Topaz Tuesday: Flower (theme)

Just a fun little photo of a wild flower my hubby picked for me. The flower is 1 inch in diameter, The pitcher is 1 3/4″ tall, and is from Austria, stamped “Jos. Bock WIEN-IV” on the bottom. All my hubby remembers is that his mom picked it up on a train trip his folks took through Austria.

The Topaz part:  I applied Star Effects, and from Adjust 5:

  • HDR grunge pop
  • soft focus
  • light vignette

The final finishing touch is using Mike’s tutorial on recessed borders (see, got the name right this time! HA!). Instead of doing it from scratch, I’ve learned to drag and drop from one photo to another in CS5 – it brings in all the special effects. Not sure if this can be done in PSE or not.


Theme: Warnings

Living on the central coast of Oregon has its own challenges, especially in the winter. Those hurricane force winds and rain brought power outages, downed trees, houses buried in sand (and maybe never to be seen again due to the cost of digging out!). It also brought sink holes in major roads and mud slides all over the place. This one was at the base of our hill and to the north a bit (we aren’t in danger, thankfully). Now, I could have shared this photo with you, oh, a week ago when I took it – but that would have required a brain, and apparently I lost mine in the rain. See, I had the camera with me when we went to this wonderful poetry reading. I planned on taking pictures. Instead, as I ran a few pre-event errands, I tucked my camera in the glove box for safety and then forgot where I’d stashed it. So there it remained until last night. Duh! Anyhow, for your viewing pleasure … the warning for the mud slide:

Inspired – take 2

Thanks for the comments on the first “Inspired”. Since I had power all day (yeah!), and haven’t blown away (yeah!), I followed the suggestion of  Mike and Steve and changed the border to a dark grey. I like it better – excellent suggestion fellows!


Yesterday I visited Mike’s blog, and found the link to his tutorials, and he got my creative juices flowing. (Thanks, Mike!) Now, I’m nowhere near his calibre, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn and have fun; so I took the photo I had taken of the hail and ice (from inside the car because it was too slippery and dangerous for me to get out) and I came up with 2 presentations. One uses Mike’s explanation on recessed borders.

The other was simply playing in Topaz Adjust. Just interesting and fun stuff.

Having enjoyed snow and ice yesterday, today it warmed up and the rain arrived and now the wind is starting … and the weather service has just issued a hurricane force wind warning for us. This is the 2nd time in the history of the NWS that they have issued a warning like this for us. The 1st time was in 2007 and we were without power for 3 days. Not something we are looking forward to repeating. So … if I don’t show up anywhere for a bit, you’ll know why.

Theme: Mother-Nature

Borrowing a theme word from the 366’ers list. 😉

Took a walk this morning and spotted these pretty leaves amidst the tangled mess of “Mother-Nature’s” summer discards. They brightened up a dreary, cold walk. (Where is the promised dusting of snow? Where is our rain?)

Once home, I brewed a fresh cup of coffee and sat down to play with photoshop and my Topaz filters. My excuse was that I’d had to reinstall my Topaz stuff and wanted to be sure all was working correctly. HA! The one looks faded and wistful, the other looks as though the leaves are trapped under a thin layer of cracked ice. Or maybe I just need more coffee.

Theme: Group (Together)

Returning home from a trip to the valley, we rounded a curve and out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought were pick-em-up trucks on the side of the road, and they were heading across the 2 lanes. I blinked and looked again to see a beautiful herd of elk standing there. Several cars were pulled over to the side of the road, more for safety than anything; but it gave all of us a chance to gawk at these beautiful and majestic creatures. Of course, they gawked back, decided we might be trouble and walked back down toward the river. We pulled over and from the car I was able to get these shots. The minute my hand went out the window, the main female whipped her head in my direction. I held my breath and clicked away. By the time they had wandered down away from us, I took a chance and got out of the car and carefully walked toward them, snapping as I went. Maybe some day I’ll have a fancy camera that will take nice, sharp, clear photos, but still I’m fairly pleased with my photos, and I like this presentation. As always, your constructive comments are welcome.

Presentation: Using Templates to Create a Collage or Montage

V-A. C-A. TION!*

It was a beautiful day here yesterday, temps in the 50’s, clear skies, sunshine – definitely not winter. Overhead flew this beauty. Spotted this plane and I’m sure it was flying folks off for a beautiful vacation somewhere exotic. It was a challenge to push my little “point and click” camera. Not the grandest photo, but I’m pleased to be learning some of the hidden features of this camera.

*For those who want a trip down memory lane, or who’ve never heard Connie Francis sing this song: