Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 16

Colour Basics

I think I need to go and take a basic art class…and even then,

with my colour vision loss it is going to

 be difficult to discern colours/shades/tones.

Because I am behind with this challenge

I am cheating a bit this week.

I have taken one photo and hopefully created

one warm and one cool abstract image

using Picasa’s duo-tone settings.

DC Photography

MGW tells me that the green is not warm…however, a pale green is included in the warm side of the colour chart.

Forgive me if this is not a warm green.

My maternal Grandfather had an intense dislike of green

(Irish and all that), however,

apparently he looked good in green.

My Grandmother purchased a Green jacket for him,

told him it was brown and he loved it.

He passed away in August 1940 long before his daughter

married in to a family with Irish ancestors! 🙂

What has that got to do with this challenge…

I have inherited his colour vision problems.

However I do like green.


 This image does make me want to ‘rug up’.

The dark green and purple/blue (or whatever colour)

are colours are in the colder side of the colour wheel.


 This is a cropped version of the original.

The Barwon River on an overcast morning (March 9, 2016).

Definitely a need to rug up in this image.


CCYC: Wk-16-Colour-Basics




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 15



The New Holland Honey Eater was photographed with my

Nikon D90 and Nikkor 55-300mm zoom lens

set at 300 mm.NH-honey-eater_0025-1

This is the original, out of the camera,

New Holland Honey Eater photo.


Cropping to keep the whole bird in shot is

not my favourite shape of photo.


This is my favourite version of this image, although,

I have sharpened, or cropped it, too much.

The beak is soft and I am not sure if this is a depth of field issue

or because the beak was constantly moving.

Someone in the family was getting

a right royal telling off that day.

Dad would have said that this photo was okay

as when placed behind a piece of glass

any imperfections would be covered by the glass.

Another friend of the family would have exclaimed:

‘A blind man would be glad to see it and

a galloping horse wouldn’t stop’  

Many times I have recalled that saying…and it is so true.

wyndham_1089I was trying to capture the hand rails in this shot.

However, knees and back were not assisting me at all,

so I placed my camera on the concrete.

Camera: Nikon D90,

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm,

Focal length: 50mm,


ISO: 200,

Shutter: 1/400

wyndham_1089aBy cropping out the first bar I achieved my goal.

 I can see this fitting into a challenge of some

description down the track.


Many will guess this what this is, however,

I think it is a more interesting shot

than the original…


which leaves nothing to the imagination, except…

how did the photographer get so close.

Camera: Nikon D90,

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm,

Focal length: 116mm,


ISO: 200,

Shutter: 1/200


CCYC: Wk-15-Cropping




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 14



I am way behind with this challenge, my apologies.Taji_8360Symmetry in one’s prized pooch,

or other livestock is always valued.

Even though Taji has her head slightly

to one side a line down her face

would provide two near symmetrical sides.


Apart from the blown out background and

the angle of our lawn and the rest of the yard

providing a lopsided view,

there is something missing in this picture.

Why is a Labrador sitting a few feet away

from some bread and not eating it?


When I show the original shot, the magpie balances the scene.

At least in my eyes it does.

Still  not a good photo though.


I have posted this shot a long time ago.

Horizontal symmetry…

or at least as close as I have ever seen.

Yes…severely cropped


upside down.

river_0076dThis is the way it should be viewed.


 And this is what we awoke to on our first morning in Botswana


CCYC: Wk-14-Symmetry




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 13


With a bunch of roses and a Nikon D90 battery,

I found inspiration for

CCYC – Perspective.

All photos were taken with my

Nikon D7100 and Sigma 18-250 zoom lens

set at 18mm.

In each photo I have tried to keep the top

of the roses and their reflection in the photo.

2-perspective-roses_8661The battery is too close to be sharp,

however, it looks huge compared to the jug/vase.

Also note how it compares with a regular kitchen chair.


Halfway to the roses – about 80cm – and

the battery begins to appear normal in size.

Note battery – chair comparison again.

Another 30 -40 cm and my battery is

starting to look like it may fit in the camera.


 Sitting alongside the jug and the grey battery is almost ‘lost’.

In all shots the chair size and roses have

remained static in size.

Did you also notice that the roses were nearly level

with the top of the window.

That window is 180 cm / 6 feet high.

