Photo: Reach for the Dream

Reach for the Dream — the red ornament

I found this red ornament on the ground while walking with my camera, and was inspired to set it on a nearby tree branch and reach my hand out as a reflection. The ornament represents your dreams, and the hand represents your continued pursuit of them. Don’t give up!

For this, I brightened the ornament while darkening my fingers, added contrast, a blurry glow effect, and stripped the background down to black and white (selective color).

Canon Rebel XTi, EFS 18-55mm, 1/80, F5.6, 55mm, ISO400, 2008-05-12T19:06:17-04, 20080512-230617rxt

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Photo: Black Decor

Black Decor — shiny black ornaments in a line

These are blue ornaments, lined up on a white carpet. But they’re in black and white, so I’m counting them as black. :grin: A gelatin-silver 35mm film frame, developed, printed, and digitized. I used a 3 1/2 filter on multi-grade paper to get the high contrast.

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Canon Elan IIe, EF 50mm 1:1.4, Kodak TRI-X 400 35mm film, 2008-02-09, black-decor-rxt

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Photo: The Lonely Ornament

The Lonely Ornament — nobody loves you...

A lone ornament that I saw hanging from the ceiling at McDonald’s. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/80, F2.2, 50mm, ISO200, 2007-12-16T08:09:00-05, 20071216-130900rxt

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