Merry Christmas Card 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas 2014 – After Picture

Central Park After Fresh Snow

Central Park After Fresh Snow – Before Picture

Originally this image was posted on KCinAZ in December of 2013, but I was never truly satisfied with how it turned out. I hope you’re not getting tired of seeing it again and again in different stages.  Last year I was still just getting back into Photoshop and was in a learning phase when I posted the first version in December 2013. If you would like to see how the first post processing turnout out here is the link; This time I’m much more pleased with how it turned out.  First, I cropped out the street and set my focus on the building. In Lightroom most of the changes were the usual; increasing light clipping, black clipping, highlights, upped the exposure a little, increased vibrance, sharpened, increased luminance and added a preset vignette. These changes brightened the image up and added depth and color to it.

After working in Lightroom, the image was edited in Photoshop where I took in my creative side to turn the image into my card. There, I made changes to building windows and turned on the lights in the house. Then the street lights and lamp lights near the house were illuminated. Next, the building color was changed so that it was a much brighter red for a holiday card. A little bit of chimney smoke was added. Lastly, thought they are a little hard to see, I added a string of lights to the building eves in green and red plus lights on the lower bushes near the house.

When all as done I was able to upload the new colorful version to SendOutCards and turn it into a Christmas card that was personalized and then mailed by them to all my friends and family.  This week I am submitting this picture to Stacy’s ABFriday Forum.  Take a look now to see what everyone else is up to.

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Categories: New York City, Photography


Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.


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8 Comments on “Merry Christmas Card 2014”

  1. December 24, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    I think the transformation is great especially the hand colouring feel and that the image has been brought alive.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 24, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks so much Ben. I had a lot of fun working on it. Brought out the holiday spirit for me.


  2. December 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Wow, I really like what you’ve done here by bringing up the exposure and adding the colors to the house… it is so joyful now. Turning on the lights inside is a nice touch.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 24, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks so much Nic for the feedback. I really enjoyed working on the winter cottage this time. This forum has helped me a lot in learning new techniques. Happy Holidays to you.


  3. December 19, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Good looking 2014 version!


  4. December 19, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Hi, Karen. I really like what you have done with the image. The treatment of the lights was a great touch and gives a nice warm feeling to the scene.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 24, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks, Robin. Here’s to wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season. Happy New Year, too.



  1. After-Before Friday Week 30 | Visual Venturing - December 19, 2014

    […] Karen says: This week I am sharing the image that I used for my Christmas card this year.  I had wanted to make this card for several years since visiting Central Park in New York and taking the picture.  Last year I made a feeble attempt at turning it into a Christmas card but was not happy with how it turned out.  This year, after learning much from my friends at ABFriday, I’m finally happy with how it turned out.  You can read more here.  […]


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