Feeling a little blue…

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… there is nothing like getting out in the garden with the camera to fix that.

The garden is also where I head when I’m feeling a little artistically and photographically stuck (which also makes me feel a bit blue).  The natural beauty, perfect palate of color, and ever so soft flow and movement in a single bloom is simply…breathtaking.  Capturing all of that is such a delight and a good exercise for tackling a rut.

Even as the season wears on, when the blooms are a bit more scarce, and their the petals a bit faded and weary,  capturing the beauty that remains by creating a still life is another great exercise to reignite that creativity.

I’m a bit obsessed (there I said it) with learning all sorts of new techniques… and there’s a lot out there!  So much so, I tend to skip around a lot, never really feeling like I mastered one before I move onto another, and this can lead to a very big pile of… frustration… and a rut.  So dialing it back a bit, choosing a simpler subject (simpler in that it is not moving, travel is not required, and it is ready when you are) and using a familiar platform to practice techniques that are still a little unrefined or experiment with new ones… is key and starts by returning to the garden.

Tech Tip

New techniques used in the images above Curves!  I never used this before, honestly because I had no idea how it really worked.   But now that I do, I use it to boost/change color, lighten/darken ~ all over or just by selecting the most minute areas.  Curves has moved to the top of favorite tools!  Who knows maybe I’ll try a curves how-to video post… uh-oh, there I go again.  On second thought, maybe it would be better if I just go find a good one to share with you 🙂

Summer Lovin

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Good Sunday Morning!

Just want to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Summer & safe summer travels!

And now I’m off to go weed the garden before the sun & temperature get too high.  Ahh, don’t you just love summer 🙂

 

TGIF and A Tip of the Day

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Feelling-a-little-blue

Lovely texture courtesy of JaiArt.

Happy Summer!  As you can see, I’m running a bit behind…  Which is another reason I cannot wait until the weekend and some much needed time to catch up, even if just a little bit…   My photo library is bursting and all week long I have been jotting down ideas for photos that I have, just waiting to set aside some me time to work on them.  If you’re hoping to do a little of the same, I have a tip/link to share that will get you started and quite possibly completely off-course and into another aspect of your photography…. but in a good way!

If you have been following me, you know I love applying textures to my photographs, among other things…  Have you been wanting to give it a try, but not quite sure where to start?  Well, the gang over at Light Stalking have a quick and easy video tutorial by Sebastian Michaels & Photoshop Artistry,  with a PDF cheat sheet, and (best part) free textures to help get you started (here). I even picked up a couple tips from this tutorial… give it whirl.  I’d love to see how you apply some of these techniques, just share a link in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

Til next time,
Maria