The final round of the Doll Wardrobe Curator's Game photos are up! :) Everyone did a great job...be sure to go check out the final four entries HERE. :)
Here is my official entry. :)
As I stated on The Doll Wardrobe, I really wanted to do something of significance that was more than just a nice picture. Since Memorial Day was coming up, I decided to use that theme. When I saw "Wall" listed as one of the possible clues, I immediately thought of this local memorial and knew it would be perfect.
I did a scouting trip first to see the location and figure out the best spot to take a picture. I also wanted to get an idea of the lighting and the best time to take the photo.
When we had an unexpected overcast day about a week later, I knew it was the perfect chance to get some great shots. Overcast days make for wonderful photo lighting. :)
The photo shoot itself presented a few challenges. For one thing, there was someone at the memorial when I was shooting. I had Little Gal with me, so the fact that I was carrying around a doll, a stuffed dog, and a camera didn't cause the raised eyebrows it might have if I'd been alone. Still, I wanted to make sure that what I was doing was seen as respectful and not a mockery. Thankfully, my project didn't seem to disturb the man. He watched with interest, and I explained a little about what I was doing and why. :}
The other thing I quickly discovered was that while overcast days make for great photos, they also make it next to impossible to see what shots you're getting. No matter what I tried, I couldn't really see how the pictures were turning out because I could barely see my digital screen in that light. So, I took as many pictures as I could, tried my best to center them, and went from there.
Another thing that was especially difficult was getting my horizon line where I wanted it. The Wall of Honor was built on a slight downhill slope, so it was very difficult to get a shot without the picture looking slanted or cockeyed. The bricks are still not perfectly straight, even in my final entry, but it was the best I could do under the circumstances.
One unexpected blessing from the day was the sporadic wind that started shortly after I began. It captured a bit of Charlie's hair at just the right moment, which is one of the reasons I really wanted to use this particular photo. :)
Here are a few other shots that didn't quite make the cut:
I loved the fact that this picture gave a better idea of the size of the wall. However, I felt that Charlie was rather lost in the middle of everything, and since this was a doll photo contest, I felt she should be a little more of the focus.
This is the same photo I entered, but I played around with the coloring a bit. I do like black and white, but I found that I preferred the color version this time.
I also liked the idea of just having the flowers at the memorial colored, but I couldn't manage to color the flowers without coloring a few of the brass name plates. The perfectionist in me just wasn't satisfied. ;)
Here's another shot I tried. I really wanted to make the photo seem like I was down at Charlie's level. I think that this picture accomplished that. However, Charlie and Rontu felt slightly off-centered. I also didn't like the fact that a few of the memorial flowers were peaking out from one side of Charlie's head. I would rather have kept them completely hidden by Charlie's head or have made them more noticeable.
This was the other one I really liked...I came very close to entering it instead. This is once again the same photo, although my entry photo was cropped to make the focus a little more on Charlie and Rontu. I also played with the coloring a bit on this one (I believe I used the "Greek Islands" effect). I really liked how the coloring turned out, even though it wasn't necessarily realistic. On the day I emailed my entry, though, I was at my aunt's house. On her computer screen, the coloring didn't look good at all. I was concerned that it might not look as nice on other screens too, so I decided to stick with the photo that looked more natural. :)
I took a lot of other pictures that day while I was out. One of the other places I went was an access road near the freeway. This particular little road is special to me because it is one of the locations for my story. :) I always get a special thrill driving by it, because I'm the only one in the world that knows its significance...so far. ;)
Anyway, I took a few pictures of Charlie and Rontu on the road, figuring I'd use the "Perspective" clue. I liked how this one turned out...
...but I liked this photo even more. I loved how the photo gave the impression that I was walking behind the two of them.
Once I found the pose I liked, I played around quite a bit in the editing department:
As much as I liked this shot, I decided that I wanted to stick with a photo that had more meaning, so I chose to enter my "Wall" picture instead. :)
There were other pictures I took, but these were the ones I was most pleased with after a day's work. Hope you enjoyed this "exclusive behind the scenes" look. ;) It sounds like the results will be up sometime this week on The Doll Wardrobe. I'll be sure to keep you posted! :)