Monday, September 15, 2014

Wisteria Buds and Blooms

I used kk reverie at linear dodge 40% and then duplicated the layer and used linear light at 50%.  I also duplicated my originaal photo three times and then merged all layers together.  (I had three layers of original photo and two of reverie texture).

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

SHS Sep 14


I realized it's been a while since I posted a color picture of my favorite (for now) cat.  This post also could have been used for:


but I liked this shot better.  The clouds form stripes themselves and within the clouds are also stripes of dark and light.


Blessings backpack.  As you can see it has some school stuff and then it has some toys too which I find charming.  Still has some girl in her ;).


I was taking shots of these kayakers as they went by and was pleased to see them look right at me.  I did not ask them to look at me so that was a bonus.  Even better was the position their paddles are in.  For a while they were in such synch that you could not tell there were two of them.  Here they started to separate a bit and this was what I wanted.  I also have another picture where you can see the two of them with both paddles parallel in the air.

Too Cute:

We are studying the Middle Ages and this week was about vikings.  In one of her classes they made these viking boats which many of us thought were too cute.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

SHS Sep. 7

Today is my wedding anniversary-not that it has anything at all to do with this post :).....


A lovely place to stroll.  One does need to check oneself for ticks afterwards however.


This was a project Blessing had for school.  This is actually the back of it, chosen because it had a bit more color than the front.


The other day blessing got out these blocks to play with.  It is so interesting to see what she will pull out after not having played with things for a while.  I had not told her that one of my prompts for this week was blocks.  Serendipity!  Love it when that happens.


If you saw last weeks SHS, one of the prompts was portrait.  I took one of Blessing in her sundress.  This one is my sundress.  It was windy this day and I had to take a few shots to get a good one.  I liked this one as it gives the outfit some movement but not so much that the entire shot is blurry.


Sometimes our skies are boring, but other times we get wonderful clouds like this.  Speaking of clouds I am sure you have heard about the /n/u/d/e celebrity photos that were on the cloud that someone hacked and posted online.  This is why I don't use the cloud-not for photos, not for editing.  If you have things on the cloud or use Photoshop in the cloud, you have no control over things being hacked.  Your photos or your editing software can disappear, or be shown online anytime.

What if you are trying to earn money form your photos and someone hacks into your account showing them before your edits are done?  That could cost you money and hurt your business reputation at the same time.  My photos are family friendly, but I still wouldn't want someone posting them online without my knowing about it first.  It's the principle of the matter.  And one of the worst things is that one of the celebrities whose photos were posted said she had deleted them from her phone...yet still they appeared on line.  Bottom line-the cloud-any cloud is not secure.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Junkyard Broad View

This is a broader view of part of the junkyard.  I realized that I tend to favor shots that are closer in to subjects. Part of that is because I like macro and the other part is I am trying not to have too many distracting things in the frame.  I do like this shot and in fact wished I had a wider lens so I could capture more of the junkyard.

I also played with more manual settings for this playing with highlights, shadows, details, whites, blacks, tone curve, etc...

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