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Monday, January 30, 2012

Creative Exchange

Quick stop at Lisa's Creative Exchange tonight before some much needed couch potato time. 







I see such beautiful creative pieces here in this linky.  I'm so oft awed and wonder how people do what they do, create what they create.  I know that I create photographs-but being new to visual arts my bottom lip sort of falls open and scrapes the table with things I've never seen or imagined before.  Like...wow.

A couple weeks back I started a new course at the community college in advanced digital imaging (i.e. Photoshop).  200's level please and thank you; with a pre-requisite of the 100's level class that I inched thru last spring.  I have a bachelor's degree in music and umpty-dump credits kicking around enough to equal a master's degree....

.......yet here I sit with these 20 yrs olds whizzing by me on Photoshop while inside my head I'm saying "background color, foreground color, background color, foreground color....where do I set that?"  I mean I know, it's just that the instructor has already gone on to grab the gradient, go to brushes, check the jitter....and I'm at "background color, foreground color....Oh shit!  How stupid can I be?"

Last week we used an image to make a layer mask with outer glow and magic wand and similar and 100% contrast and what?  I got a bit lost somewhere between putting Orca over the map of Sea World and making it attractive with glowing turquoise edges.  However, tonight I kept up.  I watched more, took less notes, tried to remain calm and not freak out and-hey, this class made more sense!  I think it was because I've done some of this stuff with my images before-sort of-enough to make some things familiar.



So here's the goods:

I learned how to create this scene from scratch.  I think I'd prefer to go down to the beach and get my very own photograph of it, but if I break my ankle or something....well, I'm  all set.  Note that snappy frame too!

Susan's Dunes
Susan's Dunes

Then I learned how to take an image like this:

Holly and Ivy {sh 6}
Holly and Ivy

And turn it into something that looks like a painting like this:

Holly and Ivy Painting

I'm not sure why I'd want to do that either BUT....if I did, now I know how.  It's all about the 2nd step which you MUST do 2nd because you can't go back and add it in later.  I put a star next to that in the old notes I tell ya.

Meanwhile....Mr. Smartypants across the aisle has the PS class materials open, is simultanesouly searching through Google images for other stuff to play with on his 2nd screen, and is wearing headphones listening to music.  He did get busted for asking a dumb-ass question tho' due to the headphones blocking that bit about the "essential 2nd step thing".

Thanks for looking.  Y'all probably already know how to do these things, but fair warning;  I'm going to catch up sooner or later.

Have a great week... and thanks to our fab hostess Lisa.  Isn't she wonderful?



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sundae Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  A ritual 'round these parts.  Try it; you'll like it. 








This week's list was a little tough I thought, but that's what makes it fun:
Smile, Stand Alone, Rusty/Something Old, Artificial, and Repeating Pattern.



Brownie Sundae
Brownie Sundae
Smile:  Taking a little liberty here with the interpretation....but I met some friends for lunch the other day.  They ALWAYS order dessert (with extra spoons).  This choice definitely made me smile and so did their wonderful company.  What would we do without friends?

Dawn
Dawn
Stand Alone:  Another early wake up due to the C-A-T.  But I did get the bene of this first hint of sun.  For future reference my dear feline, 5:10 a.m. is not a convenient time for ME.  I'll also remind you that I control the food pail.

Rust and Chips
Rust and Chips
Rusty/Something Old:  Door handle on old mill building.  Think that might be lead paint?


Beef Broth
Beef Broth
Artificial:  This one totally stumped me.  I imagine I'll see brilliant interpretations.  All I could think of was fake sugar.  So....this is NOT artificial.  I know-bad.  Not even a pretty Kim Klassen texture could rescue this.
Please don't throw tomatoes at me and Emeril.


Blue on Blue {sh 49} {3/52}
Blue on Blue {3/52}
Repeating Patterns:  I had about 5 different shots I could have used for this one.  I guess repeating patterns are something I like to shoot.  Go figure.


Thanks for visiting me today, checkin' out my scavenger pics.  I hope you're having a fantastic Sunday (Sundae)  :)

 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Selfie City

Earlier this month I decided to join up with a couple of new linkys.....and today they both have the same topic which makes this uber-easy for ME!  And that's what it's really all about....isn't it?  Me?  No?  Well when the topic is "self-portrait" it is all about me, which can be wonderful and a smidge uncomfortable at the same time.

So today I'm linking with Project 52, a prompt each week for the year. 

I'm also connecting with Urban Muser's once monthly link where to break the ice on this year long project it was suggested that we think about "piece of me"-in other words, someone super stressed could just photograph their thumb and be a-okay. And you thought I was kidding! Easy peasy. 



Thanks Ken
Thanks Ken

Actually, a friend from Flickr carved my name for me and I wanted to show him it had indeed arrived at my home and I was happy.  So, this is kind of a joke.



I am confessing to a hate-hate relationship with my tripod.  When this selfie thing came about in January, I dug it out of the car and plopped it in the middle of my living room.  After 3 days the dog stopped being scared of it.  I'm still working thru my issues.  I have used it a bit-but am still at the hate level.  It can be helpful though....more so than elongating ones arms, or stacking books.



