Just a short note for those who follow my photos and challenges. I will be offline for the next few days while I go and look after my parents. So take care everyone.
Good morning from another wet and miserable Hastings morning.
Last night I was going through my photos to see what I could post today and found these photos. I loved the post from Sonel’s Corner yesterday but of course I can’t do any exotic pets, but I do find strange cats coming up to me on my walks so of course I take photos of them.
They all seem to be attracted to me and come up and pose for me.
This cat was gorgeous and hung around for a long time for me to take some photos of it from it’s best side.
Then there was this rather regal looking Siamese cat. I haven’t really seen it since.
It reminded me of this quote about Egyptian cats being worshipped so I scrapbooked it.
Rather apt I thought.
Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.
This weeks challenge for Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Spread . As I have been having problems with my photos I have decided to use these iScrapbooking pages for my quote. I love butterflies but they are notoriously hard to take. The good photos I do have I have scrapbooked them for my Words of Inspiration blog. I also love this quote. We have so many talents and gifts but many of us are too scared to use them, so it is time to spread our wings and see how far we can go.
Good morning from a windy Hastings day.
I love photo manipulation. I have done photography for about 30 or so years. While I lived in Austria I joined a camera club and got into it seriously. Especially in the dark room. I loved seeing images come alive and it was like going into a Tardis, time didn’t matter. Anyway I experimented with manipulating images with different papers and techniques. This photo above is a self portrait. I had loads of filters for my camera and the original of this was actually a photo of me at my sister’s wedding where I was her bridesmaid. I just liked the way that I looked up just as the photo was taken. So I used a macro filter on the lens to magnify it to make a larger portrait size. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t sharp as I was going for a very soft look anyway. The trouble with the dark room days is the time and paper used to get the right feel. I used quite of bit of paper just to get the right feel. Then it was sepia toned. For the colour I used special photo paints to highlight the red. As you can tell it was very longwinded and lots of wastage. I entered this into a competition for the German magazine Fotomagazine and I came in 19th. The brief was Nostalgia. I based this on some old photos that my parents had taken of them just after they got married where the photos were black and white but had been painted to give a coloured feel. Actually the painting was really obvious, especially around the mouthes and eyes.
Fast forward to 2013 and digital photography and computer programmes. What a difference. What used to take days and lots of paper is now just a click and the images change before your eyes. It is another click to get rid of the affects if you don’t like them. Anyway I have just read Amanda ♥ Unique So Chic‘s blog on split toning so I thought I would give it a go. She has entered this photo challenge at Sonel’s Corner.
I started by googling split toning and trying to follow instructions but I couldn’t manage to use the layers for some unknown reason so then I just used the colour enhancement tools from the top. This way I was able to alter the highlights, shadows or mid tones without having to go through the individual layers.
This is the first photo I tried to manipulate.
I went for two totally different looks. The first photo really emphasises the raindrops while the second one they fade away a bit.
My last attempt before I gave up for the night.
Obviously I focused more on a natural tone for the first one, while I pumped up the green for the second.
By this stage I was ready for bed. It was fun though, I also discovered a lot more filters as well which gave some interesting affects such as this one.
This one I think took the longest to get the affect I wanted. Which was to really show off the lilac petals but fade out the background a lot more. I love the fact that with one photo you can create so many different affects and actually completely different images. Without all the chemicals and papers. Soooo much fun.
Cheers and have a nice day.
Good morning from a rather chilly, but sunny Hastings day. Just when you think the weather is getting warm we get hit by these spring storms. At least it isn’t snowing here like down in the South Island.
By going out with my camera I am really starting to take notice of and learning about flowers. I am not a gardener, I am actually allergic to a lot of weeds and am prone to infections should I even go near a garden. But I do appreciate the lovely gardens around me. I must apologise for getting ranunculus mixed up with peonies. Now I must google the flowers to check that I actually have the right name to the flower. I do know that this image is of lilacs as I bumped into a horticulturalist who showed my what to look out for. When I do my quotes I try to keep to the meaning of the flowers. For example lilacs are both whimsical and childlike according to the website flower choice.com. It is full of a gentle, sophisticated promise of wisdom, celebrating a growth of innocence into experience – from childhood into adulthood. so I chose this quote from Confucious about the experience of gaining wisdom.
I cropped this image of some sunlit lilacs that I had taken.
Then I made these three embellishments out of other photos from other lilac trees I have seen.
To give a more three dimensional look I changed the opacity of two of the embellishments, one at 70% and the other at 85%, while the third one was at 100%. It was just a matter of resizing and arranging to suit the image I had in my mind.
The text is Dumbledore 1 – chosen for it’s wise quality – I love Harry Potter.
Cheers and have a nice day.
Good morning from a slightly grey Hastings day.
I make and sell these cute baby outfits on TradeMe, New Zealand’s equivalent to EBay. I have just tweaked my design a bit so needed to update my image as well. To start with the white logo on the outfits is my own design, I used this unofficial flag as my inspiration.
I then transferred that to a graph and simplified New Zealand to NZ. I knit them on a knitting machine for speed and a nicer look, and also for the intarsia technique for the design. After a couple of years I am getting rather good at it. Anyway I did the bands a different way as I decided to change them to make them a bit quicker to knit, as well as less wool. I have spent the last couple of weeks making some new outfits. The booties also have black sprigs on them to look like real rugby boots.
So what better way to celebrate the All Blacks winning the Rugby Championship in style than redesigning my photo.
I love this image of the silver fern.
And have used it many times. It really just shows up the silver fern image. This was my background which I also edited with Photoshop.
I use a lifelike doll to make the outfits look more interesting. My husband can’t stand the doll as it looks far to realistic for him. I love it. Anyway using the layers I added them onto the silver fern image. Just to be more patriotic I googled flags and added a New Zealand flag to it as well.
I chose this one as it was a little more realistic than just the flat image.
With Trademe the first image is free and then I have to pay for any further image so that by doing it all on one image I can show everything I want, plus say what the outfit entails – i.e. beanie, booties and jumper.
It is also on my website an my Facebook page for sale as well.
So check it out.
Cheers and have a nice day.
Good morning from another beautiful Hastings day.
When I am out walking my eyes are everywhere. I’m not just looking for beautiful flowers and reflections. leaves can be just as interesting and fascinating. Especially when backlit.
I love the strong colours and lines in this leaf. The contours and thickness of the leaf also show up, from the sun shining through.
As you can see from my first image, ferns are another favourite of mine. There are so many ways to highlight the fronds and ways to use them as you can see from the second image.
By pointing the camera skywards the image becomes black and white for a more interesting perspective.
They add a distinct New Zealand flavour and colour to my scrapbooking.
Other leaves have strong lines to them. These leaves just stood out as I went past them, so of course I had to stop for photos.
I am constantly amazed at the way just small sun beams can highlight just one leaf out of many as in these two photos. The leaves really stood out.
The same goes for these branches against buildings.
This final photo was taken into the sun again, which shows the leaves and empty flower in relief. The white spots are midges flying around. I spent some time trying to see if I could capture these little critters, as you can see I managed to get them, but also managed to get bitten. Ah! The life of a photographer.
Cheers and have a nice day.
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