Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering.

Rita is hosting MM this week.  She posted work done by Wayne using brushes.  I love playing with the different brushes, patterns, and styles in PS.  This is a dragon I began playing with a while back.  This one became the final work.  I like to call it "Portrait of a Dragon".  LOL
Wishing one and all a Happy New Year.

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering.

Rita is hosting MM this week.  She posted work done by Wayne using brushes.  I love playing with the different brushes, patterns, and styles in PS.  This is a dragon I began playing with a while back.  This one became the final work.  I like to call it "Portrait of a Dragon".  LOL
Wishing one and all a Happy New Year.
This way to the MM Swamp.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Picture Perfect~~~Silhouette

This is one of the many pictures of Morticia that I took for a class.  I did a narrative and she was my subject.  I mentioned in one of the discussions that I loved silhouettes.  My Professor then suggested I add a silhouette of Morticia in my final project.  We had a lot of fun that day.  She's a great model.  LOL
I don't have a lot of time to play right now, and I really miss it.  I have an Algebra assignment waiting on me right now....I'm going to try to see some of the entries before I start.  Play a little before the stress begins LOL

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering ~~ I've lost count

I have two this week.  Needed a break from the books.  The first is a color change. 
Next the plus...Morticia was at the beach Sunday night...she couldn't get over how beautiful the water looked under the blue moon.  So....I made her this.
So there ya have...this way to the swamp....

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 8

Many years ago, with the birth of the first granchildren, the tradition of "The Little Red Wagon" began.  My Dad loved the radio flyers.  He told me once that he had always wanted one when he was little.  So, as the Granchildren arrived, each Christmas, a little red wagon was given.  Then came the Great Grands....Tylers wagon was as small as he was, but true to tradition, it was a Radio Flyer.  Now it's my turn.  I think there will be three under the tree this year.
At his funeral, a little red wagon was brought in.  Each Grandchild placed a flower within. 
Today is my Dad's birthday, so my MM is dedicated to him....

Photo of the wagon by Jacquie...aka Serenole...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 7

My entry this week is a little different.  I couldn't really come up with an idea..but, I got to thinking about when I began with MM and how much I've learned since then.  So, this weeks post is to encourage new members.
First, I have my very first entry to MM.  It's a shot I took at the beach.  All I did was a crop and color changed.  This was the extent of my knowledge at the time.  LOL
With this entry, I played around with spot color.  As you can see, I still had a lot to learn.  But, the learning has been so much fun.  First is my original shot, I changed it to black and white, then brought back some of the green of the leaves.  I also cropped this image.
Next, I have another entry that's a color change, but I was also able to save a photo of Morticia that was blown out and over exposed.  What I did with this was crop it in, go up on the contrast and saturation, and change it to black and white.  This actually turned out to be one of my favorite photo's of Morticia.  Aunt Shirley liked it too.
And now we move on to layers.  Once again...Morticia.  She's a great model.  LOL  At this point I had never used layers.  For the following photos I used lunapic.com. http://www88.lunapic.com/editor/

   You choose the photos and the program automatically blends them for you.
Now, we have one of my first attempts at layering with PS.  I took my original shot, added a midnight blue filter.  Loved this filter.  I added a moon shot, played around with color, saturation, and opacity.  This is the result...
I have to say, if it hadn't been for the Gator, and his patience with my endless questions and inquiry's,(which I still do to this day), I would have never progressed as far as I have. He's been a constant source of encouragement.  And, now I'm going to school to get a BA in photography.  So, in honor of the Gator....this is an entry from the first anniversary of MM and MM plus.
And in ending, to all of you who are just beginning, you're in for an exciting and fun journey into photo editing.  This group is the best place to be for that.  There are many artist here to help you and answer any questions you have. 
I hope you all enjoy my little trek down memory lane.  LOL  I look forward to viewing the entries.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 6

My entry this week is just a simple color change (and it's late).  I've been shooting RAW for my class.  I love it.  I'm still trying to figure out a lot of stuff, lightroom 2 included. (I have an A right now).  The following picture was used for one of my classes.  I played around with the contrast, went up on the blacks, and softned it a bit.  Then I changed it to black and white.  Again, I played around with tones and contrast.  This is the results....
And on a side note....Gator when you shoot, do you use AP, SP, or manual settings?  I've been playing around with these...required by the class.  I think I like the AP better.  Anyone else have any thoughs on the subject?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 5

Okay my Muse is off playing somewhere....creativity has gone out the window...but, here's my entry.  Couldn't get the effect I wanted....