Poetry BW
Poetry

I saw some really cool selfies in the {in the picture} Flickr linky and that helped me think a little more creatively about ways to take self-portraits.   This was an attempt to reproduce something fab that someone else did.  I will admit I wasn't as successful, and will also admit, (this is like a post of confessions) that I haven't read that book in over a year-it was on top of the stack I grabbed in that 10 second window between pushing the shutter and running to plop yourself into a relaxed (ha) pose.

My pets have been eyeing me with curiosity.  More oft than usual.


Thinker
Thinker

After posing for poetry I posed in this "leave me alone I'm doing the silent treatment" posture.  Of course I live with beings that don't speak.
Acting!

Bad Day BW
Bad Day

Another pose....I was trying to do an angry face.  Not bad. 
Acting!! 
I'd like this photo a lot more if it wasn't me.....


The other night I put my camera in my gym bag.  I was one of the last out so aside from myself and the awesome cleaner, there was no one around.  (OK, confessing I shouldn't have a camera in a locker room), BUT they have lots and lots of big mirrors there (confessing that it's really too many when you're between shower and dressed). Do you feel me on that mirror thing?  Egad.

Shower Fresh
Shower Fresh

However, I landed my fave selfie of the month, so it was all worth it, AND I didn't have to use a tripod. Sweet!

Thanks for swinging by and listening to all my confessions.  Perhaps I can skip either church or the therapist next week.



In The Picture

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Weekend Reflections

Linking with James for this week's Weekend Reflections


One of my favorite type of images to search for and capture is reflections.  I don't really know why, but the addiction grows rather than ebbs.  I have dear friends (bless them) who tell me I should print and display photos "somewhere, anywhere"; that I should do something with my images.  They're probably right, but that's easy for them to say and harder for me to do.  BUT, I suppose I could get together pretty easily some reflection shots and have a logical series.  Do you suppose the general public would "get it"?  But, then again, does it matter?  I guess what I'm trying to say is....I like reflections; thanks James.


As in many regions, winter is WEIRD this year.  I'm relishing it.  We did get nailed with snow the past 2 weeks back, and still have a cover of it, but then to my complete delight it warmed up and started melting.  Very un-Maine like.  Yay.  Melting snow=watery puddles in the sun=good reflection ops.




Joy BW {3/52}
Joy

I like to walk the beach in winter, because although it's cold, it doesn't look like winter on the exposed sand. This little dog (not mine) seemed to share my joy on one of the warm days we had earlier this week.


Red Doors
Red Doors

My neighbors likely think I'm nuts; wondering why I'm inspecting the melting snow puddles around the neighborhood.  This is why.

Abstract Mill
Abstract Mill

More melting snow....left in a parking lot.  An old mill building in reflection.

Repeat
Repeat

Sort of like this one.  I like the reflection of the tall smoke stack and how it distorts in the top window.  Below is a pic I snapped of the stack a year or so ago.

Brick Stack



 
Well that's it for this week's reflections. 
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look-see.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Sun Worship
Sun Worship


WW_KW


Color Purple

Purple Flowers
Purple Flowers

More and more I'm messing around with collage pieces.  My subjects thus far have been kind of emotionally dark and intense.  A friend was interested in how they go together so she and I created this one yesterday.  Kept the mood lighter....perhaps that's a good thing.  At least for sharing.



 
I don't generally use textures, but once in awhile I give them a try...."One Word" by Kim Klassen is my favorite.  I thought it might look good on this piece. 
Do you have a preference?


Purple Flowers textured
Purple Flowers (textured)

Monday, January 23, 2012

This and That

Done Skating {2/52}
Done Skating

Sometimes I just like photos.
I take them, they may not be anything great....they may get passed over in the Flickr line up,
but I like them anyway.
Maybe they were just a split second decision,
Or perhaps they were more analytical than that.
They sit unused, unshared....nearly forgotten.
Sometimes I just like them.
For no reason really,
or for reasons deep down in my subconscious.....
Unexplainable.
Full of metaphor or frivolity.
A moment when my eye and heart said "yes, please do".


Curls
Curls


Blue Skies
Blue Skies


Rusty Hook
Rusty Hook


Wake Up
Wake Up


Owning the Road
Owning the Road


White Fence
White Fence

Today I'm sharing those kind of photos over at "Lisa's.  She's the wonderful hostess of Creative Exchange.  Thanks to her there's a place for these kind of images.
Have a great day.....appreciate your visit (even tho' I snuck in the "f" bomb....whoops).






Murals on Monday

Is it really Monday?  Rats.
Linking with Oakland Daily Photo for this week's MM.

Don't know if others are having this issue, but a few blogs I'm trying to visit-I arrive at the page, and then the blog turns white if I try to comment.  In fact often I cannot view the blog page unless I keep the toggle at reduced size.  It's a blogger issue I'm sure.  One of my other blogger friends is having the same issue.  Rare, but annoying none the less.  Anywho.....it's happening with  ODP, so hopefully I'll be able to connect today, and hopefully you'll be able to visit, and hopefully this issue has disappeared in fairy dust overnight.  Hmmmmm.



