the STILL life…

Roses-in-Pitcher2-the-STILL-life-copy A friend and I had a lovely day photographing different still life vignettes last week. I am starting Kim Klassen’s BeStill52 Photography class this week and thought this photo said what I am working toward. A STILL life wherein I am trusting Christ to work in me His own character.

Trio Photo for 2B

I had taken this photo in Maui in December. The outside dining table under the lanai was the most beautiful place to have morning devotions. Looking out to sea, seeing Lanai, whales; hearing birds singing, smelling the floral scents of Hawaii… God is so gracious. I used kk_havana for the texture on two layers; one at color burn at a low opacity, and the other at soft light at low opacity.

Photoshop Artistry Challenge

PA-Challenge-1-Sample-2-copyThis is my entry for the first challenge for Photoshop Artistry. I used a photo from my garden and one I set up in my studio. For the challenge we were to use one to two of our own images; a Film Edge Effect, and two of Kim Klassen’s textures. We were then to paint with colored light, a technique taught in the class. I chose to bring out some of the rust tones and turquoise from the oxidized copper heart. I added a bit of those colors to the edge using the same effect. although the roses image that is overlaid on top on the main image isn’t technically a landscape, it was taken outdoors in my yard.  Check out the class at

Oops! Forgot to use the vector image as stated in the challenge… will have to redo….

Oak Tree Series #3

I have enjoyed looking at Kat Sloma’s tree images and have been shooting the oak tree that hangs into my backyard at different times of the day. This was taken this morning; I added a Lightroom preset from Totally Rad, and filters from Tiffen dfx and also from onOne Perfect Effects.

When the Dog Gets in the Photo…

I was taking some photos early this morning in the backyard and my little dachshund Pismo decided he wanted to participate in this shot. I found I liked it once I got it into Lightroom so added a vintage-looking preset and then added a frame from onOne Perfect Effects. This photo makes me smile; the rooster tail and dog tail…