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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Still SaturdayThe Weekend Brew
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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 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 

Sharing with: 
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

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