Monday, 29 September 2014

Add a warm glow to your phone photos with mobile photo veils [Photo recipe]

The ground is covered with yellow and red leaves, together with the pretty, round chestnuts. It is a pleasure to walk outside, breathe the fresh air  and hear the sound of the dry leaves under my feet. 

I like to take a few pictures in my daily walks outside ... sharing often these moments with my family abroad. It is so easy to send the photos I capture: The pictures are taken with my iPhone, so all I need to do is to attach them to a mail or to a text.

I want to share with you here the process of creating the bokeh image above, using 4 phone applications and two photo veils from the mobile collection by Love That Shot.

Photo recipe:

1. I took the photo of the chestnut with the built in camera in the Camera+ -app, saving it with no adjustments to my camera roll.

2. Using the Filterstorm-app, I increased slightly the darkness in the bottom of the the photo, with the Levels-function.

3. Then I increased the ambiance and contrast of the image in Snapseed-app.

4. Thereafter I opened the photo in Tadaa SRL - app, where I masked the chestnut, selecting the linear aperture mode and increasing the range of the effect a bit.

5. I used the Filterstorm for upsizing the photo. Some phone photo-applications resize the image size, which is the reason I take my photo to Filterstorm a few times under editing it. You can upsize the photo by selecting the "export"-function, and choosing the "Png"-format instead of the "Jpeg"-format. The image size of the Png-format is often twice as large as the Jpeg-format.

6. In Snapseed-app I selected the "details"-function, and sharpened the photo with 16% and streghtened the structure of the photo with 17%.

7. I opened the photo in Filterstorm-app, and added the following photo veils from the mobile collection by Love that Shot
 - Privet Photo Veil, blending mode Soft Light with 100% opacity. 
 - Honey Wheat Photo Veil, blending mode Soft Light with 40 % opacity.

8. In Snapseed-app I chose the Center focus-effect, focusing on the chestnut with the following adjustements: -35% outer brightness, +30 inner brightness and 0% blur.

9. Finally, I upsized the photo in Filterstorm-app.

Mobile Photo Veils are easy to use: I have downloaded them to my iPhone, where I have made a special album for them, so I quickly can find the veil I am looking for. You may have noticed that Privet is my favourite photo veil - I like the way it adds warm tones to the photo, in a natural and subtle way.

I hope this photo recipe has inspired you to create images with a bokeh effect, and experiment with the natural mobile veils and textures from Love That Shot,

With colourful Fall greetings,


Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Safe Place to Hide

God is a safe place to hide,
 ready to help when we need him. 
Psalm 46:1 The Message

Breath (Instrumental)-Saxofon by Sam Levine

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Blessings to your week, 


of Psalm 46:1 for you 

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Photo: iPhone 5,Hipstamatic App - Vincent-lens & Robusta-film, Filterstorm + Snapseed

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Friday's Find

Smile, breathe and go slowly. 
Thich Nhat Hanh 

... The moistured air carries a scent of fall,
The wind is playing with the falling leaves...

Happy weekend to you,
Photo: iPhone 5, Camera+, Snapseed, VSCOcam & Mextures -apps, Texture 'Magic' by Kim Klassen

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hiding ...

Hipstamatic App: Vincent lens and Robusta film.

Hipstamatic App:Vincent lens and Robusta film.

 - Such a cozy hiding place, ain't it?!

I'd love to hang a hammock under those branches, just above the water, close my eyes and just enjoy the fresh scent of autumn ... 

What do you daydream about?

Happy mid-week greetings,


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Sunday, 21 September 2014

What happens when we live God's way?

But what happens when we live God’s way? 

He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—
things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. 

We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, 
and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. 

We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life,
 able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Galatians 5:22-23 The Message

Everyday Miracles by Sara Groves

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Blessings to your week, 


of Galatians 5:22 for you 

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Sunday Stillness , Give Me Grace

Photo: Nikon D3200, Photo Veil Light from the Illumination Collection by Love That Shot

Friday, 19 September 2014

In the Shade of Green Trees

Sit still with me in the shade of these green trees, 
which have no weightier thought than 
the withering of their leaves when autumn arrives, 
or the stretching of their many stiff fingers 
into the cold sky of the passing winter. 

Fernando Pessoa 

... Wishing you a peaceful weekend,

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Friday Finds Friendship Friday Weekly Top Shot
 Saturday Share Fest Friday Photo Journal

Photos with iPhone5: Camera+, Snapseed & VSCOcam Apps -
Upper Photo: Privet photo veil frothe Botanical Collection by Love That Shot, Faded Crinkle 2 texture by Lil' 2 Owls
Lower Photo: Sepia & B&W Twist preset by Cole's Classroom, Privet photo veil from the Botanical Collection by Love That Shot

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Unforged Rhythms of Grace

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. 
I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. 

