Lens-Artists Challenge #220 – One Subject Three Ways

moon, clouds, sea grass, ocean, Kiawah
Morning Moon, Kiawah Island

“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.

moon, clouds, sea grass, ocean, Kiawah
Morning Moon, Kiawah Island, Nik Silver Efex
moon, clouds, sea grass, ocean, Kiawah
Morning Moon, Kiawah Island, Vertical

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.

Kiawah, ocean, beach, clouds
Cloudy Day on Kiawah

“No dark cloud can forever prevent the sun from shining!”

Mehmet Murat ildan
Kiawah, ocean, beach, clouds
Cloudy Day, Vertical
Kiawah, ocean, beach, clouds
Cloudy Day, Nik Silver Efex Pro

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.

flowers, pink, wild
Wildflowers, Kiawah Island

“Be a wildflower amongst cut flowers”

Dahi Tamara Koch
flowers, pink, wild
Wildflowers, Topaz Impressions
flowers, wild, wildflower
Wildflowers, Topaz Texture Effects

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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90 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #220 – One Subject Three Ways

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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