Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Last One

This is my last photo for Justine's November in Black and White. I had never realized that I'm such a colour person and black and white was really hard for me. But it was a great experience and I even contributed more black and white photos than I initially thought I would.

Thank you, Justine, for initiating that challenge and for being such an inspiration - your black and white photos have been so amazing!

Have a wonderful Tuesday with colourful Christmas decoration just around the corner!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Two More Days

It's only two more days for November in Black and White with Justine - I can't believe how time flies! This is what I saw today while waiting for my train.

Have a wonderful start into the week!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Sunday Creative

Justine is hosting the Sunday Creative and today's prompt is "material". Well, Madonna's song "Material Girl" was really the first thing that came to my mind. However, with only little time on my hands today for photography I stuck with the definition "a textile fabric", showing you the fabric of one of my favourite cardigans.

And isn't it just convenient for the "November in Black and White" photos that this cardigan's colour is grey!

Have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the creativity at Justine's blog!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Let's Party

It's Macro Friday at Blogging from Bolivia and it's also party time at A Common Thread - a perfect reason to choose a "party-inspired" macro today!

Why don't you join us!

Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thank You So Much

The Mortal Muses are organizing a blog hop to celebrate Thanksgiving and share what everyone is thankful for.

I'm thankful for all the inspiration I have got from all of you by seeing your photos and reading your blogs.
I'm also thankful for the encouraging comments on my blog that egged me on to keep going and try new things.
And I'm thankful for having met each and everyone of you - I do so enjoy our time together in this community!

And a special "Thank You" to Jude, Justine and Lisa for starting out on the adventure of setting up a blog together.

I'm linking this up to the Mortal Muses' blog hop - wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black and White Wednesday

My day today would definitely need more hours... so I just link my photo to Black and White Wednesday at The Long Road to China and hope to visit a few of your blogs, too.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Last Lily

My lilies have dropped their petals and this is the last one still holding up, posing for my photos. As it is Creative Exchange time at Lisa's blog I worked with textures by Kim Klassen on this photo and also tried a few of Kim's tricks on saturation and gradient map.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy all the creative entries!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting Dizzy

Today I found these stairs and thought black and white might suit them. It was a funny feeling bending over the railing - I was so afraid to drop my camera!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone - and if you are ready for a surprise: head over to here and enjoy!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Creative

Justine is hosting the Sunday Creative today and her prompt is "Indulge". I hope you are not bored by the fact that I come up with yet another flower shot but inspiration seems to be a bit slow today for something really brilliant.

Here is my train of thought how it meets the definition of indulge: I "yielded to my whim" of taking a flower shot and I also was "lenient" towards myself as I took the time to take this shot despite that fact that we will be having guests in short time and I should rather be in the kitchen at the moment.

And I even include a black and white version to yield to my wish to participate in Justine's November in Black and White.

Have a wonderful Sunday and indulge yourself with going over to Justine's blog and enjoy the entries.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Light, Please

After having completed my Saturday To Do's I suddenly realized that it was already getting rather dark - and I hadn't taken my photo of the day yet! Experiencing something close to a panic attack I grabbed my camera and rushed out... Thanks to that lamp I was spared improvising an indoor shot today.

As I rather like that blue (it's SOCC), I won't post the black and white version I tried for Justine's November in Black and White.

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Macro Friday

Here it is - my first black and white macro! I got these beautiful (soft pink coloured) lilies last Saturday and as they still are in pretty good shape, I decided they deserve to be my entry for Macro Friday at Laura's blog Blogging From Bolivia.

Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

Only 12 days left for Justine's November in Black and White! I have the feeling that somehow with projects linked to certain dates, time goes by even faster than it normally does. Anyway, as my contributions to Justine's challenge haven't been so numerous so far, I decided to have another go at black and white.

Thanks so much for your encouraging comments - without them I wouldn't have dared to join in this black and white adventure.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Easy Way

Yes, I admit it! I made it easy for myself today for Black and White Wednesday at The Long Road to China, as colour is not the crucial factor in this photo, as it seems to be to me when shooting flowers or the like.

This is an underground corridor (with orange walls and a yellowish floor) and I very much like the form and curve of it.

Have a colourful Wednesday - despite the black and white!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Texture Time

Time flies - it's Tuesday again, the day for Lisa's Creative Exchange and my occasion to play around with textures!

I used Kim Klassen's amazing textures here and also applied some of her tips on using different blending modes. So much to learn, but also so much fun!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Monday, November 15, 2010


It's Mid-November and a daisy was the last thing I would have expected  to find on a photo walk these days - but here it is!

As a contribution to Justine's November in Black and White I converted the photo, although it looked so pretty in the green grass with the brown leaves as backdrop.

Well, see for yourself... I think I prefer the colour version. What do you think?

I wish you a colourful Monday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Back Again

Last week was really exhausting and while it felt odd not to have time for my usual photography activities, it is now somehow strangely difficult to get back "into the flow" again, to get the focus back from only work. Weird, isn't it?

So today I had my first photo walk after over a week, and I was so glad to have a goal - finding something to interpret today's prompt for the Sunday Creative hosted by Justine at the moment. The prompt is "lonely" and I was really lucky to find this solitary leaf on the tree right in front of my apartment. I'm looking forward to seeing all the other entries there.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and I hope to catch up on you during the next days!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Macro Friday

It's Macro Friday at Blogging from Bolivia and also Justine's November in Black and White.

I really did try to combine this into a black and white macro today... deleted them all! Maybe my eyes are not made for black and white or maybe there are still too many colours around. Let's try that black and white macro again in a week!

This is probably the last photo until then, as I will be travelling and might not be able to go online. I wish you all a great Friday and a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sunny Day in Black & White

The sun is shining, blue sky, yellow, red, green, orange leaves, deep autumn colours everywhere and in the middle of this: I - looking for a black and white shot...! Tough, very tough! But I tried and thanks to the sunshine I found some nice shadows.

I wish you a sunny Thursday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Black and White Wednesday

It's Black and White Wednesday at The Long Road to China. I've been visiting quite often to have a look at all those wonderful entries but never joined, as black and white photography isn't really my strong point.

But today, with Justine's challenge of a "black and white November" in my mind, I decided to participate with the photo above. The original shows that it's the broken window of a red-brick building - obviously abandoned.

Despite the black and white I wish you a colourful Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Creative Exchange

It's time for Lisa's Creative Exchange again. Lisa has created her first texture and used it on a photo - very impressive! Go over and have a look!

For me it's textures, as well, today, and no black and white, as it just didn't work out with what I was trying. I decided to take one step after the other in this whole learning process... I used Kim Klassen's textures, by the way. She is so amazing and I'm really glad about her video tutorials on working with textures.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dramatic November Start

Yesterday, Justine has challenged us to join her for a month of black and white photos during November. She didn't use the word "challenge" and maybe it's easy for you, but for me it's a real challenge! Not technically, as Photoshop Elements very conveniently offers the possibility to convert into black and white with a mouse click. My difficulty lies in my imagination - I can't foresee whether something colourful really looks good in black and white and mostly the photos turn out just dull.

I told Justine that I would join in not for the whole month but once in a while to use it as an opportunity for practice. So here is my first black and white photo - with a lot of help from nature, as a nearly leafless tree in front of an overcast sky presented itself almost perfectly in black and white already.
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