2012 Photography Challenge- Graffiti!

by Susan Myers on July 21, 2012

This week, our challenge is to capture a shot of graffiti.  Living in the Atlanta area, I see plenty of it on my drive home in the evenings.  To me, graffiti has an odd beauty to it.  The randomness, the colors, the artistic freedom; all appeal to the artist in me.

I wish I had more time this week to show you some of the beautiful graffiti that is at the rail yard downtown, but I didn’t get the chance to get there this week.  In the meantime, the photo above will have to do.  This was a shot I took hanging out the car window at a red light a few weeks ago.  I processed it using Picmonkey.com, adding a bit more contrast to the photo and creating the cool frame-like edge.

So how did you do?

Email your Graffiti submissions to me!  Check out the Submission Guidelines.  I will post your photos here along with any information that you would like to include.  If you have a website, feel free to add a link to your site!  I will be taking Graffiti submissions all week!

Our theme for next week is “Sepia”.  See the information at the bottom of the post for details!

This Weeks Submissions:

Graffiti photos!  One is snapped while waiting for a train to pass.  The other is a pair of shoes that I made for myself. Enjoy!! ~Andrea- Portage, IN

This is the Brignole Estate Co. General Merchandise historic building in Sutter Creek, CA.~ Scrollwork, Central Valley, California- www.scrollwork.blogspot.comwww.etsy.com/shop/scrollwork

Next Week’s Challenge- Sepia

Adding a sepia tone to a photo gives it a warm, old fashioned look.  Similar to selecting a photo to convert to black and white, a good sepia photo needs lots of contrast.  Select a photo that has a good contrast of blacks and whites in it so that your sepia tones shine.  I suggest using the free on-line photo software from Picmonkey.com.  It’s incredibly easy to use and it is totally free.

You certainly can’t beat that!

Would you like an example of the process?

The photo on the left is the original of course.  I pretty photo, but rather pastel.  I uploaded it to Picmonkey.com, and then increased the contrast a bit by clicking the exposure button and adding more shadows.  I then used the sepia selection to change the colors to sepia.  I finished by adding darkened edges to the photo.  I just love the results!

For this particular challenge, if you would like to submit both before and after photos, I’ll be sure to post both so that we can see the differences.

So go check out Picmonkey.com and create something amazing!

(I am not receiving anything for plugging Picmonkey.  I just love the site!)

See you back next week!

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1 Brenda Williams July 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

LOVE your photos! I could not find any graffiti on our town or the town I work in…I checked the train and no luck there either! Sorry.

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