Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Next year on Etsy I will offer my prints and also offer them as note cards. Right now its all I can do to try and sort through all my folders, favorites and pick and choose what to work with. Happy Holidays everyone!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Thanks Friends of Hagerman for hosting such a fun contest!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Texture is concrete. Enjoy!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Now with some new excitement and ideas its time to look through my old photos again.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Seeing these places changed me, spiritual and opened my mind. It was a bit unsettling that I was given a chance to learn history in school, but did not remember much of it because I was just one of those kids who could not be involved or take time for stuff that was not current. Well, what did I know anyway....
I do have a dream travel list, do you? What are your favorite places of the world or places you might have already visited and would love to return to. What draws you, the activities, the architecture the food.
On my list are places that include Wales, and Ireland, More of Germany and the Rhine and castles, Spain and Italy and France. I would love to visit the British Columbia gardens and Versailles. It seems to be a theme going on here.
So here's to a little dreaming till next time.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
So I came to this challenge yesterday to use a camera that you have, any camera will do and search out for shapes. Clearing your mind of all the rest of the clutter. Keep your eye looking for squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, converging lines. Its like training your eyes to see shapes. First just concentrate on 5-10 squares or circles and when you have those move on to the next set. This is keeping your brain trained on a specific task. Consider balance, color, complimentary shapes. In the next day or so I will take a walk around town and see what I see for my exercise and I will begin with squares because I think this will be the hardest for me.
So why not give yourself a little challenge and go scavenge for those great geometric shapes and create a little story board of your work.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Background image>duplicate>rename "sketch"
Enhance>unsharp mask and use a heavy hand
Filter>stylize glowing edges (5-13-14)
Control Shift>Invert Colors (it will be B&W now)
Enhance>adjust color>remove color
Create a new layer, and add a levels adjustment to brighten
Below the "sektech layer" add a new layer then
alt+backspace and it will become white - name it white
On this White layer, select the eraser tool with a brush that is like a dry media brush #63 or close and set the opacity to around 15-25% and begin to brush away on the white surface to let the image below come through.
Enjoy this process and play with lots of photos. Some images become magically transformed and others find their way to the trash bin or different processing. This is so much more fun than a plug in!
Friday, August 10, 2012
The light was right for a change and the birds were not in the shadows as much. I love overcast days for taking photos. I was still able to get a bit of reflection and not have the faces and bodies dark. These adults were just entering the water as the sun was coming up. Taken at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge in Sherman TX. Texture Skeletal Mess.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I have been taking a bit of photography break with the Olympics on but I need to begin to sort through some of my images. I have a photo contest I plan to enter offered from Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, using photos taken from the Refuge. It will be their 3rd one and there are at least 3 categories that I can participate in. Problem is I can not make a decision. What will the judges be looking for!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I was so happy to finally spot these little birds. It was not
easy to find them and they were pretty shy. Now if truth
were to be told, I might tell you this is actually just 2 birds out
of 8 shots I was able to get before they flew off never to be
found again. They loved the middle of the road and this big pipe
where they would fly up and chatter, then fly down to the ground again.
Really comical and entertaining. This image used a texture called
Ancient Wall which I liked as it toned down that glaring rust and
gave some softness to the busy background. Taken in June 2012
at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge on pad L.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
This image was processed before I added my texture background, and then I added a few dandylion accents with a cool brush. I have been working on some sets of cards for my Etsy shop Timeless Dog Studio and I really thought this would be a winner. The image was hand torn on the edges for a deckle finish and processed with a fixative to give it an canvas appearance and texture.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try
One grass-blade’s curve, or the throat of one bird
That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky.
That pretty much sums it up ~
That pretty much sums it up ~
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Open image and duplicate and name it "sketch".
Enhance: Unsharp Mask, you can play with this but I added quite a bit of sharpness, more than you would want for a normal photo.
Filter: stylize: glowing edges
again play here try something like 5,13,14
Go to the Sketch layer and invert colors with / control,shift,u
Enhance; adj. color and ;remove color
Create an adjustment layer over on your layers column and tweek levels and brighten .
Below the sketch layer you will now add a white layer, if it does not come out white then Press alt and back space. Double click and name "white".
Go back to sketch layer and put it as an overlay
Go back to white layer and select the eraser tool and a brush like a dry media brush #63 set about 15-25% and begin to erase the white away to reveal the image underneath.
DO NOT FLATTEN YET.
There that is the process I used for the Zebras.
For this next step for the sunflower Batik effect I used a copy of the original background without any thing done to it except using levels to brighten. In the Layers use a watercolor (lowest settings)
Now take this layer and drag or drop it under your layer named "sketch". It should take on a life of its own now. You may not like it, or it might be fantastic. Keep playing with different images and experiment till it pleases you. You can use blending modes such as multiply and linear burn, overlay or what ever you want for this till you find something you like, and then change opacity to suit the colors you want.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
I thought right away of this Grant Zebra image how he looks out from the side lines to the world beyond. Sometimes I feel this way too, or how he perceives to look. I used Kim's MagicMap texture on it with desaturation. I decided to change this around to take away the negativity of black and white into a more positive or even snarky perspective, as this image could represent a snob, and instructor taking charge, a moment of decision, weighing possibilities. I fear the idea of being alone in the herd, left behind, no friends and standing apart from life. So a new goal, to take these fearful feelings and turn them into an exercise of self insight. I Shall Fear NOT...
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
*Hue Sat - de-saturate
*Kristen Frank texture Fantasy Leaves I used on the upper half only with overlay 62%
*Kristen Frank texture Handwriting Linear burn 62%
*Skeletalmess Vintage Bokah overlay 100% with mask for center part of image
*Kristen Frank Texture Moon hard light 100% , masking out foreground and barn
*another levels adjustment
*New layer for the frame effect
This can be seen better over at Flicker: