Sea Blue Lens


Be Still Weeks 38 and 39: Dark vs. Light

I have two Be Still lessons to post today. The first, from last week’s assignment, is a still life with organic elements, photographed with side light. Kim’s examples for this lesson were dark and moody, so I headed in that direction, too. I used one basic setup for these, varying the cropping but mostly just experimenting with some Lightroom presets in post processing.

Processed with Kim Klassen’s kk_organic, with decreased clarity and slightly increased saturation.

I bought this hand-painted bowl on a trip to the Grand Canyon about 20 years ago from a Native American man sitting on a blanket at the side of the road, selling pottery that he told me he made himself. It is stained with smoke inside and out and looks like it was fired in a campfire! It reminds me of my roots in the Southwest, as well as of that rather magical trip.

Processed with David duChemin’s Toxic Warmth preset.

The little lizard crawling out of the bowl is one of those little critters that are meant to be hung on the rim of a flowerpot. I don’t remember where I got him, but I do remember that I bought him just because he looked so much like the lizard painted inside the bowl. It amuses me to think they might be related.

Processed with kk_moody-ish

I found the nest when I was living in California a couple of years ago. The egg, which is broken open on the side you can’t see, I picked up here in Maine. I have no idea what kind of bird made either one. The stick and cluster of cones came from two unrelated trees in my daughter’s yard.

This week’s lesson is just the opposite: glass, light, bright, white, airy. For this one I tried several different arrangements.

Sea Glass

Vintage mason jars filled with sea glass, old linen napkin, backlit through lace curtains. Processed with kk_slightlight with clarity reduced quite a bit because I wanted that glow-y look.

Sea Girl

I’m afraid I can’t begin to tell you how I processed this one. I tried so many variations, including starting over several times,  that I completely lost track. I’m not thrilled with it, but it’s a whole lot better than what I started out with!

Home Comforts I

This is as it came out of the camera, plus Kim’s kk_touchof-1 texture. I like the soft, natural look of this one.

Home Comforts II

Here it is with with the same texture, processed with Kim’s kk_slightlight preset. It’s more dramatic and I like it, too. It’s so hard to make decisions about these things.

And that’s me caught up again and looking forward to the weekend! I hope you all have a good one.


Nearing the Finish Line

This is the next-to-last month of the {In the Picture} project for 2012. Our theme for November was “I am thankful.” The image below is one of those that is worth the proverbial thousand words.

Picture of Contentment

Picture of Contentment

I know how very fortunate I am, and I truly am thankful for all the riches in my life. They’re not monetary riches. But I have enough for my needs, as well as a beautiful home, friends and family who love me, an abundance of interests to pursue, and the health to be able to enjoy all of these things.

This is my first fire of the season, and, in fact, my first fire in my very own fireplace . . . which is the fulfillment of a dream. I experimented with adding a couple of Kim Klassen’s textures to this image. The effect is pretty subtle, but it does make a difference, and it was fun to play with.

I’m also thankful for Christy at Urban Muser for hosting this self-portrait project all year. I had really wanted to do one for myself, but I know I would have fallen by the wayside long ago if it hadn’t been for this monthly linkup. It’s been a challenging and fun instrument of growth in my life. Thanks, Christy!

Come check out the November Linky Party!