Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This is the first lesson I have done in Beyond Beyond for a long time. I did not follow Kim Klassen's instructions entirely, nor did I use her presets, (I will download them though) but she inspired me to play more inside the HSL and split toning panels of Lightroom and I also created a preset, which I rarely have done in the past even though I knew how. Then, because I am addicted to RadLab, I did some additional processing with that (and did not save a recipe, even though I know how). This is what I came up with. Perhaps it is a little too much glow, but there is something about it that I like.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Textured image of dawn at South Bay, Raquette Lake|
|Iconic Adirondack scenery: white Adirondack chairs in front of Blue Mountain Lake|
I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to go to one of my favorite places in my favorite season--the Adirondacks in the Fall. I went specifically for the photo opportunities with a friend of mine (and fellow shutterbug) who lives in a region of the country where there is not much of a fall. I do live where there is a change of seasons and a pretty nice fall (in Indiana), but the difference is there are not as many lakes (at least not right around every bend as there is in the Adirondacks) and, also, there are no mountains in Indiana.
I am still getting through all my shots from the long weekend. I took a great deal more than I do when I am on a 'regular' vacation with my family.
Above are two shots that I decided to add Kim's textures to.
Below are a few more shots that I have edited, but decided to forgo the textures.
It is a lovely time of year in a lovely part of the country. I hope to make this is a yearly tradition!
|Morning light over the South Bay of Raquette Lake|
|Grasses and mist in the morning, Otter Bay, Raquette Lake, NY|
|Last rays of sun beyond the horizon, the summit of Rocky Mountain near Inlet, NY|
|Mist rests on bright red autumn foliage, South Bay, Raquette Lake.|
|Secret Falls aka Death Falls, Raquette Lake, NY|
|Brilliant autumn leaves on the forest floor, Raquette Lake, NY|
|Red leaf on rocks in Moose River, Old Forge, NY|
|Moose River, Old Forge, NY|
|Black and white of ferns in the forest near Old Forge, NY|
|Old stump and ferns in the forest near Old Forge, NY|
|Dim morning sun trying to break through the heavy fog, Raquette Lake NY|
|Buttermilk Falls, on the Raquette River near Long Lake, NY|
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Often I do want to tweak a texture, but I usually end up doing that by clipping other adjustment layers (such as black and white or levels) onto the texture while I am editing the photo that I am applying the texture to. To do this tweaking in Camera Raw is much more convenient and there are many more options.
I used Kim's Frosted texture (upper left) and created three additional versions. There is something different about my copy of Photoshop and Kim's so I could not figure out how to use the crop tool to expand the canvas and add some spacing between the textures, but I decided that was not that important, so I left it alone.
Below is an image I layered with a couple of the textures that were newly created from Kim's original texture.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
I have not be posting on my blog for a while again. Of course it is not as if I have to, but because Kim's Texture Tuesday link-ups are open until Saturdays now and because summer texture tuesdays are all 'free and easy', I am doing a quick post. Happy Friday!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
It has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog or done any of Kim's challenges. I have been completely ignoring Beyond Beyond lately; I have not done any Texture Tuesday link up in weeks. I do not know why. I feel sort of unmotivated and, to be honest, that is eating me up because I have no right to not be motivated right now. I have had some completely amazing and inspiring experiences lately. Last year, I got to go to a Shutter Sisters event (Oasis) and this year, I was so lucky to be chosen (randomly) by the company I work for to go on a 2 week international volunteer trip. I went to Costa Rica just a few weeks ago. I volunteered in a nursing home and I met and connected with some amazing people. Both were wonderful experiences--all around--perfect, shall I say "magical". So now why am I feeling so uninspired? Why am I feeling so stuck? Why am I so unmotivated? Why am I NOT ready to take on the world?
Also, I am not depressed or anything like that. I'm perfectly content and I generally feel good about myself . . . I just lack a certain umpf lately, ya know? Maybe I am just bored, but why should I be bored? Or perhaps I am feeling guilty that I cannot hold onto the magic, to the passion after supposedly life altering experiences (which in the moment, they were) . . . life always just comes back to the mundane. Am I expecting too much? . . . perhaps so.
I did not take a lot of great pictures in Costa Rica. I wish I had taken more and I wish I had not been so disappointed in the ones I did take, but still, that was not why I was there. Above are two (very similar, I know) images from the beach in a place called Manual Antonio. I textured them with a few of Kim's textures--different blend modes, different opacities--just for fun. I have been adding textures to fewer of my photos these days, but I still love the process of adding textures to photos.