Lovelocks at Manly
Last week as we walked along the scenic path to Shelly Beach from Manly Beach, we came across a curious sight. A series of locks and dummies, some of which were decorated, attached to the fence which separates the path from the rocks and ocean. Why were they there? Who put them there? Why hadn’t we noticed them before?
Apparently the first one was put there a last December and slowly the number has grown. They are “lovelocks” – a trend which started in Europe in the 80’s and obviously has been revived here in Sydney recently. At first I thought they were a sad thing, a memorial to lost ones, but no… it is a happy thing. People lock them and throw away the key and then their love will endure forever. I hope it works for them. And what a great opportunity to practise using my new macro lens. Next time I go there I will take a tripod though.
The series was taken with my old Pentax SLR 1stDL and new Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Lens. I sharpened the images in Photoshop. Some of the images I left as they were, but others I edited using Photoshop Filter Gallery. Others I used Nik and/or Topaz filters too.
Because I have had to do this post twice!! ….. I am not going to write out the editing details this time. Why did I have so much trouble that I had to delete the original? I will explain..briefly. I planned the pics I was going to use, I numbered them and added them all at once. No problems so far. Then I referred to my notes, which are always very hard to decipher, and added captions, explaining processes.
I should have then stopped….but I didn’t. I decided to add a few more images, which meant moving them around and changing the order. That is when the problem started. Somehow images joined up together, via the captions, and I got into a very big mess. So what did I do? I went to bed to read my new ebook – Double Silence by Mari Jungstedt. It is number 7 in the Andas Knutas series….which so far I am enjoying.
This morning I tried to work out the mess. Then I deleted it all and started again. Anyone else have those kind of problems?
So today perhaps can be like a guessing game.Which pics are unedited (easy), which were edited using only Photoshop default filters and which ones involved much processing with Topaz and /or Nik Color Efex filters?