Evening Walk on the Beach

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had an opportunity to walk the beach but I managed to get away yesterday evening for a little while.  It’s been hot and humid but the breeze off the ocean felt wonderful.  

There was a family on the beach flying kites.  Well, at least one of them was.  The other two weren’t having much luck keeping theirs in the air.

Evening Walk

 

 

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For Extra Credit #4 – Oil Painting

So my Photoshop class is going great and this week we learned to fix images.  We took an old photograph that was cracked and torn and made it whole again.  It’s really cool stuff!

I’ve been taking old photos and playing with them using some of the new tricks learned in class.  My favorite thing I’ve learned so far is painting on photographs.  Here’s a photo I took of some birds in the surf several months ago along with the painted image.  The difference is pretty subtle but the painted image has more of a calming effect than the original picture.  

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Original photo

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Painted image

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On The Savannah

My daughter lives on the Savannah River and while there on babysitting duties this past week, we took a walk along the river and it felt just like home.

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The next day it rained so we weren’t able to go out for a walk but from the back deck, my daughter spotted this fawn by the pond.  My eyes are not nearly as good as hers so I never saw it but aimed the camera in the general direction she pointed out and somehow captured the fawn.  

 

Fawn

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For Extra Credit #2

I’m babysitting this week and taking pictures of my grandson off and on all day.  While he’s napping, I’m going through those pictures and also playing with old photos to practice what I’ve learned in photoshop class.

First up is the original shot….

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I then tried “painting” it but wanted to use more colors….

 

I didn’t like my “painting” (I don’t think you can really call it painting though and I didn’t like staying inside the lines) so I erased it all and tried something different.

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So now it bears no resemblance to the original but I like it.

 

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Three Is The Perfect Number

Have you noticed how photographs with three subjects catch your eye?  I’m not sure why but I have noticed a trend in my photography.

Three SwansThree DucksThree Wood Storks

 

But then, a photography is like a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.  It makes perfect sense when you think of it that way.

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For Extra Credit

I am having SO much fun with my Photoshop class!  I am absolutely amazed at everything it can do so each night, I’ve taken a couple of my old photos and played with them to see what new magic would happen.  

This is tonight’s “Before”…

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First edit…I blended and blurred…

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….I added some more filters and “twisted” and here is the “After”.

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My jaw dropped when I saw this transformation and I know I’ll never be able to recreate it again.  I love the way the colors blended but I have one small issue with the final result.  I’m an insurance agent on the coast and it looks a little too much like the symbol used for hurricanes.  Hopefully it’s not an indication of what to expect this summer.

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A Skimmer Went A Skimmering

We took a drive the other evening with the top down on the car and ended up on the marshwalk in Murrells Inlet – the newer portion behind the Hot Fish Club.  There were a few egret waiting patiently for their dinner but this skimmer got my attention.  He only stayed long enough to catch a bite and then went on his way.

Skimmer

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

This week’s challenge is to share our roads, walkways, etc as we get from one place to another.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn

I use Lightroom for editing but wanted to learn how to use Photoshop for other projects so I’m taking a photoshop class on line and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned so far.  (I took a 6-week Photoshop class a couple of years ago but you know how it is when you don’t use it…you lose it.)

Here are some abstract images using brushes and gradients (which are absolutely amazing!  Remember the Kaleidoscopes when we were kids?)

And here’s a before and after where I painted my photo.  

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Pretty cool stuff!

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