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Polo

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The polo game offered plenty of opportunity to capture the action.  Click on the thumbnails below the slideshow to enlarge the images.

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Polo

This one is for Ron because I know how fond he is of the ponies.  We spent the afternoon at the polo grounds today, enjoying a bit of sport, wine and cheese. Not a bad way to end up a week of vacation – now back to reality and work tomorrow.  Updated:  Julie and my DH wanted to see the photo cropped just a little closer.  I was able to keep the ball in the shot while moving in a little closer to the action so here’s the revised image.

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Whenever I see colorful sand buckets and shovels it brings back fond memories of summers at the cottage and building sand castles on the beach.

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Fences are a natural element for leading lines to draw your eye into the picture.  Thursday night we took the ferry over to Ocean Beach on Fire Island to have dinner and enjoy a warm summer evening.  We took a stroll down to the beach while we were waiting for our dinner reservations.  The off-balance composition was a means for hiding some people on the beach that are concealed behind the fence on the left but I like the resulting effect.

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Three days of rain have limited the photo opportunities so I decided to take the opportunity to learn a bit more in Photoshop Elements by taking the group of gas pump images and grouping them together in a collage.

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I’m done playing with this so you won’t be subjected to any more pictures of this blue door. The final crop I settled on was a 5×7 ratio, capturing more of the street to anchor the shot. I worked with Lightroom a bit more to try and address the blown out highlights caused by the sun hitting the white stucco and finally settled on applying a texture and frame to tone down the wall a little and give it an aged look.  Still a little blown out at the top but overall I’m pleased with my changes and my first attempt at adding textures.

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I tried the square crop I had envisioned and rejected it as too boring.  Julie’s suggested crop above using an 8×10 format, capturing just a small portion of the yellow flowers on each side works better, but for me it highlights one flaw too much.  The window is crooked!  The door lines up vertically with cropping guides but the window is just slightly crooked in the wall – something that this view highlights in my eyes.

The view below is a slightly wider view of the 8×10 format and it works better for me.  I think the slight wisp of leaves in the upper left and hint of windows along the top help frame the image without being a distraction and the window is less  prominant so the slight tilt is less obvious.  The suggestions and comments were a big help in getting me to view this a little differently – I’d like to hear what everyone thinks of the revisions.

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