Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I can't imagine fall without pumpkins. They are bright spots in the pumpkin patche and make a colorful display at the grocery stores. My husband carves a pumpkin for Halloween almost every year but he favors the white ones just because they are different. Pumpkins are carved in a variety of ways, cooked and turned into all sorts of edible treats. Even the seeds can be roasted for a nutritional munchie. I blended this photo with a brick texture that had lettering on it--something I hadn't tried in the past. I thought it made for a rather interesting effect. Now where's that pumpkin pie?
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This is a page I'm including in My Story. The photo dates back to about 1995 when my husband and I made a trip around the perimeter of the US. In case you can't read the small print on the page, the story is this: my husband refused to cross this bridge in our car even though a car came the opposite direction without any problem. It didn't really matter since we didn't have to get to the other side but I still give him a hard time about it. I've since learned it's not floating so much as simply submerged, though why someone chose to do that I have no idea. Quirky, huh?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I don't often go to Starbucks so when I do it's a treat. The autumn display I found at our local Starbucks made it an even better treat--so much color, texture and variety in the selected items. I just had to take a photo and play with it. As for my beverage, I tried something new and determined that I'll stick with my favorite chai tea latte for the cool months and icy cold, creamy sweet frappe in the warm months. But it's good to step out of our box and sometimes try something new. After all, that's how I discovered chai tea and frappe.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
But since we packed most of our belongings, my cupboard is very bare. I have salt and pepper, some bouillion and honey. I know, strange combination. But I'm working on adding to the possibilities by visiting my herb garden yesterday. Pictured above is what I cut and left to right is oregano, tarragon, thyme and two types of parsley. In the foreground is chives. I missed cutting some sage so will do that soon.
The photo to the right shows the herbs after they were washed and stripped from their stems. I didn't show the chives and one of the parsleys which are in a different pan, but you get the idea. After they are completely dry I will store them in small plastic bags and seasoning choices will be much greater and our food will be much tastier. Nice to enjoy the "fruits" of our garden.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
This is a view of the mountain range as you come back down the pass toward Ridgway (or, if you prefer, going up the pass the opposite direction). On a "normal" year the green trees in the center part of the photo would be a bright yellow but as I've mentioned, the trees aren't doing their usual thing this year. And the oaks aren't behaving well either, though those shown in the foreground have some nice muted colors. At least we had the addition of the snow-covered peaks to add some interest and that's a nice "not-so-normal" addition. We take what we get and enjoy it all.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This is the same photo I showed yesterday but this one has an additional layer of blending in the "hue" mode. As you can easily see, it greatly affected the color. To me this looks more vintage and adds an entirely different feel to the photo. One of the messages here is don't stop when you get something you like, but keep trying other things. You might find more good surprises.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This spot had some nice color and the trees framed the snowy peak quite nicely. I'm not fond of the bare aspen trunk on the right and yet it's part of the scene and I decided to leave it. I didn't find that dark branch on the left to be a distraction until I posted it here. I don't think it adds to the photo and I may Photoshop it out. Yes, it's cheating a little but the important thing is the end result and I've never claimed to not enhance or alter my photos. Sometimes I think that's the primary reason I take photos. And I don't use a lot of fancy settings even though I can. I'd rather play with the photo in Photoshop Elements.
Monday, October 14, 2013
This scene is fairly typical of what we saw along our fall drive. This is actually on the main highway between Ridgway and Placerville rather than on the Last Dollar Road. But cattle were plentiful everywhere as they haven't yet been moved to lower elevations. There was a bit of snow here and there and some foliage color mixed with the green. Kinda makes me want to spend some time in that little cabin--but only in the summer months.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This isn't too shabby as a backdrop for a ranch--in this case the Last Dollar Ranch. It clearly shows the lack of color in the aspens although some yellow and red are present in here and there. We don't often get the color with the snow-covered peaks so that was a nice change this year. Nice of the ranch to build that fence which leads the eye right into the photo.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
We took a little drive over The Last Dollar Road so check out the fall colors. It was a little disappointing in that many of the trees hasn't changed color and it seemed that many leaves were drying up and falling without significant color change. I suppose someone seeing it for the first time would still find it pretty but it lacked it's usual outstanding brilliance. Still we made many stops and took a lot of photos. This piece started with a closeup of some leaves that actually had some color. I went for a painted look which I blended into a patterns background. Finished it off with some shading on the edges, color on one side, a simple frame and a bit of text. It could be a greeting card.
