Friday, April 11, 2014

Textures, Mud And Bubbles

1. I found Kim Klassen's  Textures In Ten (free) texture tutorial. I have been joining in on her "Friday Finds" meme for a couple of weeks. I always admired the textured photos, but didn't know how to achieve the look. Well now I do! Thanks Kim! If you are interested in fabulous textures, click on over to Kim's site.
 
 
2. These are my first attempts at using "real" textures, which is quite different than having an online photo editor overlay one on top of a photo. It's not much more difficult though, and you have a lot more control over the final result of your finished photo.
 
 
3. There are subtle differences in the two photos. I like the second one the best, as I was trying to spotlight the main flower.

The original

4. In other randomness today. It's raining, the snow is melting and the backyard is a muddy, seedy, peanut shell MESS. Wow, spring yard work is going to be heavy duty this year.

5. I am addicted to acquiring useless interesting iPad apps. Bubble Explode is the latest. As if I don't waste spend enough time on the computer already, now I have another techno gadget to play with! Ah well, I'm sure the novelty will wear off in a few weeks!

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34 comments:

Beverly said...

Welcome to the world of Kim Klassen textures! You'll definitely fall in love. Such a beautiful start to your journey too with your pretty flowers!

Linda W. said...

All of these photos are beautiful!

lissa said...

I like the first version with the more brightness around the flower, although the textures in the second one is quite nice. but it really wouldn't work well if the original is bad but in this case, it's a wonderful shot.

visiting from random 5. have a great day.

Deb said...

very pretty....

Buttons said...

Oh you are clever I have yet to try any of the texture things they are lovely.
Messy mud yup same here:)
Enjoy the bubbles:) it will wear off in time:) Hug B

Sylvia K said...

These are SO beautiful, Karen! I love the colors and you are so talented!! I'll visit Beeps blog again, I joined it when I was there earlier this week. She is a great blogger -- she must take after her grandmother!!! Have a lovely weekend!!

Donna Hopkins said...

Yes, Kim really is the best teacher for learning all about how to make, use, and apply textures. Your flower photos are beautiful and the textures add a special touch. Have fun practicing!

J Bonafilla said...

Fabulous photos. I must check out the texture tutorial. All the best for a lovely weekend, Bonny

Dotti said...

Wonderful job on the textures! It's amazing how many different 'looks' you can get with one photo.

Melanie said...

Heavy duty is a good description of the spring clean up this year! Have a great weekend!

Michelle B said...

Aren't textures great! They are so much fun and there are so many options. Your flowers wonderful!

RedPat said...

Looks like a lot of fun!
It is sunny here in TO.

TexWisGirl said...

i've never done textures. glad you ventured into that world, though!

The Artful Diva said...

you're making the most of the textures I see - well done!

Sylvia said...

Such pretty flowers, beautiful texture work !
I'm addicted to Kim's textures :-)
Have a nice weekend,
Sylvia

Ida said...

What pretty photos. Each one is quite lovely. Isn't it fun to play around with textures. I don't have Lightroom or Photo Shop so I have to do most of my editing with the Free Online programs.
Oh your snow is melting, bet that is nice.

Robyn said...

Karen,
Looks like you are having fun with textures. They are fun and can really add to a photo.

We have had nice weather this week, very spring like temperatures. Unfortunately we have had a few rather windy afternoons, but that is South Dakota normal. We have a chance for snow on Saturday night.

Enjoy your iPad!

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

mahjong games get me all the time. they pull me right on in. you enjoy!! i say it is your pleasure - why not? it could be worse. i guess when you know it is bad is when it pulls you away from more important stuff. (does that make sense? hope so.) ( :

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. I have been admiring texture work for quite some time now - some day I will have to play.
These are gorgeous.

Rambling Woods said...

Textures are fun...I like your photos

abrianna said...

Good job for a first try with textures.

I do not miss mud season at all.

Janet said...

Stunning photograph and awesome texture work Karen! Also loved your "off road parking" in Aylmer photo yesterday! Also from Ontario, grew up in London, so it made me laugh!
Have a great weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Karen, the flowers are beautiful and I like the textured images! You did great! Have a happy weekend!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have some word games on my IPAD and it is hard not to become addicted. I let myself play in the morning with my first wake up cup of coffee and then try really really hard not to go there again. But it doesn't always work.

Have seen mentions of Kim's classes some other places and think 'i should do that sometime'. Still think so!

Beautiful flower photos. I think I understand a little more about what texture means now.

Lisa Gordon said...

Ahhhh, so many apps, so little time! :-)

You did a beautiful job with the textures, Karen.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Gail Dixon said...

Textures can be fun and I like what you did, but I must admit I love the original. I'm on app overload, too. Is there a 12-step program for us? :)

Carole M. said...

it is fun seeing the changes in textures to your original (which in itself is beautiful)

Stephanie said...

They are all great!

Kim Klassen said...

hello karen... I'm so happy to hear you found textures in 10 helpful..... and your photos are so very pretty..... I'm so happy you are a part of the link up.... the community is truly the BEST.

have a beautiful weekend.... xo, Kim

pragmaticsoul said...

These are so beautiful Karen, and such freshness lifts my soul.

Sherri B. said...

What a gorgeous flower...and I love your added texture!

lina@womens perspectives said...

Love the result, Karen.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Kim is the best and her textures and texture work is amazing. You did an awesome job on your flowers.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I like them all, well done!