Friday, May 13, 2011

“Green” - a photo theme

Over in the Photo-Focus group the theme for May 2011 is simply “green”. Each month the group sets a theme on which members can contribute two photos on the group’s photo sharing site.

Setting a theme, whether by a group, or just on a personal basis, has the effect of stimulating thinking and seeing. Sometimes we grow stale in our hobby of photography. Having a little challenge helps us to strive and to work a bit harder.

On a morning walk through our favorite local park, I tried to see “green”. Not at all hard, now that spring is about to turn into summer here in the South. In fact, there was very little that was not green. The challenge was to see things that would be enjoyable, even meaningful, to another viewer.LJK_2680-800

So did I limit myself to green subjects? Of course not. One should never pass up a pleasant view in a quest for something specific. There were plenty of pretty flowers, a butterfly on a thistle, a passing hawk, my favorite rock in good light. In all, I came how with 55 exposures, not a bad haul for a short stroll. That should yield a handful that I can share.

My routine for importing to the computer is to first use Windows Live Photo Gallery for the transfer process. This allows assigning tags to groups of photos. Next I add some additional meta data, rename all the photos and then move the folders to my “photo store” drive. Only then do I open Photo Gallery and have a look. Some quick post-processing to bring out the best, then resizing before uploading to my photo sharing sites.

You can see some of my photos here. Click the images for a larger view.

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