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Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 3

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

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A winter rose

A pink rosebud in the snow. Given a painterly effecut using Topaz Studio 2.
Winter rose

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

We had some snowy days at the end of last year and, for no particular reason, I didn’t really sit down with the pictures I took until recently. Snow is so pretty and it brightens the world up a lot. Around here where the days are short and we don’t generally get snow the winters can seem pretty dim.

I gave this rose a bit of a painterly effect by using the impression filter in Topaz Studio 2.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 28

An end of season rose dying. Given a watercolor style effect using Topaz Studio 2.
Fading rose

Battered by recent storms but still lovely, in a wabi-sabi kind of way.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 25

A pale pink rose blooming in the winter. Processed using Topaz Studio 2.
My sister’s rose

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Whatsoever is lovely…day 4

Pale pink and cream rose covered with raindrops.
Raindrops on a rose

Today is pretty rainy…but, if you are looking for lovely, then raindrops on roses are a classic. Not plural today though: there is just the one brave flower blooming.

Gan Xingfu (chasing happiness) 赶兴福

This November I am chasing happiness by photographing and sharing one lovely thing I see each day. I do edit the photos, often with an artistic effect like the one above, because playing with a lovely thing makes me happy.

Note: My son checked with his co-workers and, while they haven’t heard the phrase gan xingfu, they thought it was just fine to use.

For more explanation about this project check out this post: Whatsoever is lovely…day 1.

This is posted for Nanopoblano and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Colorless love and peace

I experimented with black and white processing using the pictures I took of my love and peace rose yesterday for this week’s mid-week monochrome. The raindrops stand out more strongly in black and white.

Bud of the heirloom rose, love and peace, turned to black and white using the GIMP.
This bud’s for you.
The love and peace rose in full bloom. The black and white treatment is in the GIMP.
In full glory.

These were changed into black and white using the GIMP. A post describing the technique I used is: Mountain landscapes in black and white.

The color images are:

The photos were all taken with a Sony RX10iv camera, iso 100 and aperture ranging from 4 to 6.3, focal length of 8.8mm (24 in 35mm equivalent). I use Raw Therapee to convert the raw files to images and do the initial edits then switch to the GIMP to do final editing, including the conversion to black and white.