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.

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.

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

Okay, here is a challenge that I’m not quite sure that I’m up to but am willing, able and ready to give it a try. Normally, I post out my own recipes to this cooking blog but that doesn’t mean that I can invent or dream up one each day for 30 days. Whew! It would be a cooking frenzy in my kitchen and then nothing else would get done. There would be food and pans everywhere. Laundry would pile up. I’m self employed so none of my general work at home would crank out and I would get fat in the process. You know.. stuffed, whopper up-size, blimp, jumbo and I don’t mean shrimp. Don’t need to go there thank you very much!

So, to meet this goal there will be posts of delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite contributing cooks at BigOven or recipes from the cooking websites that I often visit. I still like Martha Stewart! These will be a variety of dishes that I would like to make in the future and even some that I’ve already made. There are many fine cooks and foodie bloggers out there, so look forward to seeing some fun food ideas.

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Another of my hobbies is photography, so over the next 30 days, you will be seeing some of the images that have been taken during my travels in the Caribbean, Europe and yes, even the good old USA. Here is one of my favorite pictures taken in Central Park during the winter months a few years ago while visiting New York with my husband and my good friend Linda. We trudged through sloshy weather during the two weeks there but I loved it all the same. Most of my pictures that trip where in Central park and one of my favs was the one of the carriage ride. The Carriage Ride in Central Park image was modified using Photoshop which was fun in the doing. I completely removed a pedestrian from the bridge that was behind the carriage and replenished the branches where he was standing. I love working with Photoshop.

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