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After a Snowstorm

After a snowstorm earlier this month, a couple out walking their dogs graciously gave me permission to capture them from behind as they walked down a path near my home. I got three shots with my iPhone before they disappeared from view.

There are two steps to creating this page. First, I worked with just the photo in Photoshop following the steps outlined in a post on Anna’s blog, Create an Artsy Sketch Effect, by team member Ulna-May. While I didn’t change the image size as stated in the post, I followed the other instructions, changing opacity and blend modes on two layers. For example, my color layer is on blend mode Pin Light at 100%. I created a composite of all the photo layers.

Next, I moved the sketch composite and original photo on to solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Inkling. I linked the two layers and resized them to fit the 12×12 layout. I duplicated the original photo and gave it a watercolor effect in Topaz Studio. I then used brush 2 from AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 3 on an inverted mask attached to sketch composite to bring back in the photo. I changed the blend mode to Linear Burn. I duplicated the mask and attached it to the watercolor copy, changing the blend mode to Overlay at 100%. Finally, I roughly extracted the couple and used the same brush on the mask to lighten them just a little.

With the photo layers finished, I placed transfer 4 from the artplay palette, reduced the size to 85% and adjusted the exposure with a levels adjustment layer on Overlay at 40%. Just below the man and woman I placed copies of the silver paint included in ArtPlay Palette Inkling. I also placed art stroke 3, erasing the right side.

To finish my page, I placed the psd layers of file 2 from MultiMedia Winter No. 3. I substituted a button from the artplay palette for the blue one included in the file. I added a title from Inkling WordArt Mix No. 1.

Capturing this photo took only a minute, but provided a wonderful afternoon for playing with Anna’s new release.

A Rainy View

In a prior post, A Day with a Friend, I shared some photos from my trip early in February to San Francisco for lunch with Adryane. Yes, I am behind on creating pages due to computer problems, but I have decided to begin with the photos from my day with Adryane. I won’t be sharing every page on the blog or in the gallery, but I will include them in my next book. It was a fantastic rainy day!

In California, the winter rains make everything a beautiful, lush green. It really is better to visit during the winter or spring rather than summer. So if the photos appear vivid, they were. The grounds of the museum were really beautiful from my view out the windows.

To create this page, I began by adding a layer mask to the focal photo in the background. This is one of my favorite photos; I love the perspective as my friends walked together under an umbrella with their reflection trailing behind on the wet pavement. No I didn’t have to add a reflection as it was part of the photo. The bottom layer is on blend mode multiply at 100%, the second layer is on hard light at 100% and the third layer on screen at 30%.

Next, I extended this vertical photo across the page with transfers, overlays and paper from ArtPlay Palette Moorlands. The gray tone of solid paper 1 and artsy paper 1 is perfect for a rainy day. I placed two copies of transfer 1, one on normal at 80% and the second on soft light at 30%, above solid paper 1. Above that, I placed artsy paper 1 at 65% and masked out a part that was too dark. Above these layers I placed overlays 2 and 3 as wells as copies of brush 19 on color burn at 30 % (note the texture ties the photo with the paper’s texture).

Next, I placed the frames and text boxes from Artsy Layered Template No. 246 on my document and adjusted their placement. I clipped photos to three of the frames and copies of artsy paper 1 to the other two frames.

Finally, I added file 5 from MultiMedia Leaves No. 6. I moved the position of the thread, leaf and shadow up in the layers panel in order to sandwich it in between the frames. This allowed the fern to overlay a photo of ferns. I added wood word art 3 from Scenic WordART No. 1 above the frames and adjusted the frame masks below with layer masks.

I must be getting faster at scrapbooking as creating this page and writing a post explaining my process took about two hours. That’s fast for me!

A Beautiful Afternoon

I walked along the lake this evening. As I approached a man, he said, “Smile for the camera.” I then knew he would let me photograph him with his pups. The man’s name was Jim, and I will send him copies as soon as my computer is back from repair.

I used just my 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent to a 50mm on a full frame camera) to make these photos this afternoon. I am liking the perspective of this lens. I know some think this is a boring focal length, but I don’t as I am practicing with my camera settings and composing based on a focal length closest to what the eye sees. By reducing the variables with which I have to work I have made it a little easier for myself. It is enough to deal with manual mode and one focal length at the moment.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk with my camera.

Long Enough

Bill is very busy this morning doing his least favorite job, well maybe except for painting. I went outside too, long enough to capture these without blowing out the highlights. It would appear that even after 49 years of marriage we have a few different priorities.

Until I get my computer back, it’s hard to tell if my exposure needs to be bumped up a little more in post processing. These are straight out of the camera. That’s the disadvantage of working off my iPhone.


An Imperfect Photo


Each of us has a different story about learning digital scrapbooking. When I began my first digital scrapbooking class in 2010, I quickly noticed how much better the photos of others were much than mine. Then a friend told me that as my photography improved so would my scrapbook pages. While I am not by any means a professional photographer, I think she gave me great advice. Spending time studying and practicing photography while taking classes on different aspects of digital scrapbooking has made it easier for me to create scrapbook pages in Photoshop.

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I generally begin my pages with a photo, like this one of my granddaughter as we left her class on Wednesday. I actually think she enjoyed playing in the snow with that stick more than class, but that’s another story. The dirty snow from the asphalt in the right corner was piled up and it was midday. I think my white balance is a little off and this photo doesn’t follow the rule of thirds. This is definitely not a perfect photo!

Yet, my granddaughter’s intensity with what she was doing touched me as she drew in the snow with a stick, and I knew that I could create a page about this moment in time. I didn’t need the entire photo to tell the story. When I exported it from Lightroom into Photoshop, I used the angle she was facing to determine how to position the photo in the top left corner of my 12×12 page. I began by clipping my photo to a Snowy FotoBlendz mask. Because the shape of the mask didn’t quite fit my photo, I merged the mask with an artsy stain that I stamped on another layer. The rest of this page is simply layering and blending with a digital paper and transfers from ArtPlay Palette Neige by Anna Aspnes. Knowing that I am able to take an imperfect photo to create a piece of art encourages me to continue to work on my photography because what I capture with my camera affects how I see the design of my scrapbook pages.

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