Beginnings and Possibilities…

This morning I decided that, despite the fact there are still a billion things I need to get done around the house, I was going to get some writing done. But my muse has gone slumbers big time. So, what better than my default creative ‘thing’ to get the relevant part of my brain moving….

I noted yesterday that the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was ‘Beginning’, and Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is ‘Possibility’. I had all sorts of ideas around maps and books and hopping around the Internet in search of ideas for affordable, interesting holiday destinations….then I drifted off to sleep.

This morning, I woke to rather a nice sky, and my mind careened off in other directions.
So I present Beginning as the promising beginning of a new day…


Possibility runs off into creative possibilities with this image. I had some fun with Color Efex Pro for the original image, then a couple of versions in HDR Efex:SJudd_UK_Skies_2014-01-05-5---Version-2HDR2


and finally Silver Efex, for a monochrome version (just because I could):SJudd_UK_Skies_2014-01-05-5---Version-2SilvEf

So do any of these work for you? And if so, which do you like best? The second one is my favourite as it represents artistically what I saw in my own mind when I opened the curtains to a bright, colourful sky.

Now I’ve got to get some writing done…. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of re-jigging the blog (next weekend?)



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  2. I much prefer the softness of the unadulterated ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. Great take on those two – they fit like a glove.

    • Thanks, Leya! I was glad I had noted these two challenges at the same time, so I could have a think how to combine them…and my eventual response was all due to the dawn sky this morning! I love serendipitous moments! But I wish I could apply that to writing now. Ah well, it’s only a temporary blip I’m sure…

  4. I’m for the natural shot as well – the coloring is quite lovely! Happy New Year to you Sue

    • Thanks, Jaspa! But which one do you like best?

      • Image #2, I think! In addition to the colourful sky, it brings out details in the buildings that aren’t there in the original (which would otherwise be my favourite).

      • Ah, the detail of the frost on the roof was one of the reasons for me liking the second image best! It’s always interesting to get other people’s comments, and the diversity of opinion! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lucky you having a sunny beginning to your day – wet and windy here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I like the natural shot best with that lovely lemon light, but I might have cropped it square. I do like some HDR effects and I do like the light behind the trees on your first one, but think it is too noisy on the second. Again the monochrome is a good image (and I’d crop that too) but obviously loses the impact of the sunrise.
    It seems everyone is experimenting this year.I shall have to join in!
    Jude xx

    • Well, I must agree re some of your comments … The reason I was less keen on the second HDR is the noise… and I did debate as to whether to crop square, but I decided I liked the length of the original, with the light behind the trees and the full gradation of colour in the sky…. One of my reasons for liking HDR1 was the frost on the roof, which is lost in the original. I love experimenting, but way to go before I really get to create what I visualise. I think also, sometimes it’s about the photograph, sometimes it’s about something a bit more ‘arty’. Well, I was known as the arty farty scientist when I was studying for my degree!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nothing wrong with being arty farty sometimes ๐Ÿ˜€
        I’m often disappointed in my photos (especially flowers) that don’t come out as I visualised them so they usually need a boost of colour or saturation or level adjustment, and sometimes photos look too flat – not sure how to work on that aspect. Maybe it’s the camera or more likely, my lack of skill.

      • Hey Jude… Flat photos is not some thing we want! What programme are you using? I give mine a bit of sparking up using the curves tool (I use Aperture on a Mac, but you can do the same in photoshop). You could also play with contrast, but that can be a bit harsh.

      • I use Photoshop Elements Sue. I will start experimenting more this year!

      • I look forward to seeing some experiments! Let’s hear it for Arty, but best not farty…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lovely first image as nature intended ๐Ÿ™‚ (not that I have anything against Efex etc – nothing I post is as it came out of the camera),

    • Well, Robin, nothing much I post is precisely as it came out of camera, but I’m usually more subtle ! Proof is that first image, a bit of gentle tweaking in Viveza and ColourEfex…. And this post has shown more people go for the subtle! But I like a bit of in your face occasionally! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ll go ahead and be boring and tell you that I like your original best ๐Ÿ™‚


    #2 and #3 – WOW! May I grab a copy please in case my muse comes back, I win the lottery and my eyes still work by the time I can find the time to start water painting again?

  9. Sonel

    Great shots Sue and love the HDR effects. Well done. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks, Sonel! The HDR are a bit OTT, but I like seeing where these things take me… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sonel

        I don’t think so at all Sue. Not every photo can handle HDR but this shot is the perfect one. The HDR effects accentuates the clouds, texture and colours so well. I love both of them! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Yes, the HDR certainly brings out the texture, but in the second one, I personally didn’t think it enhanced the image. But we all see things/respond to things in our own ways. It was an interesting experiment, and there will be more!

      • Sonel

        It sure did and in the second one it enhanced the colours more and it is like you say, everyone of us see things in a different way and have their own opinion. Have fun experimenting. ๐Ÿ˜€

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