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; http://kcinaz.me/2013/12/24/winter-at-central-park/. 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.

The Rush of Humanity:

 

We are like ants streaming forth from the proverbial piles
searching for the known, unknown, youth and droll.
We take to the streets and beaches reaching for miles
following patterns in an ant-like rush to reach our goal.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

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I Love New York

 

 

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Street Life:  NYC Rap Dance
Street Life: NYC Rap Dance

While in New York City…  I [LOVE] New York City.   I had the luck to come across four young street dancers who entertained the crowd for quite some time.  The young lady to the left and the tall Michael Jackson type in the center were the highlights of the group with their sharp stepping and quick feet.  I don’t think the little lady in red ever lost the big infectious smile on her face.  I found myself clapping and smiling just a broadly.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

I’ve been busy wrapping presents and going out for last minute gifts.  I did finally find the perfect gift for that friend who has everything and then a bottle of Chocolate Port for my hubby at one of my favorite specialty groceries here in Southern Arizona; AJ’s.  No, we are not in Central Park!  Though I do long to go back.  This is one of those images that takes me to a Christmas like setting like when I was growing up in Idaho.  Here in Arizona, we do not get snow and I do miss it at Christmas.  Not the cold though.  I don’t miss the cold one itty bit.  I left the cold country many years ago as it seem to freeze me right to the bone.

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Winter at Central Park

I had a little fun with this image in Photoshop. Thought not perfect, the windows and the lighting outside is now aglow with light. I also enriched the color of the buildings and the cottage.  I don’t know if it’s re-opened but it was once a restaurant that was closed when we were there.

Flags waving tall in the wind…
join us from across the rough seas…
representing their aged and their young.

Flags waiving tall and so proud…
join us with their shared mysteries…
representing strong lessons to be learned.

Flags waving tall in soft skies…
join us with their rich histories….
representing amazing days to be yearned.

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Flags Waving at Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

Side note for photography:
For those who are interested trying out Photoshop or other editing software; this picture was taken on a dreary cold winter day with no sunshine. With the help of Photoshop I changed the sky to blue and richened the color of the buildings. The color depth of the red and blue on the flags were enhanced.

A snowy blanket of white icing
covered the dells
While I snuggled my jacket
against winter chills
The sled I approached
at the top of the hills
And raced down the slope
wide grinned with my thrills

Sledding in Central Park
Sledding in Central Park