Sunday, August 9, 2009

Yard Surfing Blues

End Of Summer Blues Standing Tall Blues Empty Court Blues

Left Behind Blues

Waiting Blues

My wife and I like to go Yard Surfing. And we both have our way of doing so. I like to walk through,basically looking at everything and if something catches my eye I'll stop and check it out, if not, I'll just head on back to the Jeep and wait for my wife who likes to take her time; which is OK with me because I'm in no hurry.

Once back in the Jeep (98 Cherokee) I'll either read the paper or look for something to photography. This last Saturday, however, I decided to do something a little different; I would look for something to photograph that had something of Blue in it. So, that is what these photos are about. Each one has something Blue in it and, unwittingly, most of the Blue items are flowers, but I like them and I hope you do as well.

These were taken with a DSLR and an 18-105 lens; settings were different but the ISO was 200 in all of them. In Photoshop Elements I would crop, if necessary, check the Levels settings add a little contrast and some vignetting. I would then save as a PDD file, for storage, and as a jpeg file (full size) for uploading to my gallery at RiffsPics on smugmug under "Travel & Scenic" and then under "Yard Surfing Blues". The last thing I did before saving them was to add a little sharpening.

For me, photo ops are everywhere, you only have to look for them and take what you have and make the best of it. Doing exercises like this helps me to sharpen my eye and to see things differently, to see what we take for granted, to see the photograph that can be made. Sometimes the one you think won't turn out that great is the one that is the best.

The example of that here is the one with the mailbox. I almost deleted that one, it actually came out to dark and I had to start by increasing the exposure which added a touch of noise, but I think that adds to the photo. The other one is the red building. This is actually a vertical crop from a horizontal image. There was just to much in the original and by cropping out what wasn't needed tightened up the image and made it even better.

In my world there are photographs everywhere, the same as in yours. We only have to look for them and practice our skills. And, it is a lot of fun; we're photographing.

Yeah, this is my world and, Oh, wait a minute. Just in case you are wondering, we did pick up a real nice retro phone table and chair combo with storage, and a great old fashioned porcelain washbowl, pitcher and the stand to go with it. Hey, I just thought that it would look great in the corner next to the bathroom door :-)

Yeah, I may be a little crazy but, this is my world and you are welcome to it.


  1. Hi Glenn. Great post. I love the red building and the basketball court the best. It's funny you mentioned how you almost deleted them but then re-worked them. I was considering putting before and after photos on my blog so people could see the process we go through. What do you think? Looking forward to next time.

  2. I really enjoyed the different colors of green we got in this set, and it was an interesting 'explosion' of color with that red wall.
    Nice set and great read :)