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Matthew 11:28 The Message

He's Always Been Faithful To Me by Sara Groves

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Blessings to your week, 


of Matthew 11:28 for you 

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Still SaturdayThe Weekend Brew
Sunday Stillness , Give Me Grace

Texture Faded Crinkle 9 by 2 Lil Owl's
Photo veil High Spotlight Left from the Illumination Collection by Love That Shot

Friday, 12 September 2014

A Tribute to My Bike

It is Friday - 4 pm. 
I'm parking my bike ...

My bike is my faithful compagnion,
taking me to work from Monday to Friday.

I enjoy the rides each way,
being outside and having time of my own...
Just biking.

Now my bike is in the cellar -
The weekend is about to start.
I'm having a glass of cold milk with chocolate
- my Friday's treat. 

... Weekend greetings,


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 Saturday Share Fest Friday Photo Journal

Photos with iPhone5, Hipstamatic App: Rijks film Vincent lens -
Crisp, Clean Color preset by Cole's Classroom

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tangled FX [App Happy Wednesday]

I spotted this pretty flower as I was walking in the neighbourhood. I fell for the round, high top of the flower - and the orange - green color-combination. I wanted to highlight the sharp structure of the flower top, and chose therefore to edit the photo in Tangled Fx.

Tangled Fx is a creative painterly app. It has 16 different painterly effects, from "Brush Strokes" (which I have used in the photo above) to Fibers, Swirls, Bloom and so forth. Tangled Fz allows you to adjust the strenght of the chosen effect, together with the color boost, contrast, gamma and hue shift.

I edited the photo making the following changes:
  1.  I used Camera+ -app to take the picture with. 
  2. I adjusted the brightness, contrast, warmth and ambiance in Snapseed-app. 
  3. Masking the flower in TadaaSLR-app, I created a blurry background with a bokeh-effect. 
  4. I used Mextures-app to add warm sunlight in the background. 
  5. In Tangled Fx-app I selected the Brush Strokes-effect - that highlights the flower top and also the grass  and leaves, creating a delicate painterly look. 
  6. Finally, I took the photo to PhotoToaster-app, where I chose the White Brush-frames to the photo.

What is your favorite creative photo-app at the moment? 
Share your photos and thoughts at Barb's App Happy Wednesday:

Keeping With The Times

Until next time,


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Everything beautiful

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. 
He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, 
people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 

Sara Groves: Add to the Beauty

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Blessings to your week, 


of Ecclesiastes 3:11 for you 

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Sunday Stillness , Give Me Grace

Monday, 1 September 2014

Add a warm glow to your food photography with photo veils [Photo Recipe]

A culinary experience consists of tastes, scents, visual inputs, sounds and sensory experiences ... like
  • Enjoying the sight of a beautifully set table, 
  • Hearing the crispy top of a cake crack as you cut it, 
  • Smelling the sweet cinnamon and apples, 
  • Seeing the colours and feeling the crispiness of the cake blending with the soft and airy cream, and
  • Experiencing a symphony of taste as you take the first bite ...
Is your mouth watering by now? All of our five senses are being activated when we eat. Therefore it is worth going an extra mile when taking pictures of the dishes being prepared, served and enjoyed.

We are eating with out eyes, so you want to focus especially on the details in food photography.
I added a tiny branch with flowers to the corner of the plate to give a feeling of festive coziness. I had the colour play in mind as well: The white and yellow flowers, and the green needles, go together with the green marzipan and the colours in the lemon slice. 

In editing I wanted to create an overall warm glow to the photo. To achieve a natural look, I decided to use photo veils from Love That Shot, since they blend softly and seamlessly to the image.

Photo recipe:
  • I started with increasing slightly the brightness and the contrast of the original image.
  • Thereafter I added the following 2 photo veils:
    • Lychee photo veil from the Botanical Collection  blending mode soft light with 100 % opacity. I used a soft brush with 50 % opacity and removed some of the veil from the cake and the plate.
    • Serendipity photo veil from Simplicity Collection, using blending mode soft light with 30 % opacity.
And that's it - easy and delicious - Ain't it!

Why don't you give it a go and try photo veils: You can download a FREE sample by following this link to Love That Shot-website.

... With Scrumptious greetings,

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