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Homebody Photo Tip: Getting Creative, Part 3

The Bluff at about midnight in October lit only by the full moon.
The Bluff at about midnight in October lit only by the full moon.
     Way back on October 1, 2013 I posted a “Homebody” tip on “Getting Creative.”  It was a list of 5 suggestions that are consistently recommended to spark your creativity.  Last week, on January 1st, 2014, I posted an update showing a gallery of photos taken during one month where I used only one lens.  This one-lens-for-a-month constraint was recommendation #1 for sparking creativity.

     This week I’m discussing some further steps I took to spur creativity.  You could call these “personal projects,” or themes selected to explore photographically.  In my case, I chose a few subjects I was interested in and concentrated on photographing them.  For one of these themes, I also used some specialized software to accomplish my “vision.”

      This approach fits under recommendation #5 of my list:  “Steal like an artist.”  All of the themes I selected have been done before by other photographers.  And, most likely, have been done a lot better than I’m doing.  However, what is new here is that I’ve put my own unique viewpoint or perception on these subjects.  And, most likely, these other photographers did not shoot in Kings Park (or close by)!
 
         So, here’s a gallery of photos I’ve shot in the last few months under the following themes:  Night landscapes illuminated by the full moon, park benches, motor vehicle lights shot using long shutter speeds, and simulated antique portraits using specialized software from onOne Software (Perfect Photo Suites 7 & 8); and Nik Software’s Analog Effex Pro.

     I’ve had a lot of fun doing this stuff the last few months.  So much fun, that I was not keeping up with my blog! 

         Kings Park Photo Club:  Next meeting is on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7 PM at the Kings Park Library.  (We meet there the third Thursday of every month.)  Also, we will be displaying our work at the Nissequogue River State Park Administration Building and People’s Bank, Indian Head Rd. (The start of the display at the Park has been pushed back until January 12th due to the recent weather.)

     Thanks for reading, if you have any suggestions for topics pleased post them in the comments.

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