Sunday, 3 May 2015

Joy, Peace & Hope

I pray that God, the source of all hope, 
will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith 
so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Romans 15:13 The Voice

Jon Foreman - Your Love Is Strong

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May this be a day of hope,
of expectation,
of relishing each moment
as a gift from you.

May this be a day of freedom,
of breaking free,
of loosening the chains that
still surround us.

May this be a day of peace,
of wholeness,
of knowing that our lives
are in your hands.

May this be a day of joy,
of blessing,
of living in your kingdom
as a child of God.

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Blessings to your week,


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Photo - Nikon D3200

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A Beautiful Day

Spring time is a season for Confirmations. According to the Lutheran tradition, young people at the age of 14-15, will be attending Confirmation classes taught by the local priest. The classes culminate to a public profession of faith in the church, and a dinner party with family and friends afterwards.

Yesterday a very sweet young girl, (almost an adult), the daughter of my friend, had her Confirmation. It was a pleasure to be a part of her day ... I was going back the memory lane: Remembering her being a tiny toddler carrying her teddy bear everywhere ... Her 1st day at the school, now with a schoolbag and a proud smile ... Then came the horses and riding, a hobby she still is very fond of.

There very many opportunities for me to practice taking portraits - above one of my dear husband. 

The dinner with silverware, and the delicious food made with love, with speeches and plays, was a joyous and happy celebration.

She wore the dress, her mother was wearing in her own Confirmation for a decade+ years ago ... How wonderful it is to wear a vintage dress, from your mom's childhood!

Yes, it was a beautiful day!


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Friday Photo Journal

Photos taken with Nikon D3200, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. 
I have added photo veils Peach Glow and Rosy Glow from the Illumination Collection by Love that Shot with blending mode Soft Light with 20-30 % opacity.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

No eye has seen

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, 
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined 
what God has prepared for those who love him."
1. Corinthians 2:9

Same love by Paul Baloche

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Guiding God
be with us
in our going out
and coming home
in our journeying
and returning
in our decision making
and organising

Guarding God
be with us
through the calm
and through the storm
be our comfort
when we’re hurting
be our helper
when we’re falling

Gracious God
walk with us
every moment
of this new day

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Blessings to your week,

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Photo: iPhone 5S & Camera+, Snapseed, Mextures, Afterlight, VSCOcam applications

Friday, 24 April 2015

Miracles blossom

Where hope grows,
miracles blossom.

Elma Rae

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Spring has awaken the nature's vitality - the bright green leaves are appearing in the trees and bushes.
It is a joy to follow the explosion of flowers up in the trees, their progress from buds to white, rosa and yellow flowers ...

I spotted a bee the other day, and a fly found it's way to my office yesterday ... 
These cheerful finds witness that spring comes year after year!

Let's find pleasure and joy in the little things,
Happy weekend greetings, 


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Photos: iPhone 5S, Camera+, Snapseed, Mextures, VSCOcam - the bee with an Olloclip lens

Monday, 20 April 2015

Good Books

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; 
the more select, the more enjoyable.” 
Louisa May Alcott

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Wishing you glimpses of sunshine and joy,
together with a good friend or a favourite book,
for this upcoming week,


Lightroom Preset Dark Light by Kim Klassen
Textures: Atwood by Monas' Pictoresque, Effervesent 23 by 2 LilOwl's, Simple 1 by Kim Klassen, Sunshine 4 top Left from the Illumination Collection by Love that Shot

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

I am Quiet

Of one thing I am certain: my soul has become calm, quiet, and contented in You.
    Like a weaned child resting upon his mother, I am quiet.

Psalm 131:2 The Voice

Shepherd of my Soul by Rivers and Robots

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May I arise this morning
feeling your warmth
embracing me,
conscious of your love
forgiving me,
knowing your peace
within me,
feeling your Spirit
strengthen me,
hearing your whisper
encouraging me.

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Blessings to your week,

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Photo: Canon IXUS 220

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Create a Painterly Canvas Effect with Textures and Photo Veil [Photo Recipe]

Easter Tulips and the first episodes of the 4th season in Downton Abbey, inspired me to create this still life photo with a painterly canvas effect. 
At times I wish it would be possible to live one day in the early 19th-century ... Either in an aristocratic British family or on a Souther cotton farm in America. I would love to experience the interior design and the style of the dresses, and the etiquette in general, trying to perceive the difference in classes those days - that may be a bit hard to imagine in our modern society. 

I used a burlap cloth as a back drop to my image. I made the setting beside a window, using natural side light coming from the left. I did set the books, the can with the tulips, the small plate with a single tulip and a dried leaf to the right side of the frame, leaving the negative space to the left - for the painterly canvas effect, that would create the warm, old mood to the image.

This is how I proceeded with the editing and adding layers:

1. I adjusted the cropping of the image, making use of the rule of thirds, so that the tulip on the silver plate is in line with one of the golden sections.
2. I sharpened the image a bit, and adjusted the contrast, highlight and shadows in Lightroom.
3. Thereafter I opened the image in Photoshop, and added the following layers with 3 textures and one photo veil:
  • Camembert texture from Olde World Collection with blending mode Saturation, opacity 40%. Blending mode Saturation with the Camembert texture creates a vintage-like warm glow to the image - you will notice this effect when you look at the books in the before-after-image below. I brushed the texture effect away from the tulips, since I wanted to keep some of their blue-lilac color.
  • Lavendel Glow Left - Vertical photo veil from the Illumination Collection with blending mode Soft light, opacity 15%, adds a soft lavendel light effect.
  • Salerno texture from the Olde World Collection with blending mode Soft light 15% adds a mild and soft painterly effect. I brushed some of the effect away from the upper right corner, using a brush with 50% opacity.
  • Riviera texture from Olde World Collection with blending mode Hard Light, opacity 39%, adds some more painterly effect to the image. Using a brush I removed the texture effect from the tulips and the books - leaving it on the negative space, to my "canvas" background

What I like about Still Life Photography is the process of creating the image - Both setting up the scene, and the post processing ... Thinking about the light, the shadows, the balance, and what I want to focus on, together with the style and the feeling, I wish to convey. 
Already as I was setting up the books and the tulips, I had the textures from Olde World Collection in my mind - I like the rustic touch and the warm colour effect they create.

...Wishing you creative moments with photography and editing,


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