MMXI::TWENTY

I promise to come back and announce my GREAT news.  I was so lethargic yesterday from celebrating the evening before that I barely was able to get my edit done (it made it on to Flickr and I forgot to post it here). I had expended most of my creative energy yesterday and was having a serious bout of photo editing block, so this was the best I could come up with.  I tried about 18 other images and then settled on this ‘before’ photo, it was looking a lot like my energy level.  I plan to be very productive today and even hope to get out and do some shooting.  Sigh, so this is what it’s like to feel free and like you are floating on air?  I can totally get used to this sensation…
 

MMXI::NINETEEN

This is a photo of a trophy, but you my fine friends could ascertain that without my assistance.  You after all are brilliant and beautiful. Yes, it is filled with cigarette’s, a horrible vice but it’s just a gentleman’s vignette and made for a good prop. Trophy’s are usually proffered when someone is recognized for an achievement.  I am giving this trophy to myself, I deserve it and I have certainly earned it.  I am busting at the seams to tell you my amazing news, but I need to wait a second and collect myself, it’ll be difficult at best as I am not known for being able to keep a secret.  It is not any of the following: 1. Not getting married today (but yes, this year), 2. not having a baby (please refer to 1.),  3. not moving to a new state (just yet).  What could it be?  I will give you this hint–it has changed my life and I feel as if I won the Lotto.  If I was any happier at this moment I probably would implode.
…And back to our regularly scheduled program…To edit my ‘before’ photo I used one action, it was highly modified but the essence of the action is what I built upon.  It is free and is called ‘Heartland’ and is available at P.W’.s. I did use some textures but so lightly, it really was the action that achieved this rich dipped in espresso transformation. Thank you PW and Thank you Totally Rad Actions!  (they created the actions for P.W.). You both rule!

MMXI::EIGHTEEN

Feather’s, so endlessly fascinating, so dramatic.  The Fancy doesn’t like birds or feathers much, they are dirty and carry diseases, (some we may not have discovered yet) and by my bringing the feathers into the flat I have basically served up a death sentence and brought in some strain of bubonic plague.  Okay, birds are fine with him if they are in the sky but not in our house. Yes, we’ve had not one but TWO birds fly into our apartment and he nearly had a heart attack.  You would have thought an escaped Wildebeest was in our livingroom instead of a confused little sparrow.   This feather was so diminutive in size that he never even noticed its presence in our home, which is a good thing because no photographer likes a neurotic man screaming in their ear–‘Are you nuts?  Who knows what you will catch?”, when they are trying to photograph their subject.  When I was editing this I wanted to try to recreate the feel of a salt print (one of the oldest photo development techniques).  I wanted to bring a lot more warmth to the image because my ‘before’ photo was looking a little on the chilly side (okay, a lot on the chilly side).
One of my goals this year is to be able to try my hand in the darkroom with some alternative photo processing one of these salt printing kits may be in order. I already have the supplies for some Cyanotypes (I got a kit for my birthday!) I just haven’t had any time to experiment (yet). I will soon, I just need to decide on a subject, not my strong suit the ol’ decision making.

MMXI::SEVENTEEN

Is it almost Friday?  It feels like it.  I allowed the Fancy to choose between the 50,000 different versions of this edit (trust me, it was such a half hearted effort on his part, he’s a boys boy/jock, he knows nothing about florals).  He actually didn’t choose this one, he chose one that was all blush, almost a rectangle of color.  I liked it, but I figured you might think I was getting lazy by turning the ugly ‘before’ photo into a rectangle of pink. I am not above being lazy, but I am only a couple weeks into the project I think I will save the rectangle/blob of color for when I am really feeling truly uninspired.
I am hoping to put my finishing touches on my ‘white’ office makeover inspiration board today and then finally getting the help (unfortunately not mental) that I need to get the makeover finally under way.  I am sitting on a stool as my ‘desk chair’ currently, that can’t be ergonomically correct and it sure won’t be winning me any design props anytime soon.

 

MMXI::SIXTEEN

I love that I wished for a winter’s day and today I woke up to the soft patter of rain on my bedroom window.  Truth be told, if I knew my wishes were going to be granted I may not have wasted one on something as ephemeral as a rainy day, but I guess that’s the nature of wishes, you never know when they will come true. I took the shot of the crow after I got off work on Saturday.  I was trying to capture him in the naked tree branch, he looked so majestic with the sun glinting a deep blue on his feathers. Crows have a bad rap as creepy but they are intelligent creatures and are very interesting. Since the only birds I encounter are crows, pigeons and wild gray parrots I am making due.  I wasn’t expecting to get an in flight shot and I truly didn’t think my lens could capture it, I was pleasantly surprised with the image on my LCD screen.  Once I reviewed the results I knew where I would take the original image. It may have been a sweat inducing, sunny day when I shot this but I think I was able to transform it quite nicely into a blustery winter’s morning.

 

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