A Photo a Week Challenge: Through Glass

Wonderland | AnitaWonderland through (the Looking) Glass

For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Through Glass

Peek

Goodu deepa
With a gleeful breeze around, it’s fun to watch light peeking out from a swaying paper lamp, but a tedious job to capture it.

Happy Diwali!

Diyas
So far, I’ve been able to enjoy the warm glow of diyas without the ear-splitting din of firecrackers. I hope the rest of this Diwali follows suit, and that all Diwalis end up like today.

What I really really want

Beads
… right now, is to be able to buy a range of supplies for my jewelry-making pursuit from local stores. Or at least from a store in my country. To be able to shop without worrying about shipping costs and customs duties poking holes in my wallet and causing delays, when the only thing I’ll anticipate after placing an order is opening my door to a package of beautiful beads.

Glow

Glow

In the glow of the full moon at night, it’s not difficult to imagine the magic (and spookiness) around us.

For JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Full Moon.

One-Four Challenge: Forager Duck, Part I

After a break of many months from the One Four Challenge that Robyn hosts on her blog, I’m participating again this month. And the picture I choose is that of a duck looking for food on the shores of Lake Tahoe. I call it ‘Forager Duck’ because it sounds like ‘Ranger Duck’ and makes the duck look tough.

Forager Duck

I had to do some pre-editing on the original photograph to make it eligible for more editing, and this pre-edited version is what I’ll use as the base image for this time’s edits. I’ll publish that at the end of this month, as always. I’m planning on keeping this month’s images soft and light; I hope that’ll eventually turn out to be true. (The pre-edit is neither soft nor light, so yeah, it’ll take some work.)

For this week’s edit, I duplicated the original (by which I mean pre-edited) image layer in Hard Light mode, and applied a Gaussian Blur of 15. I then duplicated the blurred layer in Screen mode. I finally added a vignette. That adds some simple softening and a bit of glow, and hides the frothiness of those waves.

If you want to look for more submissions, they’re on Robyn’s blog. Or you could search for the tag ‘One Four Challenge’ on WordPress.