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Wordless Wednesday – May 9, 2012


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30 Days of Creativity – Days 25 & 26

My creative act yesterday was to take a few pictures of my boys at the wedding we went to. This is one of my favourites.

Sometimes I am just blown away by how amazing my boys are. Truly blessed.

Today, I got out my calligraphy pens & wrote out a quote on an Artist Trading Card. I haven’t done any calligraphy in ages, but I love it. This was done freehand in no particular style but my own. The quote inspires me. I can’t do it on my own.

I am quite smitten with ATCs. I love the small size – you can create something simple or elaborate & they are just plain fun. I want to find a way to start trading with other artists.

Here are a few that I have done.



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Challenge #1 Photoshop Actions & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 16

I love looking at photographer’s work. I have a pinboard on Pinterest dedicated to photography ideas. I asked a photographer friend of mine, Amy of Amy Mathews Photography, how she got some of her looks. She directed me to Florabella & MCP for their actions. They both have amazing Photoshop actions & I’d love to get some of them sometime. Not being a professional photographer though, it’s hard for me to justify the expense.

So I did a bit of searching, tried out a few free actions I found online, but none were really giving me the looks I wanted. Then I came across The Coffeeshop Blog. Rita has heaps of free Photoshop actions & I am just slowly working my way through them. She offers an explanation of the actions, but it’s easier for me if I can see what the effect will be. So I mostly just started grabbing actions & trying them. I need to spend some time learning how to use pre-assembled actions more – as far as making adjustments, etc. Super resource!

The boys & I went to the park & I happened to take my DSLR. 145 photos later… That’s the thing with digital cameras. Love it though. I’m also trying to be more disciplined with getting rid of photos so they don’t take up too much space.

I’ll be sharing more photos later, but I used some of The Coffeeshop Blog’s actions on two of the photos I took today.

Jude in a Tree - Before

I used Lusturous Pop& Eye Bright

Jude in a Tree - After


Zane - Before

I used Velvet Truffle & Eye Bright

Zane - After

Actions aren’t a substitute for good photography, but they can help make photos standout. I’m excited to try more of the actions from this great blog!

For details of this challenge, click here. For more information about 30 Days of Creativity, click here.

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On Being a Hobbiest Photographer

I came across this blog post on the MCP Actions site. It rang true for me. As a stay at home mom, I’m interested in ways to make some extra money. I love photography so maybe I should study up & become a professional. I almost felt guilty for not really wanting to do that.

This blog post was really refreshing & encouraged me to keep working at getting better & enjoy myself as a hobbiest photographer!

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Challenge #1 Masked Overlay Diffusion

I love the look of overlay diffusion & this tutorial was great in that it shows how to keep details that might otherwise get blended away. It was an easy tutorial with a lot of impact.

Here is my original photo:

Original Wedding Photo

And here is the altered image:

Masked Overlay Diffusion

For details of this challenge, click here.

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Challenge #1 Colorizing a Photo

So this week, I chose to colorize a photo. I used a black & white image of my Mom when she was in 8th grade, I believe. She’s gorgeous! You can read some of her writings & thoughts here.

I used this tutorial.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased. I’m not very good at masking, but I got better as I went along. The colors aren’t particularly subtle, but I love the look of colorized photos.

Here’s before:

Black & White Before

And this is after:

Colorizing After

It’s good to know how to do this for future reference. It was a challenge too, which was nice.

For details of this challenge, click here.