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A Day with a Friend

As part of our celebration this week, my sister and I did something yesterday that we’ve never before done. We boarded a plane to fly up to San Francisco for lunch with my friend Adryane. There is nothing like flying somewhere to see a friend for just a day to make you feel extravagant on your birthday.

Adryane and her husband picked us up at the airport. It rained on our way into the de Young Museum.

However, inside, the photographs, paintings, sculptures and furniture were beautiful. There is a wonderful story about the man painting the fish. Adryane or I will have to share it on a scrapbook page soon.

It was still raining when we left the museum.

We walked by Boudin Bakery to watch the baker and to smell the bread.

Did I mention how good that bread smelled? We bought some bread shaped like turtles to take home.

Do you see the large ship through the arch? Rail cars used to come across the bay on a ferry and then into the city.

Next up on our walking tour, Pier 39, a Pokemon Go player’s dream location. Yes, I play Pokemon Go, just for the exercise of course. My doctor said walking is good for me. For those of you who play, I’m at level 33. I didn’t mind playing in the rain at all. In fact, I wrapped my umbrella in a plastic bag and placed it in my jacket pocket. I just gave up on my hair. Adryane shot this photo with her cell phone.

At the end of the pier, this inquisitive sea gull stayed in place nicely as I tried to capture him using the photographic rule of thirds and also keep Alcatraz visible in the background.

Although it rained all day, I had a most wonderful day with my friend Adryane!

Art with a Mask, an Artsy Transfer and Word Art

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The wind churned the water on the beach, making the waves pile high against the rocks. I set my camera to f/22 on aperture priority in the late afternoon sunlight and waited until just the right moment to capture the spray as the waves crashed against the rocks.

There are times I really like my photos just as they come out of the camera without any special photo treatments. I loved this capture of the spray of the waves against a rock formation at Little Corona Del Mar and wanted to use it on a page. However, I wanted to ground the waves with some of the other rock formations on that beach using another photo that I captured when I zoomed back to get more of the scene.

To create this page I used the two photos above and two masks from Coastline FotoBlendz No. 1. This page came together quickly. I sized the photos to fit my page and blended them together after clipping the two photos to mask 2. I added adjustment layers to each photo copy to increase the contrast just a little.

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I duplicated mask 2, moved it toward the right and then clipped and blended two more copies of the photos. Then I duplicated the mask a third time, moved it further toward the right and clipped two more photos.

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To finish the photo blended scene, I placed mask 4 from Coastline FotoBlendz No. 1 below the other photo layers, clipped one more copy of the photo with the spray and blended it with a layer mask.

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I placed one more copy of the photo with the rocks in the foreground at the top of the photo layers and blended back in just the foreground rocks using a inverted layer mask to make them appear heavier and darker in order to balance the the rock formation in the distance.

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Next, I added sand transfers from ArtPlay Palette Beach.

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Then I placed the layers from Artsy Transfer Coastline 5. Two layers of the psd transfer file are above the photo layers and the rest are below the photo and sand layers.

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Finally, I added two elements from Beach WordArt Mix No. 1. I placed them between the layers of the MultiMedia Shells No. 1. In addition, I added a few splatters and two additional transfers from ArtPlay Palette Coastline.

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There are times when I like the simplicity of creating a page for my photos without a feeling that I need to add a special photo treatment, times when I think that my photos are strong enough to stand on their own. At those times, combining a few masks, an artsy psd transfer and word art, allow me to easily create a blended piece of art. In some ways, these are the pages I like best!

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Watercolor Play

 

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It would appear that I can’t get enough of the watercolor action I described in a previous post. For this page, I blended and merged two photos before running the action. To create the brush layer needed for the action, I used several of Anna’s WaterColor Fotoblendz Masks. After I ran the action and made some adjustments, I created a composite.

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Next, I dragged the photo composite and  original photo onto a new blank 12×12 document. I blended it into ArtPlay Palette Coastland solid paper 1. I created another composite.

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Finally, I dragged that composite, original photo and background paper to a new 12×12 document and reduced their size. I wanted my piece of watercolor art to look like I had been painting on a board. I placed mask 3 from 12×12 Fotoblendz No. 2 (retired product) and reduced the mask’s size. Then I clipped my composite, photo and background paper to the mask. I blended out a bit of the watercolor composite to reveal more of the original photo before adding an overlay and a transfer from ArtPlay Palette Coastline.

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To finish my page, I added a thread from UrbanThreadz No. 11, word art from Beach WordArt Mix No. 2 and foliage from ArtPlay Palette Coastline.

Little Corona Beach

After a lovely lunch, I walked among the rocks at Little Corona Beach. I was surprised how few birds were there in comparison to what I saw on my last visit to this beach a couple of years ago. At that time, birds covered the rocks.

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Walking on the beach and climbing on the rocks provided a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with my camera. In aperture priority, I set my aperture to f/22 in order to capture as much of the landscape in focus as possible. I let the shutter speed adjust to the light at 4:30pm. In these photos, I focused on the arching rock in the distance. Yet the foreground is also sharp.

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I have a lens that zooms from 18 to 135. This was my first time playing with it at a beach. The wind and surf were fairly strong. At f/22, the spray is clearly visible.

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I think I prefer the shots with my horizon in the top third of the view finder frame. The waves rolling over the rocks seem more interesting than the blue sky, although the water spray was impressive. Had there been interesting clouds, I would have been more inclined to place my horizon line on the top or lower third of my view finder.

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While the mossy areas of the rocks are slippery for walking, they are supposedly a home for sea life. However, I haven’t generally found much to photograph besides rocks.

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On this visit, I found hermit crabs. Posted signs warn visitors not to take rocks or wild life from the pools among the rocks. I wonder if people generally respect those warnings since there have been so few specimens for me to photograph on my visits.

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While movement is not visible in this photograph, I watched these hermit crabs crawl over the rocks.

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I enjoyed playing with my camera, remembering tips from lessons and experimenting with different settings. The only thing I don’t like about the beach is that the air makes my hair curl. That’s one reason why I didn’t take a selfie.

On a Winter Morning

OnaWinterMorning_kdavis_1000Thirty-five years ago I had a Kodak Instamatic camera. To make photographs, I inserted a cartridge into the camera, pressed the shutter button to expose the film and rotated the dial to the next exposure on the strip of negative. Once all the exposures on the roll were taken, a mechanical rolling sound let me know know that I could remove the cartridge and take it to a camera store to get the film developed into three and a half inch prints. After a few days I returned to the store to pick up my prints and negatives. Then I would place the prints chronologically in albums. I have just over 2,475 prints from all the years with that little camera. They fill five albums. Yet in 2015 alone, I have more than 20,000 photographs residing on my hard drive in Lightroom. I cannot even imagine how many albums I would need for 20,000 photos if I printed even half of them.

Nowadays, I photograph with a mirrorless Fuji X-T1. Instead of placing photo prints in albums, I create artsy digital scrapbook pages in Photoshop. I choose the photos that speak to me and write the stories of those photos, the stories that I want my family to remember. Sometimes, I include one of those old photos taken with that old Kodak Instamatic on a digital scrapbook page. I publish these artsy pages in a book, like my book from last year, 2015 Photo Stories. I like to think I’m an artist with both my camera and the scrapbook pages that I create, at least I feel that way when I am making photographs or playing in Photoshop.

For this page, On a Winter Morning, I applied a watercolor filter to the large background photo to give it a watercolor look. Then I adapted a template by merging masks and stains to create a custom mask for the photo. The other photos in the small frames are as they came out of the camera. Thinking back, I know I would have loved all this technology thirty-five years ago.

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