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March ABF One Photo Focus

Here it is, March One Photo Focus with my image in the center of the attention. Please, go to Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing to see 24 amazing entries. It is very nice to see that most of them enjoyed editing this image, although some found it challenging… but I hope no one really had too much trouble.
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I took this picture on a beautiful Sunday morning, October 2006. I was visiting Salzburg and was just about to enter the lovely Mirabel gardens, a very beautiful place, when I spotted this cluster of tables in front of the cafe. The figure holding the plant captured my attention and I snapped it without much thought.
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I knew there would be some great, crazy edits of my image, so I kept it simple. Few basic things, touch of color and a bit of Focal Soften. I was there and I remember how beautiful the day was, so I tried to bring it back from the corners of my memory.

Again, I was the only one who flipped the image. 😀 I did it as an afterthought, I don’t think it improved or took away from the original. The thing I like the most is the autumn feel I brought with the colors.

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Hope you liked all of our versions and if you are interested in participating, you can find all the details on Stacy’s blog.

Have a fabulous weekend! ♥

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Hidden Treasure

Friday is upon us and we are back to our regular ABF, where we edit our own images.

I have this passion for taking photos of strange things, like iron gates or street lamps, always looking around for some hidden treasure other people overlook. I found this little hidden gem in a park in Salzburg. The original looks so worn out, dirty and sad, that I had to play around and make it more like I remember it.
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Really minimal effort here, just a touch here and there, a little bit of adjusting the exposure and saturation, a little bit of healing and brushing that lamp, slapping some Orton on it and that was it. Everything was done with the help of PicMonkey, my trusted sidekick. 🙂

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Next week we are presenting our next One Photo Focus image for March, which happens to be my image. Be sure to check other participants in this craziness called AfterBeforeFriday on Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing.

So, that’s it on this week’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!

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Folds of Stone

Another Wednesday comes knocking on our doors, meaning it’s time for another Monochrome Madness. This week I went back several years, when I visited Salzburg. It is the fourth-largest city in Austria, internationally renowned for its baroque architecture, with one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Salzburg Cathedral is the seventeenth-century Baroque cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salzburg , dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. Founded by Saint Rupert in 774 on the remnants of a Roman town, the cathedral was rebuilt in 1181 after a fire. In the seventeenth century, the cathedral was completely rebuilt in the Baroque style under Prince-Bishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau to its present appearance. Salzburg Cathedral still contains the baptismal font in which Mozart was baptized.

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In front of the Salzburg Cathedral is located the statue of the Apostle Paul holding a sword, sculpted in 1697. by Bernhard Michael Mandl. I am always impressed by the talent and the patience of the sculptors. I can’t imagine how difficult was to create those fabric folds and the beard in such a beautiful detail.

Please be so kind and visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY. You will find many more beautiful monochrome entries there and all the necessary details if you are interested in joining this interesting challenge.