Monday, 25 November 2013

Using Veils to add Light - Photo Recipe

The Coast Road, also called the Danish Riviera, leads you from Copenhagen to North Sealand. As you drive along, you'll see the sea, the beaches and the small harbours on your right side. When the weather is clear, you can actually see the coastline of Sweden in the horizon. On your left you'll see the pictorescue houses, with parks and forest in between. 
Between the Coast Road and the sea, you'll find small paths you can walk along, from one harbour to another ... 
It is these small paths I seek, when I wish to leave the city behind. The sound of waves and the breeze from the sea will take you to another world, where time ceases to exist: There is just the sea gulls and a few fisherman casting ... Peace and serenity.
When our boys were small, we used to have a picnic on the large park next to the walking path. Now when they're teens, we still come here for a walk every now and then. Furthermore, this path is one of my favourite places for "photo walks" - that is, a special date with just me and my camera (smiling). Well, I actually had a photo walk on the Coast Road this Sunday, where I captured the sea with the foamy waves.

I have used Pixrl Editor, a free online image editor, for enchanging this photo. I started with cropping the photo, cutting off way some of the sky, letting the sea fill about 2/3 of the frame. My focus was on the light reflections on the bridge and on the stormy sea - therefore I left just 1/3 of the frame to the sky.

I chose to enchange this photo with photo veils because I wanted to highlight the wawes in the foreground, and to add more warmth to the light reflections on the bridge. I chose these veils from Simplicity Collection and Illumination Collection at Love That Shot. 

Photo Recipe:

1. I added the Dream veil from Simplicity Collection, using blending mode overlay with 65 % opacity. Using soft brush with 50 % opacity, I removed some of the Dream veil effect from the top of the foamy waves in the foreground.
2. My second veil, Vanilla Twilight, is also from Simplicity Collection : I used blending mode multiply, with 70 % opacity.
3. The last veil, Peach Glow from Illumination Collection, adds a pastel-like light on the waves and on the bridge. I used blending mode overlay with 60 % opacity.

Besides the light effect in the middle of the photo, the veils create a vignette effect, forming a natural frame.

You'll find more beautiful veils that add light effects to your photos from Love That Shot's Photo Veil Collections.

What is your favourite place for "photo walks"?

... Sunshine to your week,


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Therefore will I hope

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self);
therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.

Lamentations 3:24 (Amplified Bible)

Blessings to your week, 



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Friday, 22 November 2013

Friday Afternoons


It's Friday afternoon ... the weekend is about to start. I come home from work and - what is the first thing I do? Well, I boil some water, because it's time for a cup of tea or coffee.

This moment, chatting with my hubby in the sofa, is a time of the week I appreciate a lot. Letting go off the thoughts related to work, just being here and now, settling down. Enjoying the warmth of the tea  cup in my hands, togetherness ... 

A small, yet meningful and important tradition for Friday afternoons.

What marks the beginning of a weekend for you?
Is there a moment or something you look forward to during the week, that usually takes place on Fridays?
Wishing you a happy Friday ...
Let's enjoy the weekend!
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 Textures Savor and Unleashed by Kim Klassen, Coffee Break by Nancy Clayes

Monday, 18 November 2013

Hearty Hearts

It's been quite a while since the last time I crafted ... So as the inspiration to make these light paper heart garlands came over me, I didn't hesitate.
White hearts are light and airy, like snowflakes. They bring a wintery feeling to the livingroom - as we're waiting for the snow to fall, dreaming of a white Christmas.
I used paper from an older book, and some pearls I had at home - I'll post a more detailed DIY inspirational in the weekend.

"Hearty hearts" are swirling softly and creating shadow hearts on the window frames and walls... reminding that:
The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.
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I hope you have a good week,

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I have added 2 layers of Kim Klassen's beautiful texture 1111 to these photos.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Lasting Beauty

Let your adornment be what’s inside — the real you,
the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit,
 in which God delights.
1. Peter 3:4 The Voice
Hillsong: None but Jesus:
In the quiet
In the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored
When You call i won't refuse
Each new day again I'll choose

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

In the chaos in confusion
I know You're sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will
When You call I won't delay
This my song through all my days

All my delight is in You Lord
All of my hope
All of my strength
All my delight is in You Lord
Forever more

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Blessings to your week, 



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Friday, 15 November 2013

People Matter

Photo taken and edited with iPhone. I added afterwards Kim Klassens beautiful texture 1111.

The fact, how much people matter, has become so clear to me this week.
I've realized once more how much I appreciate the colleques I work with, and how grateful I am for having work. After two weeks sick leave it's been so nice meeting colleques again, alongside getting back to daily routines.
The greetings, textmessages and calls I received on my birthday made me really happy - hoping one could give as much joy and happiness back, as one receives ...
Just being aware of these people, that does mean a lot to you, even if they're far away or if you seen them  just every now and then, does make a difference ...

Having a strong bond between one another makes it easy to connect, feeling as it was just yesterday, you met last time, even it's been a few months ago.

I guess it's the shared experiences - the history, that binds us people together ... identifying with one anothers story, circumstances, even if it would be quite different from yours. And when you meet, it's like you've never been apart ... that´s beautiful!

People you've learned to know via writing, blogging, sharing the same interests, matter. Being inspired by one another ... following one another's life with ups and downs, becomes a part of your story. You matter.

I leave you with these thoughts ...
Until next time,

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

On Books and Reading

Textures: Lisa by Kim Klassen & Mele - Kalahani Collection by Love That Shot

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten;
 even so, they have made me.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The dark evenings are inviting us to grab a book and sit comfortably in the sofa ... I read a lot of work related literature about psychology, counselling, child develeopment and learning, but late in the evening I like to read different novels, poems and biographies. It is usually in the holidays, that I can go deep with a series of novels.

