Time flies. It's already been 1 year since we had our last anything goes contest. 73 entries were submitted, but the eventual winner was kyricom.

Surely, you've made tons of great photos in the last year. This contest is for showing the ones you are most proud of. You can submit up to 5 of them. Your photo does not have to fit any theme. The only restriction is that you can't use nudity, gore, and photos that you've used in previous contests.

Winner of the first "Anything goes" contest.
— Winner of the first "Anything goes" contest. —

Good luck!

PS: Try to vote on all entries in the contest. The more votes we get, the more accurate the rankings will be. Also, when you see something on someone's entry that can be improved, let them know. That way, we can learn new skills from each other!

PS 2: Ideas for future contests can be submitted here. The best ideas will be picked and turned into a contest. Make sure to clearly define the rules and objectives of the contest.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about this contest, reply to this comment!

Good luck! 👇

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MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye

Staaan,
Something funny about Springtime in Toronto post. If you click on photo for enlargement, it takes you to another website. HACKED???????

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Staaan, I see on the photo RUSH there was discussion about the photo and it is has been removed.....was the discussion inappropriate?

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Olga.L :

I didn't remove it. The author may have removed it.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Staaan :

Hmmmm no they didn't remove it!

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

This is strange. I remember comments very well and I can't see them anymore 🤔

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Zizounai :

Do you remember the title of the entry?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Same thing happened with AMONG FRIENDS....it had comments on how the photo was processed and now it has been removed.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Olga.L :

That's odd, was it your entry? Do you remember the title of it? Then I can look it up

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Do they have to be taken in the last year?

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Vibeke :

No, that doesn't matter. Was more of an indication.

Would be impossible to check anyway :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Staaan, the same thing happened with AMONG FRIENDS post. There was discussion on how it was done, filtered or not....that discussion has also been removed and no the author did not remove it.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Olga.L :

People can remove their own comment and that makes the replies to that comment invisible as well. Perhaps the replies should still remain visible en the original comment should just show 'deleted'?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Staaan :

Merlin was the member questioning those images. I suppose he removed the comments although they are valuable for all to see as it would teach and encourage others to try something new.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Not the author of the post, but possibly the author of the comments?

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That Tree created by Vibeke

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

Congrats on 1 and 2 Vibeke 😊

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Zizounai :

Thank you Zizouani, This photo is from Wanaka, one of my favourite places. The hardest thing about photographing it is always avoiding getting any tourists in the photo.

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

Simply beautiful. 🥇

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangle

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel replied to Vibeke :

Congratulations on 1st and 2nd.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you so much SkyAngel

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Sunflower created by Vibeke

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Your image shows us the beautiful detail of nature's artistry, from the crocheted inner loops to the fine lines of the petals in great detail. Black background further pops this image and that portrait format works too. A lovely photograph cropped with artistic pizzazz!

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much Olga. I do love sunflowers.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

I agree, they are a happy bunch!

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Brussel_Sprout created by iquraishi

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I would love to know how you accomplished this shot...so smack on the button right! Sharp, well saturated, thought out background, nice crop.... a great entry, thank you.

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, very happy to hear it from you. I was dropping the sprout in a small aquarium with 2 speed lights on the sides. The background was black but I had to clean the tiny specks and bubbles in photoshop. Also, brought down the saturation levels of any other colors like reds, magenta, cyan etc. The angle of the sprout is just a lucky drop :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to iquraishi :

Well, your hard work has paid off and thank you for sharing the process with us. I often will desaturate colours in order to pop out something, good to know you do it too. Little tricks here and there can make all the difference in the world. Thank you again.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Loved this....congrats to you.

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Olga.L :

Thank you :)

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke

Beautiful, congratulations on 3rd place. Well done.

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Vibeke :

Thank you Vibeke and congratulations for your 1st and 2nd place too :)

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Floral Dreams created by Olga.L

This is an attempt at P. Ventosa effect: Please critique this and tell me what you like and what you don't like about this image. Pep Ventosa is the photographer who has made popular the technique of walking all around a subject taking photographs, and then combining all the shots in a multi-layered final image. He uses hundreds of shots to create his masterpieces, but you can get started using only 3 or 4 layers.Apr 2, 2562 BE (www)

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Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

