Photo Art Friday – A Word for 2014

I don’t really have a Word for 2014…

What I do have, however, is… an attitude, perhaps, or a kind of focus. I don’t really want to put a word to it. But during the last few days of last year I found a few images that, together with Bonnie’s texture pdpa Dear One, hold all of that which I want 2014 to be…

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A very happy new year to you all, and may it be all that you wish for it to be!

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Waterfalls

I’ve spent a couple of days photographing running water – it’s kind of classic I guess, but one should do the classics too… Unfortunately, the ‘rapids’ and the ‘falls’ I have to practice on aren’t, really, at least not unless you’re a lilliputian. Not that it matters with regards to the water and the technique (long exposures, and do use a tripod…) but little distractions like rotting leaves and scattered twigs suddenly tend to become major parts of the picture, as opposed to if I had a real waterfall to shoot.

Never mind, for once I began by clearing up a bit first where I wanted to shoot, and then ignored the rest. I set up the tripod – sometimes across the stream with one of its legs on a root and the other two on a rock each (and yes, I did step into the stream once; wet rocks and muddy banks are not an optimal combination for getting a good grip) – and shot water. Lots of fun. Then I trudged back home with one sopping shoe but fortunately still a dry camera, and processed my shots.

I was happy. They came out nice – not brilliant, but nice – and I’d learned a bit about exposures. Pretty pictures of running water, you know, where you get that almost dreamy shimmer to the water thanks to its running trough a static landscape. But then I had the surroundings… Let’s just say they don’t fit the fairytale image. Well, at least not the fairy bit… but there’s usually a dark element to fairytales, as well… right?

So I worked on them a little, adding some textures from the KKC, and ended up with something from a slightly different kind of story…

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What I really liked about this was that the hues and textures worked so well to bring all the elemets of the shots together. A little abstract, perhaps, but then again – what fairytale isn’t?

I know it’s late…

… for all you foreigners… but here in Sweden, it’s Hallowe’en today! I think… anyways, today was the day I got off work early and had time to carve my (homegrown! Thank you Maria!) pumpkin, so tonight is the night I’ll let it shine…

Happy Hallowe’en, y’all!

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(Texturized with gorgeous pdpa Wicked, of course… thanks Bonnie!)

Photo Art Friday – Flowers

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Apple blossom, dahlia, rose, budding larkspur and poppies… I could have gone on forever here! And I’m grateful for this particular challenge, because I see a set (or several) of beautiful picture cards coming out of it – for correspondence, invitations, thanks, congratulations…

I’ve used layers in various blending modes to lighten and enhance contrast, and different textures and filters to create the sketch-effect on each of these. I did work intuitively, each flower shot had its own characteristics to accommodate, but soft light, hard light, multiply and screen blending modes were used, as were the find edges, watercolour and graphic pen filters.

All are based on a pdpa texture: Backlight, Vellum, Serve life, Blank page and Old ornate linen respectively. Wonderful stuff, Bonnie!

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Photo Art Friday – Ethereal

Photo Art Friday is back! 😀 If a little less frequently than before. At this time of year, that is probably a good thing, though; those who follow this blog will have noticed that finding the time to spend at the computer is rather hard for me these days… there’s just too much to do outdoors!

Anyhow, for this round’s theme – dreamy or ethereal – I prepared my Sleipnir version of the Original Norwegian some time ago. I was going to bolster my submission with more soft and dreamy photo-art pieces from the stacks of shots I’ve been hoarding over the last few weeks (there’s no shortage of pics – just the time to edit them…) but… I haven’t quite got around to preparing them.

Silver/Sleipnir will get his spot, though. So, with a cheers to all you photo artists, and particularily to Bonnie who arranges it all for us, I introduce my solution to the conundrum of the eight-legged horse!

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Perhaps more unreal than ethereal… but there you go.

Thanks to Bonnie for the Vellum texture!

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Photo Art Friday – Shadows and Light

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Three variants of a shot of Lo in the window.

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For portraits, I like the soft natural light that a window provides – it gives such a lovely play between light and shadow. For this first version, I just blended the original image with a soft layer of the kkc texture Felicity.

I then went a little further for the second variant, adding a Water colour filter and an edge enhancement with the Find edges stylize filter as well.

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Still seeking something further, I then experimented a little with the pdpa Scratched lens texture and blending modes for the last version.

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A little harsher in both light and shadows.

I’m not sure I found what I was looking for, but I did enjoy the excercise!

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Not quite Photo Art Friday – Collage

Well, I’ve just had too much on my plate lately. But Bonnie’s optional theme of ‘Collage’ did tickle my imagination eventually, and so I decided to revisit an old friend

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If you look at the original image, you’ll see that the idea was to make it look like one window with lots of panes, and Lo behind each and every one of them… well, sort of, anyway.

In this version, the filter work (Watercolour and Find edges) and pdpa Painterly texture work to create lots of little watercolours in a grid, and perhaps the “window” aspect is somewhat lost… but still. I love this collage, and I love those watercolour effects! So, there you are; my collage for this week.

It’s too late for me to join this week, but I recommend a visit to the gallery anyway, at