a fibrous person, hooked on photography

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This is a working Victrola, which has been passed down to my husband and me. I was playing a record on it just today! Young Frank Sinatra, in fact! The photo was taken with hopes of being a part of Society6’s ANALOG zine collaboration, coming up this month. I added a texture layer to this, which gives it that retro, vintage look. Amazed at the smoothness of the label, how the words just seem to have been lifted off, as the record played, and those incredible wavy lines on the tracks!! My new favorite!!

Another edited photo of the canal in Venice, Italy. This time I applied several texture layers to give it an impressionist type of feel. When I was adjusting one of those layers, I moved the sliders to adjust both the layer style I was applying and also the layer beneath it at the bottom of the blending options window in CS6. This gave the buildings that burnout look. Also used iris blur to focus on those blue boats that are docked in front of the largest building in the center. Love how the water’s color has many tones of cyan, blue, and green, all melting into one another.

A gentle breath…of Heaven.

Photo of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. View from the Rialto Bridge, one of four bridges crossing the canal. I gave this photo a vintage look through the use of multiple layers of texture. Hope you like it!

a dream

As with anything we are novices at, repeated practice hopefully improves our procedures to craft whatever it is we are working on at the time. Sort of a vague statement, but at the beginning I was totally intimidated by texture layers. I have grown more and more at ease with them, having sat in front of my monitor hours on end, astonished that over two hours has already gone by in one sitting. I had received a health bulletin in the mail, reiterating the importance of exercise for a healthier old age. Somehow I will work out my time. For now I am having WAY too much fun, sitting there, basking in my computer’s glow, imagining what may be. The master of creation.

This photo was taken in my living room, with the sun streaming through lace curtains at the window. The flowers in the glass vase are my own from the garden…beautiful, pink roses and lusciously fragrant peonies. No ordinary peony either; this plant was purchased at a local garden nursery, specializing in quite the assortment of rare and unusual species of plants. In fact my hangout during the warm months, when I scour the nurseries for that new, unusual specimen I will adopt and take home to place in my garden…and of course photograph.

The color photo of this still life was very pretty, but as I have realized, when some people look at photographs and exclaim they could have taken that photo themselves, adding texture to your photos will not only elevate them to “art”, but also make them even more special to you. They become the product of your hands, as you imbue them with a beauty they would never have possessed, had it not been for you. (Let’s not get TOO carried away here…) It is much like the painter, who takes up his brush and paints and creates something from nothing. In this case, however, you are given a head start in that the Lord created it and you are just enhancing it. As I added layer upon layer of texture, a deeper image evolved, and with each layer’s addition, I became more and more amazed at the power of texture. For instance, the bottom of the vase took on a whole new appearance, almost ghost-like and ethereal.

So here I present to you “fragrance {no.4”, which yes, does have predecessors, but this version is the dearest one of all.

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The original photo of the hot air balloon had a wonderful, pale blue sky. However I decided that since nothing about taking a hot air balloon ride is timid, with additional texture layering the image became bolder to live up to its subject matter. The texture is of cement with cracks…so I combined the two polar opposites into the title, “earth + sky”.

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