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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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.

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.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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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