Sunday, March 12

Dying Cheesecloth

My friend Beverly Cazzell really started something when she asked Kim Klassen and Kyla Ferguson about some cheesecloth they had used in one of the photographs for The Studio.  Once the question was asked and the discussion that followed in our facebook group, I was hooked.  I HAD to have some colored cheesecloth.

Beverly dyed her cheesecloth of lovely shade of light and springy.  Once I saw her photos I was on a roll.  I bought some Dylon dye (available at Walmart, Michaels or Joann) and several packs of cheesecloth and away I went *grins*.

The Dylon dye was extremely easy to use and surprisingly not messy.  I used a glass bowl which I filled with hot water and added the dye.  I soaked the cheesecloth for about 10 minutes, rinsed and hung outside to dry.  It turned out so pretty.

I am going to also try my hand at dying this fabric with koolaid, tea, and maybe beet juice.  But that's for another day 😏

Now for some results:

The first one I did was this lovely shade of lavender (I used french lavender dylon hand fabric dye)

Next was this lovely yellow (sunflower yellow dylon).  It IS lovely but I used a little too much dye.  I was hoping for a much lighter shade of yellow.

Then I went for the pink (powder pink dylon).  It turned out exactly as I envisioned and I adore it.

Finally I did the blue (china blue dylon) and it, too, turned out exactly as I was hoping.

All in all, it was and interesting and fun afternoon.  As I said, the Dylon dye was so easy to use and no mess at all.  Also, I love the little extra "something" that the cheesecloth adds to a photograph.  Thanks so much to Beverly for the inspiration and push to do something creative.  I look forward to sharing my results of the next round.

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Monday, February 20

Processing Photos with Kim Klassen Presets

My friend Kim Klassen, founder of The Studio (where I love to hang out with some lovely new friends and learn about still life photography) has released her newest set of lightroom presets called Be Still Presets and Be Still Light Play.  I think these are some of Kim’s best presets and I fell in love with them the first time I used them.  They suit my moody style perfectly.

I process all of my photos in lightroom, unless I want to add text or do some major cloning which I do in photoshop.  Kim gave us a great tip about importing photos into lightroom.  I have made a default setting for all of the images coming from my Nikon D90 camera.  I start with a little noise reduction, lens correction and the adobe standard profile.  Then, the first steps I take when processing are the same with every photo.  I double check the white balance, then set the black and white points and highlights, and crop.

To set the black and white points and highlights, in the basic panel you hold down shift and double click on whites, blacks and highlights.  This gives me a decent place to start when processing.  I can either leave my photo at this or I can delve further into artistic processing.

Once I get to this point, Kim’s presets are pretty much one click and I’m done.  Here are a few examples of some of my favorite presets.

Kim has several preset collections which you can check out at her site:   Thanks for visiting today.

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Sunday, February 12

Etsy Shop Reopening

I have been working hard to reopen my Etsy Shop with new and exciting offerings.  The new year has brought about some changes and I'm hoping they result in a variety of more creative items in the shop.

Some of the new prints I have:

I've also created blank note cards which I am very proud of.  These note cards come in sets of 10 and are all blank on the inside.  Nothing is quite as nice as receiving a handwritten note in the mail.  Here is a sample of what's available:

I have personalized cards:

Blank everyday cards:

Thank you cards:

and Sympathy cards:

I also have been working on some inspirational downloadable wall art, available in three (3) sizes.

So that is what I've been working on since the last time.  I would love to hear what everyone else is busy with.

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Saturday, November 19


You know those days where you feel like just staying in bed all day?  Yup, today was one of those days.  It's been cold and getting colder all day long until this.............

I love snow but it just made me want to snuggle under blankets and sleep.  😴  I did that for a while and then I couldn't do it any longer.  So I got up and decided to play with some dark and moody photos to match the day.

I have a table which sits next to a south facing window and the light was very very low (obviously).  I felt a candle would be appropriate.  To set this up, I have several black canvases from Michaels which I set one behind for the background and one to the right to block some of the available light.  I pulled the candle right to the edge of the light so that just a portion would be in the shadows.  My camera settings were ISO 800, 1/125 @ f 3.2.  I have a Nikon D90 which does fairly well in low light situations but I don't like to push it past ISO 800 or I end up with just too much noise.

I decided to move in closer.  I actually love extreme close-ups.

I have tried for quite a while now to capture smoke or steam and it's not worked out well.  *grins*  As I was taking out the camera card and blowing out the candle I glanced up and the way the smoke was curling in the light was amazing.  I hurriedly relit the candle and replaced the card in the camera.  I tried several shots and this was the best.  Settings were ISO 800 with 1/80 @ f 3.2.

I was quite pleased with it.

Well that was my day *grins*.  Hope yours was more exciting!

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Thursday, November 17

Little Mid-Morning Snack

Hello everyone.  I absolutely LOVE these little donuts.  They are the perfect size for a little mid-morning snack....well actually an anytime snack.   But I had them at mid-morning.

And of course, why bother making tea and having a snack if you don't intend to photograph them first?  *grins*.

I got this wonderful mug here at Anthropologie.  It's gorgeous and the perfect size. The colors are so vibrant!

The linen napkin came from Crate and Barrel.

It was a cloudy day and the light was rather flat.  On this last shot I wish I had closed down the aperture so that the donuts were in focus also.  *shrugs*  Next time!

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