Did you ever go shopping, say for shoes or a shirt, but finally just gave up because you couldn’t find anything you wanted? Then you went back to the same store a week later and everything was just perfect? You decide that something must have just been off during that previous trip.
I’m seeing that in my photography now. A year ago, when I was new to the Ithaca group, there was an assignment for finding naturally-occurring letters – i.e., not printed. For a month, I looked and looked and just didn’t see anything.
Fast forward a year: the weekly theme for “Creatively Challenged”, posted this morning, is the same: naturally occurring letters. I went down to the marina this afternoon and found them everywhere:
The letter A (twice!) in the pier unsafe sign:
… the letter O in the wheel of this abandoned bike:
… and the letter T (or F, or I) in the weathervane.
I appear to be seeing things with a new eye.
A note about the weathervane. When I loaded the pictures into my computer, I noticed some serious lens vignetting. I’m not sure the term “vignetting” was exactly new to me when I started this blog, but it’s something I never really thought about. Sometimes I’ll read a review about a lens and they talk about vignetting. What they’re actually talking about is this:
See how there’s all that dark blue around the edges? The sky wasn’t really like that. Sometimes people will add vignette to their photographs for effect (think “old-timey”), but it wasn’t wanted in this case.
Luckily, Lightroom has a Lens Vignetting slider in the Lens Corrections section, so I was able to get rid of it. There’s also a place where you can add post-crop vignetting for if you want to add it in after the fact. It’s not cheating… it’s just correcting.