So, yeah, it’s been almost four months since I posted anything here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking photos.  I’ve been shooting lots of photos.  Hundreds of photos!

Both of my daughters’ volleyball seasons started back in January and we have had tournaments every weekend since then except for one.  We absolutely love it!  Watching them play and cheering them on is always so exciting!

One of the tournaments was held at an old high school, and the lockers caught my eye.  I felt like I was back in the 1970’s or 80’s with the look and feel of the lockers and hallways of this school.

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An up-close look reveals how old the lockers really are, showing the rusted hinges, layers of paint, dents, and chips.

Oakville 3

We have one more month of tournaments left, so I am hoping to move onto other photographic subjects soon.  Until then…

April One Photo Focus

Stacy Fischer hosts One Photo Focus each month where a photographer provides a photo for us to edit as we wish. This month Cee Neuner provided the following photograph, and what follows that is my transformation of her original work.

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I thought Cee took a lovely photo of a beautiful old barn, however, I wanted to get rid of those distracting power lines, so I did! Then I thought the sky could use a little drama, so I used one of my own photos to bring some dark clouds in, making the scene ominous which is typical during Midwestern USA tornado season. Finally, I felt like the photo needed a breathing element to it, so I found and added a stock photo of a horse. He kind of seems to be looking at the barn like, “Hey, get me in there. A storm’s a brewin’!”

I hope you enjoyed this before and after photo transformation. Thanks to Stacy for hosting and to Cee for the use of her photo.

There are so many elements to this that I didn’t know what to title it. There’s the church steeple, the power lines, the lamp post…all perfect silhouettes backed by a beautiful sunset winter sky.

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Winter is so dreary here now. I came across a couple of photos left over from last fall. Missing the sunny days.

This is for Stacy’s One Photo Focus Challenge, where we are given a photo to edit however we want. When I saw the original photo of the older Victorian style home it reminded me of the 100 year-old homes in a small town where we used to live in Iowa in the U.S.  I knew right away I wanted to make the photo look like an aged photograph from like the 1920’s or 30’s that you might find in an old chest in your grandmother’s dusty attic.

Original photo (see below) by Stacy Fishcher
Original photo (see below left) by Stacy Fischer.  Edits by Sheila (that’s me!)

To do this, I made numerous edits in a mobile app called PicsArt. Then I transferred the photo over to my laptop and used GIMP to layer the photo with a “old paper” texture created by Shadowhouse Creations. I set the texture layer to Multiply, and made some minor adjustments until I was satisfied with the final product.  What do you think?

red house remix

Playing with HDR files and tone mapping. This image looks a tad better than yesterday’s. I have a lot yet to learn.

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