Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Photo Challenge - Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are our challenge subject this month, please click on my photos to enlarge for a better look.
A secret garden behind a church and I noticed right away the bench was constructed to reflect the shape of the windows.  
A door seen in downtown Toronto.  I liked the aqua colour of it, and the bell button on the side which is the only reason I stopped to snap a photo.  It was up a few stairs and standing right in front was hard with traffic behind me to get the right angle for a shot so I had to crop this somewhat.
A floral competition using doors with the theme 'feed the birds'.  An unusual, but clever way to illustrate what can be hung on your own front door.  Of course if the squirrels were to get at something like this, they'd have it torn to shreds in no time.
A house on a street near ours where the woman creates the prettiest window boxes every year.
Our dog Topaz sitting at the front door and enjoying the sunlight coming in.  This was really dark and by playing with the editing sliders of iPhoto, I was able to lighten it to look much better.  The shadow slider achieved the best success.
I'm linking with Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys for our monthly Personal Photo Challenge.  Why not pop over and read the criteria to join, and share some of your windows and doors photos.

34 comments:

  1. I really like your window and door shots - and of course the Photo of Topaz. Nice work on the editing! I answered your question back on the post where you asked it...I do use Photoshop, and I applied the Poster Edges filter.

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  2. I like the church and green door the best. They are all really good. Great job!

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  3. The church window and matching bench is really nice. There certainly are some lovely old doors and windows around town.

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  4. Hello, Judith
    I really love the church window and the bench. I feel as if they are gently inviting me to sit there! What a peaceful ambience!I like your shot of Topaz too!!
    Tomoko

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  5. Hi Judith,
    If you go on Pinterest, there are so many wonderful winow and door photos. I have a board on them and find it fascinating to see doors and windows, simple or fancy from around the word.
    Happy weekend, Ruthie

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  6. awesome photos especially the doggie.
    Ruthi

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  7. I haven't taken the time yet to really learn my camera. When I retire hopefully I will be able to take a class or read my "dummy" book! Your photos are lovely!

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  8. Love all your photos! Especially that bay window with the gorgeous flowers in the window box!

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  9. Oh I didn't know about that last tip there. Quite often I brighten a photo and then Donna will tell me that I abused it. Ha! What is that bird I see beyond the door in the last photo where Topaz is looking out? A decal?

    Someone was very creative to create a bench that mimics the window. I'd enjoy spending time in that secret garden.

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  10. Lovely photos, Judith!
    You always do such nice work with anything you choose to do.
    Happy Saturday!
    xo

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  11. These are wonderful! The church windows and bench were such a lucky find! Great shot of the scene. I immediately saw a "face" made be the components. I like that dark teal color too on the door. A matching buzzer, LOL. And the photo of Topaz is my favorite! A pensive pose and we'll executed. Nice job with opening up the shadows a tad. I don't recall telling Vee that she abused a photo -yikes! I am ashamed if I did! Global brightening of an entire image will over expose highlights, but brightening the shadows can go a long way. I use that technique frequently.

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  12. My favorite window has to be with Topaz! We have lost our dog, so I have fond memories of him sitting by the door. Were I to add photos, I would choose the window in Jane Austin's house in Chawton. It is on another computer. I'll have dig it out. Love this challenge.

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  13. I love the story behind each one of the terrific photos. Is that the shadow of a bird on the stones where your darling pooch is looking out?

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  14. Wow! I'm going back to look at the bench and the windows! I probably wouldn't have noticed this until I got home and looked at the photo. I'm not always very observant! Wonderful photos for the challenge!

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  15. I'm fond of windows and doors, I liked this house and wanted to buy it because of the stained glass windows and I like my red front screen door, not keen on square aluminium windows.
    Merle

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  16. Beautiful pictures. Hubby and I have always said if we could build our dream home we would have arched doors and door ways.

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  17. Nice photos! I like the aqua door. I tried to line up the edges of the door with the edges of the photo in my shots, but yours in not lined up and it looks great! I guess I was trying too hard.

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  18. Beautiful photos Judith. I love the window boxes overflowing with your favourite colour. :)

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  19. I love the teal door and that windowbox reminds me of those I saw in Europe...

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  20. Some nice shots, but I like the one of your dog looking out best.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  21. Hi Judith,
    Firstly, great to meet you through the PPC, I'm loving, the challenge itself and meeting new bloggers is the icing on the cake. Some great doors and windows here. My particular favourite, Topaz at the door. I always think of a window as a dogs version of television, they can sit and watch for hours. You have captured that perfectly as Topaz looks on the edge of closed eyes :-)
    See you soon.
    Di
    xxxx

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  22. Lovely series, the church windows are beautiful. And I love the bird feeding wreath! The window box is beautiful. And your Topaz is a real cutie! Wonderful shots, have a happy week!

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  23. Dearest Judith I have not been visiting as much and reading as I would like to - it has been a bit of chaos here at HHL - but the good kind. Have missed sharing tea in blogland too! Looking to being back more regular soon.

    Great photos - love the brass loin head on the Toronto door. Topaz looks brilliant. Thanks for sharing the editing tips. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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  24. Topaz is beautiful, as is the window box your neighbour planted.

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  25. Great shots, Judith. Doors can be such rich colours and I love the doorbell painted to match.

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  26. Hi Judith, You have some very imaginative choices for your photo challenge. Love the first photo with the bench and matching windows. :) I like the window box too, and of course, sweet Topaz. Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Beth

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  27. I enjoyed your take on the doors and windows. I think I like the aqua city door best of all, though the church windows are lovely too.

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  28. Oh Judith
    the last photo of Topaz sitting by the front door is beautiful - a door represents many things and to Topaz it was letting the sun shine in - just lovely!
    Shane

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  29. What a cute pup! Great post...enjoy your day!

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  30. I do love a window box...and this one is gorgeous! It must be a pleasure to keep an eye on this lady's boxes through the seasons.

    Awwww...Topaz! Sweet photo!

    Each one of your photos is lovely and each tells a story.

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  31. Those doors are wonderful! And I especially liked the photo of the church windows/church bench. Thanks again for the photo editing suggestions--much appreciated!

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  32. Those doors are wonderful! And I especially liked the photo of the church windows/church bench. Thanks again for the photo editing suggestions--much appreciated!

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  33. Sorry, looked on Sat. and then got sidetracked when it came to commenting! Life is like that lately.
    Anyway dear, your choices are wonderful and that adorable Topaz (perfect name) sitting on the pretty rug is my favorite too.
    Guess watering the window box happens from inside - rather high to climb - it is lush looking!

    Have a great week - Mary

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