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Virginia Stranaghan, FCAPA



 “Heavy Reading”

The image was originally in colour, I desaturated it in Photoshop, then took it into NIK Silver Efex and chose the Wet Rocks, made some minor adjustments added a vignette and returned to Photoshop, adjusted the levels slightly, resized and saved the image.

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Jim Ainslie    What a fun project!  It would appear that most of these cards go back many years.  I can’t quite figure out how you set this up. The front cards appear flat, as if under a sheet of glass, while the back ones are casting shadows and look a bit elevated.  Good tonal range throughout, and I like the fact that you let the rear postcards gently fall out of focus.  Good choice of glasses as the dark frames  stand out well against the cards.  Unfortunately handwriting is no longer taught in many schools and is becoming a lost art.

Iris ten Holder

 Leonie Holmes

Bob Walling     This is an excellent story telling still life image. Good tonal range and composition. Well done!

Leslie Otterbein   A nice theme. Don’t see any “wet rocks” ;!  Vignette was a good idea. Sepia might work too.

Denise Ferreira


As long as I can remember I have been interested in photography and capturing images.  My parents were very supportive of my endeavours.   For many years photography was a hobby which I dabbled in.  I was a self-taught photographer until much later in my life when I decided to take on formal training in photography.  As time progressed I acquired a camera with more functionality, took several photographic courses and developed my vision along with improving my photographic knowledge.   Although the principles of photography remain the same, the era from film to digital photography was very exciting for me, and has opened immense possibilities with new techniques and the manipulation of images with photographic editing software and a computer.

The world around me is my inspiration and fuels my passion to capture my vision in a photograph, which drives me to continue to pursue and develop my skills and style.

I have spent time with both Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant.  The inspiration and insight I gained from this experience is impossible to put into words.  It was an uplifting, fantastic experience.  Other photographers that have both encouraged and inspired me are Paul Sparrow, Deborah Sandidge, Ellen Anon, Allen Bargen and Karen Sperling.


Email  — vstranaghan@hotmail.com


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