Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Fruits of Autumn

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Good morning from a cool Hastings morning.

As we are now well into autumn I found some fruits still hanging on the trees around Hastings.

I thought that they would make the perfect photos for Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Food

The first photo is the last of the apples.

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The last of the fejoias.

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The last of the lychees.

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The last of the black grapes.

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The last of the green grapes.

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But persimmons are now in season.

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Some enterprising people bag the persimmons up and sell on the side of the road.

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Hastings is the fruit bowl of New Zealand so I thought it would be appropriate to showcase some of our fruits.

This week I have gone for the monochrome feel – edited with FX Foto Pro for something a bit different.

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Mandarin Orange Monday

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings.

As it is Monday it is time for this awesome challenge by LorikArt.  It is a great way to learn about photo editing and just to let the imagination go wild.

For more about this challenge here is her blog

http://lorikart.com/2014/05/04/mandarin-orange-monday-92/

So I started off with these two photos from the car show at Meanee yesterday.

The tree photo didn’t really need much editing to get where I wanted.

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I can’t remember the filter for this particular photo but it was edited with FX Foto Pro.  I wanted some more definition to the tree to make it stand out more against the background so added the Hippie filter.

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Which gave me my orange image.

The tower photo had a few more steps.

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I first dodged it to make the tower pop out a bit more against the sun behind it.

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Then the bright spots filter.

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Finally I used the gradient map filter for the orange image.6

In Photoshop I then tweaked around with the colour hue and also tweaked the shadows and light so that it stood out a bit more.

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For the final image I flipped the tree vertically so that the tower was just a shadow in the background.

This is a lot of fun just playing around and trying different filters and getting to know new apps and editing programs.

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Mandarin Orange Monday 91

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Good evening from Hastings.

I haven’t done this challenge for a while – sorry Lorik but I have been having problems getting your posts.

But I do love doing this as it is all up to your imagination and it doesn’t have to be so formal.

These two photos were taken at the same spot – by our local tennis court.  I love how the spider webs are building up around this woven heart.

I will start with the tap.

I have found a great new app – FX Foto Pro so I started there.

Scratched paper

I added some texture to the tap with some scratched paper.

Marine

Then the marine filter.

Vintage

And the vintage filter.

Fresco

Then I went to Photoshop and added the fresco filter.

Finally I went orange

Orange gradient tap

I did do some tweaking with the shadows and highlights but lost the photo.

For the heart I also started at FX Foto Pro

Glowing Hue

First I used the glowing hue filter.

Silk

Then added a little texture with the silk filter.

Hippie

Finally I added the hippie filter before heading back to Photoshop.

Poster Edges

For some poster edges.

Sorry but I can’t upload the orange gradient photo.

I tweaked that a lot with the shadows and highlights in order to get more detail in the  heart.

Framed final image

Then I tweaked around a bit more and moved the tap to the bottom left of the image before heading back to FX Foto Pro.

Absolutely final image

I framed it and then used the vintage filter for the absolutely final image.

It is not perfect but more of a surreal photo and is a means for me to learn more about photo editing.

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