K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Into the Woods


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Ah, another weekend bites the dust, and while there was lots of ‘interesting things going on’, I for one am glad to find myself with feet firmly planted in a brand new Monday.

Monday. That means it’s not only the beginning of a new week, but time for ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’.

This week Dale took the helm and created the challenge. He called it, ‘Into the Woods’, which I like because I’ve done lots of woodland-based shots. You’ll find his very interesting post/challenge here

I, in trying to do something a little ‘off my beaten path’, went for a first ever woodland slideshow.

These four shots are all photos I took while out and about ‘into the woods’ of San Francisco. They range from:

Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights San Francisco, nature photography, black and white photos

A black and white of fallen trees,

San Francisco Presidio, nature photography, sunlight through the trees

to sunlight leaking through early morning wooded spaces (captured while on a bike ride out over the Golden Gate Bridge),

landscape, sea, ocean, sepia, filter, brown, dust, ancient, aged

to a sepia-toned panorama of Sutro Heights overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean,

photography clouds fog San Francisco Marin Headlands

And lastly (to my decision to stand in) a freezing fog cloud as it washed over the Marin Headlands on the far side of Golden Gate Bridge. (I’m willing to suffer (slightly) for my art!!!)

I am first and foremost an ocean guy. I’m undoubtedly happiest and most at peace when I’m near large bodies of water… like … the ocean. However, I’ll be first to say the wooded areas here in the Bay Area are pretty powerful too. I can only hope my photos do them justice.

So there you have it, my version of Dale’s ‘Into the Woods’ Cosmic Photo Challenge!

It doesn’t take much to join in, you know. Just create a post with ‘Into the Woods’ as a theme/title, use the tag #CosPhoChal, and link your post to either Dale’s post or mine and you’re all set… easy-peasy!

K’lee L. © 2015/16


25 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Into the Woods

    1. Thanks, dude. I’m slow waking up this morning but quick to be inspired by your work so thanks also for getting me on point. Those greens do look like broccoli, don’t they! Hey, I’d eat them. I love broccoli. Probably have some issues though after eating a whole forest full…

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  1. Lovely photos, K’lee. The slide show is a nice touch though I like to linger and study. I’m partial to the color shots today. The sunlight through the trees is so unusual and jungly to me (broccoli? haha.). I also love the freezing sunset with the gold, blue and silver. Suffering for your art was well worth it 😀

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    1. Thanks, Diana. I like the slideshow, but yes, it’s a good point; it moves by to quickly to really see it. I’ll find a way to customize the viewing. I could probably stand a little desaturation on the ‘broccoli trees’ and yes, the freezing part was absolutely worth seeing the sun show up. At least there were a few other people up there with me for the same purpose. They got to enjoy the end result too.

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      1. One of the really fun things about manipulating photos is that there is more than one optimal “view.” I like what you did with the trees, but can imagine that I’d like them in a number of other variations too. I can understand why you love what you do. 😀

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        1. It feels at times as if I’m only just beginning to understand the concept of ‘all views are valid views’. It’s why I enjoy hearing the opinions and concepts people see in both my work and the work of others. Oh, the post has a new update!

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          1. Thanks for the suggestion. I just now noticed this: you can actually pause the slideshow. I’m betting someone suggested the same thing you did to the good folks of WP?

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    1. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I, at one point, never considered experimenting with sepia toning. I started doing it for the exact reason you’ve stated; so imagination gets a chance to take over. Thanks for this ‘obzervashun’, Linda!

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  2. Wow! Powerful set of images! Really like the last one and the sepia-toned landscape. I need to do more creative experimentation! I don’t engage with your challenges however, b/c I’d find it too stressful to add to my silly life – besides, I do photography to relax and explore with no one’s expectations.

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    1. Thank you! Let me say this about these challenges of ours. We do them first and foremost for fun. There is never any judgement from anyone and if there was, that person’s comment gets removed. Simple as that. Maybe one day you’ll change your mind. You’ll see we decrease stress, not add to it.

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