The Ventosa effect is very abstract and as such, very subjective, so some will love it and others will hate it. I find the sense of movement interesting. It reminds me of a very windy day in a garden. It also makes me think of dizziness or someones head spinning so they can't see normally. I also imagine that maybe this is how inebreated people see things? Personally it makes me feel dizzy. It's not something I would like to hang on my wall for that reason. I think if you blurred whole photo and turned it into a background with a closeup of one or a few of the clearly focused red flowers as a foreground main attraction, it would make a nice piece of art to hang on a wall. However, all of that is very subjective but you did want to know what we like and don't like about it.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

thank you so much, yes this is what I wanted to hear.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to self:

yes this is what I wanted to hear, thank you muchly

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

This is very creative and poetic, surprising and wonderful. I want to go there.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

thank you amiga

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Daphne created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Bronze award
Olga.L

This has such a nice ethereal feel to it, delicate. I like the details that you have captured in the face of the marble (?) sculpture. Did you use a white gradient then masked out the statue, or in other words, how did you shoot and process this image? I really like the gentle feel of this post.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for passing by, as you would say 😊 The statue is marble, indeed. My settings were ISO 320, 1/60 sec, F1.7. I have just cleaned a couple of dark spots which were stains on the marble, and added a white vignette. The photo was shot in an art museum.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

I like that white vignette effect and have found myself gravitating to it more and more lately. Thank you for your response.

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Curious Bird created by Vibeke

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

ha ...ahhhh LOVE IT. The photo gives the feeling that that bird is truly an intruder...hiding behind your drinking bottle, Nice dof...5.6? (I'm guessing) with the background blurred. Technical elements well done, natural saturation, nicely cropped...purrrfect. Just a lucky shot but isn't that what photography is all about....a lucky shot after 10,000 unlucky ones! Thank you ...I am still smiling as I write this review...chirp.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, Your photographic knowledge is excellent. You are almost right. 6.3, 40mm. These wild flightless birds are not scared of humans and very curious.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Flightless? is this a kiwi?

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

No. Kiwis only come out at night and are very shy. This is a Weka. Quite common. I even see them in my garden.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

achhh of course, I should have remembered that from our trip to NZ

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High Tide created by Vibeke

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I like the moment that you captured this, it is at the peak of the wave crashing. The diagonal slant gives this image more power, more oooomph. Changing it to monochrome was done "foamingly" well with no blow outs on the white and full range of tones are included from pure white to gray and pure black...there are approximately 245 tones of gray. Your name appears in the lower left corner. Nice catch....and processing.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, those waves were really strong, turns out they closed the road just after I got on to it, so I didn't need to worry about traffic only about getting wet.
I tried to upload a copy without my name, but could not figure out how to do that.

photonut avatarLevel 11
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Norwich Anglian Cathedral created by photonut

One of the two cathedrals in norwich in norfolk in the uk.

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

Glad to see you back Photonut 😊

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

This photo is travel magazine-worthy. A photo that you considered before you shot, you thought about this, it's not snappy happy! Lovely rich colour, sharp as a tack. Look on the right-hand margin, see that? It is the beige tones creeping into the frame that compete with the overall strength of your image. A bit more of a crop at the right. I also cropped up to remove the shadow and since you are in Photoshop you could have easily cloned out those white patches of 'sand' in the foreground....overall this is a smack dab great shot and sings out "history".

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut replied to Olga.L :

Thanks olga for the good comments,and info

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Windy day created by scratzilla1

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

I like the contrast between the movement in the tree and the quietness of the lighthouse

scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1 replied to photonut :

Thank you .

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A well thought out photograph taken with care. A solid lighthouse positioned in contrast to a windswept tree full of movement although petrified somewhat in the memory of wind reminding us of turbulent storms. Your handling on monochrome is done showing good details in the darkest of shadows and very little clipping noted. I personally feel that had the composition been looser showing more tree and more space into which the tree could bend would have been a stronger image....what you have up is quite tight, but my thought is subjective and I do like your post.

scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1 replied to Olga.L :

Thank You Olga. this was the first photograph comp i had taken a leap to enter. really appreciated your feed back .

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L replied to scratzilla1 :

You are more than welcome and please don't be shy to tell entries what you like about them or what you don't like.....it's the only way we can learn through constructive critiquing, even tho' sometimes the words sting! This is a fun site and there are some great teachers here who will bend over backwards to help you with your process, they have helped me and have become 'web friends', very dear web friends. See you in the next contest!

scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1 replied to Olga.L :

thank you for such a wonderful supportive post.. With feed back like this one can only grow as a photographer.

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Among Friends created by Olga.L

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

The silyness of the fur its really good and i like the fact the sheep seems to be staring at the camera in this,very artistic photo,like it

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Nice 👍 critique, very much appreciated.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye

Very cool effect!
Wall worthy image.
Good luck, Artist.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Thank you Mind's Eye for stopping by and commenting.

