Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Abstract

This week Patti has asked that we go “abstract” so our viewers can use their imagination.


My photos this week are of Christmas lights at Brookgreen Gardens.  Each year Brookgreen presents “Night of a Thousand Candles”.  The paths throughout the sculpture gardens are lined with candles and lights as well as carolers and there’s even a bagpipe group that strolls throughout the gardens.  There are entertainment tents with choirs and bands, a characterization of Scrooge and a presentation of the Gullah language.

Because there are candles in the fountain pools as well as the reflection from the lights in the pools, it’s hard to tell where the actual lights end and the reflections begin.

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The sculptures are surrounded  by lights also.  The Fountain of the Muses is my favorite spot in the gardens and I believe the lights here are the most awe inspiring.  The lights are placed above but they reflect into the pool below so that it looks as if the pool is a bottomless abyss.  

Needless to say, I already have my tickets for opening night.

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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”…

Pink and Red

First edit…I blended and blurred…

Pink and Red Blurred

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

Hurricane Twist

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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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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An Abstract Drive

Light Show 4-2

An Abstract Drive

We had gone to visit family and were near the end of a four hour trip home.  I was restless so I pulled out my camera and started taking pictures through the windshield.

Light Show 3-2

Photo Challenge – Abstract

This week our challenge is to point our camera at something familiar and turn it into something else.

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Changed by the Light