Friday, November 25, 2011

Photo Art Friday - "Vintage"

Happy Friday!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Bonnie of Pixel Dust Photo Art, has suggested that this week we post a piece of photo art that has been sitting in our archives.

This is a photo of a dahlia in my garden.  It had rained earlier and the petals were still dripping wet.  I used photoscape for editing and and transforming the colorful photo to sepia tones.  I placed the post card image (I'm pretty sure it was from the Graphic's Fairy)  on top and manipulated the opacity.  I like the old vintage feeling.

I was thinking about the word "Vintage" this morning.  I have lived long enough that many of the items from my past are now referred to as vintage.  Many of them could also be called antique.  But vintage has a much nicer ring to it.  I would much rather be referred to as a "Vintage Woman" than I would an "Antique Woman" !!             
Have a lovely week!

Friday, November 18, 2011

photo art friday in Boston

Happy Friday!   I chose to share this photo editing for several reasons.  And I must admit that the number one reason is so that I can boast about why I was in Boston.  We were at historic Fanueil Hall in Boston as my oldset son was sworn in as an Attorney!!  I was so proud to present my son with his license and to hug him and tell him how proud I am of him and how much I love him.

Photo Editing:

 I don't have Photoshop.  I keep thinking that someday I will make the purchase, but as of yet I must say that I really like using Photoscape and Pixlr, both of which are easy to use and you can find them for free on the internet.

This first photo captured my attention because of the "Cheers" sign, which most people are familiar with and associate with Boston.  The second thing that captured my eye was Santa.  The day we were there, a crew was stringing the lights around the gigantic Christmas tree.

I used many features on Photoscape.  I really played around a lot with this photo.
I cropped, used backlight, saturate, sharpen, vignette and the film effect cross process.

This is the first original photo.

And the second photo, taken from the parking garage as dusk approached on a rainy evening.

I placed the second photo as an object on top of the first photo, made it more opaque, combined them and sharpened and saturated again.  I used color curves to add more green and red while getting rid of some of the excess blue.  I used backlight and the film effect cross process once more.  As of now, I can't really say that I have a technique that I follow.  I just experiment as I go along and save quite often in case I overwork something, I can go back to where I was happy with the reusults. 

Oh.. and here is the final photo!  I like the effect of the windows of the buildings in the Cheers sign.

Time to go to work!!  Hope everyone has a happy and creative day!
Don't forget to visit Bonie at Pixel Dust Photo Art and check out all of the bloggers who are linking to Photo Art Friday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dad & Son photo art

A lovely co-worker of mine was looking for a way to combine two special photographs;
one of her son as a newborn holding his Daddy's thumb, and one of her son and his Dad walking through an apple orchard this fall.  I tried combining the photos side by side, one above the other, in black and white and sepia and layering one photo over the other and removing color. 

What finally seemed to provide the best results was editing the baby photo to sepia tones, adding it as an objet on top of the apple orchard photo and making it opaque.
 I think it might be a present for Dad!!  


Linking this post with Bonnie, host of Pixel Dust Photo Art and  Photo Art Friday.
Bonnie and the fellow photo artists are SO VERY creative.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Exploring With A Camera - Opposing Lines

In the current  Exploring with a Camera series, we are exploring opposing lines, lines that run in opposition to each other.  In going through my collection of photographs, I was pleased to find these examples.

Opposing lines of the Zakim Bridge in Boston

And close up -

Opposing vertical and horizontal lines of the glass structures.

And I am wondering if the pattern of the curvy lines in this glass blown witches ball could also be considered opposing lines???

check out Kat's new web site for on line courses, and more exploring with a camera series

Saturday, November 5, 2011

reflections of firefighters ♥

I am proud of my husband and his fellow firefighters, both men and women.  It has been my privilege to become friends with this amazing group of people.  This photo was taken on picture day at the firehouse.                       This is a reflection of a few members of the group in their dress uniforms.

   God Bless Firefighters.

Thank you James at Weekend Reflections for hosting such a great site and allowing us a place to share our reflection photos with others.  HAPPY WEEKEND!