Thursday, March 31, 2011

Color 31/31: Crayola Rainbow

Color 31/31:  Crayola Rainbow

...the old stand-by...

Crayolas: I'm a fan.

Color 30/31: Pen Rainbow

Color 30/31:  Pen Rainbow

Well, pen and highlighter rainbow.

...This photo reminds me that I need to go through our pens. I have a feeling we're holding on to some used-up, dried-out pens...

Color 29/31: Magnet Rainbow

Color 29/31:  Magnet Rainbow

On our fridge. They remind me of board game pieces/place markers.

Color 28/31: Thread Rainbow

Color 28/31:  Thread Rainbow

Does anyone remember punch embroidery? I did a little of it when I was a young teen (or so), but these threads aren't left-overs from that. They're from someone else's craft supply clean-out.

Color 27/31: Candy Rainbow

Color 27/31:  Candy Rainbow

The last week of March was supposed to be focused on rainbows and the colorwheel. Well, it "kinda" is, but honestly, I've just gotten bored with photography this month... so it's pretty half-hearted.

For this day-- a rainbow of Now and Later candies! (Makes my mouth water, just thinking about them...)

Color 26/31: Blue Skies

Color 26/31:  Blue Skies

Blue skies smiling at me! Nothing but blue skies do I see!

(Well, and a few puffy white clouds, too.)

Color 25/31: Blue Beads

Color 25/31:  Blue Beads

Wow.  I didn't manage to get anything in focus that day...

Carrie made this necklace for me a few years ago. :o)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Color 24/31: Crochet in Green

Color 24/31:  Crochet in Green

...weaving in the ends of a mystery project in green yarn...

Color 23/31: Thread

Color 23/31:  Thread

...for my next thread crochet project. It's a Trish Kristoffersen doily pattern named "Peacock Pride".

Color 22/31: Heidi's Alpine Yellow

Color 22/31:  Heidi's Alpine Yellow

I'm not sure what these tiny flowers are called, but they make me think of Heidi and the Swiss Alps. (I'm sure they have nothing to do with the Swiss Alps, but nevertheless...)

Color 21/31: Green Lines & Curves

Color 21/31: Green Lines & Curves

...a laundry basket on its side...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Color 20/31: Gummy Bear

Color 20/31:  Gummy Bear

Orange-flavored. Not mine.  (I'm not a big fan of gummy candy, in general.)

Color 19/31: Brick Wall

Color 19/31:  Brick Wall

...turned on its side because I prefer landscape to portrait orientation...

Color 18/31: Lichen

Color 18/31:  Lichen

...on one of the oak trees in our back yard...

Color 17/31: Widow's Tears

Color 17/31: Widow's Tears

...also known as spiderwort...

This is another of those wildflowers/weeds that I remember picking when I was a child. The flowers can be pretty, but they're very invasive around here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Color 16/31: Robin's Egg Blue

Color 16/31:  Robin's Egg Blue

I don't believe this batter bowl has ever been used for its intended purpose. (Maybe once.) Instead, it sits on the kitchen counter looking pretty and holding fruit (or lately, Swedish chocolate awaiting review on the candy blog).

Color 15/31: Sundew


Had a hard time getting these into focus. I may try again sometime...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Color 14/31: Chinese Fringe Flower Tree

Color 14/31:  Chinese Fringe Flower Tree

...Bright fuchsia flowers...

(Am I the only one always has to double-check the spelling of "fuchsia"?)

We had to move this shrub a year or so ago, and we trimmed it then to be able to get to it. As a result, it is much reduced in size, but it still blooms nicely.

Color 13/31: Japanese Magnolia

Color 13/31:  Japanese Magnolia

This photo kicks off the two weeks of color emphasis (that is, emphasizing one color per photo). It's a little of a weak start, I think, because the dark snuck up on me and I had to use a flash. I really wanted to get the color of the whole, tulip-like flower, which is a color I'd describe as orchid or light mauve. Instead, we get the inside of the flower. It reminds me of a sea anemone.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Color 12/31: Yarny Sunshine

Color 12/31:  Yarny Sunshine

This is what happens when you run out of inspiration and daylight on the same day.

Here's the little bowl of scraps I'm using as I crochet together the last few pieces of my Moorish Mosaic Afghan. (I'm nearly done!)

Color 11/31: Keys

Color 11/31:  Keys

I'm not sure what tree these were on (down near the pond), but they remind me of maple keys. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Color 7/31: Henbit

Color 7/31:  Henbit

This was one of my favorite wildflowers/weeds when I was a child. I still have a certain fondness for it.

Color 6/31: Pine Doodads

Color 6/31:  Pine Doodads

Would you call these the flowers of a pine tree? Whatever they are, there are a lot of them on the ground, these days. Their bluish-purple color is striking against the reddish-brown fallen pine straw.

(This was a "meh, ok" photo for me. Feeling a little uninspired...)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Color 5/31: Birch Bark

Color 5/31:  Birch Bark

It was such a rainy, cloudy day! This was the best candidate for selective color I managed to get...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Color 4/31: Blue

I changed my mind! (After taking a couple more photos. I'll keep the old "4/31" at the bottom of this entry, though.)

Color 4/31:  Blue

...a tractor attachment...

And here's the runner-up... ;o)

Color 4/31:  Hexagons

...somewhat desaturated, on the black-and-white-inated background of the swing and brick wall...

(This isn't the best example of selective color, because there wasn't that much color in the rest of the photo, to begin with.)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Color 2/31: Daffodils

Color 2/31:  Daffodils

Sunny yellow blooms have been popping up around the yard over the past week or two. I love (easy) flowers from bulbs!

I used the same method to create this image as I did for my first selective color photograph (yesterday's)-- layers and masks and carefully coloring in portions of the photo.  My second-favorite selective color attempt of the day, however, was much easier to make:

Tiny Blue Wildflowers

For this one, almost all I did was lower the saturation of most of the colors (while still in the RAW format).  I don't think this method will work as well for all photos, but it sure was a lot faster and easier!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Color 1/31: Red Shed

Color 1/31:  Red Shed

...starting my (nearly) two weeks of selective color...

(Red seems to be a very popular choice in selective color photography-- probably because it has so much oomph against the black, white, and grey.)

March: Color

My black and white February is completed, and though I ran out of steam toward the end of the month and just plodded through the last few photos, overall I got a lot of enjoyment out of it.  I tend to forget about b&w photography, so I may return to the subject in a future challenge.  However, after a month of thinking in black and white, I'm ready to return to the world of color (just in time for early spring).  I'm going to gradually work my way back into a focus on color during March.

Selective Color:
The first two weeks (March 1st through 12th) I'll be experimenting with selective color.   (That is, most of the photo will be b&w, but color is strategically left in at least one portion of the image.)

Color Emphasis:
The next two weeks, I'll focus on a specific color to emphasize in each photo-- a different color from one day to the next.

Rainbow of Color:
For the last (partial) week... I think I'll do rainbow/color wheel-themed photos.