Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a theme

I’ve been playing about with applying different post-processing art filters to images this week, and am exploring which particular filters work best with which types of image to help enhance the feeling prompted by the subject.

I decided to experiment with adding an art effect to this image of the skeletal frame of Brighton’s West Pier, the delapidated remains of which sadly burned down in 2002…


My first choice was a ‘grey’ effect filter, highlighting the sombre sadness of the scene…


And then I tried applying a ‘dark’ effect filter instead, to convey the ominous looming darkness of it all as the sun goes down…


Then moving on from that idea I chose a ‘flame’ effect filter, picking up not only on the memory of the fire but also to create the feeling of a glowing sunset at the end of the day, invoking the metaphorical end of something…


Personally I prefer the grey version, whereas my husband prefers the flame version ๐Ÿ™‚

Post-processing filter effects available online from LunaPic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a themeย 


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Houses


This week’s Fun Foto Challenge is actually for houses or barns – but there’s a distinct shortage of barns to photograph here in London, so I opted for houses.

I decided to focus on images showing the rooftops of the terraced houses packed in tight together that are so prevalent around where I live, with all the multiple chimney-pots (no longer in use) clearly indicating the original form of heating in each home.

And then as an afterthought I added two images of Brighton rooftops I took last month, with the beautiful terracotta red of their many chimney-pots glowing orange in the afternoon sun ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Realise


While in Brighton recently, I thought I’d have a go at taking a few long exposure images of the sea at night, and ideally had visions of beautifully smooth atmospheric shots looking just the way I wanted them to be – however, the reality proved to be a lot more difficult to achieve than I’d first thought.

I realised far too late that by also wanting the lit-up pier to be in shot so I could show the dynamic interplay of above and below, I’d created a bit of a dilemma for myself. To have the lights properly exposed I had to use a fast shutter speed, which didn’t achieve the dreamy-looking sea I wanted below. But in order to get the smooth sea surface I envisioned, the lights above were necessarily blown out, seriously over-exposed – so frustrating!

Unsure what to do, I played about with different exposures to see what worked best as a compromise. The most acceptable image I have is probably this 5 sec exposure at f8, ISO 160, taken on a mini tripod – of all the images I took it’s the nearest to what I’d hoped to achieve, although it’s far from perfect, and overall I was pretty disappointed with the results of my trial-and-error endeavours.

If anyone photographically-inclined could perhaps advise me on how best to deal with balancing exposure in this kind of situation, it would be much appreciated – many thanks!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Realise