Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

“…Why not share a photo which represents one of your New Year’s resolutions? If you don’t make them, what about sharing a photo which represents something you’d like to get better at in photography this year?”

I do not make New Year’s resolutions, however I do make an effort to get better at something new every year. This year I am going to take my photography in a new direction: Mobile Art. A fellow blogger, Davide at Rubicorno, has introduced me to iPhoneography/Mobile Art and my goal is to learn the techniques and to join the movement.

I had a darkroom in our house for ten years back in the ’80s/’90s and I learned many valuable lessons in B&W and color printing. Hours spent developing film, making contact sheets, dodging and burning prints and then waiting for them to dry is a thing of the past thanks to digital cameras and computer software.

My goal for the coming year is to improve my knowledge and use of the various image editing software programs available and to transform some of my photographs into a new form of visual expression.

Displayed below are two before/after photos that will illustrate my ability to date.

Is it Photography? Is it Art? Does it matter? These are all good questions that I cannot answer. All I know for certain is that this is something that I want to do more of in the future.

I don’t know where I am headed, but I am making good time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

  13 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

  1. January 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    How refreshing to hear that a seasoned knowledgeable photographer is going to delve into digital enhancement. I only took up photography properly 2 years ago and I now feel the pain that people must have felt about my ‘over editing’ in those early days. However, I just adore the more artistic side of photography as well as the very conventional. In some cases editing is a must for me and something that represents how I feel as well as what I see. I had a camera that did not lend itself to the kind of quality that I wanted so editing was a godsend for me. Now I have my first SLR and as I am learning more I am editing less and less. (I will not lie, every photograph I do I put the non edit out there and then I edit the hell out of it just for the fun of it to see what I can produce!) if I like the edit, I put that out too. I still have a hell of a lot to learn but I think it is nice to embrace both sides of the coin. 🙂


    • January 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Thank you so much for your comments and sharing the excitement of starting in photography at this stage of the fast-changing field. I am looking forward to seeing what you are doing with your camera.

      The best advice I got early on by a professional photographer was to ‘shoot the photo full-frame’. In other words, frame the photo from edge-to-edge in the view finder and save time down the road when you are ‘cropping’ to get the desired results.

      It should be an exciting year ahead for both of us.


  2. January 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I’m wanting to get in more photography on my hikes this year. I’ve entitled this one “Resolved: An Exposition on Juxtaposition”: http://humantriumphant.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-resolved/


    • January 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Nice take on the challenge. I am looking forward to seeing more of your photos this year.


      • January 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        You’ve always got good photos on your work themes, Allan. I’d like to see what I can door with pics from my hikes – so maybe I’ll be more “thematic.” 🙂


      • January 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Themes are fun, the challenge is in selecting which images to include and which ones to leave out.

        Good luck and I will be following your blog starting now.


      • January 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        ah, thanks!


  3. January 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I agree with ideflex…just keep it fun


    • January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Will do, Jo.

      I am searching for the edge between ‘That’s nice’ and ‘You have gone too far this time’. I look forward to any comments/observations that you want to share.

      Happy New Year.


      • January 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Always happy to pop in…love your blog and work, but I think you know that. I love what you did with this image…thha last one just pops at you.


      • January 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        It does pop out, doesn’t it? I gravitate to the richer colors right now and I am going to experiment with lightening them up a bit to see what happens in the softer pastel range as the mood strikes.

        Stay tuned.


  4. January 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    As long as you are having a good time doing it – Happy New Year!


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