Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Sunrise over Chicago (from the plane)
Maryland Sunset (from the car)


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Crescent Moon Illuminated

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Birch & Texture Tuesday

Winter Birch


I have been playing with photoshop again!! Today's contribution to Texture Tuesday is a photo of my river birches behind my house by the pond.  This particular photo was taken about 3 years ago. I love that there are still some fall leaves clinging to the tree.
I bumped up the hue & saturation a bit, played with the levels. Then I added Kim Klassen's organic texture on multiply at 55% blend. Then I added Kim's sunday texture on color burn at 97% blend and last but not least I added Kim's subtly yours texture on luminosity at 38% blend mode. Then the text layer was added and I used a drop down shadow on the text so it wouldn't get 'lost' in the tree branches.
I love the hazy, dreamy quality of the background in this and also the colors!
I played with LOTS of winter photos today. Printed out many on cotton and silk organza fabrics to use in some art quilts that I have in mind.
Hopefully, I can get to work on those this week and maybe post some process photos!
Until then~live your life creatively!
cathy
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Playing With Photoshop & Texture Tuesday

Winter Sunset
Still suffering through the polar vortex that has gripped most of the nation. Living in the midwest you expect snow & cold temps in the winter, but yesterday was UNBELIEVABLY cold! And today, not a whole lot better-or maybe the deep freeze has just lodged itself in my bones and won't let go….
Soooo- what do I do with  my time while staying snuggly indoors???
After binge watching some shows on netflix I decided to play on the computer. I have made a few jaunts outdoors over the past week, including yesterday (braving -50 windchill ), to take photos of the beautiful snow that has fallen on us REGULARLY for almost a month.  Turning lemons into lemonade by using the massive snowfall for some awesome photos and using the BIG CHILL for time to stay in and play!
The above photo was processed with Kim Klassen's 'love' texture but actually it was such a beautiful sunset I didn't want to process it too much. Mainly just darkened it up a bit. I think when the sun hasn't been out for several days and it's really cold outside that the sunsets seem so much more spectacular!
Shed Some Light
The photo to the left is the light by my garage door. Love the icicles hanging off.
Taken at twilight when the sky was a dusky blue/gray.
Again, processed with Kim's 'love' texture twice at different levels & opacities.
I also played with the levels a bit first.




















My Favorite Willow




































We have a lot of willow trees in our neighborhood. I love them in the spring when they are just budding. I love them in the summer when they are swaying their green fronds in the wind. BUT I really love them in winter!  They have such a beautiful golden color to them. The snow seems to really make them shine!
This photo was also processed with Kim's 'love' texture only once. I also used the omni spotlight on it just to focus more on the tree.


Snowed IN
And last but not least…my garage door.
Processed with Kim's 'love' texture twice. Different levels & opacities.
My garage door is actually gray but with the processing it turned it a nice vintage teal color which I really love!

Hopefully, tomorrow will be above zero and I'll take a ride to the lakefront to take pictures of the magnificent Lake Michigan!

For all of you out there experiencing the freezing temps-stay warm.

~live your life creatively~
Cathy
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Texture Tuesday Time

My contributions to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  The first photo is my favorite birdhouse-bright red. It successfully housed a family during the warmer months. They have now migrated to warmer weather-I hope! I layered two of the same photos-one in color and one switched to b&w then used the masking tool to erase over the birdhouse & reveal my bright red color. I used Kim's 'grungedup' texture twice on different levels and opacities to soften it up.
Home Sweet Home
This little fella greeted me this morning. He was feasting on some corn that used to be my fall decorations . We put the corn under one of the birdfeeders for all our wildlife to enjoy. I thought the squirrels would be the first to devour it but this little guy was really chowing down!
I played with hue & saturation, then added Kim's 'grungedup2' texture twice at different levels & opacities.
Season's Greetings
Hard to believe it's already December 10. Every year seems to fly by at a more rapid pace. And every year I start out with good intentions of keeping this blog updated on a somewhat regular basis. I also start each year thinking I'm going to play with photoshop more so I can continue to learn more about processing.
As you can see I did not fair so well this year.  But….there's always next year & it's just around the corner!
Life your life creatively~
Cathy

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Texture Tuesday Offerings


The above photo is of the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, NC. One of my favorite places! I processed it with Kim Klassen's 'savor' & 'appreciate' textures. I also played with hue & saturation as well as brightness.

The above photo was taken on the porch of a cottage at Nags Head, NC. Jimmy Buffett stayed in this cottage a few years ago while on a fishing/surfing vacation. I loved the clothes pins on the line. This was processed with Kim Klassen's 'savor' & 'appreciate' textures also. I reduced the hue way down until it was almost black & white and also added a warming photo filter.
The above photo was taken back in the spring at the Baths in Virgin Gorda, BVI. It is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. The rock formations are magnificent. Again, I processed this photo with Kim's 'savor' & 'appreciate'
textures. Playing with hue, saturation and brightness. I also added an underwater photo filter. But the original photo really didn't need to be altered at all!

The above photo is a close-up of my coral bells in the front yard. AS you can see by the text I used the same textures from Kim Klassen on this photo! Played with hue & saturation, brightness and contrast.
Until next time...live your life creatively~
Cathy

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Texture Tuesday

My poor neglected blog...I have left it untended since the spring. Time seems to fly by at warp speed especially in the summertime!
Fortunately I have been busy creating. But today is not about my many pieces of fiber art that I have been steadily working on this summer. Today is about my other passion-photography & photoshop.I haven't played along with Kim Klassen's TT group in quite a while.
So here's today's results of playing with textures and layers and filters:
This is the ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.
I finally rode it for the first time back in July. Took lots of photos of the wheel and of the city while riding it.
First I posterized the photo. Played with hue & saturation. Added another photo I took at the Museum of Science & Industry the same day which was a reflection of water ripples. I flipped the rippled photo and adjusted the opacity to mimic the circular ferris wheel. Then I added Kim's 'touch of warm overlay' texture and adjusted opacity.
I think I may be playing with the ferris wheel photo some more. This was fun!




Below is another shot of the ferris wheel taken from the architectural river cruise that we finally went on back in July also.
With this view I also posterized it and then used sprayed strokes to give it a more painterly touch.
Played with hue & saturation. Layered Kim's same 'touch of warm overlay' texture and played with opacity to smooth it out.                                                                                                                          
Then added Kim's 'February magic edges' texture and adjusted opacity. Love the colors and the grid pattern of the buildings really 'POP' with this treatment. I can see a quilt made from this photo













                                                                                                             
To the left is the clocktower on the Wrigley building. I took this with my zoom lens from the Terrace at Trump Tower.
For this effect I solarized it first, then added glowing edges. Layered it with Kim's 'reservettvframe' texture x two at different opacities.
I'm loving this one! I'm thinking I can do something with this on Spoonflower OR make my own version in a quilted/stitched piece of fiber art!
















Lots of relaxing computer fun today! I have so many photos that I want to play with I think I'll just have to make a committment to Kim's Texture Tuesday every week. Not only is it a great way to learn more about photoshop but it also gives you ideas for other types of artwork! Possibilities are limitless...

Hope to post more of my creations soon!

Until then~ live your life creatively~
Cathy

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