Sunday, 19 October 2014

Waiting patiently





I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1 New Living Translation


Hear my Cry

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Blessings to your week, 

of Psalm 40:1 for you 


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Photo: iPhone 5, Snapseed, Old Camare & Filterstorm Apps. 
Textures: La Rochelle, Vienna & Camembert from the Olde World Collection by Love That Shot, 
Tableaux Old Style by French Kiss Textures.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Stained glass window



People are like stained glass windows: 
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
 but when the darkness sets in 
their true beauty is revealed 
only if there is a light within. 

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Looking through a stained glass window - that is the atmosphere and feeling, I wanted to create to the photo above. 

Like when you have slept well in a wooden, old log cabin: You wake up slowly, wondering what time it is ... You draw the curtains aside and notice, that the sun is up ... You open the window and hear the birds, as the fresh air fills your lungs...

As I was walking the other day, I went to this silent spot of mine, where people seldom walk by -  Where you can hear the water and the birds, yet you're surrounded by the trees, and you get the feeling of being deep in the forest.

The autumn weather brings me down the memory lane ... The childhood memories of the long walks in the forest, picking mushrooms and cowberries. We had sandwiches in our backbags, and we stopped to a high place with a view, to have a rest and a little snack ...

Well ... I guess the view from my stained glass window would be to a hillside forest, with a river or a lake down in the valley ... 

What view would you be looking at from your stained glass window?

... With dreamy greetings,

Nina


Photo: iPhone 5, textures Monday, Loretta, ScrathedMacig & Jacob by Kim Klassen


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Gathering Reds and Browns [Be Still 52]


Textured with Mudding by Kim Klassen - blendmode overlay 25%.

I took a basket with me to the park Sunday afternoon - and I came back home with all the colors and scents of fall! Two candles are waiting to be set to the tin dish together with these finds from my walk ... To lighten up the dark evenings.

Inspired by Kim Klassens Still Life 52-course, I took a close look on the leaves, berries and branches, laid them on the table and tried to make a collage. Yet, it was only the red and brown colors, that captured my attention. 

As I found these browny, curly leaves under the bush, I took some photos of them already in the park, as they were swirling around the thin branches - these leaves have such a delightful form! 



Kim Klassen is teaching us in the classroom how to make a triptych template in Lightroom - her tutorial videos are guiding us smoothly through the different options ... And above you see my first template made in Lightroom - Thank you Kim!

I have used Kim's Moodswing Lightroom preset on the photos above - I like the contrast and the vintage-like feeling they give to the photos.

We're having Fall Break this week - It's funny how the Fall Break arrives each autumn exactly at the right time ... When we most need it. I am welcoming the slow mornings and late breakfasts with the family... And what is even better - My mom is coming over to visit us later this week! 


The less good news is that our eldest son has had an aggressive viral infection in his eye over a week now: His right eye is very sensitive to light, and the infection is causing pain in and around the eye. As the new medicine has not caused any positive change, we need to see the doctor again tomorrow... I hope he will be getting better soon!


Life is like the river,
sometimes it sweeps you gently along and 
sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.
Emma Smith

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 ... I hope your week is filled with
smiles and sunshine,

Nina

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

A Life of Love



Watch what God does, and then you do it, 
like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. 

Mostly what God does is love you. 
Keep company with him and learn a life of love. 

Observe how Christ loved us. 
His love was not cautious but extravagant. 
He didn’t love in order to get something from us but 
to give everything of himself to us. 

Love like that.

Ephesians 5:1-2 The Message

Oslo Gospel Choir: God Gave Me A Song


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Blessings to your week, 

Nina



of Ephesians 5:1-2 for you 


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Photo: iPhone 5: Camera+, Snapseed & PIP Camera Apps 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Accepting the Lot of Life




... and He allows them to accept their lot in life and
 to enjoy hard work. 
This is God’s gift.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 The Voice

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Blessings to your week, 

Nina



of Ecclesiastes 5:19 for you 


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Photo: iPhone 5, Camera+, Snapseed, VSCOcam, Mextures & ImageBlender
Texture by Coppercurl Designs, LR preset Oldendays by Kim Klassen

Friday, 3 October 2014

I'm Just Dreaming ...


"I like to travel on the road that never ends,
me and Mother Nature are the best of friends,


Folks think that I'm lazy,
but I'm just dreaming ..."

Benny Goodmann 



These October dreams are taken with Sergio-lens and Maximux LXIX-film, Hipstamatic Application.




... Peaceful weekend greetings,
Nina

Monday, 29 September 2014

Add a warm glow to your phone photos with mobile photo veils [Photo recipe]



The ground is covered with yellow and red leaves, together with the pretty, round chestnuts. It is a pleasure to walk outside, breathe the fresh air  and hear the sound of the dry leaves under my feet. 

I like to take a few pictures in my daily walks outside ... sharing often these moments with my family abroad. It is so easy to send the photos I capture: The pictures are taken with my iPhone, so all I need to do is to attach them to a mail or to a text.

I want to share with you here the process of creating the bokeh image above, using 4 phone applications and two photo veils from the mobile collection by Love That Shot.



Photo recipe:

1. I took the photo of the chestnut with the built in camera in the Camera+ -app, saving it with no adjustments to my camera roll.

2. Using the Filterstorm-app, I increased slightly the darkness in the bottom of the the photo, with the Levels-function.

3. Then I increased the ambiance and contrast of the image in Snapseed-app.

4. Thereafter I opened the photo in Tadaa SRL - app, where I masked the chestnut, selecting the linear aperture mode and increasing the range of the effect a bit.

5. I used the Filterstorm for upsizing the photo. Some phone photo-applications resize the image size, which is the reason I take my photo to Filterstorm a few times under editing it. You can upsize the photo by selecting the "export"-function, and choosing the "Png"-format instead of the "Jpeg"-format. The image size of the Png-format is often twice as large as the Jpeg-format.

6. In Snapseed-app I selected the "details"-function, and sharpened the photo with 16% and streghtened the structure of the photo with 17%.

7. I opened the photo in Filterstorm-app, and added the following photo veils from the mobile collection by Love that Shot
 - Privet Photo Veil, blending mode Soft Light with 100% opacity. 
 - Honey Wheat Photo Veil, blending mode Soft Light with 40 % opacity.

8. In Snapseed-app I chose the Center focus-effect, focusing on the chestnut with the following adjustements: -35% outer brightness, +30 inner brightness and 0% blur.

9. Finally, I upsized the photo in Filterstorm-app.



Mobile Photo Veils are easy to use: I have downloaded them to my iPhone, where I have made a special album for them, so I quickly can find the veil I am looking for. You may have noticed that Privet is my favourite photo veil - I like the way it adds warm tones to the photo, in a natural and subtle way.

I hope this photo recipe has inspired you to create images with a bokeh effect, and experiment with the natural mobile veils and textures from Love That Shot,

With colourful Fall greetings,

Nina
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