Butter and Eggs

After doing mostly abstracts for the last couple weeks, it’s time to catch up on BeStill52. The assignment from a couple weeks ago was butter and eggs. I decided to make Egg-in-a-Hole for breakfast (something my daughter does for her kids), which fit the bill!


Farmers’ Market

It was my first visit to the Prescott Farmers’ Market. I took my camera and enjoyed photographing the produce almost as much as I enjoyed buying and eating it!


I did a basic edit on each photo for my layout and then took them into Photoshop, where I used the Oil Paint filter and one layer of Kim Klassen’s waterfront 1 texture. I used the Oil Paint filter, because Adobe has gotten rid of it in the newest update to Photoshop CC, which I have yet to install.  Why??? It was a perfectly good filter- and I did use it occasionally (I like to play with effects).

But the main reason that I haven’t installed the newest update is because of the Mini-Bridge.  I LOVE the Mini-Bridge! I use it every time I add a texture- it makes it SO EASY!  Plus, I have written actions for many of my favorite textures that include the action opening MB and adding a layer of the specific texture.  I haven’t always used Mini-Bridge. I learned it from Kim in one of the classes- and it made my life so much easier.  I have my Photoshop workspace set up in a certain way (modeled after the way Sebastian Michaels has his in the Photoshop Artistry class), and I made sure to add the MB icon right at the bottom where I can easily click on it. Sorry for the rant, but I can’t see why MB has to go!!! I’m not happy with Adobe right now!

Linking up with Texture Tuesday today!



I seldom used portrait orientation when taking photos until a couple of months ago.  Now I seem to be doing it regularly! I may have started turning my camera in my bathroom “studio” to avoid getting towels and bathroom fixtures in the shot, but then I continue to use it- especially when I want a shallow depth of field in front of, as well as behind, my subject.  My 50mm lens does this beautifully, as well as my 85mm macro lens.  I would love to own a LensBaby some day to play with moving the focus around! I did order one for my iPhone (coming in August through the kickstarter deal), which will partially satisfy my desire for this cool lens.

Here are two shots with a vertical (portrait) orientation. The first was taken with the macro lens.  I took the photo with both orientations, and liked the vertical one best (those blurry berries in the background and a small unfocused slice in the front).  There is some texture added to this image (a bluish one from Kim Klassen- teal?).


The one below was taken with my 50mm at 1.4 to give a very narrow field of focus- with lots of blur in the front. It was actually taken for a Be Still 52 lesson on side lighting.  The cup was placed on the floor by the open front door (on the left for light)- with a piece of white foam board for a background.  There is also a bit of lighting coming from the patio door farther away on the right.  I used my Warm Black and White preset (some split toning) for the black and white conversion.20140620-DSC_0201melinda_anderson



One of the recent topics in my daily challenge Flickr group is half. I dreamed an idea for it, using some of the ideas from my Photoshop Artistry class and worked on it for a bit this afternoon. The techniques weren’t hard, but the end result wasn’t the masterpiece I created in my dream!  I ended up turning off all my grunge layers- textures, brushes etc.- and instead am posting a very simplified version of what I had planned.


Update: Here’s another version (which accidentally erased my version above- so it no longer exists on my computer!):

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Apples- Day 3

I’m multi-tasking today- another apple photo for Beyond Beyond AND I converted it to a black and white in response to today’s Texture Tuesday challenge.  It somehow seemed WRONG to take the beautiful colors out of the apple photos, but, being pressed for time, that is what I decided to try- and I’m happy with the result.


Editing notes: In Lightroom, I used a bit of a matte curve (just slight) and added grain to soften the image.  After converting it to black and white, I darkened the shadows a little and added some yellow to the highlights and purple to the shadows (low saturation).  In Photoshop, I added a layer of Kim Klassen’s anna texture, 100% opacity to the background, 50-100% brushed off the apples.

An Apple a Day (BB16)

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Our assignment this time is to shoot as many apple photos as we can over the next week. Of course I started with a macro- taken with the camera on a tripod and using a long exposure, no special processing.

Expect to see a few more apple photos over the next week!


Produce . . .

. . . is one of the themes of my daily challenge group.  I decided to take macro shots of a cucumber slice.


Then I got the idea of trying taking another series of shots showing the translucence of the slice.  I have seen many photos of strawberries and other fruits suspended in a glass of sparking water- very cool!  But, unfortunately,  there was no sparkling water in the house.  I wanted light to shine through the cucumber and was wishing I had a lightbox, when suddenly my internal light bulb went on.  I DO have a lightbox- or at least my husband does.


This is the same cucumber slice used in the first photo.  Can you guess what I used for a lightbox?  My husband’s iPad!!! Sssshhh-  don’t tell!

CM Monthly Challenge- Food Photography

February was Month 2 of our Clickin Moms Monthly Challenge blog circle. Food photography (and cooking)- not my area of expertise, although I love to look at food blogs and collect recipes from online. Soooooo. . . I chose an easy subject- a scone from Heavenly Cafe and coffee from our new coffeemaker. And yes, that scone was indeed heavenly!scone layout

To see some yummy food photos, visit Misty’s blog and then follow the links from there to see the whole circle!

Beyond Beyond 4

The task this week was to bring something outside- from inside.  I was already planning to do something with Hershey’s Hugs (kisses were sold out. . .)- so I dragged them outside and created this layout.  Happy Valentines Day!

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I did learn something new from this week’s lesson (talk amongst yourselves if you don’t use Photoshop. . .)- the best way for ME to add a texture to a photo is using MiniBridge.  Since I started using Aperture (and later Lightroom) before I started using Photoshop, I never found a need to open photos using Bridge or MiniBridge.  Now I see that, when I add a texture to a photo, it is much easier to keep MiniBridge open and drag a texture onto the photo, rather than clicking Open and using the finder window.  So- as my grandson, Henry would say- Happy, Happy, Happy !

Day 359- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

I always amuse myself when I do a cooking shoot, because cooking is definitely not my area of expertise.  I do, however, love to cook for Christmas, and we still always cook our traditional family favorites, even though it is usually just the three of us.  Christmas dinner is always turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, zucchini and mushrooms, rolls, fruit or green salad, cranberry, and pumpkin pie.  For Christmas Eve dinner, it is always lasagna, green salad, and dessert.  The dessert this time is low carb pumpkin cheesecake- the only real low carb item we will be eating over the holidays.

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