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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

vintage blur

So who doesn't enjoy a challenge? Or two?

For weeks I've been promising Lissa Forbes that I would join her Walk and Click Wednesdays. Combine that with Kat Sloma's challenge to experiment with artistic blur, her latest assignment in her Come Exploring with a Camera...and an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, and you get the following golden opportunity:

A chance to wander around town (as opposed to biking through it) with camera in hand...nothing and nobody to answer to except for my muse. TBQH I would have been biking if I didn't have a cold.

I started at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden, where my curiosity payed off: I peeked inside the windows of a tiny cabin, put my camera right up against the glass and...I hit pay dirt! Shooting through a dirty window into a darkened room on a sunny afternoon got me just the effect I was after. I did play with the images in Lightroom, cropping, then lightening them up and playing just a tiny bit with contrast; but not too much; I didn't want to destroy the ghostly quality that I felt when I shot it. I did apply a sepia-toned Lightroom preset to all of the photos here.





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These images reminded me of a group of photos I took early last summer at a ranch up in the mountains, where I had the luxury of spending several hours playing with my new Lensbaby, designed for in-camera creative blur effects. So I picked out a couple favorites, again applying minimal photo editing.

Now the site of a private 15,000 acre ranch, this land high in the Colorado rockies once produced lettuce and green onions, which were shipped by rail directly to Denver, circa early 20th century.





xoxo
Cindy

12 comments:

  1. Fabulous blur, Cindy! That first one, through the dirty window, is gorgeous. And you are right, a Lensbaby is the perfect tool for artistic blur! Thanks for sharing that as well. Glad to have you in Exploring with a Camera!

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    1. Thank you Kat for your wonderful inspiration. I am learning and enjoying and meeting new kindred spirits.

      xoxo

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  2. Absolutely love the grasses growing through the disks in the last shot. Love all the sepia tones. So happy to have you joining Walk and Click.

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    1. I really enjoyed shooting the old farm machinery. I love to peek into yesteryear.

      xoxo

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  3. Love the vintage look, great photos

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  4. Cindy, I'm so happy you made it to Walk and Click Wednesdays! Love your "sneak a peek" pics of the inside of the cabin at Clear Creek. They are so perfect and I'm envious of that sewing machine! I agree with Sarah, the long grass in the disks of the farm tool is an exquisite image. Hope you'll be back regularly. ;->

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    1. Thank you Lissa for getting me out there shooting!

      xoxo

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  5. I like the light variations on the first image - so soft. All are really great images.

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    1. The light managed to hit the window just right. I wanna do more of this!

      xoxo

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