Friday, October 30, 2009

Fix-It Friday Fix

I am beginning to thoroughly enjoy Fix-it Fridays at I♥Faces. This is the most fun website...something new everyday in the photography and/or photoshop world. As I said on facebook, photoshop is fast becoming one of my best friends. As I take more and more photos, I am realizing that you cannot take the perfect digital photo; every photo needs some tweeking in photoshop.

Today's Fix-it Friday photo is of a beautiful little fairy girl. Her eyes just grabbed me from the start. She looks as if she's been flitting about quite awkwardly or having so much fun flitting that she's not paying attention and running into things because she has some boo-boos on her legs. This is the original image from Fix-it Friday.

Fix-it Friday Original

I pretty much knew what I wanted to do to it. I first repaired the bruises on her leg using a soft brush in skin tone. Then using Gaussian Blur, I blurred the background. After that, I layered a green texture with some lighting flair and set to screen at 75% opacity. I removed some of the texture from her face and clothing with a little extra taken off the eyes to make the pop. Next, I added the flair where there is more light in the upper left corner. Then I slightly rounded the corners giving it an ethereal look overall. I loved working on this fix. What a beautiful child.

Fix-it Friday Fixed

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On the Road Again...Jus' Can't Wait to Get on the Road Again - POSTPONED

UPDATE: Because of my continuing sinus infection/headachy feeling, etc., we have decided that this trip will be taken a little later in November. I think I will enjoy it much more later.

We're headed out Friday afternoon to a beautiful spot in Flat Rock, NC for a weekend of relaxation and photo taking. This should be a peak weekend for the fall leaves in Flat Rock and we intend to have the photos to prove it.

I'll have my own photos to post next week but wanted to give this preview of photos from the website of the Flat Rock Inn Bed and Breakfast. What a beautiful house we'll be staying in.

This is the exterior of the house
The Flat Rock Inn

The Balcony from our Room
Balcony from our room
The Front Porch
The Front Porch common area
The Sunroom Common Area
The Sunroom common area
The Living Room Common Area
The Parlor common area
Our Room - The Victorian
Our Victorian Room
Our Victorian Room
The Dining Room Where Breakfast is Served
Flat Rock Inn
A Quiet Place to Read and Have a Cup of Coffee
Relaxing place to sit and read or have a cup of coffee
I am excited to get to be able to have this quiet weekend away and what a beautiful place to stay.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photoshop Contemplations

I have Photoshop CS4 at work and have been trying to decide if I want to buy it for home. I downloaded the 30 day free trial and am really enjoying having it at home. I've also been perusing the internet for tutorials, photography blogs and photoshop blogs and think I've learned a little.

A few years ago when Charlie was living in Oklahoma City, we went out to visit him and Carlos. One of the photos I took is at the OKC Memorial and is of Jesus weeping for the lost children. It also depicts through the use of 13 columns, Jesus coming to get the children who were killed that day. Today, I've worked on that photo a little in photoshop and wanted to post what I've done. Let me know what you think.


This is the original SOOC.


This is the first edit with some texture added.


This is the second edit with another layer of texture and some shadowing added.

So, what do you think? Should I buy Photoshop CS4 for use at home?

And oh, by the way, if you've never visited the Oklahoma City Memorial it is worth the trip. It is very awe-inspiring and almost makes you feel like you're in a sanctuary when you're there. You don't want to talk above a whisper.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Not Easy Being Queen

This week's contest at I ♥ Faces is a halloween dress-up photo contest. I think Abbie always thinks she's the queen but in this photo, she looks like she's grown weary of the role.

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It's Not Easy Being Queen

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Autumn is the Crowning Glory of the Year

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. ~Nova Bair
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz


Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. ~Samuel Butler


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Gates of Charleston

If you've ever been able to visit Charleston, you surely saw the gorgeous iron gates (also a few wooden ones). I have become enamored with these beauties and am about ready to make another trip to photograph some more. In the meantime, I thought I might share some of my gate photos with you so you can fall in love with them too.



My absolute favorite gate is this one at St. Phillips Episcopal Church.



This gate is at Waterfront Park in Charleston. We had to close this one to get the photo but we were nice and opened it back up.



Oh. My. Goodness. I love these gates and can only imagine the stories some of them would tell if they could talk.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I ♥ Faces

I have been a fan of the photography website I ♥ Faces for a few weeks. Being the novice that I am in Photoshop, I have loved Fridays when they give a photo for us to "fix" in a photo editing program. I have Adobe Photoshop CS4 and am just scratching the surface learning what it will do; however, I want to learn and am voraciously studying everything I can get my hands on to learn to do what I know PS CS4 will do.

Today, I ♥ Faces gave us a darling photo of a toddler in a tutu which looks beautiful simply because the little girl is so beautiful.

Honestly, I didn't know where to start except for adjusting the contrast a little to get some of the shadow off the left side of her face. Then I remembered the textures tutorials I had seen recently and decided that I would go with trying that on this toddler's photo.

My first attempt is to add a texture with some beautiful sparkly bokeh. It turned out somewhat presentable. What do you think?

The next one is a striped leaf texture. I am not crazy about this one but wanted to show it because after all, I am learning :-).

The last one I've worked on is probably my favorite because I've always loved the sepia tones or black and white with a spot of color. This one has a brown leather texture over it. What do you think?

Until next Friday, when I ♥ Faces does it again, let me know what you think of these. I realize they aren't professional but at least I'm trying and I won't get professional without at least that much.