it was a terrific challenge!