The stems are not that long! 🙂

However, with the camera sitting

on the table and an 18mm lens the

flowers appear much taller than they are.

So another deceptive perspective

Perspective is something to be aware of when

taking family or group photos.

Recently we had a family photo taken.

The person taking the photo decided,

for reason best know to  himself, to move to our right.

Number 1 son was standing on the right extremity,

while I was on the left extremity of the group.

Photographer takes the shot after moving to our right

and suddenly yours truly is no longer a centimetre

shorter than Number 1 son.

I appear head and shoulders shorter than

nearly all of the family.

By the way…I hope everyone has a

Happy Valentine’s Day.


CCYC: Wk-13-Perspective




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 12


First let me say that I have not looked at any

other comments (apart from Chris’) or photos

about this challenge…as yet.

So, may be way off the mark.

Also the links to enlarge images were not working/opening

when I tried, so I have restricted my editing to

cropping and some colour, contrast enhancements.

With each of Cee’s photos I have included

the original followed by my version.
white wallWhite Wall and Door.

I listened to a camera club judge criticise an image similar

to this…’too much sunshine, harsh shadows etc‘.

However, I think these type of images reflect the

hard and long life that the shed/wall/door has had.

white wall-a

Cropped and contrast added to accentuate

the corrugations and shadows.

Probably should have left some wall

on the left of image as well.

I think if I had taken this shot I would have

taken a front on shot to ‘level’ the wall.

However, having said that it would have

lost corrugated shadows in so doing.

My initial reaction to Red Umbrella was that the

point of interest/subject and to small.

However, I do think that this shot gives the impression

of a lost umbrella and that its owner

may have gone in either direction.

In cropping this shot I wanted to make the umbrella,

undoubtedly the focal point with some leading lines

away from it to suggest the direction of its owner.

After cropping to enlarge subject, I must confess to

seeing photos with a small subject gain many

online Facebook likes…which left me

questioning my photographic eye.


I found the background a bit too busy here and

was not too sure what the focal point

should be…lights, tyre, numbers or lettering.


Cropping has helped, but I still think

the reflections are distracting.

Instead of the taxi filling nearly two-thirds of the frame

it now fills nearly the whole frame.

Better or worse??


Sunset at the Marina.

First thing to do was straighten the horizon.

I do like the sun’s rays and the line drawing

one’s eye to the background/sun


Again cropped and played around with colours.

Not really happy with the result.

Coloured Chairs.

A riot of colour and too many reflections, got me.

Also I think the chairs are fighting with the window reflection/car.


 even cropping does not help a great deal.

There are still lines running all over the place.  Finally, it has taken two days since completing this post to decide to post it.

And I have added bits and pieces here and there.

Apologies if I have blown this Cee.

Nearly did not complete this week at all.


CCYC: Wk-12-Critique-My-Work




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 11

Breaking the Rule of Thirds

I think this is something I always do.sunset_7689I think the sun looks best filling the frame as it does.

The small amount of foliage, at the bottom,

indicating how low it is.

moon_0004Similarly the moon looks at its best slap bang in the centre.


A few weeks ago I posted this (cropped) photo.

The antennae again as close to middle as it can be.cockatoos_0835

This is the original.

Again I was not taking too much notice of rules

when I shot it, just the cockatoos,

but it is a little off centre.

I think the first version is the winner here.


Again the moon is scrambling to be in the centre third,

however, for my liking there is too much of nothing around it.


This is by far my favourite version.


This was taken to mark the ten weeks old milestone,

possibly through the glass door.

I was watching her tail slowly wagging and thinking of

how you can train the Lab but you can’t train the tail.


The focus leaves a bit to be desired, however,

I think the overall effect is better after cropping

to centre Taji’s head/body in the shot.


CCYC: Wk-11-Breaking the Rule of Thirds




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 10

Rule of Thirds  Introduction.

Time to catch up.

When it comes to rules…well they are a dim distant thought

when taking and composing a photo.

This series is out of the camera shots with little or no editing,

and all shots taken back in the winter or late autumn.

Using two-thirds of the frame…

stonewall_6917 (2)In my mind this hits the two-thirds mark.

However, my two-thirds are spread across

the upper bottom to the lower top third.