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

The oil paint filter makes it look very artistic. The head in the center has a sad looking expression, as if the sheep is not happy about the idea of being shorn. I think it would make a great art piece enlarged and placed in any shearing shed, wool shop or any place where they spin wool.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

thank you for your comment

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

The question was asked if there was a filter on this and yes there is an oil filter...and cloning.

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Magical Forest created by Olga.L

photonut avatarLevel 11
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Now Where Did I Leave My Bike created by photonut

Taken in Amsterdam

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

That jumble or rather ocean of bicycles is such a great eye grabber and how clever of you to include a human form in the midst of bicycle busy-ness. You have removed the distraction that colour would have created and because of that we focus on the subject wholly...adding a human form further pulls us deep into the flow of that river of chaos hitting against a solid structure in the distance. Well done artist!

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks olga for the good comments,i thought so to on the use of b/w

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Stuart created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Silver award
Olga.L

I'm in love. What a heartwarming shot of this gorgeous wee beastie. His eyes are sharp and that is the most important part, showing us his soul. In order to bring our eyes closer to Stuart's you could try brightening the eye either through dodge effect or layer with white then blend down....Nevertheless I love the point of view for we are instantly absorbed into his world and we see it is a kind and loving world with those human hands (or is that feet) in the frame. There is also a nice warm hue overall...the temperature is just smack on the button. Nice one....please give Stuart an extra sunflower seed from me!

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for this kind comment. Human hands (and arms), Olga, not feet! Stuart has very dark bright little eyes like pearls. I thought you idea was interesting so I've tried it but it doesn't work well for I don't recognize my Stuart 🐭

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

He does after all have two nice catch lights! Ohhhh I'm embarrassed, hand and arms not feet....blush.

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Hypnosis created by Zizounai

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Grumpy created by Olga.L

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Its one of those candid shots that so could be missed when out with a camera,okay its not mind blowing but it has a certain charm,good title as well

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Thank you, ❤️

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

This provokes a lot of emotion, in me anyway. I feel sorry for the child stuck in a small basket amongst vegetables which I presume are for sale? Imagine what the child must be thinking knowing the vegetables are for sale and feeling like her mother or father has put her up for sale as well? No wonder she is sad.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

thank you for your comment

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Goodnight San Simeon created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Between LA and San Fran! A great well-composed post with a straight horizon line! I like that we can see some detail in the foreground without clipping showing, this is thoughtful photography and is not an "oh look" happy snappy photo. Good dof with sharpness into the interior . If anyone tells you that there is a blow out on the sun just go tell them to go and eat their lens cap! (there are blow outs in real life, so why not in photography). A very pleasant scene to get lost in. Thank you.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, Olga.

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Red fungi created by Vibeke

These tiny fungi are about 1cm tall.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Strength and fragility all in one frame with these magical mushrooms and your capture is spot on...I can visualize how you took this lying on your belly?....crouched down to knee breaking position...no matter the POV rocks. The gorgeous colour saturation is luscious and the light behind just pops these mushrooms out and makes the whole image dance. This is a really nice photograph, and my husband just brought me a cup of coffee as I was reviewing this and said "what a nice picture"...there you have it two reviews for the price of one! Simply lovely.

Vibeke avatarLevel 12
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much for your critic and you are absolutely right about 'on my knees'.

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Rush created by Olga.L

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Artistic and what strikes me in this is the bustling crowd yet they seem to be at odds with one another,in other words together but not together,clever this

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

How very kind, thank you.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

The question was asked if there was a filter on this image. There is no filter, it was shot at 1 second with ICM technique. (Intentional Camera Movement)

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

The ICM technique gives it a very abstract feel which is a very subject art technique which some will love and others will hate. It definitely conveys a sense of commotion and unrest. The people are in a hurry and have no time to relax or interact with each other. It's a physically close city crowd who are emotionally socially distanced.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Skyangel :

thank you for your insights

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reflections created by scratzilla1

photonut avatarLevel 11
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Roman Cathedral created by photonut

Taken in norwich in norfolk in the uk of this cathedral on of two in norwich/

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My City created by Mundolopez

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A Black and White day created by ShannonS

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

I also think this is artistic and one that represents thinking outside the box.sort of reminds you of an old b/w film

ShannonS avatarLevel 6
ShannonS replied to photonut :

Thank you!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I love this for it gives me a creepy feeling of "lockdowns", "isolation"...it is very much a film noir effect...and the COVID pandemic feel. What a story this image takes us on...emptiness, melodrama, one cannot help but feel cynical when viewing this...when will we see colour again, when will the world return to normalcy and when will those black ominous clouds lift and when will the sunshine again? A very excellent artistic image and thank you for the inspiration.

