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August / September Challenge – Portraiture

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

Seeing that we have exhausted the “Creative Sunflower” tweaking for the past two months, portraiture was our next theme. 


The only stipulation is that it must be shot anytime after July 31st. Size it as you would for HDP Competitions and send it to Joe.


1. Mariann’s, “Sam and Me, a Selfie!

Sam and me a selfie













2. Joe’s “Eden. . .














3. Jac’s “Starry-eyed Selfie















4. Jim’s “The Lesson

The Lesson













Phil H.’s “The Hiker

Phil's Hiker













2014 NECCC Conference Award Winners

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Above and Beyond

Once again, Hockomock Digital Photographers placed several members in the winner’s circle for this year’s competitions.

Making HDP proud. . .


B&W Print


Judge’s Award


Jim’s “Standing before the Storm

Tree In Mono












Judge’s Award


Rich’s “A Bit of MIT

"MIT" - Rich Reynolds



Digital Competition


Best Botany

Kathy E.’sStarflower










Best Mammal

Rich’s “Grizzly Bear with Salmon for Dinner

Grizzly Bear with salmon for lunch








SIGMA Showcase Photo Contest

The Sigma Showcase Photo Contest is a success, the semi-finalists have been selected and the 10 finalists, Grand PRize Winner and Runner Up Winner will be selected by David FitzSimmons on Friday morning and the results available at the Sigma table in the vendor area. You can also view a slide show of the semi-finalists at the Sigma table, or on the NECCC conference website here:  <


Semi-finalist, Jeremie Doucette, “Descend












Summer Challenge “Creative Tweaking”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Monthly Challenge

We tried this type of challenge last year and had some fun with it. I have posted an image and you are asked to creatively alter it. Remember, your final look should be recognized as coming from my original.


I’ll have Phil attach it to the Musings so you should have a good size to work with. Take notes on what you did to your tweak and send them along with your finished image (sized correctly) to me.


Here is the image you will be tweaking. . .

May June Challenge



And, the tweaks are off and running. . .

Enriched Sunflower












1. Joe’s “Enriched Sunflower


Camera RAW

-       Processed for white balance, lens correction and basic tweaks

 In CS5

-       Selected the sunflower, inverted the selection and then desaturated the background

 -       NIK Plug-ins

-       Passed through to get to NIK Plug-ins

-       In Viveza to enhance the colors

-       In Color Efex Pro IV to extract more of the details

-       In Silver Efex Peo 2 for a final color enhancement 

In CS5

     -  Sharpened 


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2. Ed E.’s “Sunflower Rendition


In Lighroom:
- Used “Crop Overlay” to eliminate some of the background on bottom of photo
- Used “Spot Removal” to eliminate hot spot on lower right of photo

In Perfect Photo Suite 8
- Added “Light Leak” filter
– Added vignette


May June Challenge EB Pencil Sketch












3. Ellen’s “Pencil Sketch

In Picasa

  – Used “pencil sketch”, and “graduated tint”.


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4. Ruth’s “Sun Painting on the Wall


In Photoshop:

- Selected the flower and cut it out.

- Used the oil painting filter in photoshop on the flower and layered it on an image of a painted wall to make it look like it was painted there 


How sunflowers are made












5. Mariann’s “How Sunflowers Are Made!


In PS Elements:

- I started with a new canvas, painted it and added a lens flare,

After that it was a series of cut and paste – simple


challenge final (1 of 1)












6. Deedee’s “Oil Painterly Sunflower



 - Added a layer and used Blur Filter

 - Added another layer and used Oil Paint Filter

 - Cropped it

 - Added layer mask to bring back focused green underside

In Lightroom

- Increased clarity, vibrance and then adjusted orange, yellow, and green sliders.


Rich Reynolds_Sunflower












7. Rich’s “Fabric-backed Sunflower

In CS6
- used selection tool to select just the flower and stem
- deleted background
- rotated flower to a pleasing angle
- cloned in additional stem
- cropped image
- went into Nik Color Effects and used detail enhancer to bring out the details in the stem and petal
- used color contrast to both darken the yellow and extend its range into the oranges – saved
- back in CS6 added a background of blue painted cement which I then placed under the sunflower layer
- added a background of canvas
- went back and activated the cement layer and created a mask and revealed some of the canvas around the edges
- went back and activated the sunflower layer and duplicated that layer
- used the oil paint filter and created an oil paint version of the flower
- went back to original sunflower layer and created a mask and revealed the stem and green back as the oil painted section.
-  saved and flattened image resized and formatted














8. Jac’s “Sunflower with a Twist

In Picture Window Pro

 - cropped picture
 - Transformation — Special Effects — Edge
 - Transformation — Special Effects — Spiral
 - Transformation — Composite  2nd inside of 1st and minimized


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9. Marian’s “Kaleidoscopic Sunflower


In Picture Window 32

-       used special effects-kaleidoscope 12  

-       edge method-lapacian

-       lightned

-       color space-HSV


Pat Iimage









10. Pat I.’s “Framed Sunflowers“ 


In Photoshop Elements

 - Made several layers with a wet glass filter applied

 - Manipulated size and orientation of sunflower in each layer.  

 - Added the window frame as the top layer


Class A Assigned

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in News

Here are the images from 2013 – 2014 that judge, Andre Bourque singled out. Assigned categories for this year were portraiture, nature, monochromatic, and architecture.


Class A  Assigned

First Place

"Abandonment" - Jeff Turner

“Abandonment” – Jeff Turner


"Fresh Catch" - Rich Reynolds

“Fresh Catch” – Rich Reynolds


"Vicky" - Ron Reynolds

“Vicky” – Ron Reynolds



Second Place

"Forgotten Pottery" - Jeremie Doucette

“Forgotten Pottery” – Jeremie Doucette


"Grey Seal" - Ron Reynolds

“Grey Seal” – Ron Reynolds


"Harris Hawk on Cactus" - Rick Alvarnaz

“Harris Hawk on Cactus” – Rick Alvarnaz


"MIT" - Rich Reynolds

“MIT” – Rich Reynolds


"Mate Arriving" - Carl Albro

“Mate Arriving” – Carl Albro



Third Place

"Heart and Handle" - Phil Holt

“Heart and Handle” – Phil Holt



"Wondering" - Jim Weidenfeller

“Wondering” – Jim Weidenfeller