Week 44 … #38 Hard/Soft … Keeping Watch

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I was wondering how I would capture the theme ‘hard/soft’ until I happened on this image I took the other morning from our deck.  The fog or ‘sea smoke’ was thick and nothing was visible in the harbor.  As I enjoyed my coffee, the fog began to lift and as it did, I noticed one of our resident ospreys sitting in the tree.  He was either one of the parents or a sibling but I guess I’d like to think it was a parent, keeping watch in the early morning before beginning his day.

I found the starkness of the osprey, tree and foreground striking against the soft fog and water and not wanting to lose the scene (sea smoke moves quickly!) by rising and getting my big camera, I snapped the image with my iPhone.   Since it wasn’t the sharpest image but still liking the scene, I post-processed the image in Topaz Texture Effects which added a soft pastel effect in the background.  Sometimes, memorable moments captured don’t have to be ideal!

Week 13 … #12 Wild Card, Quiet Oasis

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Historic Spanish Point, Pioneer Boat Yard

A friend recently told me about Spanish Point in Osprey, and with the Holiday weather being awesome, we ventured down to explore it this past week.  Through the years, the pioneer dwellings and prehistoric Indian remains have been preserved, along with the formal lawns and plantings and an actual Aqueduct.  I enjoyed walking among the mangroves overlooking Little Sarasota Bay and taking in the serenity of this quiet oasis.

The original image was mediocre.  So I went to work on ‘spiffing’ up the image, since I thought it represented the quiet solitude of Spanish Point.  It was first edited in Lightroom using a Photomorphis texture and then over to Topaz Studio for some more edits.  Hope you enjoy.