This week, guest host, Anne Sandler, has asked us to look at the world in Black and White for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. She also asks us to describe the process by which we convert our pictures to black and white images, so I thought it might be helpful to show both the original picture and the processed image. I don’t have an expensive camera or a lot of fancy software for doing this kind of work but what I have seems to be sufficient. For the first two b/w images I opened the originals in Microsoft Digital Image, converted them to black & white then made lighter and darker versions of both pictures. After that I sent them over to Canon Digital Photo Professional and put them through the HDR processor then sent the resulting images back to Digital Image for a final spruce up. Do I really know what I’m doing? Heck no! But I like the results. I find that the lack of color helps to focus the eye on the bold lines of the architecture.
The next two images were converted solely with the Digital Image software. I’ve used this program for years and it’s done the job remarkably well. Of course there are some things that it can’t do but I can live without all those extra features.
Here are two recent images from the photo files that really caught my eye and which I thought would work well for the theme of Orange in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Captured in our garden and at Volo Auto Museum.
This week, Cee has asked us to choose a topic from the picture she has kindly provided, for her Fun Foto Challenge. Right away, the vintage car caught my eye. As you may be aware, if you read my previous post, I’m a big fan of Volo Auto Museum and since it was one of the last places we were able to visit before everything started closing down, this challenge provided a good opportunity for me to share a few more images that I captured while I was there. Thanks, Cee!
This week, Miriam, our guest host over at The Showers of Blessings, is looking for Reflections for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. On a recent trip to Volo Auto Museum, I was so impressed by how bright and shiny all the cars are and, looking at the resulting pictures, I can see how I inadvertently captured reflections, not so much of images but the lights of the various showrooms that brought out the meticulous care and attention to detail that is lavished on these beautiful machines.
Becky’s new Square Photo Challenge for January is all about Lights and more specifically about words that end in light/s, so here is my first entry for this subject. These images were captured at a Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Night. I even managed to get a bit of a selfie in there.
This is my last chance to add something to the Blue Squares photo challenge. Thanks to Becky for organizing this great challenge. July has been a month of highs and lows for us, with uncertain outcomes and altered plans, so it seemed fitting to finish with a selection of bits and bobs. The first image was captured at Congo River mini golf where the ducks felt safer on dry land than they did in the water, probably because that’s where most of the balls were landing.
The next shot was taken at Arlington Park where we put a bet on number three and it turned out to be a winner. The odds weren’t great and we only risked a minimal sum but a win’s a win!
Spending the day at Navy Pier with two of our granddaughters, we got to see the ‘boys in blue’ take off in a helicopter probably on their way to patrol the lakefront.
Blue gondolas on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. We got a great view of the city from the top.
More car parts from Volo Auto Museum. I don’t know the first thing about cars but I love all the colors and the shiny bits!
Today’s selection for Becky’s Blue Squares challenge is made up of car parts from Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. We went there last week when our grandson came to stay with us for a short visit. I’ve been to the museum several times before and already had quite a few car images in the photo files which is where I found these shots, but I did capture a whole new set of pictures that I hope to share in an upcoming post.
Included in the topics for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, Auto fitted in very nicely with a post that I had already prepared on a trip we did to Volo Auto Museum recently. Next to baseball, one of our grandson’s favorite things is cars (the Matchbox variety) so we thought he would enjoy this family-friendly museum in Volo.
One of the things that make this museum so interesting is that many of the cars on display are actually for sale. I remember once taking our older grandsons for a visit here and listening to the two of them planning how they could scrape enough money together to buy one. It’s good to dream big!
Of course, what makes many of these autos special is the fact that they have appeared in the movies or have been owned by famous celebrities.
I have to admit, I’m not a great auto expert as evidenced by the fact that on several occasions I’ve tried to climb into someone else’s car mistaking it for mine. Perhaps if I had one like the one above I wouldn’t get so confused. However, like many of my sex, I can’t resist the lure of a bit of sparkle and shine even if it is only the engine of a fantastically expensive motor car.
They’ve added a lot to the museum in the last few years, making it much more appealing to younger children, with many larger-than-life characters from the movies and a nice outdoor play area. They’ve also added several new collections such as vintage pedal cars, bikes, scooters, snow mobiles, amusement rides and jukeboxes.
With all this, a huge antiques mall and more importantly somewhere to grab some lunch, Volo makes a great day out and one that youngest grandson thoroughly enjoyed.
This week, Cee has us on the move with wheels for her Black & White Photo Challenge. Here are a few wheels that we’ve seen during our travels, starting with a tractor at Willow Springs Garden in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Wheels on a canon at the Fort on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Wooden wheels on display at the Wade House historic site in Greenbush, Wisconsin.
The water wheel at Graue Mill in Oak Brook, Illinois.
A couple of vintage wheels at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
And finally some snappy wheels for the bride and groom to make a quick getaway from their reception in Indianapolis, Indiana.