Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Texture Tuesday

My swan couple was taken last month at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. They were being extremely friendly for swans. But of course, people were throwing bread crumbs to them which probably contributed to their cooperative nature. Sometimes these beautiful creatures can be a bit rude or downright mean! I do love the way the pair up for life. It's kind of nice that they are that committed.
I processed this with The Pioneer Woman's 'heartland' action for photoshop, then layered Kim's 'canvas magic' on linear burn at 35%,  Kim's 'kkpaper2' at overlay 34%, adjusted the levels, then added another layer of Kim's 'kkpaper2' on linear burn at 89%, then layered it with Kim's 'kkpaper4' times 2-one on overlay 32% and one at screen 45%. Seems like a lot but this photo was taken on a cloudy day and the water came across as really gray/black so I was trying to warm that up yet keep the swans nice & light but well blended. (or maybe it's just that I've been absent from playing with photoshop for so long that I just felt like adding & adding and playing with adjustments!)

I love this little guy! He was so cute. I took this photo the same day I took the banded galloway cows in the previous post.  He was in the same pasture but off by
himself. He looked so lonely. Then as I got closer I realized he was asleep, standing up and his eyes weren't closed. He was just in a trance. I took about 6 photos of him and he never even moved.

What a cutie!

I processed this with Kim's 'canvas magic' on difference at 78%, then added Kim's 'kkkpaper2' on multiply at 70%, then 'kkpaper4' on multiply at 32%. I did use a mask on all layers to bring back some definition in his face. His eye looks like there are dots painted below and I wanted to be able to see them clearly.

Glad to be back and playing along with Texture Tuesday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone : )

Live your life creatively~


  1. Visiting from TT. OMgoodness, that little donkey is adorable! He looks like he's giving you a shy little glance.


  2. What a gorgeous photo! I appreciate how you put the details on what you did. I am a beginner and so seeing the details like that is very helpful! Thanks!!!

  3. that donkey is the cutest!! love the swans, too... thanks for explaining your processing!

  4. thanks so much for the lovely images; the swans are similar to mine - amazing how beautiful they always area... except mine are in weeds and were soaking wet... your composition is lovely. thank you, kareninkenai (TT)

  5. The meal has been eaten.
    The kitchen is clean.
    The leftovers are stashed.
    The walk has been taken.
    Everyone is happy and fed and blessed.
    Now I have the time to stop by.
    On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to tell you that I am thankful for you; for this blog; for inspiration and connection. Sending you much love, Relyn

  6. Thank you to everyone! What a joy it is to be creating in photoshop again.

  7. Lovely set of images. My favorite has to be the donkey. So cute.

  8. Beautiful pictures, so romantic

  9. Dear Cathy,
    Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!

    Gaby xo

  10. OH my! such a wonderful photos indeed. love it.=D
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