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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 48: Christmas at the Peterson's

It has been a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  Ginger and I both had Thursday and Friday off so we were able to spend a lot of time eating good food and spending time with Ginger's family.  And my Dad and I were able to text during the Cowboy game, and even Mom got in on the action after the game!  It was fun spending time with Mark, Jenny and kids, Dinos and Susi, and Teddy and Asia along with the Padres.

The day after Thanksgiving is when Ginger and I traditionally go out and get our tree.  Ginger has a knack of finding the perfect tree for us.  This year I wanted a skinnier tree, Ginger wanted a tall tree.  And we found one that made us both happy and had enough quirkiness that both of us just loved it. 

It allows us to see the pictures behind and my favorite sign in here that says, "You are My Greatest Adventure!" 

 One of my favorite setup's is Peppermint Place.  I set it up on Ginger's grandmother's hutch.  Had a lot of fun with this picture, used something called a Bleach Pass in Color Efex and a little customization to get this picture:

This is my favorite picture, by far, of Peppermint Place that I have taken.

Above my computer I have set up the snowy cabin and a nativity scene in a globe.  Funny thing is, because of my lights setup it makes it look like the globe is smiling!  Of course I still have my lil fairie dragon my my monitors:

Our house is filled with art from both of our families.  We love it.  I have wood work from my Dad and quilts from my Mom.  Ginger has pictures and crafts from Susi, Jenny and the kids.  Our newest addition is this:

We are pretty proud to have all the art work up displayed!  I even have some of mine up in the house!

I pray everyone has had a wonderful holiday this week!  Tomorrow we are back at it but in two weeks we have Colorado coming up and a real life cabin to stay in!  Gonna be fantastic!  God is good!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week 47: Thankfulness

So this coming week Thanksgiving comes.  A time of turkey and all the fixings, football, family and friends.  It is a time, at least for Ginger and I's family where we gather to remember all the blessings that God has given us through the year.  It is a time where Ginger and I are thankful for the simple life we lead.  I love working an honest day's work and coming home to my wife who, even after almost 7 years of marriage, is ever excited to see me walking through the door.  I have a very, very lovely wife:

Had some fun in photoshop with this picture.  First I lightened her eyes:

 Then I gave her green eyes:

Ginger likes the first one with her dark brown eyes!  I just love playing around with the pictures in Photoshop.  I will tell you this, I have one very, very beautiful wife, she is a stunner, and thank God above each day for putting her into my life.  And this weekend was her birthday!  She is very young!

So the next picture from this weeks challenge is from the ranch I work at on Saturday's.  Rebecca is an artist too.  Where I create with the camera, she creates with nature.  It is a gift that shows!

I am blessed to be surrounded by the creative artists in my life!  I am praying that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 46: X-ray Leaf and Icy Eye

So I saw a picture this week of a decaying leaf that was put in Photoshop and put through an x-ray filter.  I was intrigued.  But it takes a certain type of leaf to be able to pull off the effect.  I looked around for that decayed type of leaf but didn't find what I was looking for.  Then I went out to Lindale on Saturday for project day, as we call it now!  I was getting rid of some things at the hay trash pile and there it was.  I couldn't believe it.  I was in the right place at the right time, felt like God just led me right to it!  It had to be somewhat transparent.

This was a one in a million find.  So then I loaded it into Photoshop.  Using Silver Efex, I put it through a Film Noir black and white filter.  Then I inverted the colors, put a blue filter on it, and used Curves. 

This was one of those that I played with several times experimenting with different techniques.  In the end Ginger helped me narrow it down to the winner.  Just an artsy, abstract piece of art that was fun to create.  Of course my studio has equipment all over it and leaves everywhere.  Alas, the life of an artist!

I have been looking for fire ring brushes for Photoshop and I found some by Xresch.  So decided to do a little playing around with a picture of my eye and a blue and white fire ring.

Just something to have fun with!  When asked what I like to do in photography I really like photomanipulation. 

I have been mulling around  getting a new lense, just in time for vacation and Christmas.  I need something with good range because I cannot take good pictures of the moon right now.  I've been checking out the Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens.  Since I have nothing above 100mm, it will fill a gap that I am in need of filling. 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week 45: Cupcake Artistry and a Tearful Goodbye

Artistry comes in many forms.  I come from a family of artists who have different expressions to our craft.  From woodworking, quilting,computers to photography we all have some things in common.  First, we are all very precise with our work and the second is we have a passion for what we do.  So when I saw these cupcakes made by Laura from our community group, I had to take a picture:

Piping these flowers on these cupcakes takes precision and passion.  Believe me, Laura has passion for baking.  The 50 year anniversary cake she made for her parents she made homeade fondant.   And she worked for weeks to perfect it.  Doing things like this is artistic.  It is an expression of the person inside.  I should say that they were delicious too.  Hence taking a picture first!  I desaturated the colors of the other cupcakes to make this one pop.

Okay Mom, I told you no spiders this week.  Well.......  I put the cupcake picture on first so you had something else to look at.  I was in Troup Texas this week and this little fella was crawling across the driveway.  I thought, okay, if he posts up somewhere I can take a good picture I will.  He posted up.  Ginger actually approved of putting it in the post!   This is a Orb Weaver:

In sad news this week, my Mom and Dad lost a dear member of the family this week.  Abraham was 13 years old.


This is my favorite shot of Abraham.  I named the picture Majestic.  Abraham was my Dad's cat.  Don't get me wrong, he loved Mom too, but Sarah is Mom's cat.  Abraham was my Dad's buddy and he exemplified the big cats that my Dad likes.  He was master of the house, much like a lion with his pride, but he had a playful side too, he liked to ambush Sarah walking down the hallway....  When we visited you could find Abraham laying with Dad in his chair.  He also liked to jump on the bar counter and watch Mom and Dad cook.  This shot is of Abraham on that bar counter.  He liked to be brushed and this cat could shed!   He will be missed deeply.