Sunday, April 10, 2011

Color Splash Sunday - A cookie... and a change.

Welcome to Color Splash Sunday!

Color splash photos are those that have been converted to black and white, but one object has been left colored. Sometimes, it's easy to just isolate your colored object and you're done. Other times, more editing is required, such as adjusting color levels/light/shadow/etc.

This is an open themed link-up, so there won't be any specific themes for your photos. Any photo is fine, as long it was taken or setup by you, has selective color, and you haven't posted it before. You can read more about CSS guidelines by clicking here.

A few days ago, I took the Kind-Hearted Blogger Pledge. (Read more HERE.) One of the values that kind-hearted bloggers uphold is to "create, inspire, and admire rather than compete with fellow bloggers." I realized that, by picking 1 winner each week, I was inadvertently causing you all to compete against each other. I don't want that! I don't want anyone to feel like their selective color photos (or any of their photos, for that matter) are 'not as good' as the others. The reason I still blog is because I love being able to admire other people's creative skills and be inspired by their work, NOT because I am trying to be the best.

However, at the same time, I want to see everyone improving their techniques at both photographing AND post-processing. Selective color is considered an artistic edit, which should be done AFTER adjusting levels and contrast. Other things to take into consideration as you are editing: rule of thirds, presence of light and shadows, distracting backgrounds, focus/depth of field, hue & saturation, etc.

In order to encourage you all to improve your techniques, I am going to continue to feature my 3 favorites each week. I'm going to specifically look for everything I said above when I pick my favorites.

So, here are my 3 favorites from last week:

(These photos are all copyright of their original photographers.)

Congrats to these talented photographers!
Feel free to snag this button
and display it on your blog!

Here is my photo for today, the one I used to make that spiffy new button:

And now, finally, it's your turn to link up!


Halie said...

it's my first time to join css. i love the photo!

Jenn Valmonte said...

wow, impressive cookie picture!

congrats to the top 3, too!

Sweepy said...

Woof, Amy! I was on Top 3!
I don't even know what is the rule of thirds. All I know is that when I eat, I don't have seconds! ;-)

Cheers to all and let's compete happily, slashers!

Pauliina said...

I would love to taste it!