Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Texture Tuesday

Another blog post so soon! Can it be that I am procrastinating about the quilt I should be working on with a deadline of April 4th? Yep, that's me. I planned to spend all day at my sewing machine and here I am playing with photoshop. 
The thing is, after posting on my blog yesterday for the first time in weeks, I decided to do a little blog visiting and found 'Texture Tuesday' challenge over at Kim Klassen's website. I took a photoshop workshop with Kim and just love her altered photos. 

I took this photo this morning, even before I saw Kim's Tuesday's Texture challenge and decided that I just had to play with photoshop before heading to my sewing machine.
The photo was layered with her 'warm sun' texture and I used the overlay blending mode at about 50%.
I also added a photo filter and used a violet color. I also used a mask to bring back some of the clarity and color of the hyacinths after adding the texture.
I just love spring flowers! I bought these last week before they opened and now my entire house smells perfumey. Sorry to say that my flowering plants outside are not quite ready. They are just waking up after the long months of being buried under snow. Hopefully daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths will be blooming here by Easter. Until then, I'll have to settle for these store-bought ones.

The reason my camera was out so soon this morning was due to Mrs. Mallard.
She greeted me almost as soon as I got up this morning. She flew up onto my deck railing. I quickly shoved the dog into the garage so he wouldn't see her and start barking and then grabbed my camera with the zoom lens. She stayed for quite a while letting me take her picture. At one point she stared straight at me.
It is mating season here for the ducks & geese. She is no doubt looking for a nice spot to make a nest. The male ducks and geese have been having fighting matches on a pretty regular basis. I really wish I had been able to get a picture of the big brawl last week. Two male Canadian geese were really tearing each other up. Beak to beak combat! And extremely loud with their honking. Wasn't quick enough with my camera though. Oh well, I'm sure there will be more fights before the mating season is over.

Ok, I REALLY have to get to the sewing machine!
I'll let you know how it goes. And if there's anyone out there looking for something to play around with while avoiding the work they need to do...go check out Kim's website and join the fun!
Live your life creatively~
p.s. just click on the pictures to enlarge them. the flowers look much better enlarged


Lucy Minetree Wallace said...

Love the photos - and your commentary about geese and ducks mating. When I lived on the Chowan River I got a charge out of watching the process as the males tried to dominate. The colors in your hiacynth photo are gorgeous! Good job :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

very stunning, soft and airy...

Cedar said...

Very nice use of texture. Lovely photos!

Mom Photographer said...

beautiful picture of the flowers!!!

paperbird said...

lovely images cathy and the processing is wonderful.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks everyone! I'm having fun with photoshop : ))
And Lucy, the mating season is truly an exciting thing to watch. Unbelievable how aggressive those males are!

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snapshots2011 said...

Beautiful job with the texture- and I love the quote, so fitting!
I too used to sew like a fiend, but since discovering photoshop (and textures!) my sewing machine and computer must share my time!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Photoshop and photography really are addicting! I'm finding myself sitting at the computer more than the sewing machine these days. Trying to find some balance with everything is hard. Thanks for the comments.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a happy happy distinguished duck....lovely! Happy April's Fool Day! Peace, Mary Helen

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Mary Helen! Happy April Fool's to you too!