Friday, October 11, 2013
This photo of potted plants was taken in Lake Oswego OR
in early June. I placed a color blend over it which muted the colors and highlighted the center. It created a sort of retro look that I thought was unique. Then I added the word art which I thought was a needed element to fill that bit of space with a little interest. It's so much fun to play with photos. Much more so than packing and cleaning.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Using word art with some blending techniques was new in this class. I started with a photo taken outside the grocery store to which I blended some color. I erased the blended color from the pumpkinds so they became the focal point. Then I added the little line border and text. I thought it was an improvement on the original photo even though I liked the photo as it was shot. The pumpkins in the field have already been "frosted." Winter seems to be coming early this year.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This photo was taken in a grocery store. Tt was blended with a colored texture. It's near the end of my second blending course and this was the first technique that was similar to my first course. However, I didn't remove all of the texture from the flowers like I did before. The change in color and muted look is rather nice I think. Pretty yellow flowers can take a lot of abuse.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Here's another return to the vintage photo look. It's a matter of changing the sharpness and toning down the color. In this case I think I actually prefer the vintage look with its more concentrated focal point and muted color. But I only want it for special occasions. In general I'm not willing to give up my modern technology.
Monday, October 7, 2013
For the third exercise we played with changing the basic colors of the photo--red, green and blue. And then we added a solid color over the top and blended that in. These birds are probably wondering what happened to them. Again, it was a photo of a downtown sculpture. I've included the original photo so you can see the difference. Hmmmm; maybe an emphasis of blue would have been a cool effect.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
We are an interesting species. We welcomed technology to improve photos and we are pleased as punch with wonderful quality, great sharpness and vivid color. And then the trend is a return to the vintage look. My second photo blending lesson was just that. I think I would like a bit more sepia color in my final photo but it's a learning process and I'll try the process again using a different photo. The photo was a downtown sculpture. I don't know if she liked returning to the 40's but it was an interesting experiment.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I'm taking another online class for photo blending. This class is different from the first one in that it seems to be more in the line of creating mood and adding/changing color. This was from the first lesson and I thought the end result was different that what I would normally do. I'll also post the original photo so you can see the difference. It was a gray sort of a day and that's the type of photo the instructor suggested works best with her techniques. I've several more lessons to work through. Stay tuned.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I again tried the technique for turning a photo into a sketch and then a painting. I thought it was more successful than the attempt I posted before but think it would look better with the addition of blue sky. I could have put some in the original photo but it was a gray day and I decided to keep it that way. Maybe a different image would have worked better--one with fewer drawing lines. Stay tuned for (hopefully) more progress.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Not all of the art on Main Street is on the corners or even on the street. This clever and attractive piece is on display at La Rouge, a French restaurant. You have to look high to see it as it is sits above the doorway and above the name of the restaurant. I can't say that I will miss La Rouge because I've never eaten there. Nor do I have any other experience with the restaurant except that I've heard the food is good. It just hasn't drawn me in as did the now closed Dolce Vita and still open Bistro Italiano. Guess I'm an Italian at heart. It's in my blood, after all.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Here's another item from my list of things I will miss after we move. It's the Bistro Italiano on Main Street in Grand Junction and the food is among the best I've eaten. It doesn't hurt that the recipes go back to Valle de Aosta in Northern Italy where my paternal grandparents were raised. And the fact that we've celebrated there with local cousins has created fond memories, too. I can see that I'll need to come back if only to visit my favorites.