Debbie’s theme for her one-word photo challenge (One-Word Sunday) this week is Spectacle, so I thought I’d take it literally and make a spectacle of my spectacle collection. They aren’t actually my spectacles, just my collection of them, so I suppose that does make them mine, just not mine mine. I also thought to try my hand at using some of the photo manipulation tools that are available in my free version of Photoshop Elements that I got when I bought some computer art software a while back. I like manipulating images, but usually do it with the things I create using PowerPoint (several of which, I might plug add, can be seen on my other blog Splodge and Splatter), although I have touched up the odd photo or two from time to time.

I’m not used to using a lot of the tools, however, so it’s like new territory for me. For this first photo, I used the Orton Effect, which somehow slightly altered the look of the photo yet at the same time kept it looking as it originally did. A photographic paradox if you like… how can something look different and the same at the same time?

For the following two photos, I got carried away with the Tilt Shift option, and although the effect didn’t look quite as Tilt Shifty as I was expecting, I quite like the effect as it turned out.

Even if it was a little over-blurry.

But then, that’s what spectacles are for.

Visit Debbie’s blog for other takes on her theme. The link is at the beginning of this post.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. I keep my old spectacles in case I break my new ones – I have only done so once in thirty years! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. I’ve only ever owned one pair, Prenin, and wore them for a few years until one of the lenses vanished into thin air! There one minute and gone the next! I haven’t needed to wear them since then, strangely, although lately I keep seeing signs to get my eyes tested.
      … at least I think that’s what the signs are showing me!
      Hehehe! Little joke there. 😀

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      1. Did you hear about the optician that fell into the lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself? 😉

        Time to get your eyes checked dude – especially as you drive!!! 🙂

        God Bless!

        Prenin.

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        1. I’m always making a spectacle of myself, Prenin! Hehehe!
          The driving’s fine… but yes, you’re right.

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  2. Now that is some response to my theme. a literal response is somehow extremely illiteral (is that a word?)
    I love the reds and oranges of your first image, but the others show strong experimentation. Isn’t it amazing what we can do with a camera, some inspiration and a bit of post-processing!

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    1. Indeed it is, Debbie. Photography isn’t just the photo, is it? In doing your challenges I’m realising that more and more. I will be back with you after this little break from blogging I’m taking.
      And ‘illiteral’ sounds like a word to me, so we’ll go with it! 😀

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  4. Hours of innocent pleasure, arranging and rearranging spectacles, Tom! No wonder you never have enough time. 🙂 🙂 My eyes feel quite blurry now. No… not the wine! Happy Sunday!

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    1. It’s Happy Friday here, Jo… and almost Wine Time to boot!!!
      I had a spare few minutes when I did this arrangement… laid them out and took the photo. I then had to rush through the photo editing, but I rushed slowly… I know what I mean!!! 😀

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