Street Sweeper
Street Sweeper

How could one drive by and not see.......

Face Time
Face Time

.........this?

I mean, that little street sweeper isn't even taking a glance.  He's missing a great show.
Thanks for checking out the great murals from all around.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scavange Baby

Linking with Ashley for this week's installment of Scavenger Hunt Sunday....boo-yah.  Thank you Ashley.  Where as all are more than welcome at this linky, if you've been sitting on the sidelines wondering if you should, well then-you should.  Simple as that.














Yah.  Snow, snow, and more snow.  Hanging on to my sanity by fingers and toes.
Was supposed to go on a photowalk this morning, so I got my Scavenger all ready on Saturday, but despite the sun, too cold.  Sad I'm missing it, glad I'm toasty and able to do the lazy Sunday morning routine.


This week's topics were:  Sunset, Black and White. A Day in my Life, Four, and Colorful.    Onward.....




Back Door Sunset
Back Door Sunset
Sunset:  I can't believe I didn't have even 1 sunset photo from this past week.  Here's a pretty one from earlier this month that I hadn't had a chance to share.  While I love a pretty sunset, there's something about them that makes me melancholy.


Sun Worship BW
Sun Worship {3/52}
Black and White:  I love this photo of "Princess P".  She is just drinking in the warm sunshine.  My pets continually bring me, more than anything else, the greatest joy.


Hands and Feet to Yourself {sh 75}
Hands and Feet to Yourself
A Day in my Life:  I don't hang out on the couch ALL the time, but when it's finally time to relax, it is the place of choice.  I feel no shame in confessing to "couch potato" status when possible.

I am participating with Urban Muser in a year long selfie project-this image was a little experiment I kind of liked.  I don't think it's too late to jump on board with as big or little commitment as you'd like to make.  I'm finding it fun.

Snowfall
Snowfall
Four:  It was suggested we put four related photos together for this.  Mid-week I awoke to the sound of the plow guy clearing my driveway.  It had snowed over night-and stopped by sunrise.  I took a walk around the block with the dog, and snapped some images.  All right, I'll fess up-it's pretty.


In the Summer
In the Summer
Colorful:  You know what I did?  I was so grrrrrrr on winter, I went back to my August files and found a cheerful warm looking photo that I hadn't processed and worked on it.  Only 7 months 'til these beauties will be lining my back deck again.


It's been a pleasure scavenging along today.  Thanks for your visit.  Hope you have a great day.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekend Reflections

Linking with the master of all reflections, James over at Weekend Reflections.


A little short on reflections this week (oh no, say it isn't so) and I was thinking it was me being unobservant BUT what dawned on me is we've had several snowy days.....and reflections and snow don't go together...or at least I haven't figured out how to get a reflection of something off snow.  As my 5 yr old nephew would say about that, and almost anything else, "not fair".  With a little pouty lip for emphasis.  I'm glad I'm not 5 anymore.


Delta
Delta
Yah, a stretch....but I am there with my big ol one eye strapped on my face.


Window Squared
Window Squared
I went back and found this one from late December.  This is a window through a window...I like the abstraction of wondering what is where.

Art Supplies
Art Supplies
I got this one all ready to share last week, and forgot. D'oh!  Outside an art supply store  They have funky windows with interesting shapes.

Street Lamp
Street Lamp
I shared the BW version of this a few days ago....and received a bunch of super nice compliments (thank you all).  Mostly I took the image for the light reflections on the wet streets and subtle window smears.  I was thinking reflections....but the BW gave a really nice appeal too.


Thanks for peeking at my shots today.  Wishing you a happy day.

Dreaming a Dream

Linking up for this week's Project 52 where the topic is "I Dreamed a Dream". 

I'm sure this was a reference to MLK, but the minute I heard that phrase all I could think of was a beautiful melody from the musical "Les Miserables"-my most favorite musical of all time.  I sat entranced through the entire performance.  I wish I could hear well enough to go see and hear it again.

The piece is soaring, sad, emotional.  Susan Boyle used it as her signature piece on Britain's Got Talent.

With that memory, I'm going a different direction for this prompt.  The other evening it was rainy, damp, dreary, and dark and I had not one pic in the camera for the day.  On my way home I snapped a few from the car.  The beautiful entry way of this small city theater surround in lights caught my eye.  Glad I stopped.  Maybe they'll do a performance of Les Mis sometime.



City Theater
City Theater

I warmed this up with a bit of Kim Klassen's "confidence" texture.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shoot, Edit, Submit







Linking with Misty and Kim for this week's Shoot, Edit, Submit.

Been cold, even cold for the critters.  Found this sweetie outdoors in a "jacket" and she waltzed right over for a photo op.  I think maybe she was hoping for a little snack, but I don't know what horses like for snacks so I just sweet talked her and took a few snaps.  She's got some beautiful braids she likes to show off.



Blue Jacket
Blue Jacket