Monday, October 4, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 4

Some of you already know what I've been working on this week.  I'm still not happy with it and I'll continue working on it.  It's a picture of Mitzi and Alyssa, both in Mitzi's wedding gown.  I like this picture, but when I tried to print it, Alyssa had a red hue.  Not sure how I'm going to fix it, but I'm still trying.  My brother wants this picture and I want it to be perfect for him and Alyssa.  So here's my plus entry...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

PIcture Perfect~~~The Sound of Music

My picture was taken today, at the Scotland County Highland Games.  This fine fellow, Dave McKenzie is with the group "Gael Warning".  Tyler loves this band, and he loves the bagpipes.  As do I.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 3

Hi all.  I have entries for MM and for plus this week.  First, I have a picture of my niece Alyssa.  I'm not sure who took the picture.  She was married this past weekend.  My brother posted this on his facebook and I, ahhhh borrowed it. 
This is the original shot.  I took it to PS and upped the contrast, and played with the levels.
Then I took it to Picnic.  I used the Holga-is feature to change it to black and white.  Then, I added a reflection frame.
I liked this, but wanted to give it something a little more.  I applied the circle splash effect from the sandbox, in Picnic.  This one is my favorite.  I like it because the focus is on Alyssa.
Now, my plus entry.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Spent a few days on it.  The moon shot isn't mine.  It was taken by a friend,with his permission to use it. 
I found some really cool brushes and downloaded them.  The site is called brushezzy.  Hopefully, this link will work.  
And now....My dragon...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Images and Words~~~Creature Features

It's been a while since I've had an entry, but class is over until the 4th of October.  I'll have a little more time.  That said, here's my entry.  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Mono Monday Plus...The Gathering 2

For the past week, I've been working on this one project.  My main goal here was to make a flame brush.  Once that was accomplished, I just began to play, try different things.  There are many layers here and I lost track of what I did where.  There are some places that I want to redo or take out, but couldn't find my way back to the layer to do it.  LOL  It's been fun, and I'll probably keep at this one, or just start over to see if I can make it better.  The design is crap, but making the brush was what was important.  I'll leave a link to the video I watched to learn how to do this.  Maybe, when I get enough nerve and time, I'll try to do a tutorial for the group.  It was a lot of fun and frustration, but I learned new things and that's what this is about.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering.

I'm so excited about this.  I love MM and I learned so much during it's run here.  Thanks to the Gator, I can do all sorts of tricks now.  And, I have so much more to learn.  This is a picture I did of my great neice KK.  Isn't she adorable?  The first one I did, was an overlay.  KK looked red in places, so using the quick mask, I went back and re-did it.  Still needs a bit of work, but I like it.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Picture Perfect~~~Movie Titles

"Pretty Woman"
My cousin Morticia.  The heifer...LOL  She would look good in a paper sack, but I love her.  Things at work have been very hectic, so I knew I wouldn't be able to go out and shoot today.  I started browsing through my archives and I came across this.  I did look through some more, but kept coming back to this one.  I took it during our day at the beach last month.  I almost went with "Gone With the Wind".  Somewhere, I have a picture of her chasing her pink cowboy hat down the beach, from another trip we made.  She's made it a habit of losing hats when we go to the beach.  Somewhere in the deep blue,  a pink ball cap, with the words "Rebel Chic" on it, is swimming with the fishes....LOL
"Pretty Woman" is one of my favorite movies.  It really doesn't have that much to do with the "Cinderella" story of it.  It's the way two totally different people come together.  They compliment each other.  The two bring out the good in each other.  I always thought "Viv" was a pretty smart cookie.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thoughts while taking a long soak!

Why is it, do you think, the things that are good for us are not the things we want? In  the"good for us" column, there would be a complacency.  We would be settling, maybe, for something that is safe, predictable.  In the "things we want" column, there is fire, passion, and with it comes pain, tears, and confusion.
Which would you choose? 
The good without the passion, always wondering, with sadness what it could have been?  The wanting, with the tears and pain.....

Friday, August 27, 2010


Photo By Baz
Mitzi Lynn Hudson
Today is Mitzi's birthday.  I would give anything if I could call her and tell her happy birthday.  Last year, when I called her on her birthday, she was very sick.  She tried to talk, but she just couldn't.  I miss her so much.
Baz did this photo for the family, when Mitzi passed away.  It was a very kind and heart felt act that was loved and appreciated by all of us.
There were so many of you that made her last days a bit better.  All the cards brought a little light into the darkness of the disease she was fighting.  I was there and saw the smiles and heard the happiness in her voice, as she talked about the cards.
Those of you who knew her, know what a special person she was.  She wasn't just my sister-in-law, she was one of the best friends I ever had.  She knew me better than most.
Happy Birthday Mitzi Lynn...I love you and I miss you so much.........

