Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{Orange eDition} of Texture Tuesday

Both of today's photos were taken back in May while I was in Grand Cayman at the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Garden.
Above photo was layered with Kim Klassen's 'cracker jack' texture x 3 (color burn 63%, hue 67% & linear burn 68%). then I layered Kim's 'canvas magic' texture @ screen 35%.

The photo to the left was layered with Kim's 'canvas magic' texture @color burn 27%, then Kim's 'cracker jack' texture @ darker color 100%, then again @ multiply 67%. Then I added Pixel Dust Photo Art's 'fleeting memory' texture @ luminosity 26%.

Orange you going to come play along with us at Texture Tuesday?
Have a great week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The bAck to sChooL eDition of Texture Tuesday

Back to school...
What image comes to mind when we think 'back to school'?
So many from childhood.
Excitement about which friends would end up in class with you. Who would you have lunch with. Football games on Friday nights. Chillier, crisper air. Days getting shorter and nights spent doing homework rather than playing outside!

So many memories of the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

Now, since I don't have a young child at home, the beginning of school brings about different images & feelings. I still think football season and obviously shorter days and chillier weather coming on. But the whole idea of 'back to school' puts me in a more regimented frame of mind even though I don't have a child at home to get ready for school. For me, it means I need to get back into a routine of getting into my studio and getting some work done. I've played around enough this summer, not really having any sort of routine. Just doing what I want when I felt like it. Now......it's back to work/school whatever you want to call it. Back to a more regular schedule of creating.
The above photo is of my dog Rocky when he was just a baby. He was and still can be a total mess maker. If there was ever a dog that would eat your  homework-Rocky certainly would! In this photo, I caught him in action devouring a stack of newspaper. He was lying amongst the pile, happily tearing the papers up. Note the sweet little innocent expression he has. Oops, you caught me!
He is 5 years old now and still capable of tearing things up although not quite as often. He's my buddy and my constant companion but he's ALL terrier (meaning a bit crazy)!
Off to create a schedule for getting back to work. Until next time.....
Live your life creatively & always keep your camera with you~
p.s. almost forgot to tell you the textures I used on the TT edition. I used Kim Klassen's 'granny's cupboard' at multiply @ 52% opacity, then layered Kim's 'just stitched' texture at screen x 3 all @ 100% opacity. Then for the final layers I used Kim's 'pourvous' texture on overlay @ 100%. For the just stitched and pourvous layers I also used a layer mask over Rocky and the newspapers and kept the background covered in the textures.
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Friday, August 19, 2011

{Flashback Friday}

A bit of nostalgia today...

My 'baby' girl pictured on the left is starting her senior year of college on Monday.
Where has the time gone?

It seems as though yesterday she really WAS a baby & poof in the blink of an eye she is about to begin her final year of undergrad.

Good luck my child child-can hardly wait to find out where you will be heading next year.

Live your life creatively & always carry your camera so you can catch those special moments that will enable you to transport yourself back in time.
have a great weekend everyone~

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'Days of Wine & Roses'

For today's Texture Tuesday, Kim asked for suggestions for the theme. She received many wonderful suggestions but she chose 'movies' as the theme.
As soon as I read her choice, I immediately thought of 'Days of Wine & Roses' knowing exactly what I would photograph. Pretty easy one I know, but it was my first thought so I ran with it. It's not my favorite movie but it makes a great photo!
Here it is~
I didn't fuss with trying to create a back drop, just opened a bottle of wine, poured myself a glass and went outside a picked the few 'Fairy' roses that are blooming right now.
I layered Kim's 'just stitched'
texture x 2. One at color burn
and one at soft light.
Then I layered Kim's 'water stained frame' texture at luminous. (sorry that I didn't write down the opacities of these layers)
Then I added the text layer & voila!
Oh yeah, just remembered that I also used a mask on the second layer of 'just stitched', as well as a layer mask on the  layer 'water stained frame'. I did reduce the opacity quite a bit in the layer mask on the 'water stained frame' layer so that it wasn't a stark outline.

Can't wait to go over the Kim's site and see all the great movie titles recreated in photos.

Live your life creatively, always carry your camera AND stop to smell the roses & enjoy a glass of wine once in a while~

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stormy Weather

On Saturday, hubby & I went to help our daughter finalize her move into her senior-year apartment.  I'm surprised that I wasn't overly emotional about this whole thing. At the beginning of her senior year of high school I was a weepy mess. I guess I am 'growing up' or perhaps it's because she may be in her final year of under grad but she still has another 4 years to go, so she's not really done with school.
BUT.....the location of her next 4 years of school is uncertain. She could be somewhat close by, she could be MILES away. We won't know until those vet school applications are fully submitted and a reply has been sent to her. I've decided that I won't become 'emotional' until I find out where she will end up for the next four years.
Any whoooo...the drive home form the apartment clean up was a bit stormy to say the least. We drove through some of the same storms that blew across Illinois and into Indiana. The same storm cells that caused the collapse of the stage in Indianapolis at the State Fair. The storm that wreaked havoc and destroyed those inocent lives.
{Prayers are sent to the families & friends of those who died.}
I somehow FORGOT to take my camera with me so I improvised. My hubby has an iphone which I have now fallen in love with. It takes awesome pictures!!!
Here's a little glimpse of the aftermath of the storms. 

