I feel like lately I have been editing my images on the safe side; not pushing the contrast or saturation a little more for greater depth and interest, for example.  Somewhere along the way, I have lost the creative aspect of it all.  Hoping to rediscover that soon.

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It’s amazing how quickly the sun sets, or maybe just how fast time goes by when I am out walking and taking pictures.  We went to a neighborhood trail last night and walked east which gave me a chance to turn back and take these shots of the setting sun backlighting the tree line.

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What seemed like ten short minutes later, when we returned along the same path, the sun had disappeared.

The gnat clusters (I don’t know what else to call them!) were out in full force.  If you look close, you can see them in the sunlight below.  They were all along our walking path, so I felt like I had to keep my head down a lot.

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All in all, it was a nice after-dinner outing.  My daughter rode her bike; I got some decent shots (more to come), and my husband kept us both company.

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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Here’s one from tonight right before it got totally dark over the lake water.

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Driving through Illinois this weekend, just snapping pictures of whatever.

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My husband took these on his phone. I think they turned out beautifully!

I’ve been in a bit of a slump until recently. Should have some new photos of my own to post soon.

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