April Challenge: Lines… Entry #6 Forgotten Heroes

Our next entry is by Tess and she sends this poem in explanation…

FORGOTTEN HEROES

“As we refresh our memories
Of all the wars gone by,
Let each of us be grateful
For our “Heroes” you and I.

They gave their all that we may live
In a country good and free,
“Lest we Forget” They did it all
For the likes of you and me.

Remember the “Heroes”
Who fought our wars
And kept “Old Glory” Flying;
Those who gave their utmost
And saved us all from dying.”

Written by Richard Hemphill

Forgotten Heroes (Photo by Tess)

Forgotten Heroes
(Photo by Tess)

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April Challenge: Lines… Entry #5 No Place to Go

Our next entry is from Linda, our poet! I will be thinking up a challenge in the near future where she can share with us some of her poetry.

So Linda… tell us about your photo:

“Driving in the Hill Country, I spotted this old truck loaded with prickly pear parked in a pasture. Had to crop off the fence posts and most of the tree line, but the fence wires criss-cross horizontally and vertically. And, of course, there is the sign with two lines of text.”

No Place to Go (Photo by Linda)

No Place to Go
(Photo by Linda)

April Challenge: Lines… Entry # 4 Construction Lines

Today, I am posting a photo by Debbie. Ever since Debbie figured out how to shoot an abstract photo, she has been on a roll! The one thing that I like about a challenge is the fact that it will make you look for photos in places you might never have looked before.

So this is what Debbie has to say…

” I have been researching lines a lot. I was truly amazed at the things you can find when you are looking and we never pay attention to them. This picture caught my attention. It is a new construction they are doing in Greenville.”

Construction Lines (Photo by Debbie)

Construction Lines
(Photo by Debbie)

April Challenge: Lines… Entry #3 Bridge Lines

Today I will feature a photo by Marylin.
As you will remember, Marylin is our go-to techy guru.
If you did not see her post on wireless memory cards, go back in the archives and check it out.

Marylin sent me three photos as she could not decide which might be best. Obviously Marylin does not understand that I have difficulty in choosing a dozen doughnuts so I was faced with the pressure of choosing only one. There was a shot of a drain grate with a fern beneath and the other was water with linear reflections, but I chose this bridge as there are many lines to look at here.

Bridge Lines (Photo by Marylin)

Bridge Lines
(Photo by Marylin)

April Challenge: Lines… Entry #2 Gateway to Springtime

This next submission is from a new member to the club… Diana.
Look under “bios” to meet Diana!

Her e-mail started out “My first submission!”.
Needless to say I was thrilled to get her entry and intrigued by her title so I clicked on the link to her photo, but what came up was a photo that totally had a green tint to it. Now even though I was not there when she shot this, I knew that the colors were skewed for whatever reason. Was it from manipulation, or wrong white balance in the camera? I didn’t know, so I took her photo into Lightroom and with the adjustment of just a couple sliders, I color corrected the photo close to what I surmised would be more natural.

My next step was to e-mail the corrected image back to her to see if she might know what happened, and this is what she said… “something changed from one computer to the other. I know I was tweeking it on my laptop, but the color adjustments were obviously not good”. I also asked if I might post both images as a learning tool on the blog and she graciously said that would be OK.

So Diana… thanks for your involvement in the club and letting us all learn from this experience. This is what the club is all about. Women helping women to learn the ins and outs of photography. I think we have all had images where the color did not measure up for whatever reason but with digital, we can try to make corrections as needed.

And now… about the photo:

“I actually took this shot while I was in Atlanta over the weekend for a conference. It is of one of the gates into Centennial Olympic Park across from the CNN Center. I just liked the beautiful greenery and the abundant blooming flowers, and the gate and lamp post, but then realized that there are abundant lines as well!!! There are lines of the gate, both horizontal and vertical, as well as the various diagonal lines of the sidewalk blocks. I am calling it the Gateway to Springtime.”

First… let’s look at the photo with the skewed coloration:

Gateway to Springtime (Photo by Diana)

Gateway to Springtime
(Photo by Diana)

Here is the photo with the color correction:

Gateway to Springtime -with color correction- (Photo by Diana)

Gateway to Springtime
-with color correction-
(Photo by Diana)


I personally think there are many lines here… the strong vertical lines of the fence which might stop you from going in, highlighted by the vertical lamp post, but then the open gate and the pathway leads you into the garden. This is beautifully composed and certainly illustrates how lines can be a very important part of your image.

Well done Diana! So great to have you in the club… you crazy woman!

April Challenge: Lines… Entry #1 Silo Spur

A month before our monthly challenge is due, I announce the topic by e-mail to all the crazy women. Some challeenges are easier than others but the object is two-fold… to get you out shooting something that you might not otherwise shoot and to give you an assignment to perhaps see differently.
And so it is with this month’s challenge of “Lines”.

Lines in a photograph can lead your eye into the photo but they can also lead your eye out. There can be lines that are more tranquil and others that are more frenetic. I personally love diagonal lines in photos. In preparation for this challenge, I referred everyone to this article:
Working the Lines in Your Photography…
http://digital-photography-school.com/working-the-lines-in-your-photography
This is also listed on the right side of the blog under “Helpful Links”.

So let’s start with a story and a photo from Lorraine. We’ve gotten to know Lorraine’s style. She never gives less than 110% in finding her subject and taking the shot! Go for it Lorraine…

My story:
“When Fay mentioned that this assignment would be a “bit of a challenge”, I knew I had my work cut out for me!

Since I have a fascination with trains and railroad tracks, I decided to go this direction with photographing lines. I used google maps to follow railroad tracks near me to a place that looked like it had potential. I noticed that the tracks went through an interesting looking area of Royse City and it looked like I could find easy access to these tracks.

After arriving in Royse City and looking around a while, I came across a spot that I felt would work well. My goal was to use the tracks to lead
the viewer’s eyes to the silos. It was mid afternoon and the sun was pretty harsh but I managed to work with it. I took multiple shots and went back towards the car when I realized I probably didn’t have my lens stopped down enough to get the greater depth of field I needed. So back up on the tracks I went and paid closer attention to my aperture and shutter speed. I didn’t use a tripod as it would have been a little difficult for me to manage this on the tracks. So I tried to closely watch my settings and, last but not least, watch for oncoming trains!”

And to all you crazy women… please remember this…
no photo is worth getting run over by a train!
Always be safe, and then get your shot!

Silo Spur (Photo by Lorraine)

Silo Spur
(Photo by Lorraine)

Happy Birthday Diana!

It’s celebration time again!

Just wanted to wish one of our new members, Diana, a very happy birthday from all the crazy women out there!
Hope it is a fun day for you Diana and we are all looking forward to meeting you in the near future…

Happy Birthday Diana!

Happy Birthday Diana!

(Click on photo to enlarge)

And just a reminder to all you crazies… if you have a line photo to enter for the challenge, it is not too late… just e-mail it to me!