I did consider cropping our the foreground grass

which would give  a better 2-1 aspect ratio,

however, it would take away the fact that

this is a roadside fence.

sunset_7691I like this sunset and it does fit the two-thirds challenge,

leaving negative space in the foreground

to allow the sky and sun to create more impact

trees_6281Next two shots…same trees different composition.

The tree tops probably stray into the left third a tad, however…

trees_6283I like it more than this shot…

even though the top of the trees

do fill the top two-thirds.

As I said at he beginning, little or no editing…

which means tweaking sharpness and

straightening one horizon a tad, in these shots.

 Any and all comments welcome.


CCYC: Wk-10-Using Two Thirds of the Frame




Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 9

Rule of Thirds  Introduction.

I have been painting some verandah posts

during the past couple of week

and today realised that I have missed

a few weeks of this challenge.
Sydney_0065This is one of the early shots taken on our

walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While the Bridge is in the left third and

the tower (or whatever) solely in the right third,

I don’t like this shot from a photographic point of view.


I’m sure experts with Photoshop would pick up the rough editing

I have done…however, I think this version is more pleasing to the eye.

There was lack of balance in the first short even though each third,

except the centre column, contained something.

My eye runs along the concrete (handrail), to the pylon

and then is drawn to the buildings on the other side.

Sydney_0195The left and top third intersect in the hole in the pylon.

While not a true thirds shot I think it works

because it is more balanced.

The left third contains mostly trees and bridge pylons

and half the right third is filled with the modern building

which is also reflecting the left side of the photo.

Again the bridge acts as a leading line (I think) drawing

the viewer’s eye to the other side of the Harbour

and away from the messy bottom third.

sydney_0075Again the right and top third intersect low down

on the major sail of the Opera House,

leaving the wake of the ferries to add

some interest in the middle third.

moon_0004To my eye, even though I have cropped this photo

there is still too much empty space

moon_0004aCropping, only seeing a portion of the moon,

adds more interest although

perhaps not a true thirds photo


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Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 8

Diagonal Lines.

I thought this week would be a struggle…thanks goodness

for my Melbourne excursion.

diagonal_0067aThe original with diagonal…but too much distraction.

diagonal_0067With the aid of Picasa’s cropping tool, the diagonal lines are now stronger.  Maybe removing the wall images in Photoshop would have helped also.

diagonal_0013This was my very first ‘diagonal lines’ shot.

Too many conflicting lines, I think.

diagonal_0013aStill a mixture…but the diagonals are stronger.

diagonal_0027I spied this bench in the Bourke Street Shopping Mall

and decided to take a few of these shots.

I’m sure the lady sitting just out of shot on the left thought I was mad.

diagonal_0029aTurning the camera provided lines only…

diagonal_0029but with a cropping tool,

using the straighten function (in reverse)

and applying a heat map…all in Picasa…resulted in this.

These are default colours and can be modified.

It is interesting the number of people who will look at a shot

like this and comment… “I don’t like the colours…

An artist cannot change the colours of an abstract painting,

whereas a couple of  clicks of the mouse and

 photographers can totally change the look of their shot.

diagonal_0048The floor of the Royal Arcade, off Bourke Street,

was the setting for this shot.

I think my initial choice was to try to capture that the tiles

had been laid on the diagonal.

Shoppers (and tourists) walk from foreground to background.

Now all I see are diagonal lines and alternating colours.


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Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge

Week 7

Vertical Lines.

I have chosen a photo which I was playing around with

a few months ago for this week’s Vertical Lines challenge.

The lines could be stronger, however…here goes.

kardinia-park_0074These pieces of art grace the entry to the Geelong Football Club.

However, to my eye, there was too much empty space

top and bottom of this photo and the light tower,

while a vertical line,

was annoying as it was not my point of focus.

kardinia-park_0074bCropping helped a little by disposing of the top and bottom wasteland.

However, the car and light tower were still distracting.

kardinia-park_0074cA tighter crop, dispensing with the car and light tower in Photoshop,

improved the image.

I was feeling fairly pleased with myself at this stage…

and then that damn rubbish bin caught my eye.

kardinia-park_0074dRubbish bin removed and the picture looked much better.

At least in my opinion.

With the light tower removed the two statues/art works

on the right are more defined.

Removing the rubbish bin has also created a defined tree trunk

which just happens to also be vertical.

I have just spotted another rubbish bin.

Fortunately it is not as distracting as the first one was.

Below is  the original again.



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