Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I started by cropping the photo, then used Smart Photo Fix to increase the overall brightness and color saturation. Then I went to adjust and further increased the color saturation of the blues and reds. After that I went to Films and Filters under Effects and applied the Glamour film look. Finally I went to Time Machine, also under Effects and applied the Early Color effect with a 25% intensity.
Again, I started by cropping the photo and using the smart photo fix. This time I increased the overall brightess a little more, knocked the shadows back to -75, and increased color saturation to 25. Then I applied the Vivid film look under Film and Filters and the Cross Process look under Time Machine at 25%.
Again, I started by cropping and used the smart photo fix, this time increasing overall brightness and dropping the shadows back to -100. Under Film and Filters I applied the enhanced reds setting several times, then added texture.
Once more, I started by cropping and used Smart photo fix to increase overall brightness and set shadows at -100. Then I used Convert to black and white film with color filter red. Last I added Platinum look under Time Machine at 25%.
For more fabulous fixes, go to the I ♥ Faces blog!
Monday, September 21, 2009
This is one of my favorite photos of Lil' J. She loves to draw and color and she was just so serious and focused on the task at hand this day that when I took the picture, she didn't even notice the flash go off! This is her favorite place to sit and play, color, read, and watch TV, especially in late afternoon when the sun is starting to go down. I loved the way to rays were hitting her and couldn't resist taking a few shots.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
my new roomie
OK, if I lived on Sesame Street, Cookie Monster and I would definitely be roomies. Admit it - the guy's awesome. I think we'd get along pretty good. He's funny, I'm funny, he's a slob, I'm a slob...two peas in a pod, I think. We might get in a bit of a tussle over the last cookie, but that's it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Men of Erin
This is my entry for the "pets" category. I know, I know, a spider is't really a pet, but loosely applying the definition above, it fits. Kind of. Basically it's just a really awesome photo that I've been dying to share.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Like free stuff? (Admit it, you do. Who doesn't?!?!) Then head on over to Foursons (click on the link here or on the button in my sidebar) because Julie is giving away a Wall Graphic from LargeFormatPosters.com. What is a Wall Graphic? Well, according to Julie's blog,
"A new product is being rolled out on LargeFormatPosters.com. The new product is an innovative adhesive fabric that is called a Wall Graphic. Just imagine a huge sticker that you can peel and stick on any flat surface! (Similar to the Fat Heads stickers you’ve seen on TV) In addition, they use the same high-quality printing we use for our poster prints, so you can print photos, artworks or patterns in great detail."
Cool, huh? I know I'd like one! I'd probably get one of my pics from the Irish festival. Or maybe a nice pic from my mom's garden, that I could give her for her birthday. Or maybe a pic of Lil' J, to give her parents for Christmas. Oh, the possibilities!
So, dear readers, what would you do with a Wall Graphic?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
OK, everyone, drop what you're doing and run over to the I ♥Faces blog. This week they're giving away a necklace from The Vintage Pearl. All you have to do is check out The Vintage Pearl's website and leave a comment on the I ♥ Faces blog saying which necklace from the Simple line you'd choose. Easy, huh? And their stuff is absolutely gorgeous and unique so do yourself a favor and just check it out already!
Monday, September 7, 2009
OK, this is not exactly a "back to school" photo, but after missing out on last week's challenge I really want to enter this week and this is the best I can do. See, school here doesn't actually start until tomorrow and while I'd hoped to go take some "first day of school" pics of Lil' J, I can't. My great aunt died late Thursday night and the funeral is tomorrow morning.
While this isn't a first day of school photo, it is still somewhat school-related. See, I've been watching Lil' J since she was 6 months old...that's 5 years! Last Thursday was very bittersweet, as it was my last day watching her since she'll now be going to kindergarten. (Sadly, I had to leave early to be at the hospital with my aunt, but that's another post.) Even though I know I'll still see her (I only live 2 blocks away from her, and she comes in the store where I work often with her mother) I wanted to take some pics to remember the day. In this one, you can see the lovely bouquet and card she gave me in the background...the card says "K- I'll miss you when I go to my new school. Love, J-" After I opened the card she explained the significance of the pictures she drew in it..."See, that's me, and that's you, and that's my heart, and that's your heart...right next to each other!" And the locket she's clutching? Minutes after I took the picture she told me "I want to put a picture of me and a picture of you in my locket so I'll never forget you!" Awwwwww. And the day before, we were visiting my father and she said to him, Mister Quail? What if Kristin was my kindergarten teacher? Wouldn't that be cool?" Clearly she's having some separation issues, but she'll be OK. She's very excited about riding the bus and meeting lots of new friends. She's also going to be starting piano lessons, so she has lots of stuf to look forward to this fall!
To see more back-to-school pics, check out the I ♥ Faces blog!