July 28, 2010
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Creative Interpretation – Wide Open
This week’s POTW (picture of the week) theme is WIDE OPEN. I suppose this theme could be left up to a lot of interpretation…ranging from wide open mouths, doors, to opening your aperture “wide open.” To be honest, I didn’t even think about the theme (and item on the scavenger hunt list) until after the photowalk. Then, last night, as I was also trying to consider the Simplicity challenge – crazy edit (which she may or may not post this week), I thought I might be able to do something with another one of my photowalk photos. 

Here is the original photo with a basic edit. For me, it’s okay but nothing spectacular. I was drawn to the grunginess of this hole in the wall…and the attempt to close it with this sheet of plywood that has been covered with flyers. As you can tell, the attempt is a bit of a failure…and this hole in the wall is “wide open.”
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In the early days of my photo editing, I really butchered some photos by over-applying the “creative” actions that my photo editing software offered…posterize anyone? If I’m ever brave enough, I might share those early photo experiments with you. 

Anyways, I went back into experimentation mode last night with this photo. I don’t usually use Photoshop Elements’ premade actions, but I thought that some sort of cartoon/hand-drawn effect could be interesting. What you see below is a combination of trace contouring and stamping (I didn’t write down all my steps).
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Love it…hate it? If you haven’t shot your “wide open” image for Scavenger Hunt Sunday, this would be your reminder. The other items on your list are clock, junk, shiny and view from below. I look forward to seeing everyone’s interpretations. 


While I’m here, I also want to let my DSLR photographer friends know of a learning opportunity. Faith at Simplicity will be hosting an advanced photography workshop this fall (September) that will focus on using your SLR camera settings. After much consideration, I decided to join. I have basically learned how to use my camera through self-teaching.  Although I feel pretty comfortable using my settings, I thought this workshop was an inexpensive way to better learn my camera’s settings with the support of Faith and the rest of the class. The fee through the end of July is $22 – it then goes up to $25.

Have a great day!

    Love the shot (the recycle can and the awning colors bring it out – nicely done.)— wide open had me stumped so thanks for working it through with me :) I sometimes feel like such a beginner because I shoot in jpg and not raw. I don’t have time for editing, but really would love to know my camera better. Would Faith’s class work for me? Thanks for sharing.

    I think once it’s altered it is more difficult to see what it actually is. Interesting interpretation. :O)

    I’ve been considering doing faith’s class as well. I think it’d be perfect for me (what with my DSLR being less than a month old still.)

    I love the interpretation of the theme! The edit is very interesting, but without seeing the SOOC, I think it might be a little hard to see what’s going on in the photo. Overall, I love it as always. :)
    Thank you for reminding me I need to go out and shoot a picture for POTW!

    Great shot and processing. I was thinking along the lines of aperture…cuz I love my fifty :) I just can’t get the girl to sit still enough to shoot at 1.4. Ever.

    Your interpretation is great. The edit is…. interesting. I agree with the previous poster – if I hadn’t seen the SOOC before, I’m not sure I’d really get what it was. But cool!

    I like them both! The recycling bin really pops in the second photo, whereas it wasn’t the first thing I noticed in the original.

    Love the photo! I’d like to do the scavenger hunt… just don’t think I have enough time. :)

    And what a creative interpretation it is indeed :D I love all the processing you do to your photo’s…LOL, I’d love to learn some of your tricks ;)

    I like both versions. They both say something different to me.

    Love the edited photo–it’s different! (To answer the question you left on my blog…for the most part people don’t usually know I am taking the pictures of them. In both of these instances, there were so many people around and so much going on, I sort of blended right in with my camera. And, I do it pretty fast!).

    Great interpretaion, I never would have though to do something like that.

    I love your edit!!!! And your creativity! I’m hoping to work up to the scavenger hunt….

    I love your take to the theme. But I like your original photo. I have never been a fan of adobe’s actions LOL! But it is fun to play and try new things.