Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Favorite Images of 2020

This week our challenge is to share our favorite images of 2020. Unfortunately, I didn’t have as many to pick from as in previous years. I only had 4,700 images this year compared to over 20,000 in 2019. And from reading posts from other bloggers, we all had the same issue. Covid 19 and the lockdown prevented vacations and other activities that would have resulted in many more photos.

These first photos were taken in our yard. We have several bird nests around the property but this was the first time I’d gotten a photo of the mockingbirds feeding. The osprey managed to catch a squirrel for dinner in our yard and didn’t seem too happy that I was taking photos.

It should come as no surprise that the majority of my 4,768 photos was of this little guy. He spent some time with us and we managed a trip to the beach once the beach lockdown was over. This is the top of my list for most favorite picture for 2020. I even had a personalized cover made for my cell phone so I get to carry him around all day.

So to keep from going completely bonkers with nothing to do, I’ve taken a couple of online classes through Skillshare and Udemy to learn how to draw on my laptop using Adobe Illustrator. The first picture below was inspired by a trip to the aquarium while the second was a class project. They are short lessons, I’ve learned a lot and I totally recommend Skillshare and/or Udemy. It’s a wonderful creative replacement when I can’t use my camera.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/lens-artists-challenge-129-favorite-images-of-2020/

You can find more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

For Extra Credit #4 – Oil Painting

So my Photoshop class is going great and this week we learned to fix images.  We took an old photograph that was cracked and torn and made it whole again.  It’s really cool stuff!

I’ve been taking old photos and playing with them using some of the new tricks learned in class.  My favorite thing I’ve learned so far is painting on photographs.  Here’s a photo I took of some birds in the surf several months ago along with the painted image.  The difference is pretty subtle but the painted image has more of a calming effect than the original picture.  

DSC_7083

Original photo

DSC_7083-Edit

Painted image

You can see more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com