Wow! I’m really rusty! It’s been so long since I’ve posted. But, I thought I’d give it a shot today.
Just like with everyone else….real life takes over and the blog comes in second!
I had some surgery and put my camera on the shelf for a bit. Then we were blessed with our first grandchild!
We took several trips too. It’s been quite a summer!
I’m not sure I can keep up with two blogs, taking classes and community work.
I think my blogging will be sporadic at best! But I want to improve my photography skills, so hopefully
you’ll see some of those efforts from time to time here…
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nikon D300, Lens: Sigma 18-250, ISO-200, f/6.3, PSE 11, Kim Klassen’s Paper Stained Texture on Multiply @78%.
It’s Color Week! What a wonderful way to usher in feelings of spring, even
though we’re still gazing out the window at bare ground and a few piles of snow!
Day 1: Green
Day 2: Yellow
Day 3: Pink
Day 4: Blue
Day 5: Red
Day 6: Rainbow!
A green plant provides a sunny spot to sit and rest for a butterfly.
Yellow tulips brighten a gray day.
A hot pink hydrangea floret poses for the camera.
Nothing heralds spring like Dwarf Snow Iris popping out of a snowy garden!
Red stripes call to sailors from Sapelo Island, Georgia.
The rainbow you can eat~fresh fruit and vegetables!
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I started my second class with Kim Klassen today. It’s all about PhotoShop Elements 11. You can click this link or the side-bar button called Picture Pro-cess.
She is also teaching a Picture Pro-cess class for CS6 users. Check out the link above or the button (side bar) if you are interested.
Texture Tuesday’s theme is Anything Goes. We can use a photo, phone photo, textured or not…
I chose an image from a series of shots I took with tulips last week, and added Moonlit and Desert textures from Kim Klassen’s
new Cloth and Paper Collection.
*click image for a larger view*
Image info: Nikon D300, Lens: 18-250mm, ISO200, f/5.3, 1/125
Post Process: PSE 11, KK Textures Moonlit on Multiply @56% opacity,
also Desert on Soft Light @74% opacity. Used soft brush to bring color back
to the tulip.
Today, something new. We are to take an image, and apply a Black & White “Action”, or a Black to White gradient map layer,
and then bring back some of the original image’s color.
Since I have to review the lesson on downloading tips for “Actions”, several more times…..(it sounded rather confusing at first!) I decided to
use a Black to White gradient map layer instead. At least I do know how to do that!
In PSE 11, I created a new adjustment layer, and made that my Black to White gradient map. Then, I used the paint brush tool (in black) to gently go over
the brass key in the photo, bringing back the color, until the key had the appearance I wanted.
Next came the quote about Courage. I made a brush stamp for the quote, so I can reuse it instead of typing text each time.
I went on to make brush stamps for a few other quotes I have, also. That was certainly fun to do!
About the image: My father-in-law served with the US Army in WWll. This is his own Serviceman’s Manual.
Nikon D300, lens: Nikkor 105mm macro, ISO 1000, f/3.2, 1/160. Post process: PSE 11.
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Not exactly my most fun thing to do!
But here we go~
Lake Michigan at Holland, on a lovely sunny day in March.
1. I love to be by, in or on the water.
2. My heart is with my family.
3. Sunshine makes me smile.
4. I love improving my photography skills.
5. I’m hooked on animals!
6. I love different kinds of typography.
8. I make multimedia journals.
9. Swimming, skiing and snowshoeing are my favorite sports.
10. I can’t stay away from sweets!
Photo info: Nikon D300, Lens: 8-250mm, ISO250, f/13, 1/1250
Post process: PSE 11, Kim Klassen texture Minus43/Multiply @57% opacity.
Today’s Texture Tuesday’s quest is to use at least one of Kim Klassen’s textures on any photo…. free and easy!
It should have been free and easy for me, but I just upgraded from PSE 9 to PSE 11, and had 5 days of issues following the installation. I can now edit photos and move back and forth between the Organizer and the Editor, which is a big step from where we started on Friday! But importing a texture still causes the program to crash. We’ve been in the forums, asking questions, doing live chats with PhotoShop advisors, watching videos; and on the phone with our son, a photographer who uses PhotoShop, Lightroom and other programs, who’s been helping us brainstorm too.
I’m thrilled I made it through the process WITH the texture on this photo!
I’m hoping I can remember how I did it! I certainly cannot use “Place” under File any longer to place a texture.
That causes an instantaneous crash!
I love to purchase fresh flowers in the winter…and photograph them. It makes me happy to have them in the house, and
it reminds me that spring will come again~ someday!
Fresh tulips bring spring into the house! Info: Nikon D300, lens: 18-250, ISO250, f/4.5, 1/125
Info: Nikon D300, lens: Sigma 18-135, ISO250, f/4.5, 1/125
Processing: PSE 11, Kim Klassen Mary texture, Multiply ~39% opacity
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