Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

There was a face painter near the spot I chose today to watch “The Tour Downunder” cycle race and I thought it was a good fit for this week’s theme.

I think the choice of character is a reflection on how the person perceives themselves or maybe a reflection on what or who they’d like to be.

express-yourself

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

To me a Swan epitomises serenity.

serenity

 

When I saw this week’s topic I soon realized I needed a photo of a Swan so I went to a Wetlands I visited over a year ago. At the time there was a Swan sitting on eggs so I expected to see some young ones but despite walking all around the lake I had no luck. I hope the breeding wasn’t unsuccessful because of the Swan’s diet. When I was there today three different groups of people brought complete loaves of white bread to feed the birds. I love to see people out enjoying our environment and appreciating the wildlife but wish they understood the implications of filling animals up on food that has no nutritional value.

Maybe the other Swans have gone to a healthier place.

 

Updating Old Negatives

I’ve been worrying about what to do with a box of old photos and negatives that came from my dad. There are far too many to have commercially transposed and I’d have to go through them anyway since some are totally useless. I tried scanning them but started off disappointed then sank into despair at what I was managing to produce. Yesterday I decided to have a go at taking photos of the negatives and after finding a couple of lovely photos I’d never seen before I’m now hooked. I’m not sure I’ll get through all those in the box but I’ve done about 75 and at this stage I’m keen to continue. I realize others will have much more effective and successful setups but maybe there is someone out there looking for a simple way to deal with handed down negatives.

Here’s what I did.

I used Blutack to fix a black card "frame" onto the window. Positioned the negative and took a photo.
I used Blutack to fix a black card “frame” onto the window. Positioned the negative and took a photo.
I opened the file in Photoshop.  I selected the part I wanted then hit CTRL + I. That inverts the image.
I opened the file in Photoshop, selected the part I wanted then hit CTRL + I. (That inverts the image.)
I made changes to the lighting then copied my selection and saved it as a new file.
I made changes to the lighting then copied my selection and saved it as a new file.
A lovely old photo regained.
A lovely old photo regained.

I did have a few problems. After a few good shots my point and shoot camera kept picking up reflections so I had to abandon that in favour of my old SLR. Our window looks out over lots of trees and most times the camera wouldn’t focus on the negative but picked out the trees. I don’t have much faith in my ability to get the best focus manually.  Occasionally I could find what I thought was good focus then switch to Auto and the camera would fine tune it but often it just kept searching back and forth so I had to manually focus.