AUG 17, 2011

Has it seriously been that long since I’ve lasted posted here? A lot has been going on here including surgery for me, a move for us, and keeping busy packing and unpacking! We’ve got an exciting year planned for us. Homeschooling, gardening, and learning homesteading and self-sufficiency skills.

I’ve remained somewhat faithful to our photo blog. That’s a good thing. lol But now… time to get back to blogging! ;)

Going Vintage

NOV 4, 2010

Rhythm is such a photogenic horse. We must have a zillion photos of her. Something about the Saddlebred’s refined head, beautiful form, and expressive eyes just really speaks through photos.

This time I wanted to do something different to her. Here is the original taken by Kayla:

Pretty uninspiring, huh? My camera produces cool, dull photos. Blah. Just doesn’t do Rhythm’s beauty any justice.

Let me state right up front that I’m very much an actions girl.. saves so much time in editing large amounts of photos. Some Photoshop actions I use are free (like Pioneer Woman), others cost (like MCP and Lily Blue). So here is what I did and used to turn this dull photo to vintage wow!

First thing I did was warm up the photo and “defog” it. I used MCP Light Fog Fixer from the Quickie Collection. Then I warmed the photo by using Pioneer Woman’s Action Set 2 Warmer action. Could I do this by hand? Sure. By why? I have combined these 2 actions into one that I call Beginning Prep. Click play and it runs both just like that. Quick and easy! :)

With the basic prep out of the way, I heal some crusties from Rhythm’s eye using the Spot Healing Brush Tool on a duplicate layer.

Next, the bottom part of her next is so dark, I wanted to lighten it a bit. Using MCP’s Touch of Light action (which is free by the way), I painted over this area to bring it out of obscurity. I probably could have lightened it a bit more but I wasn’t overly concerned at this point.

I used Pioneer Woman’s Heartland action to turn her photo vintage.

I’m really liking this! Vintage suits her well. Like an old timey photo of one of her ancestors. Because I just can’t leave well enough alone, I continued messing with her photo.

It’s a problem I have…

I need help.

Is there a 12 step program for Photoshop addicts?

OK… so I’m thinking let’s try a little texture on this photo. Enter hours of experimenting. There are so many great possibilities. But in the end I went simpler rather than a complex texture by running Lily Blue’s Pecan Grain action from the Chocolate actions set.

I didn’t like how it looked on her face and body so using a mask, I painted the texture off those areas. The differences between grain on the face and no grain on the face are subtle.

I love masks… just not on people.

Clowns scare me.

Chuckie Cheese… **shudder**

Finally a little vignetting to draw your attention to her beautiful face.

And there you go… from blah to vintage wow! :)

Photo taken by Kaybear.
Post-processing by me.

October 31st isn’t Halloween for us…

OCT 31, 2010

We don’t participate in Halloween at our house. Most people look at us as if we are strange. But God has given us a more glorifying reason to celebrate on October 31st each year…

This is the day Bryon adopted Mikayla as his own. Four years ago, our family became whole.

In much the same way, God has adopted us as His own children when we put our faith and trust in Jesus. “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1) Isn’t it amazing? Our Creator has chosen to adopt US and give US the inheritance of Heaven. All we have to do is believe in Jesus and we are adopted into His family.

Happy Adoption Day, Kayla and Bryon. This is one of the most important days of my life. I give thanks to my loving Father – the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth – who brought Bryon into our lives and blessed me with such a beautiful family. <3