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January 10th

Glamor Girl and I headed up to DC for a home school field trip.

When we were walking by the Washington Monument the sky was simply stunning.  It looked like it had a gradient layer applied to it (yup, I’m a Photoshop geek 😉 ).

It went from almost navy to a pale blue near the horizon line.


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Day 235

Colorplay Works on Nature Shots TOO!!


Florabella’s new Colorplay Actions work amazing on nature shots too.

Happy dance!

I heart how you can see the next layer of petals just waiting to come out!

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/320

Playing with different angles 😉

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/640

So soft and dreamy… sigh.

ISO 1/100 ~ f/2.0 ~ 1/640


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ISO 100 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/1000

The background for today’s pic was *very* bright so I had to increase my shutter speed to avoid blowing it out.

To increase the hazy feel to the photo I lowered the blacks in photoshop and tweaked the mid tones 🙂

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Changing Flower Colors

Take a peek at this flower pic.

ISO 1600 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/100

Looks like I tweaked the color in Photoshop doesn’t it?  Kinda like I did in this video…

Nope.  {I did add some texture to hide the unevenly lit background.  There’s a huge storm today and light was hard to find!}

This Calla Lilly is the result of a science experiment I did with the Littles.

We took a light colored lilly and added food coloring to the water in it’s vase.  As the flower “drank” the water it slowly turned from a whitish color to blue!

The change took about a week, but we could see the first hints of blue after a few hours.

Cool huh?

I’m going to try it with one of my Dahlia’s next!

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ISO 4000 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/100

I waited until the last minute to take today’s pic.  It was taken long after the sun went down and there was just a hint of light left in the sky.

The grass was SO dark yet the tiny little daisy popped right out with the light I had.

To jazz it up a bit {and hide the ugly shadowy grass} I added some texture.

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Many of my photos have textures added to them.  I like the little extra “something” that it gives.

You can find textures all over the internet.  Some are free, some will cost you an arm and a leg.

Wanna know a secret?

I *often* make my own textures through photos.


Here… I’ll show you 😉

First, here’s today’s pic –

ISO 1250 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/250

Cool huh?

Here’s how it started…

This is what today’s picture looks like SOOC {Straight Out Of Camera.}  I took some old keys, tied them together with a piece of yarn and placed them on our wood floor.  Not a horrible pic, but I wanted to rock it out a bit.

Most of the textures that you can find online are just jpeg files that you layer over your original pic in Photoshop.

You can make your own by taking pictures of things you find outside or laying around your house!  For today’s pic I wanted to add more random wood grain to it.  The harsh lines of the wood floor were way too distracting to me.

The Hubs has an old wood pile outside.  I snagged my camera and headed out there to find some “texture.”

Here’s the pic I took –

I loved how it was burned on one end and had lots of cracks and rings on it!

AKA lots of TEXTURE!

After uploading the SOOC shot of the keys and the wood texture to my computer I got busy in Photoshop.  Starting with the SOOC pic of the keys I tweaked the contrast a bit to make the details in the keys and woodgrain to pop a bit more.

Next step was to “Place” the woodgrain texture over the original photo.

{Way back on Day 47 I made a quick video showing how to place textures in Photoshop.  Click here to check it out!}

After changing the blend mode to “Hard Light” this is what I had –

Looks like a step backwards in the rocked out picture category, doesn’t it?

Stick with me for just another couple steps and you’ll LOVE it, I promise!

I lowered the opacity of the texture.  That makes it a bit more “see through” allowing more of the original photo to show.

The big cracks from the texture were overlapping my keys a bit, making them look broken.  That was fixed with a few brush strokes and a layer mask.

I also cropped in a bit removing some of the extra “stuff” from the edges and bringing the focus onto the keys.

Two more steps!

To make the picture seem even more vintage, I added a black & white adjustment layer.  Photoshop allows you to tweak *all* adjustment layers so you can get exactly the look you are going for.  Play with the different sliders in each adjustment layer until you love what you see.

For this pic, I didn’t like it completely B&W so I added a creamy “tint” to it {an option found in your B&W adjustment panel window.}

LAST step was to add the verbiage onto the pic using the Type Tool.


From this –

to THIS…

Whaddya think?

If you weren’t able to follow along with my written instructions, let me know in the comments below.  If enough of you had trouble with it I can show you the steps in a video.

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ISO 100 ~ f/2.8 ~ 1/250

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/250

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