On The Savannah

My daughter lives on the Savannah River and while there on babysitting duties this past week, we took a walk along the river and it felt just like home.

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The next day it rained so we weren’t able to go out for a walk but from the back deck, my daughter spotted this fawn by the pond.  My eyes are not nearly as good as hers so I never saw it but aimed the camera in the general direction she pointed out and somehow captured the fawn.  

 

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For Extra Credit #2

I’m babysitting this week and taking pictures of my grandson off and on all day.  While he’s napping, I’m going through those pictures and also playing with old photos to practice what I’ve learned in photoshop class.

First up is the original shot….

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I then tried “painting” it but wanted to use more colors….

 

I didn’t like my “painting” (I don’t think you can really call it painting though and I didn’t like staying inside the lines) so I erased it all and tried something different.

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So now it bears no resemblance to the original but I like it.

 

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Three Is The Perfect Number

Have you noticed how photographs with three subjects catch your eye?  I’m not sure why but I have noticed a trend in my photography.

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But then, a photography is like a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.  It makes perfect sense when you think of it that way.

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For Extra Credit

I am having SO much fun with my Photoshop class!  I am absolutely amazed at everything it can do so each night, I’ve taken a couple of my old photos and played with them to see what new magic would happen.  

This is tonight’s “Before”…

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First edit…I blended and blurred…

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….I added some more filters and “twisted” and here is the “After”.

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My jaw dropped when I saw this transformation and I know I’ll never be able to recreate it again.  I love the way the colors blended but I have one small issue with the final result.  I’m an insurance agent on the coast and it looks a little too much like the symbol used for hurricanes.  Hopefully it’s not an indication of what to expect this summer.

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A Skimmer Went A Skimmering

We took a drive the other evening with the top down on the car and ended up on the marshwalk in Murrells Inlet – the newer portion behind the Hot Fish Club.  There were a few egret waiting patiently for their dinner but this skimmer got my attention.  He only stayed long enough to catch a bite and then went on his way.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

This week’s challenge is to share our roads, walkways, etc as we get from one place to another.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn

I use Lightroom for editing but wanted to learn how to use Photoshop for other projects so I’m taking a photoshop class on line and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned so far.  (I took a 6-week Photoshop class a couple of years ago but you know how it is when you don’t use it…you lose it.)

Here are some abstract images using brushes and gradients (which are absolutely amazing!  Remember the Kaleidoscopes when we were kids?)

And here’s a before and after where I painted my photo.  

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Pretty cool stuff!

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Anhinga

I haven’t been able to get out much recently and have missed visiting my feathered friends.  So I was excited to grab my camera and stop by Huntington Beach State Park earlier this week.

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Of all the birds I’ve photographed, I enjoy the anhingas the most.  They have such personality.  They take glory in the sun with outstretched wings yet can be as silly as a small child the next moment.

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The anhinga in these photos flew over and literally belly-flopped in the water in front of me.  Unfortunately, I had my camera trained on a second bird and I missed that shot.  But I did get these photos as he dried himself off.

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Photo Challenge – Favorite Photo

This week is the final challenge from WordPress and we’ve been asked to share our favorite photo.  I’ve really enjoyed these  weekly challenges as it’s made me think more about composition and introduced me to many other bloggers who have provided inspiration and guidance.

The first post for Photography in Pearls was December 28, 2015 and I’ve had lots of favorite photos over the past 2 1/2 years.  But for this post, I’ve chosen the one that started it all.

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Photo Challenge – Twisted

This week we are asked to show something twisted.

I love big, big, chunky jewelry – the more colorful the better.  Hubby calls it my “Betty Rubble” jewelry.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Children love them too.  I can always count on my grandchildren wanting to climb up in my lap to play with them and I score extra hugs.

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But no matter how carefully I wrap them up when traveling, they always get twisted together and it’s a nightmare trying to get them untangled.

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But it’s worth it for those extra hugs.

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