Tuesday, 25 May 2010

I ♥ Faces - Week 21 - “Yellow”

We took our children to the farm ~ they were in their element playing in a barn full of soft YELLOW hay
(Click the link to see more pictures)

Now it's your turn to join in over at iheartfaces ~ go on ~ it's FUN!!

Communal Global ~ "My Cozy Corner"

Not so much a 'cozy' corner, as a cold, wet, crazy corner ~ but comforting all the same when it's as hot as it's been here this weekend!!

For more coziness, link up today with Communal Global's Tuesday around the World ...

Monday, 24 May 2010

SOOC Saturday/Sunday ~ Posting Late...!

Sorry I've been missing in action this week ~ not feeling fully myself!

But these were taken on thursday ~ we took the children to a local farm that has a play area and then for a short time every year they fill the barn with hay bales and let the children have fun...mine really did! These are my faves from the afternoon :)

Melody had a pretty special weekend too ~ hop on over and check out her blog :)

Friday, 21 May 2010

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - #55 ~ 'Under-Exposure!'


Fix One


Fix Two

I did these edits way back when Shelle posted the picture for Constructive Critism Friday. I really can't remember what I did now though!! All I know is I used Picnik (premium) because I only had my laptop that day :D

I have a busy day today, but if I get chance I'll take it into LR & PSE (and/or Gimp) later and see what I can do there!

Thursday, 20 May 2010

You Capture - 'Depth of Field'

This week Beth wanted...

"Focus subject, blurry background.  It can also be vise versa, focused background, blurry foreground."

That's Cool! I love to use my macro and supermacro on my camera (all shot in manual mode), but having a good super-zoom really helps too!
I could post SO many more, but here's just a sampling :)
I love all of these for different reasons, but possibly the first and last are my faves!

To join in and show off your D-O-F pictures, head on over to Beths :D

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Communal Global ~ "Today I learnt..."

... to appreciate the more simple things in life!

Today is 'Tuesdays around the World', and you get to join in, so link up :D!!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

SOOC Saturday ~ Sunshine At Last!!

Around here you would be struggling to have called it Spring just lately, but today, AT LAST, the sun has come out!!

I took my small boys to feed the horses, meet this year's calfs and feel the sun on their skin ~ and of course I took my camera! :)

All SOOC ~ the light was beautiful!

Now for more Slurping Life head on over to Melody's! :)

Friday, 14 May 2010

5 Faves Friday ~ 9

FIX-IT-FRIDAY - NO.54- "Over-Exposure"

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Edit One


Edit Two

This week's fix was a challenge!

The photo was submitted to iheartfaces by Christina from 3 Sweet P's. She wrote: "This is a photo of my 2 year-old Parker. I am bothered by the harsh shadow on his face and the washed out colors of the photo. His eyes are a beautiful blue and you just can't see that. I would love to see what you guys can come up with!"

It took some work to soften that area of over exposure on the right of his face and then I wanted to bring back the blue of his eyes a bit too. The colours needed to punch more, without accentuating the harsh lines of sunlight on his face ~ wow ~ tall order!

Firstly I opened the photo in PSE7 camera raw and fiddled a little with overall exposure and contrast and then opened the image.
Always duplicating layers before I worked this is what I did (I think!)

  • Selected the over exposed area of his face and layered as a cut
  • colour picked from a good skin tone and then bucket filled the selection
  • Decreased the opacity of the selection to blend it down.
  • (It looked a little better)
  • applied Coffeeshop Johnna's Tea Party and reduced the opacity of the layers
  • flattened and duplicated the image
  • I transformed the duplicated image to BW and then layered it back on top of the original ~ setting to Soft light and decreasing opacity to taste ~ this punches the colours nicely!
  • I then used Coffeeshop Perfect Portrait action and worked with appropriate layers ~ especially the dodge layer to further soften the harshness of the line on his face.
  • I reapplied Johnna's Tea Party, deleted the middle layer and reduced opacity of top layer (I liked the tones this gave) ~ flattened
  • Created a new layer and flooded with a light beige tone ~ this improved the skin tones ~ flattened
  • Lassoed his eyes and created a seperate layer for them, then played with the hue enhancement to make them blue again.
  • faded the layer down until they looked natural.
  • Saved for the web.  ~ Voila Edit One
For Edit two I worked straight of Edit one and applied 'Nelly Nero Grunge BW' and just fiddled with the layers until I liked the look!

I think I prefer Edit one overall, although it is a little more yellow than I would really like it to be.

For more fantastic edits of this picture head on over to Fix-It-Friday :)

Thursday, 13 May 2010

You Capture - Yellow




This week's You Capture theme is 'yellow' ~ thankfully today I spotted our garden's first Buttercup :D It doesn't get much more yellow than that!

To join in nip over to Beth's blog :)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

I ♥ Faces - Week 19 - “Celebrating Mum” !

I didn't think I was going to get an entry in this week. Then tonight, on the way to taking the children to their weekly drama group, they discovered that 'stickle weed' stuck very well to my coat and hence forth attacked me with copious quantities!! I handed the camera to my 9yo daughter and she shot this! I love it ~ even TP pulling a silly face behind me ~ all about motherhood ~ silly faces, silly moments and children capturing them :)

It's not mother's day in May in the UK ~ that happened in March, when the daffodils start blooming, but every day is a good day to celebrate my position as mother of 7 :).

To join in with this week's celebration over at iheartfaces, click on the button and the top and add your link ...

Communal Global ~ "My Scent"

I've had this perfume a long while ~ I hardly ever wear any, but this IS lovely!
(Can you see my bed reflected in the bottle?)

Time for you to join in with Tuesday Around the World ~ just link up below :)

Friday, 7 May 2010


I'm not sure what's with my camera, but too many of these seem to be out of focus. The shutter speed was high enough, but it just seemed to miss too many.
Despite that, I love the shots ~ I just wish they were crisper!

Time for you to join in with 5FavesFriday ~ go on you know you want to!! :D



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