Weekly Photo Challenge: One

As we near the end of December, I’d like to salute our international community of bloggers and readers here at Word Press.  You are a source of inspiration, support, and thoughtfulness.  You have been the connection from my little world here in the United States into the wider one–and for that I am very grateful.  So now I raise my glass in a virtual toast to you all and wish you the best in the coming year.  And now, here are some thoughts and images on the theme of “one” as we end one year and begin the next.

I am just one human being.
Dalai Lama

Child in the Boston Museum of Science with Filter Effects

Child in the Boston Museum of Science with Filter Effects

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.
Bob Marley
Cinque Terre, Green Door with Filter Effects

Cinque Terre, Green Door with Filter Effects

Here’s my question for you:  Do you prefer the photos with or without the filter effects?  Why?  And as always thanks for your feedback, which has helped me grow as photographer.   Happy 2014!
Child in the Boston Museum of Science

Child in the Boston Museum of Science

Cinque Terre, Green Door

Cinque Terre, Green Door

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  1. I like the photo of the girl without the filter. Here’s why – when I first looked at it, the one with the filter, it looked like a profile and I saw a too-big, grotesque face, like an elephant-man face, and it was disturbing, especially with a nonchalant caption like Child in the Boston Museum of Science. Had I seen the unfiltered photo first and realized it was just the back of her head, I may not seen what I saw. Do you see what I saw now that you look again?

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    • Hi Angeline. Happy holidays to you too! All the best in 2014! Thanks as always for your thoughts about the photos. Some viewers think the “filtered” ones lack the detail of the the “unfiltered” ones. Good point. I’m glad though that you like both.

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  2. I think real is better. Color and light have emotions of their own that they invoke in the viewer. When I saw the first photo, I wasn’t impressed by all the browns and lack of detail. It was blah. The second one of the door really didn’t impress me either. It was more like a child’s painting. But when you showed the real deal, The child looking at the mechcanics with the little boy in the background…wow that is a cool photo. The door shows age and life. How many lives have walked through that closed door how many more are open? My friend calls filters and such artsy fartsy. Impress viewers with subject matter and color and light and you will win as a photographer.

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  3. I love both the real and the ‘artsy fartsy’! I love to play around with curves and filters, and see what happens. I guess it depends what you want to convey with the image, and whether you are wearing your ‘photographer’or ‘artist’ hat – it’s always interesting to see the before and after versions!

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  4. Great post! Love playing around with photos. Thanks for your inspiration to re-visit my unfinished works in that department. And thanks for following my blog. May we continue to inspire one another and Happy New Beginnings. Happiness is required!

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