Friday, November 25, 2011

Picture Perfect~~~Movement Blur

 
 
Hello everyone!!!!  I don't get to play here much anymore, but this week I have a shot.  I took this for one of my school assignments.   The aperture on this shot was f 20.  I used a shutter speed of 1/10.   I didn't use a tripod for this shot.  It was hand held.
 
I hope all are well and had a great Thanksgiving.  I have a bunch of assignments to turn in the next few days, but I'll visit a many pages as I can.
 
Y'all take care.
 
 
Follow the link to PP
 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mono Monday Plus....(lost count)

Yea!!!!  I have an entry.  Okay, so it's a day late, but I'm here.  LOL  My entry this week is more of editing.  The first shot is my original shot.  It's way to orange, warm, so I used a cooling filter is Photoshop.
 
I also adjusted the color and lightnes using the levels tool. Then I used the clone tool to take away the distractions in the photo.
 
 
There you have it. My MM for this week. There's still some things I wanna work on with this picture. The wall behind her is a little darker and shows some shadows, but I'm just happy I was finally able to use the clone tool.
 
Mono Monday is my favorite group.  I've learned so much here.  For more on MM click here....
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Haven't done this in a long time

Truth hidden
behind a haze of false calm
unclear, unseen
desparate, alone
in a sea of choice
what is needed passed by
the petals fall
escape comes only from within


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Picture Perfect-One Re-Post for Luxy Part 2

 

One, one grave, one name-  ALICE

I took this picture in Jan of this year, on a day trip to the beach, with my cousin Morticia.  We went looking for an old legend.  The ghost of Alice said to haunt Pawly's Island.

As legend goes, Alice was a young girl, from a prominent South Carolina family, during the 1800's.  She was very outgoing and full of life.  Considered bold, for her time.  She loved to ride, which she did on most days.  It was on one of these rides that she met John, a common lumberman and the two fell in love.

Her family was outraged by her association with this man and she was forbidden to see him by her brother, Allard.  The head of her family at this time.  But,  Alice followed her heart.  She continued to see John.  The two planned to marry.  John gave her a ring.  A plain gold band, with the words "LOVE NEVER FAILS" inscribed inside.  She wore the ring on a blue ribbon around her neck.

When Allard found out, he sent Alice to a boarding school in Charleston.  He left instructions that the there was to be no contact between Alice and John.

With a broken heart, Alice began to fade.  Becoming only a shell of the young, vibrant woman she had once been.  She became ill with a fever.  Her brother was sent for and Alice was taken back home.

Her condition worsened.  During her waking moments,she would reach for the ring around her neck.  Searching for comfort and for her lost love, John.   Allard found the ring around her neck one morning.  He tore the ribbon from her neck and threw the ring into a nearby creek.

Alice awoke to find the ring gone.  She died just hours later.

Her brother was so filled with rage that she had grieved herself to death over John that he had her buried with only her first name, ALICE, on her grave stone.

Morticia and I found her grave that day.  Not only had her brother  shunned her in life but also in death.  Her grave is separated from the rest of her family.  It sits alone.  While Morticia and I didn't find her ghost, what we felt that day was something neither of us will forget.  We cried for the young girl who had lost so much.

There's a tree near her grave that is full of ribbons.  Others that had been there before us had left rings in the tree for Alice.  She is said to have been seen many times here, behind the gates of this old graveyard.  It's said that she still looks for her ring and her lost love, John.

Not sure if this link will work but, more of the pictures from that day are here.

 

Alice...

 

I always enjoy, foto friday/picture perfect.  Not only the photo's but, the stories that often are posted with them.  For more on Picture Perfect...click here.

Or just click on the tags.  My writing skills are pretty much non-exsistent but, you can find the legend from Shadowlands.com in my tags.

 

You all have a great day.

 

 

 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mono Monday Plus....(lost count)

While we were in Savannah, we walked along river street and came across a mask...We took a couple shots of it.  Later, Gator suggested I put Morticia's eye's in it...so here it goes. 

 

 
 
I used these two shots.  Using layers I put them together.
 
 
I never delete the bad shots.  Why?  Who knows.  In this case, I had one that I decided to use as a frame.
 
 
 
So there goes...nothing special, but it was fun playing with PS again.  I've used Lightroom for so long in my classes, I haven't really played with layers in a while.  But my next class in a PS class, and I'll have to upgrade to CS5.  Maybe I'll learn some more tricks.  But, honestly, I've learned more from the Gator than I have from these classes.  He's not just my friend, he's my mentor.  Thanks Gator....I've come a long way since the first MM.   You're the reason why.
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Captain Gator

 
Morticia and I had a great time with the Gator.  He's wonderful.  Tell you guys more about it later.  Thanks Gator for putting up with the Carolina Cousins. 

Adventure With Captain Gator




I haven't moved all the pics from Lightroom yet, but here's one or two.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Images and Words~~~ New

 
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Seneca quotes

(Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

 

While searching for a quote with the word "new", I found this.  It rang very true for me.  I have come to the end of a beginning, and a new beginning awaits.  Then I searched my photos, and found this.

Childhood is a beginning.  Childhood ended on this day, and a new beginning was made with two people that are now one.  One day, another new beginnng will come...children, grandchildren. 

Endings can be a very good thing.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Picture Perfect Competition Time #1 ~ Ethnic

 
The theme this week is "Ethnic".  It is defined by PP as follows:
 

ETHNIC

(ethnic: pertaining to or characteristic of a people, group, religion or culture)

 

In our little area of the world, farm land is a large part of our culture.  Sadly, a lot of it lays dormant these days.  Many of the farmers have had to take on jobs to make ends meet.  On my cousins farm, there are no fields, only a garden with enough vegetables to carry the family over.  There are, however, animals that must be tended each day.  Above is a photo of my cousin doing just that.

 

For more on PP click here

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering.

HI all, I'm a day late, but I'm here this week.  I've been playing with a picture of my sister.This is what I came out with.

This is the original picture:

 
 
 
Using a quick mask, I cut my sister out of this picture and pasted her onto another background.
 
 
 
 
 
All of the above was done in CS4.  Then I went to picnik.com.  These are my final pictures.
 
 
 
 
 
And that's my entry for this week.  For more MM click here.