I had some GREAT news this week!

To back up, I enter a lot of photo blog contests. Please note that I did not say PHOTO contests- what I do is comment or tweet or Facebook share someone’s blog posting in order to be entered in a giveaway. I have never won.

Kim Klassen announced a giveaway last week. I almost didn’t enter this one, but I was in the mood- and I didn’t have to share on FB or tweet; I just had to share my 14 for 2014 (fourteen things I wanted to happen in 2014), and there were to be two winners (chosen randomly, I assume).  The prize was a year’s membership in her Test Kitchen (a members only site where you have access to textures, brushes, storyboards etc. that Kim creates, as well as some tutorials and discounts on other products) AND a texture collection of your choice.

As you have guessed by now, I was one of the two winners.  I am now a Test Kitchen member and a proud owner of Kim’s Waterfront texture collection.  Yay!  Thank you, Kim!

BTW, she let me know by commenting on my blog Monday- telling me to check HER blog and send her an e-mail.  Whaaaat? It was very exciting to see my name there!

So that’s the good news! I’ve been in kind of a photo rut lately.  This happens periodically, and I have learned to just go look for the light.  But the light in our house isn’t terrific, and the outside light has been either harsh or flat (on the one cloudy day we had recently).  The landscape is pretty brown and bare- and it just hasn’t been calling to me.  Excuses, excuses! So today I just decided to embrace the harsh light and walk around outside with my camera. I used one of Kim’s storyboards to create a collage in Photoshop. Yes, I even took photos of my garage windows and roof. . .


7 responses

  1. This is great! It is a very effective way to group seemingly unrelated photos. They’re all interesting in different ways. The one that stands out for me, maybe because of the harshness of the light, is the roof detail. I’m also drawn to the view through the garage window. Nice collage.

    January 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  2. Lynne Ridlon

    Congratulations, Melinda! I enjoy your photography blog and was pleased to hear that an expert noticed your excellent work, too!

    January 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  3. Claudia Lowery

    Hey all artistic people get a flat moment , like right now , I can’t think of a design for my next quilt. HMMMMMMM !

    January 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  4. Claudia Lowery

    OH yeah and great job on your win from Kim !~!!!!

    January 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

  5. Susan

    Congratulations! How exciting!!!! Now we watch for some really amazing photos!!!!!

    January 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

  6. Nevin

    Congratulations on your award from Kim!!! I can just imagine your joy when you read her email! So glad you continue to be awarded for your photography and so grateful you continue to share your photos with us!!

    January 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

  7. Beautiful photographs and congratulations on your win…. how very exciting!!

    January 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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