Tributes at Falls Farm 02

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I really liked this picture with the glamorous sexy blue YSL Tribute heels just casually kicked-off by some cutie and left near this old weathered chock-block fence—from a bygone era of fence building. Maybe she was from a wedding reception being held in the old Falls Farm farmhouse nearby and her feet just needed a small rest from these sexy sandals.

I love the contrast of those sexy shoes just dropped on the ground by the fence.

Sadly the people on 500px didn't get the same vibe from this picture. Of the 102 that viewed the picture, only 9 thought it was worthy of a vote.

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Tributes at Falls Farm 01

Another overcast day picture.

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This shot is one of a number of pictures I took at Falls Farm in Lesmurdie (east of Perth in Western Australia). In front of the old restored Falls Farm farmhouse there is a rose garden that I think was established by the Kalamunda Rotary Club. This garden is called Carol's Garden.

In the centre of Carol's Garden there is a small patch of circular paving and I liked how the grass (okay, yeah I know, they are weeds) was growing in the gaps in the paving. So I tried this picture with the sexy blue YSL Tribute heels in the centre of the circular paving.

I walked around the paving and took picture from a number of angle, but in x axis and the y (i.e., up-down and sideways). This was my favourite from the set I took.

I didn't notice it when I took the picture but there are three (that I can spot) pink petals off something in the garden that can be seen on the paving. There are rose bushes in the garden but these are not rose petals as we are in mid-winter and the rose bushes are dormant.

When I posted this picture up I thought it would get a good 500px Pulse—maybe over 90. I really liked it. The sexy blue heels there on the that drab wintry looking paving with the green tufts coming through. But as you can see I still did not manage to get a score above that elusive Pulse of 90.

Just have to keep trying.

Tributes on the Rustic Steps (at the old Pickering Brook Tennis Club)

This shot of the eye-catching blue Tributes was taken on some old steps at the no-longer-used Pickering Brook tennis courts. These courts have not been used for a long time. Everything is overgrown and run down.

I would have preferred to have taken this picture looking up the steps, rather than from the side like this. But I could not get to the front of the steps due to large somewhat angry looking bush having grown there.

These steps have been made using the local coffee rock.

At the time I liked the idea of of these sexy brand new heels contrasted with these old steps, probably never to be used again—slightly falling apart and covered in weeds.

In retrospect I should have taken the picture from a little further back and brought more of the crumbling steps into the shot, and maybe put the heels more towards the back of the step. But you always think of these things after you have left the scene and are checking the pictures on your computer.

It doesn't help that it was a heavily overcast day.

The people visiting 500px only gave my enough votes to get a 500px Pulse of 74 for this picture.

Bugs Bunny with Tributes

This picture was taken on another one of those heavily overcast weekends that frustrate photographers. Lightly overcast conditions can be tolerated, and, in fact, often work out well for outdoor photographers like myself. But heavily overcast is not so good. This means wider apertures (not so good for landscape shots), slower shutter speeds (not so good for landscape shots—when you handhold, as I do), and higher ISO requirements (you guessed it, not so good for landscape shots—introduces more digital noise).

As I was walking around my yard with my Sony a6000 hanging around my neck feeling frustrated (as mentioned earlier), I noticed my wife's outdoor dresser in the pergola and it occurred to me—being somewhat desperate to take pictures of something—that maybe I could put the YSL Tribute heels in the dresser and make a shot of that work.

I tried the YSL heels in various locations. I tried them in the centre at the top, in one of the cabinets with the door open, in place of the "Last Chance for Gas & Oil" sign, and in place of the Bugs Bunny "What's up Doc?" sign. In the end I went for between the Bugs Bunny sign and the "Fresh Brewed Coffee 25c" sign.

The thinking here was that the blue sexy heels would really stand out up against the more-or-less drab pine wood background of the dresser.

I tried a number of edits in Photoshop to try and get the heels to pop a bit more, but the general dankness of the lighting was working against me. And I don't like to turn things up too much in Photoshop. I like to keep the picture looking as 'normal' as possible, except in these cases where I am playing in Photoshop just to see the effect.

But this time I wanted 'normal'. The whole idea of my series of pictures featuring the beautiful YSL Tributes is that they are placed in situations where they would not be expected. This alone is supposed to make them stand out and catch the eye.

So this picture did not turn out like I really wanted. I wanted the heels to look even more out-of-place than they do. Even so I decided to upload it to 500px.

It didn't do too bad. It managed a 500px Pulse of 87.8.

Tributes Amongst the Chrysanthemums

This picture was an idea put forward by Ersatz (my live-in almost-daughter-in-law).

We were sitting around after tea (often referred to as 'dinner' in come circles) one night and I said I really felt like taking some pictures. I just so wanted to set something up and push that shutter button a few times. I insisted that everyone put their minds to ideas about what I could do using the Tributes.

Ersatz came up with idea to use the fake yellow Chrysanthemums with the blue YSL heels.

When we put them together I liked the way the bright yellow went with the blue and the black of the sexy high heels. So I got my black background out and we tried a few set ups—helped by the cats; who insisted on walking through the arrangement on a couple of occasions.

I picked out what I thought was the best of the shots I took and posted it up on 500px. As you can see, the folks on 500px didn't seem to like it as much as I did. It only scored a 500px Pulse of 80.8.

I still like this picture. Don't forget to click on it to see it full size and full resolution before you make up your mind if you like it or not.