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Play With Me Grandma!

I just finished sorting about 3000 photos from our trip last week down to more than eight hundred with which I might create pages for my annual book. Yesterday, while I was sorting, my daughter shared with me some of her memories as a child. Without even opening an old album, I remembered what she was describing. I also knew that despite not having many photos from when she was a child, the photos I had captured helped her remember things we did together as a family.

After my daughter called, I thought about my granddaughter Kate and how much I want her to remember our time playing together. In my last post, I wrote that I don’t often hand my camera off to anyone else. That’s the reason I’m not often in the family photos. I just don’t like having my picture taken. As I’ve gotten older the dislike has only gotten worse. However, on this trip, I handed my camera to my son twice and asked him to take a few pictures of me and Kate playing together. Since photos of me are rare, I decided to begin creating pages about our trip with these photos of the two of us.

If I can get beyond the dilemma of too many photos, creating pages with templates is the easy part of my process. I began this 24×12 inch page with mask 5 from Hipster Plume FotoBlendz No. 7 placed over solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Paraiso. To each layer of the psd mask, I clipped linked copies of my photo.

I did not know exactly which template I would use. Sometimes, I switch out the masks included in templates just for the variety. Sometimes, I just like the look of a mask and then search for small frames from a template that fit the shape of the mask.

Since I wanted to combine photos from both days on one two page spread, I looked for a template that would accommodate a vertical photo of me and Kate standing in the water. I loved Kate’s wave to her daddy in this photo. I clipped it to the mask included with template 3 from WaterColor Template Album No. 4 as well as some of the template stains.

However, rather than use the supplied small frames, I chose two from template 11 from the same album. I had already used template 3 once, but by switching out the small frames with those from template 11, I changed the look and better accommodated two more vertical photos. I added brush 7,overlay 2 and a little boat (recolored with a color overlay from the style menu) from ArtPlay Palette Paraiso.

Note: I extracted Kate’s foot for an out of bounds look on the left side.

For color balance on my page, I decided to mix the photos across both sides rather than separate them by date. I chose just the frames, text boxes and urban thread from Simple FotoBlendz Template Album No. 2. However, I tilted the small frames a little so that they looked more like the style on the left. I clipped my photos to the small frames and adjusted the exposure and color of the water with adjustment layers. Because the included frames were a little larger, I deleted those and added a stroke style in white to the masks to simulate frames.

To add interest on the page gutter and to tie the two pages together, I placed another mask from Hipster Plume FotoBlendz No. 7, png file 4.

My page style is consistent with the other pages I’ve already finished for my book this year: a light background, journaling, clear page edges, something across the page gutter, an informal font title, urban threadz, minimal elements, masks and blending. However, this page is extra special in that I am now pictured in my book; I’m not just the author and photographer. The next time Kate says, “Grandma, play with me,” I will remember this page of memories playing together: holding hands while floating on our backs, jumping in the waves, riding a boat and climbing ladders to slip down slides.

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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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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.

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