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Picture Perfect~~~~Urban Decay

Let me begin by saying, NEVER take your daughter on an adventure.  They always have to pee or have something to whine about, which always cuts the adventure short.  I was hoping Morticia could go with me, but she was otherwised engaged.  We're planning on going back together.
When I saw todays theme, I knew where I wanted to go.  There's an old school here...Fletcher Memorial School.  It's been closed for many years.   It's said to be haunted by a teacher that was pushed down the stairs by a student.  There are also reports of a man who hung himself here years ago. 
It has become a pasttime for teenagers to visit the old school at night.  They're looking for the ghost.  There have been a few of the young ones in my family that have made this little trip.
The school has been unoccupied since the early 70's.  I think it was built in the early 1900's, but I haven't been able to verify that yet.  It just sits there now...falling apart bit by bit.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Picture Perfect~~~Framing

I took this photo, of my daughter, for a workshop that my friend, Baz, hosted.  I, literally, threw my daughter in the azaleas to get a "framed" shot.  I was a little pressed for time.  LOL  But, I love this shot of my daughter.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Images and Words~~~The Look of Nature

It's been some time since I've been able to participate in "Images and Words".  My life stays very busy with work and school, but I have missed it.
When I saw this weeks theme, a photo I had taken came to mind.  I shot this picture on my way to Ga. when my Sister-in-law had passed away.  We came into this small place in the early hours of the morning.  It's called "Banks Lake".  The fog was thick over the lake, and to me, the cypress trees seemed to be posed in an elegant and mystical dance, all their own.  It was hauntingly beautiful, and so very peaceful.
Banks Lake is also a wild life refuge, and I hope to one day go back, and spend a day there, just taking pictures.
All that said, here's my entry for this weeks theme....
For more "Images and Words"...click here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Picture Perfect---Signs

Living in the South, you're liable to come across signs of all sorts.  I came across this one on one of my adventures, with my cousin Morticia.   Haunted Bridge.....This sign is posted where an old corn mill once was....(at least I think it was corn).  I wish I could say there was an old legend attached to it, but alas, it was just some landowners, from the North, trying to keep people away from the old bridge.  Of course, all it did was draw Morticia and I right to it.  The old bridge is in pieces now.  Most of it has fallen down.  There's not much left of what was once the mill, but it was a pretty cool place to explore.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Because I need to remember......

Phoenix Rising

Linda Ravenscroft


Legend of the Phoenix
 by Vlinder
The Phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection, and life after death. In ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology, it is associated with the sun god. According to the Greeks the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at dawn, the Sun God would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing a beautiful song while it bathed in the well. Only one Phoenix exists at one time. When the bird felt its death was near, every 500 to 1,461 years, it would build a nest of aromatic wood and set it on fire. The bird then was consumed by the flames. A new Phoenix sprang forth from the pyre. It embalmed the ashes of its predecessor in an egg of myrrh and flew with it to Heliopolis, "City of the Sun," where the egg was deposited on the altar of the sun god. The Phoenix, has become a universal symbol of rebirth and the most famous of all fabulous birds. Clad in feathers of red and gold, the color of the rising sun, it had a melodious voice that became mournful with approaching death. Other creatures were then so overcome by its beauty and sadness that they themselves fell dead. According to legend, only one Phoenix could live at a time. The Phoenix never died permanently. Legend says it existed when the universe was created and that it knows secrets of life and reincarnation even the deities do not know.
From the ashes something of beauty arose.  I think it's the same with life sometimes.   We all face hardships and trials at some point.  The loss of a loved one, through the end of a relationship or through death.  Financial situations, loss of jobs or business.  Sickness, ourselves or those close to our hearts.  It seems as though we find our way through one battle just to have another one thrown at us.
But like the Phoenix, from the ashes, we can arise.  While, at the time, it doesn't feel this way, we have the opportunity for something new.
I've meet several people here, on line and on this side of the screen, who have shown incredible courage, when faced with the challenges of life.  A chance for rebirth, so to speak.  They have been knocked down, picked themselves up and started again.  I've been there myself, on more than one occasion.
From the ashes of my life, I found myself.  It wasn't an easy journey or discovery.  There were many things about myself that I didn't like.  Only I could change that but, I didn't have to do it alone.  I had friends online and in my life that were there to give support.  A hand that reached through the darkness.  A voice that whispered, hold on to your dreams and fly.
The support and friendships I've formed on line have played such a part in my life.  We're all here for each other through the rough times.  We share not only our pain but the joys in our life.  We give each other strength and courage to go on even when we feel we're at our lowest.  We encourage each other to follow our dreams.
So, to my friends, who are going through the rough spots in life, you're not alone.  And like the Phoenix, you will arise from the ashes.
This legend always gives me a sense of hope.  And, from time to time, I like to share it.
Thank you all for being there for me...........