Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

After almost a week of sopping, cold rain, the day dawned bright and clear. I'm glad for the people who have to travel. I am only going a mile down the road, to have Christmas supper with friends later.

Meanwhile, I've been playing with my photo editing software. I am making collages, and I am also experimenting with color splash. In Color splash, it strips the photo of color, except for the one spot the editor wants to splash back in. Here are the results of some of the splashes and collages.

In splash, I discovered, the key is to find one large graphic that is colorful. Most of my bird photos are of brown birds so when stripping the photo of extraneous color and adding back in the black or brown, it doesn't make for too much of a splash, lol. Here is one bird photo I'd had that was colorful. Kind of.

In the photo below, I snapped it at Campobello in New Brunswick Canada. It is of a pitcher plant, (a carnivorous plant like the Venus flytrap) and the surrounding color was various shades of green. I stripped the green and added back the plant's natural red.

In these collages, I know I went overboard with adding elements, but I am a child of a first camera being old Olympus with the 1940s huge flash bulbs and using 35 mm film, then waiting a week for your developed photos to come back. Being of an age to see the entry of digital photography into the world and then the added bonus of free photo editing software has simply made me giddy with delight.

In the photo below I began with a picture of the moon.

Then I added stuff. The butterfly is my photo too.

The "If not us..." will become a series on my other blog. The quote refers to Christians who are called to witness and testify to the power of a risen Christ.

In this next collage, I started with a photo of heather, a weed that grows around here.

Then I added stuff. I was reminded of the verse about the wheat and the tares, or the seed that falls on the weed.

I have lots and LOTS of photos of boats. These are both from Lubec Maine, bordering Canada. The natural slate gray of the water and the brown of the dock made it easy to strip the color, retaining the already existing blue on both boats

So that is some of the fun I am having today.

Last night was quiet. A friend stopped over and we visited and had Christmas cookies and tea. Then I watched documentaries and then listened to Louis Prima for a while. Right now I'm going to get dressed and take a walk in the sunshine. With my camera of course ;)

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Love the bird and the boats! What an interesting artistic concept.


Anonymous said...

I love that first one w the pretty blue boat against the black and white. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and may the good Lord, bless and keep you.

little artist said...

I have finally come back to your blog, It's going to take me a long time to catch up but the last few posts were very interesting. One winter I made pictures of the ice along the edge of my pond and one is almost a perfect hand shape. Another one looked like angel wings. What program do you use for working with your pictures? I have elements on my computer but haven't been able to do much with it. I use Picasa and Luna Pic. I don't think it will let me put color into a black and white though.
I liked those you did very much and the bible verses were perfect for each picture. I had a blog somewhere and I would take my pictures and find a poem to suit it. I am watching LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD on my kindle. I belong to Amazon prime and can get free video. It is made in England. The English really know how to do things right. The scenery in the series is beautiful. You might want to check it out if you like that kind of stories. They have CRANFORD also. These are books I have read.