Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Geometric Shapes

Cee’s Black and White Photo challenge for this week is Geometric Shapes. I visited several spots along the Ballerine Peninsula in Victoria this week, I got some great shots, all with a geometric edge to them, some with multiple (Circles, Squares, rectangles.


Ballerina at Sunset

Over the Easter break I did several photo shoots down at the beach, this is another of my favorite models, My Ballerina (She appeared in my Feet & Shoes Photo Challenge). We wanted to do an Arts style shoot on the beach during sunset, with the wind blowing a gauzy, filmy material around like a surreal dream; problem – No Wind! For days we waited and waited and in the end on our final day at the beach we just had to become creative. Caity danced on the beach with various different materials trying to get some’ lift’, we also tried just throwing the material up, and also holding it out. I ended up using various different filters and effects to create a dreamy surreal look as well as a B&W Series for movement. A wind machine probably would have worked better in a studio and I could have also used Photoshop to add a sunset beach background, but we wanted the real deal. Looking back on it now I should have also arranged on perhaps a dress or slip or something a little more dramatic as well. For next time maybe!Ballerina at Sunset--7

– Julz

One Four Challenge – March Week 2

This week for Robyn’s One Four Challenge I have been playing with backgrounds. I know I said I would do something a lighter……..but I’ll hold that for next week. So for this week, I removed the gloomy grey background from last week’s effort and replaced with a moonlight sky in Photoshop and highlighted the moon to accentuate it, then added a Moonlight Filter back in Lightroom. But I still wasn’t finished so I went into Color Efex Pro 4 and added some fog, then I added some more moody clouds,  illuminated the lighthouse and added a subtle vignette. It’s still dark and gloomy, but now it has a real mystical night time feel to it. I wish I had some astro photography shots I could slot in too. Oh well, maybe next month. So I think I will keep changing up the backgrounds to see if I can give this picture a completely different look each week.

Akarao Lighthouse

Akaroa Dolphins

March Week 1

Last week’s version I removed all the color, except for Red, and then over saturated the reds, but this was all just in Lightroom. Maybe next week I can try for something a little lighter, a sunrise or sunset?

– Julz