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There is beauty in everything.  It’s just that not everyone can see it.

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ISO 100 ~ f/1.4 ~ 1/250

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There’s a logging road on our property that was in use way before our home was even a glimmer in our builder’s eye {snicker}.

It leads to our favorite neighbor’s house, but sometimes when the Littles are playing outside it turns into the yellow brick road or a path through the jungle.  It’s never just a simple path, but the start of an amazing journey.

Someday soon {before I know it} it will just be a path through the woods again.  Maybe a way to sneak over to a friends house.  My Littles are growing up quickly and I often struggle to remember that these times will be gone in a blink.  One morning I will wake up and long for the pitter patter of little feet in the hallway, the little voices laughing {or bickering}.

Someday soon my Littles won’t be so little anymore.

Today’s pic is a memory frozen.  I don’t want them to forget the adventures they had, the journeys that a simple trail through the woods took them on.

A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step.

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/1000

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A few of our trees have leaves that are changing early.

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/250

Playing with my B&W conversions and contrast in Photoshop 🙂

ISO 100 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/250

True Beauty

ISO 200 ~ f/2.5 ~ 1/250

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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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