1] I went back into my files of thousands of images. Wow, some are really bad! But there were some gems among the drivel. Besides having a better sense of good imagery thanks to our critique meetings, numerous upgrades have been made to Lightroom since I made the images. So it was interesting to re-edit some of them. Some that were halfway decent were improved. So if you need a project, I recommend looking at your old images and reworking them using fresh eyes and more powerful software if you have it. If you are using Lightroom, be sure to update the Process for the image so you are working with the newest version. Old images retain the process they were originally made with. You never know what gems you might turn up.
2] Another fun project was playing with manipulation—really drastic manipulation in Photoshop that changes a recognizable image to a colorful, totally abstract design. It began with a technique I blogged earlier—March 29th. (BTW, that began as an image of a butterfly). I expanded on the method by incorporating different steps and filters. Many of the resulting images are in the “Abstract Creations” gallery on my web site https://maryannflickphotography.weebly.com/abstract-creations.html and the original tutorial that I used is here http://awakethelight.blogspot.com/2020/03/
3] I keep a Lightroom collection of my favorite images. I go to this for making prints and for competitions. One day I decided to single out the un-manipulated abstracts and noticed some similarities among them. It sparked another little project that I called “Pairs”. https://maryannflickphotography.weebly.com/pairs.html
Some of my pairings are similar images and some are contrasting or complimentary images that I think have something in common.
Here’s a quote from the Adorama 42 West web site about Abstract photography.
“Compared to more popular photography niches like product, outdoor, and wedding photography, abstract photography goes against many photography rules, giving you the freedom to take a photo of anything that grabs your attention and allows you to express your artistic nature.
Formally speaking, abstract photography is a method of expressing ideas and emotions with photographed image elements without the intention of creating a traditional or realistic image. By avoiding and going beyond the usual representations of an object, scene, or any particular element, it reveals details that are normally ignored and triggers the viewer’s imagination.” https://www.adorama.com/alc/abstract-photography-for-beginners-9-tips-for-capturing-stunning-abstract-images
Look through your images for ‘likeness’ and create pairs, triptychs or quads of images that go together. Doesn't have to be abstracts--anything you especially like to shoot is best. If you use Lightroom you can do this is the print module and use “print to file”. It's fun and can give you a better sense of your personal style.
Be well, Maryann
If you have a summer story to share send it to me and I will post it here. You can include images if you like.