I dug deep into my archives to find images for Sylvia’s (My Colorful Expressions) challenge. I just wanted to see what my earliest photos looked liked. And this is what I found: little or no editing, lots of HDR, and hardly any cropping. Through Sylvia’s challenge, I could see how much I’ve learned.

When I started photography, HDR was the BIG thing. That’s the reason I moved up from the Nikon D3100 to the D7100. The D3100 didn’t do auto bracketing. Looking at the photos, I can see that NIK Color Efex does a much better job of creating that type of image.

I love to photograph doorways and doors. The more rustic the better. And if the door is red, wow! Anyway, here they are, photos from 2014 and 2015. I did a small amount of editing. I just couldn’t help myself!

Let’s start with a couple of HDR taken from the Sacramento Delta.

I do love red doors, actually anything red!

Here’s a unique door knocker in Fiddletown and a double door entrance in Jackson.

Take a look at this old structure in Amador County.

And this one from Bodie, a ghost town. This was another HDR.

Another HDR image from the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. I like the reflection and iron work in the door.

I’ll end with this barn at Gibson Ranch. The sun was situated just right to shine through the open doors. Oh, yes, it’s red!

Thank you Sylvia for giving me this opportunity to go through old photos. It’s amazing how much you can learn when look at where you’ve been. Remember to link to Sylvia’s post and use the Lens-Artists tag.

It was my pleasure to challenge you last week, and we enjoyed all your wonderful local vistas. My son is on his way to recovery and feeling better. Thank you all for your kind thoughts regarding his well-being. This is truly a wonderful and caring community.

Next week Tina will be presenting the challenge, so be sure to look for her post.

 If you, or any of your photo friends, would like to participate weekly in our Lens-Artists Challenge, just click this link and join us: https://photobyjohnbo.wordpress.com/about-lens-artists/

28 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge 104: Doors/Doorways

  1. LOL, I remember those day – so many HDR images were over-processed and horrific. It looks like you used some wise restraint even in those heady days Anne. Beautiful choices, loved the rusty truck and the red barn especially

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    1. Thanks Tina! Yes, those HDR images were certainly overdone, but that was the “thing.” There’s still reasons for bracketing but the results are more realistic.


  2. I love that fox door knocker – the sort of detail I enjoy finding and photographing 🙂 It’s interesting to see your look back at earlier photography efforts and your reflections on what you’ve learned since. I agree about Nik Color Efex – I get a good pseudo-HDR look with the tonal contrast filter but I try to keep it more subtle if I can 🙂 Your early efforts seem much less garish than some I recall seeing back then!
    Good to hear that your son is on the mend. I really appreciated you making the effort to post for the challenge under those circumstances 🤗

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      1. The detail extractor can be effective too – I sometimes try both to see which looks better. Just don’t try both on the same image – it’s a disaster! I like the tonal contrast one because it has a number of different settings, from fine to strong 🙂

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  3. Anne, your pictures look great and you have such an interesting collection of doors. My favorites are the double door entrance, so colorful and unique looking, and also the Red barn with the sun shining through it! Happy to know your son is recovering and getting better. Thank you for participating!

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