WPC: The World Above and Beneath Your Feet

For this week’s challenge, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to look down and document the world at our feet.  At the risk of making you dizzy, I’d suggest that in some cases, we should look both up and down.  At the Chicago Visitors Center, I have enjoyed the beautiful architectural details that surround me on all sides–including the floor.

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.–Jeremy Bentham
Chicago Visitors Center. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Chicago Visitors Center. Shot with a Canon 70D.

We’ve been fortunate this summer to spend a few cloudless, hot days at the beach.  A cool sky above us, and warm sand below us.  Could anything be more idyllic?

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.–Khalil Gibran
Walking on Venice Beach, California.  Shot with a Canon 40D.

Walking on Venice Beach, California. Shot with a Canon 40D.

Some technical notes:  I boosted the tone of the first shot in Photoshop to bring in more warmth, and increased the clarity and vibrance.  For the second shot, I used the dodge tool to lighten the palm trees in the foreground and the burn tool to darken the sand because the shot was taken in intense light.  I also used a clone stamp tool to remove the garbage can in the foreground.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!  Please join me in hoping that the poison ivy I caught at the beach this weekend will soon dry up.  This is one summer “joy” that I won’t miss when the cooler weather arrives.  🙂

12 replies »

  1. Thanks so much, Maria! The first “ghost” was a happy accident. As you can see by the little “ghost,” Venice Beach was huge and lovely. Yes, it does bring a sense of scale. Have a great week–


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