ShannonS avatarLevel 6
ShannonS replied to Olga.L :

Sincere thanks for your appreciation! ☺️

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Schubert created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

SHUBERT ? ? ? .........and I had a cat called Puccini!

The exact moment that this photo has been captured is perfect showing his steadfast concentration. Your pov from below to up showing the agility of the cat and the nobility (dare I say that). Your dof is great and the focus of the audience is straight on him and instantly we get absorbed by the story. Technical handling is nicely accomplished and the crop is tight with plenty of room to breathe. Purrrrrfect.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Mew, mew, mew 😺

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...A Crowd created by MyMindsEye

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Adirondack Cabin created by LunaC

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This backwoods cabin is outside of Wells NY in the heart of the Adirondacks.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I like the dreamy effect of the filter you used. It is a great photograph that pulls us into that zone of a photo or fine art...it works for me. The saturation is realistic and the shadow detail is seen. Since you are adept in PS I would just clone out that dark pop in the lower L hand margin and take out that pipe/line in the lower right! Lovely post.

LunaC avatarLevel 5
LunaC

Thanks for your comments Olga. I appreciate the suggestions and I edited the image accordingly, but I guess I don't know how to upload the new image. Do I upload it to the Grepless site and then copy and paste the new URL? Or do I have to post the image elsewhere on the web and link to it?

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Proud to be a Peacock created by scratzilla1

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School Dayz created by MyMindsEye

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

I loved this one, it is very poetic. It should have scored higher.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Zizounai :

Thank you.

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One of None created by MyMindsEye

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

I think the artistic pull in this works to its advantage in regards the artistic car,it almost leas out in this and although it might upset purists in regards to the car and its vintage,i think it works

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to photonut :

Thanks for the input. Much appreciated.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye

Thanks for your interest.
I use a bridge camera these days and while it has manual setting capabilities, I often shoot in auto mode. The settings for the original shot were f 2.8 @ 1/160s iso 800. The camera also has onboard filters though I rarely use them as I prefer to tweek images in post with a variety of apps on my laptop. Basic adjustments are done using Picassa 3 (a now discontinued Google app.) I have a fondness for the artistic approach to photography and sometimes my photos are treated to alterations that may suit (or not) an image. Especially effective for abstract art (My fav)
For this photo, I used a filter app called Painnt. I'll search through the filters in search of one that best enhances a photo's composition and pleases my eye. I may then tweek it further for the final work. It can be tedious and sometimes never works but when it does its really satisfying.
These post production apps offer a huge range of adjustment capabilities and image alteration for unique custom images that start with a decent photo. These works can make great large scale canvas wall hangings.
Most purists hate it but I like expanding the creativity offered.
Cheers!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Diamond award
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

I am on board with you (and I have Picassa and love it). Pushing an ordinary photo past a "pure" image into the realm of art is also my passion, sadly (as you have said) it is not for every purist so we fall into a small but growing category of artists bent on bending the rules and rocking creativity! YAYA Thank you for your response, appreciated.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I would love to know what filter you used as well as settings of your camera. Love the post processing on this.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

See below

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Open Mic created by LunaC

Locals get up an play on Wednesday nights at this South Carolina beachfront town. This is my first entry on this site. Not sure if I'm doing it right.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

YES YES YES, you are doing it right and welcome aboard. This is a fun site and I hope you will enjoy it. I love your entry, the mood caught by the purple light...it is (dare I say it) sexy. I like how the bright lights are not overexposed and everything is muted. Please don't be shy to offer your opinions on other member's photos...just tell us what you like and what you don't like and why and that way we can either agree with your comments and improve or just ignore them ha! Again, welcome aboard.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

It is really a lovely catch! That plop of vibrant, well saturated blue framed between the gray branches of his environment. Colour selection on this by desaturating everything except the little bird would have popped it even more. Nice and sharp and the little bird looks like it has been painted. An eye grabber of a shot!

scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1 replied to Olga.L :

thank you

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Springtime in Toronto created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I see you re-uploaded this and it is the better photo. Toronto? TO is my hometown and where was this taken? Your upload has a European feel to it. I like your composition with lines taking us into the center and down the river.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Yes this re-uploaded, too dark before, now beautiful. Sorry this not city Toronto of yours, this city Toronto Exopotamya. Same same but different.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

I googled it and it didn't make sense, what am I not getting?

