February 26, 2011

Photo Challenge: Red

It’s time for another Brenda Photo Challenge! This is our February challenge, so we’re celebrating with a Red theme!

We visited a fall festival last year at a nearby Tennessee town. We had a great time, visiting at various craft booths, eating tasty barbeque, and listening to down-home country music. We were surrounded with old-fashioned, small town charm! A bushel basket of fresh red apples greeted us at the entrance gate. This image was captured with a little Nikon Coolpix S8000, and settings of f/4.4, 1/200 second, and ISO 100.



When we traveled in late 2009 over to Frankfort, Tennessee, we also visited the cute-as-a-button town of Leipers Fork. The exterior of an antique store with chippy red paint and a rusted Coca-Cola sign pulled me in for a photo shoot. This image was recorded with a Nikon D90, with settings of f/9, 1/320 second, and ISO 200. I applied a Topaz Adjust plug-in filter in Photoshop to emphasis the grittiness.



I took a special picture for this challenge and composed it in my studio room. In front is a vintage hobnail milk glass, filled to the brim with red perle cotton balls (used for redwork embroidery). An antique wooden spool cabinet serves as a backdrop. I found this Coats & Clark treasure on a vacation trip many years ago in Maine. I used my little Nikon Coolpix S8000 for the photo. The sidelight from the only window in the room was a bit intense. But I was trying to go a little bit artsy with this composition! I heavily desaturated the image and selectively emphasized the red cotton threads. The camera settings were f/4.6, 1/25 second, and ISO 400.



Now that you have seen my contributions to the challenge, please click on the link at the beginning of this post and find some other great Red images!

31 comments:

  1. Cool! I like the red cotton threads, the red color floats!

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  2. Your photos just JUMP out at me! Gorgeous Girl! When do classes start???Hahaaa...
    The red spools are SO distinct. As are the apples...Nice!!!
    Happy weekend!!
    hughugs

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  3. ... Mmmmmm ... if I close my eyes and ignore our ever-growing mounds of snow~ I can smell the delicious apples!
    Love your photographs!
    Wishing you all the best~
    Michelle

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  4. Beautiful photos! I just love the second one!!

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  5. These are all wonderful! Thinking that first one might be my favortite.

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  6. Love your shots. What a country feel to them. I love that second one best as well Donna.

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  7. Wonderful red apples and red threads. It's all Greek to me, though I do love seeing your pictures.

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  8. Love the basket with applies, and the coca-cola sign. Great photo's! :)

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  9. Love your selection.I just saw a vase with the hobnail but the background was almost translucent.Wish I had grabbed it,

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  10. I agree with Donna - when do classes start! Your pics are always wonderful. I must learn about the technical settings.

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  11. Love the red spools!!! So striking!

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  12. Very nice. These are great images. I really like how your composition turned out. Use of selective color worked really well.

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  13. These are great Miz Donna! I love the texture effects that you've used.

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  14. Loving your RED post. It's so perky, in this "Long Time" of winter's end.

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  15. Hi Donna these are wonderful shots. Wow, you even have a recording of what you took them. I love the red bushels of apple, it just jumps at me; I like any coca cola signs - I'm a coca cola fun (used to be a pepsi drinker); love what you did with the red yarn.

    Thanks for coming by my blog, too. And yes, I'm from Canada (Toronto) - and must have one every day. LOL!
    Have a great weekend.
    Marissa

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  16. beautiful photos! I love the vintage cola one!!!

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  17. You asked if a spammer got through? And that was why I had to put Comment Ver. Setting back on? No, not really. It wasn't any kind of spam.

    It was a round-about thing. Another blogger had complained about a person who did not carry through on her part of a ... swap. I agreed with this blogger, in a Comment on her blog.

    The person who had not carried through, left a long and rambling explaination comment on my blog. And I guess she did also, on my friend's blog. When we discovered them, we Deleted them.

    But we both have Comment Ver Setting on now. That is the ONLY way one can keep such unwanted comments out.

    And it is a "pain" to have it back on tooo. So it adds to my grumpy-ness, at this time of long winter.

    -chuckle-

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  18. Wonderful shots! I cannot decide which I like best because each is unique.

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  19. I could smell those apples...great shot.

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  20. You've done well with your red photos, especially the last one. Desaturating the rest of the photo and emphasising the cotton threads really works.

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  21. I love the basket of apples! And the coco-cola, and the yarn......well I guess I just love them all! Wonderful photos!! :D
    Have a great weekend. xxx~Kelsey

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  22. You are amazing with the photos you put out. I'm always in awe of your talent with the camera and the editing.
    I really like that last one.

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  23. Donna, I love the splash of red!! you have captured some pretty awesome shots! thanks for sharing..

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  24. Your photos are stunning, apples never looked so good! The chippy paint on the antique store is perfect, where can I get those boards?:)

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  25. I love touches of red throughout a house...makes things so cheery! Well, I have TWO red sofas, too which is a little more than a touch! lol ♥ Great photos! ♥

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  26. Great "red"... the apples are truly wonderful! Good enough for a magazine cover! :)

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  27. you did so great with your reds. I was a bit more subtle. the texture on your barn and coca cola sign are FAB

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  28. A very creative post for a RED Challenge Donna. I didn't think I would have any red photos good enough...never thought of setting one up though.

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  29. Donna these are all wonderful pictures, especially the weathered red bldg. :)

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  30. Let me be the thirtieth person to say, just, WOW. Gorgeous.

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  31. Wow!!! I love this style of photography. Great job!

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