These were all taken from inside the moving car with the windows rolled up! In a few you can actually see a very faint reflection of my husband's profile. I did not alter these except to do a levels adjustment
since they were taken from inside the car at around 7:30-8:00 pm at night as the sun was setting.
We were driving north so the sun was to our left and these photos were taken from the passenger side of the car. The sun had come out so brilliantly after the storms that the clouds were glowing a beautiful golden color. The rainbows were fabulous! In one of the photos the field is also glowing. It looked as though it had just been plowed, no crop? I really wanted to get a picture of the sun shining on the cornfields because the tassels of the corn were also glowing a nice red/gold. I wasn't able to capture that photo though as most of the corn was on the opposite side of the road from me.
I see an iphone in my future-- as soon as I'm eligible for an upgrade!
See ya tomorrow for Texture Tuesday.
Until then, live your life creatively!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday today is titled "It's the Little Things'.
The 'little things'......life is made up of so many little things that can make your heart sing. I always marvel at those insignificant moments that can bring a smile to my face or make me break out in laughter. 

You know what I'm talking about...holding a newborn baby, hearing a child laughing, or a kitten purr.
Smelling freshly mowed grass or apple pie baking. Watching the sun rise or set over the ocean, seeing a child take her first steps. 

All these seemingly small things are moments that find us smiling without even realizing it. These moments are the real stuff that life is made of. I am finding more of these moments the older I get. Not sure if it's the realization that I'm a mere mortal and am inching towards the autumn of my life (YIKES!) or the simple fact that I have become such a camera nut that I'm always in search of capturing those moments in time that make me smile. Doesn't matter what is causing it, I'm finding so many of these 'little things' that really cause me to slow down, smile & enjoy their gifts. 

One of my favorite 'little things' is watching all the water fowl behind my house. The baby ducks & baby geese have been a highlight this year. Of course the babies are pretty much all grown up now and resemble their parents but here's a few photos of some Canadian Geese during the gawky adolescent looking stage. SMILE...

Not sure if this is mama or papa with the child. Both parents stay extremely close to their offspring.

This photo was layered with Kim's 'stained linen' texture at multiply 90% opacity and I used a layer mask to mask the mama/daddy & baby. Then I layered it with Kim's 'luminous' texture times 2. One at linear burn 32% opacity and one at multiply 32% opacity.

Love how fuzzy the baby's head & neck is. They shed the baby fuzz & feathers as they grow and the yard was full of goose feathers. 

This is a close up of the baby.
Love how he's standing with his feet a bit pigeon toed! So cute. 
These little things make me SMILE so much.

For this photo, I layered Kim's 'canvasback magic' texture at screen blend 100% opacity. Then layered it with Kim's 'luminous' texture at hue 67%, then added a photo filter in a light gray color at multiply 50%. And the last layer is Kim's 'water stained frame' on soft light at 55% opacity.
This little guy had just hopped out of the pond and the fluffy baby feathers were still matted down with water. Another SMILE moment caught in time!

What makes your heart sing and lightens your day? Think about those little tidbits in our lives that when
crammed all together make your life so worthwhile.

Live your life creatively & always carry your camera to capture those 'little moments'~

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday & The August Break

My beautiful hibiscus cropped slightly with hue & saturation adjustments, layered with Kim Klassen's 'scripted edges' texture with some brushes added for additional texture.

Here's the original.

Happy Thursday and Happy August Break!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

{Echinacea} purple coneflowers done 3 ways

Close-up shot of a honeybee on my coneflowers. Layered with Kim Klassen's 'cotton candy' & 'greyday
slate' textures. I also played with hue & saturation a bit. Added a little bit of vignette around the edges.

Was able to capture this close-up of a butterfly on my coneflowers. I layered this photo with Kim's
'cotton candy', 'greyday slate' & 'cloudy day' textures. I've gotten pretty bad at NOT writing down my 'recipes'. When I start playing in photoshop I get so carried away that I forget to save a copy and I merge my layers before writing down what I did. I'll have to get better at that.

The above photo is layered with Kim's newest textures- 'scratched magic' & 'scripted edges'. I vaguely remember that for this one I did use one of the layers (scripted edges, I believe) on color burn, plus I bumped up the saturation to get this vivid purple. I also masked the scratched magic and erased it over the flowers.
Not sure which purple coneflower photo I like best. Hmmmmmm? Each one is so different. I altered the honeybee photo first and really liked it! Then when I altered the butterfly one, that was my fave.
Then yesterday after downloading Kim's newest textures I just had to play with those and the last photo became my favorite!
Last week on Wordless Wednesday I also used a shot of my purple coneflowers done in b & w.
At that time, that was my favorite...
I guess I'm entitled to change my mind. I'm having a ton of fun photographing my flowers this summer.
Not sure if it was that long, cold winter but my coneflowers are prettier than ever.
Live your life creatively & always carry your camera~
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