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December 16, 2011

Peeking in

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 5:03 pm
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Having a peek – that’s what I’ve been doing this week.  As we approach the holidays, my days seem to get busier, but I’ve still been trying to peek in on all of you.  And here we are at the weekend before Christmas already!  We have a Christmas party to go to tomorrow, and I am at the point where I really need to take inventory of what I have purchased so far and what I still need to get.  Anyone else ever do that?  Forget exactly what you’ve bought so you have to refresh your memory to make sure you didn’t forget anyone?  I suspect I will be full of “to-do” and “to-buy” lists over the coming week.

Continuing with peeking in, here’s a little peek at some of those details that I love so much about my Christmas village.  As I explained in my previous post, I try to change up the look of my village each year by displaying a few different pieces and arranging them differently.  Different this year is my dining room picture-window display, which I imagine as a quiet seaside town in Maine.  I showed you this picture in the last post, but here it is again in case you don’t want to scroll back to have a look:
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Here’s a piece I haven’t always displayed because it doesn’t always have a place to fit in:
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This ice fisherman didn’t come with the frozen lake, but I thought they worked well together.  Can you see there are actually fish there under the “water”?  If you look back up to the first picture, there’s an ice fishing shack in the background too.

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This skating pond has been a favorite of the cats in my life for many years.  When clicked into the “on” position, motorized magnets make the skaters swirl about their frozen pond, much to the delight of mischievious kitties who enjoy swatting the tantalizing figures.  Cedric has already been “cow tipping” by the dairy barn this year, by the way!

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Here’s a piece I don’t think I displayed at all last year – “Vineland Estates Winery.”  Here you will find details you might not expect in the typical lit village houses, such as:
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wine bottles and glasses

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and grapevines

I meant to show you this picture in my last post, but somehow it got away from me.  You don’t mind if I add it now, even if it has nothing to do with what I’ve been talking about right?
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This is what happens when you accidentally leave the shutter open for 8 seconds while pointing the camera at your silly dog dressed up in Christmas lights.  It’s kind of cool, though, isn’t it?

Then that picture made me think of this one:
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I had seen both Robin and Holly trying out this form of abstract art done with Photoshop, so I decided to play too.  I started with a picture of my glowing snowman and followed directions given in a tutorial.  If you’d like to try too, Holly has a link to that tutorial in her post to which I linked.

My whole family is actually home tonight – hubby and both daughters- so I’ll be stepping away from the computer and chores and shopping tonight for a rare family movie night.  Hubby seems quite excited about it and has gone out and bought us boxes of movie candy to enjoy, despite the fact that he’s making us spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight.  I guess I’ll just have to find some room to fit it all in!

October 22, 2010

Darks and Lights – Picture Fall, day 22

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 8:00 pm
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Mother Nature wasn’t really on my side for today’s photo prompt.  I have seen some absolutely gorgeous and brilliant skies recently, but today was the day the prompt actually was looking for sky color.  The afternoon and early evening around my particular corner of the world was filled with dark, not very colorful clouds.  The prompt specifically asked for us to take a silhouette of something against the sky, and then to adjust the sky color in photo editing software until we got a nice, autumn feel.  I worked with what I had this evening.  I ended up choosing my neighbor’s pampas grass as the subject of my silhouette, which I shot looking upward from my knees.  Not being any sort of Photoshop expert, I played with some of the color sliders and came up with a purply sky that pleased me somewhat:

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It’s “aw-ight” I suppose.  Nothing like the gorgeous pinks and golds I’ve been seeing lately, and I don’t have the skillz to produce that sort of thing in Photoshop, or even know how possible that would be in Photoshop.  Here’s the SOOC:

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Any thoughts about what you would have done with it?  Please don’t be shy in the comments!  I can take it! 😉

ETA:  Brian of FS Photography did a beautiful job adding just the colors I would have loved to add myself to my picture.  He said it took less than a minute to do!  I want to go to the Funky Slug School of Photoshop!