52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog

26. Masked

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Today I took a stroll through the farmers market in downtown Sarasota. That is one place that you are sure to find a photo or two that will fit one of our themes.
It didn’t take me long to notice this very cheerful woman walking down the street with her market purchases. I loved her brightly colored umbrella that she was using to shade herself from the bright sunshine. I imagined that she bought herself fresh flowers every week to brighten her downtown apartment. Next to the vase of flowers I picture a wooden bowl filled with fresh fruits.
I chose to do a layer “mask” on the photo in hopes to show others what a scene looks like to me when I am holding my camera. Sometimes it feels as if I have tunnel vision. My eyes dart from person to person, place to place. My mind imagines what people are thinking, where they are going, what they are feeling.
I saw this video post recently on a friends Facebook page. I think about it a lot when I am out walking around taking photos. You just never really know what’s inside others’ hearts.
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Author: Mindy Towns

Hi, my name is Mindy Towns, I live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Along with several friends I have been participating in a weekly, theme based, photo blog since August 2012. Each year we receive a new list of 52 themes. We then post a photo each week that fits one of the themes along with a brief description about why we feel the photo fits the theme. Over the years I have learned a lot about my camera, new photography technics and also a lot about my fellow bloggers. I've peeked into their homes, met their families and traveled to exotic places through their photos. This year I am challenging myself further by trying to become even more creative in my posts. I found the cutest little Playmobil person complete with a camera and a little dog. She is going to be my little personal assistant over the coming months. I'm going to use many of the photo skills I have learned from participating in the photo challenge along with some new photoshop tools I have been practicing. I hope you will continue to follow my blog as I change things up a bit this year. Perhaps some of you will raid someones toy chest or toss something cute into your Target shopping cart and get a little silly with me. If you want to see examples of my grown up photography please visit one of my links listed on this blogs home page!

48 thoughts on “26. Masked

  1. Really nicely done😊

  2. What an interesting photo — I love the colored umbrella too. It shows up so well on the black and white background.

  3. I loved your description of what her world might look like! Love this.

  4. Very nice interpretation of the theme. I have never seen the video before but it sure did make me think. Thanks for sharing.

    • I really like that video as well. I’ve been visiting a friend in a hospital recently. I can’t walk down the halls without thinking about the video and what others are going through in their lives.

  5. I love what you’ve done with this photo. 😃

  6. Mindy, great choice here for this one. You have a great imagination.

  7. Wow, beautiful photo. I will need some instructions on how to mask photos. Loved the youtube post too. 🙂

  8. Someday I will graduate to Elements or PS. Until then I will plod along. I love the way the masking procedure lets your subject stand out. Very nicely and colorfully done.

  9. Nicely captured and processed.

  10. Great job layer masking. This could qualify for #41 too.

  11. I hope you can go back to the market and hand her a copy of this photo. It’s lovely!

    • I don’t know who she was Karen… 😦 I only took the one photo and wasn’t sure until I got home how it was even going to turn out. When Patricia is with me she always encourages me to tell the person and give them my card. Then I can follow up by sending them a copy. I didn’t do that this time.

  12. Really love this. The colours in the umbrella are fantastic!

  13. I love the technique you have used. I have not tried that yet. Must give it a go. The black and white and the subject in colour work well together.

  14. I love this look. what could blend in and be mundane has become so beautiful. And we do see some of what is going on in your head.

  15. Trust you to do something so unexpected! I love it, Mindy! 🙂

  16. Cool stuff. Dropping the background to black and white works well here.

  17. nicely sets off the the lady from the background.

  18. Through your eyes, nicely done. I always wish I was so creative. Gary

  19. Nice creativity. Would love to know how you did this layer shot.

  20. Marcia I did a layer mask on this particular photo. This tutorial, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgmTl2Hbdsc gives you a better idea how I did this. You can go to http://www.Lynda.com to find all sorts of great tutorials. There is also a great app you can get at http://macphun.com/colorstrokes
    It allows you to easily do this with an app for your iPad or iPhone! Let me know if you have more questions! Happy to help if I can. 🙂

  21. I love your beautiful mind Mindy….this shot is so insightful and imaginary, while the detail is just perfect! It truly tells a story or two or three…..

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