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Yes, strange. I googled it and all is Mesopotamya, this is wrong.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

So where was this taken? (mystery)

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Hmmm Stranger still, when I click on the image for a larger view, it takes me to another website (with this photo.) How does that happen???

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Awww rats, there are strange things a-happenin on Grepless. Methinks you need to alert Staaan the Man to these difficulties. I already have in regards to missing comments as has Zizounai. AND....I never did get a satisfactory response to my question of "where is this place"....it is still a mystery to me......and so it goes.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

I am no spambot, promised! No Cyber Gremlin, no Gremlin at all as a matter of fact. I just reloaded my photo through Imgur site, as the buildings around Din River were too dark, I made them clearer. Now you can see them better but indeed when you click on the photo you are on Imgur website. I could have suppressed the entry and done another one, but then all the nice comments would be lost, pity.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

Would you kindly respond to my original question. "Where was this taken".

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Toronto, springtime, this is Exopotamia, very kindly I reply to you 💖

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to self:

When contest is finished I will recommend you an excellent book about it.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

OK I will hold you to it!

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Zizounai :

No disrespect intended, Author. Its just highly unusual to be taken to another website for viewing as most sites like this one prohibit such actions. Good luck on your fine entry.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to MyMindsEye :

No disrespect imagined Mr Eye ! Imgur is just the website we use, mainly in the Photoshop side, to edit our entries. But Staaan has planned something easier and better than that in a near future 😎

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Awww rats, there are strange things a-happenin on Grepless. Methinks you need to alert Staaan the Man to these difficulties. I already have in regards to missing comments as has Zizounai. AND....I never did get a satisfactory response to my question of "where is this place"....it is still a mystery to me......and so it goes.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Yup!
Cyber-Gremlins seem to be at work. (Spambots??)
I did send a query to Staaan but have not yet received a response.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to MyMindsEye :

Awww rats, there are strange things a-happenin on Grepless. Methinks you need to alert Staaan the Man to these difficulties. I already have in regards to missing comments as has Zizounai. AND....I never did get a satisfactory response to my question of "where is this place"....it is still a mystery to me......and so it goes.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

I told you no Mezopotamya, Exopotamya this is, Toronto indeed. Wonderful place this is. Beautiful photography too.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to self:

Hoops, yes, it was only me.
Thanks Olga and MyMindsEye for your attention. What happened is that when I entered my photo and looked for a title, I thought about “Autumn in Peking” novel, by Boris Vian. This story doesn’t take place in autumn, nor in China, but in a country called Exopotamia. This is why I called my photo “Springtime in Toronto”, as a kind of tribute to Boris Vian. It is also because I’m going nuts not being able to travel as I used to do because of covid’s restrictions. Sorry if I bothered you with my silly replies to your queries. Glad if I made you smile… 😊
Here is the book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_in_Peking

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
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Counting Sheep created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Grunged image and of course for it accentuates those curls of that gorgeous 'beast'! I like how you left a margin of background at the top and used a white vignette which personally I'm beginning to like more and more for it gives an added dreamy effect. Nice tight crop, maybe a bit too tight at the right with his paw being chopped off but that is negligible. Your POV is 'belly button' and had you bent your knees just a bit more it would have been a different photo...I do like this entry and the manipulation of it.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 11
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for the comments Olga.
Regarding the crop, this was a single, candid shot taken from >100m and I was seated in a beach chair. I had to sacrifice the paw tip as the owners foot was in the frame. Never an ideal condition when shooting on the fly and sometimes you work with what ya got. I really liked the "story" and its potential so...I worked with it.
Glad you like it.

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beach created by scratzilla1

ShannonS avatarLevel 6
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Selling Dreams created by ShannonS

What dreams are made of...

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Altjough i quiet like this i do feel a better angle of him would have solved that brightness plus those men behind and would have got a better profile of him,but the general idea was good

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Ahhh I love your title , not only selling dreams but selling memories of childhood, a lovely shot. The human eye always gravitates to the brightest spot on the frame so had you cropped down a bit more you could have eliminated all that brightness above him. The bright spot over his (R) shoulder could easily have been cloned out and he would have popped out even more. When you are working in raw...use your shadow slider to bring out his face. The blurred rod cutting the image diagonally interferes greatly with presentation. I really like the man in the background and can't help but wonder if he is looking at the bubbles or at you!

ShannonS avatarLevel 6
ShannonS replied to Olga.L :

Thank you so much for you appreciation and also your valuable critique.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to ShannonS :

Please don't be shy to offer your suggestions/observations on photos posted by the members on this site. It makes for a richer site when we can share and learn from each other....saying what you like and what you don't like helps us along our journey.

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