Weekly Photo Challenge: Color


Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures


First Lomography Attempts in Photoshop Elements

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to an Antique Truck Show at the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market.  I got some nice pictures that I have posted on my Google+ stream.

I have wanted for some time to try using Photoshop to simulate a Lomography effect.  Using the tutorial at Digital Photography School, I have attempted what was described by the author there.

What I have here are two separate trucks showing the before and after version of the photographs.  I would love to get some feedback from other photographers who have used this technique on how you might do it differently or if there is something I missed in the process.

St. Elizabeth’s Church – Wroclaw

IMG_1464Just across the street from the hotel I have been staying in is one of the oldest churches and tallest buildings in the Old Town area of Wroclaw.  The original church structure dates back to the 12th century.  However a lot of the church was destroyed by hail in 1529 and then suffered severe damage during WWII.  Most of what you see now in the architecture dates back to the 14-15th centuries.  A mysterious fire also caused damage to the church in 1979.
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A Brief Tour of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Wroclaw

On Sunday, after a brief recharge nap, I was able to explore a bit of Old Town Wroclaw. One of the sights to see is the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. It is a gothic church located near the central market square. The church was built in stages starting in 1330. There are two towers on the front of the church which were originally the home of two needle-shaped cupolas in 1481. There is also a bridge connecting the two towers called, “The Witch’s Bridge.” According to legend, the shadows seen on the bridge are the souls of girls who seduced men without wanting to be married because they were afraid of housekeeping.

Here is a view of the organ pipes that appear in the rear of the church above the entryway.

In this view, you can see down the side corridor of the church. On the right, you can see alcoves in the wall where memorials and some tombs for former church officials are located.

…And the rockets’ red glare…

Happy Birthday, America!

We had a good time with some friends tonight before watching the High Point fireworks from their house.  I know there were some very tired kiddos after everything was said and done.  My little girls were asleep before I could finish getting them ready for bed.

I was excited to be able to try some fireworks photography, which is something I have not had the opportunity to do before.  After taking 300+ shots tonight, I have pared it down to these few as my favorites.

This little guy was taken by surprise when one of the little girls was feeling a little amorous.  He made sure to find her mommy, and the conversation went something like this:

Little boy:  “Excuse me, ma’am.”
Girl’s mommy: “Yes, sweetie, what is it?”
Little boy:  “She tried to give me a kliss[kiss].”
Girl’s mommy: “Yeah, she likes giving kisses…is that OK with you?”
Little boy:  “No.”

Our hostess being silly…

And all the little kiddos…