The long summerholidays in the countryside in my childhood were filled with outdoors activities and reading ... I remember reading the Five, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, and all Tolkien's books during the warm summerdays. Since then, books and holidays has been a perfect match for me.

Textures: Naturally by Kim Klassen & Lucille by R H West

In the mornings I'm reading just one Psalm and a short devotional. I keep coming back to my favorite devotionals, which are Oswald Chambers's My Utmost for His Highest, Søren Kierkegaard's Purity of the Heart is to Will One Thing, Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts and Watchman Nee's The Normal Christian Life.

I've been reading  lately a few crime novels by a Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, and I'm about to start reading a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, called Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

For the Christmas holidays I've thought about diving into Karl Ove Knausgaard's selfbiographic series My Struggle. Knausgaard is a Norwegian author, who has written 6 autobiographical books.

I have a file, where I write the titles of the books, friends and colleques have recommended - It's nice to find the list, when going to library ...

Do you remember the favourite books from your childhood -
What are you reading at the moment?


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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Tender and kind God


There’s no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord,
and nothing to compare with your works...
And the great things you do—
God, you’re the one, there’s no one but you!

... But you, O God, are both tender and kind,
not easily angered, immense in love,
and you never, never quit...

... As you, God, gently and powerfully
put me back on my feet.

verses from Psalm 86 (The Message)

Michael W. Smith - Joy Follows Suffering

Blessings to your week, 


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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Shades of Brown {Nurture Photography}


The landscape is changing ... the bright colors of autums slowly fade, while the different shades of brown are appearing.

As the rain ceased yesterday afternoon, I took a walk by the lake ... for the first time in 10 days! I walked slowly, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine.

By this bridge I met a talented photograpger, Karin, who specializes in taking pictures of birds. She had spotted a mandarine duck laste weekend, and showed me some breath achingly beautiful photos. We shared our experiences of nature phtography and exchanged e-mails ... Such a happy surprise to meet her and get to know her!

Seasons change ... nature around us spires, blooms and slowly witheres ... to spire again in some months. Witnessing the beauty in all seasons is a priviledge.

... Thank you Kristi and Rebecca for the Nurture Photography Challenges, that makes us look for the special delights in every season!
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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Higlights of My Week {iPhoneography}

Tulip leaves have the most beautiful textures and shapes. I admire the oval and graceful form of tulip flowers ... This tulip in the morning light caught my eyes.
I have used the following Apps in editing this snapshot  Handy Photo, Snapseed and Mextures.

The sound of rain has lulled us to sleep in the evenings. The few times I have been outdoors, I've admired the small raindrops resting on the leaves. According to the weather forecast the rainy clouds continue to hover above us this coming weekend as well.

It's getting dark earlier in the afternoons. I noticed the texture of the tiles in our landry room, as the light from the window fell to the dark room.

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
Francis Bacon

Textures Mixed by Kim Klassen and Coffee Break by Nancy Clayes.

An unexpected moment with a friend highlighted my week ... Cathing up, coffee and danish wienerbrød , with candles to lighten up the afternoon.

Rest and medicin has helped my neck to recover, the number of good days outnumbers the bad days now!

... Wishing you a happy and relaxed weekend,

Monday, 4 November 2013

Rose on a Dream Canvas & Grateful November

At times our own light goes out and
is rekindled by a spark
from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those
who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

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Friends and loved ones do rekindle the light and renew the hope within us ... These precious relationships are one thing among many, we can be grateful for.
I'm joining November Gratitude Challenge by posting daily a picture on this theme on Instagram. It is encouraging to follow along and discover the multitude of things, there is to be thankful for, by seeing the posts under hastags #thankfulnovember and #gratefulhearts . You can join by using the hashtags above to your pictures on Instagram. If you wish, I'd like to follow your snapshots on November Gratitude Challenge - I'll find you on Instagram if you tag me on one of your pictures - You'll find me on Instagram as @billenina .

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I emptied a vase with dried roses ... the texture of the petals and leaves becomes visible in a different way, when they're dry. I took these pictures with the Hipstamatic-App om my iPhone, using Dream Canvas-film together with Watts and Diego-lenses. Dream Canvas is one of my favorite Hipstamatic films, due to the beautiful texture and the leaks of white paint on it.
I have added Kim Klassen's The Wait - texture from her October set (blend mode Multiple 70 %), and Golden Glow-veil from Love That Shot's Illumination Veils (blend mode Lighten 80 %), to soften and to give a warm glow to the images.
And ... I'll leave you this time with some ecxiting news
I'm happy and honored to share with you that I'm a part of the Creative Team at Love That Shot! Check out the talented ladies in the team, and their beautiful photography, by clicking to Love That Shot- website.  
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Every detail in our lives ...

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting,
God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.

If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter.
He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of
our wordless sighs, our aching groans.

He knows us far better than we know ourselves,
knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives
of love for God is worked into something good.

Romans 8:26-28 The Message

Your Love, Psalm 139 by Oslo Gospel Choir

Blessings to your week, 



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Friday, 1 November 2013

Painterly Autumn


I've appreciated the following this week:
1. Small walks in the neighbourhood.
2. Raindrops falling softly on my nose.
3. My hubbys' spinach soup - with tiny bits of ginger - yummy!
4. Warm hugs from our teenagers in the mornings.
5. Enchanging iPhone snapshots to Painterly Art
using Glaze and Distressed Fx-Apps.
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Wishing you a relaxed weekend &
a month of November with renewed energy,
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