Texture Tuesday

Be the Light


I’m joining Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday again to share a photo I took in January with a new edit using textures she sent out just last night.  I am also using Kim’s words as my blog post title.

So everyone, let just be the light!

Nature Heals

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

                                                             ~John Muir

Kim Klassen, my very first photography mentor and whose video tutorials taught me Photoshop nine years ago, has brought back her Texture Tuesday linkup! When I saw the announcement last night, I leapt at the opportunity to download her free textures and participate! I have gotten away from still life and have ventured into other areas of photography, but am so, so grateful to come back to Kim’s special world, especially NOW! Thank, you Kim!

Texture Tuesday 2.o is Here


Chocolate Peonies

I found peonies for sale at Trader Joe’s last week!

20150508-MMA_4879_melinda_anderson-EditEdited with Kim Klassen’s chocolate preset in Lightroom for Texture Tuesday.

Unique Vessel

When my friend, Debbie, texted me a photo of the old boots she had just bought, I knew I had to photograph them before they became part of one of her art pieces.  I had so much fun playing around with them for some still life and macro shots.  As I mentioned last week, one of our challenges for BeStill 52 was to use a unique vessel in a still life; I think the boots were up to the challenge!

20150504-MMA_4523_melinda_anderson 20150504-MMA_4547_melinda_anderson 20150504-MMA_4631_melinda_andersonThe first and third photos were edited using Kim Klassen’s darklight preset; the middle is almost straight out of camera.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday today.

One Thing Again . . .

I think I might be finished with the One Thing challenge for BeStill52 and The Studio, but no promises. . .

A couple Lensbaby shots:

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Top down with my 35mm 1.8:

20150413-MMA_3216_melinda_andersonAlso with my 35mm 1.8, softened with a couple of Kim Klassen textures (linking up with Texture Tuesday today):


Raspberry Macros

I’ve been keeping to my word about practicing with my Lensbaby every day.  I thought a major part of my practice would involve getting the Edge 80 off the Composer (so tight for these weak hands!), but so far, so good! Maybe it’s loosening up- or I’m getting stronger! I hadn’t done much with macro using the Edge 80 until recently, and I’m having fun with it. Raspberries were on my breakfast menu on Easter, so I took a few moments to take some macro shots.  I’m finding the Edge 80 to be nice and sharp- similar to my 85mm macro.

1- edited in onOne Perfect Effects (tonal contrast)- and then Photoshop, adding kk_chill to soften what I did in Perfect Effects!
2- kk_lettherebelight preset
3- kk_eve preset



1- onOne’s Perfect Effects
2- my basic edit
3- kk_lightairypastel preset


Getting back in the groove and linking up with Texture Tuesday today!

By the Sea

 Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

– Christopher Reeve

20150316-DSC_1335_melinda_anderson-EditEdited with Kim Klassen’s kk_gentlewhisper for Texture Tuesday.





Star Bunting

starbunting-1 Photo Feb 23- 9 41 55 AM-EditThese photos were for the latest BeStill 52 assignment, where the “spark” was a bunting.  I used stars, which I clipped to twine and hung on  a beadboard background. All photos were taken with my iPhone and edited in Stackables.  This app is a lot like Mextures (which has been a favorite of mine), and I’m beginning to like it a lot. Because it is Tuesday, I brought all images into Photoshop and added some of Kim Klassen’s textures: hughes, simple, and chill (last photo only).

Linking up with Texture Tuesday today.


Just for a day. . .

The daffodils bloomed, but just for a day.  I don’t remember this being the case when I’ve bought them before, but at least I took photos.  This one was shot with my Lensbaby with the Sweet 35 and was textured with kk_simple for Texture Tuesday.


Tuesday Flowers

I must admit that flowers are still my favorite photography subject.  I wish I had a green thumb and could grow them as well!

The roses below were textured with Kim Klassen’s kk_anna texture.

20150208-DSC_2220_melinda_anderson-EditAnd here almost the same shot converted to black and white (no texture applied).


This is a closer view of the flowers edited using Kim’s kk_likeadream preset in Lightroom.


All photos were taken using the Lensbaby.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday today.

It’s the Berries!

Another photo for The Studio (for the fruit prompt):

20150130-DSC_1749_melinda_anderson-EditTextured with sybil for Texture Tuesday.



I’m attempting to do a bit of catch-up on my lessons from BeStill and The Studio.  The first image is for Lesson 33 in BeStill52 (and for Texture Tuesday).  The assignment was to create a still life using lemons or other citrus fruit, create a bit of a story, and include varying heights.  Well, my story is that lemons were being sliced (you can invent the rest. . .).

20150125-DSC_1550_melinda_anderson-EditThe image below is for Texture Tuesday (no real props, no varying heights, and no story).

20150125-DSC_1566_melinda_anderson-EditBoth photos were edited with textures from Kim Klassen’s Cloth and Paper collection.

Weed Wandering

From our weekend wandering at Willow Lake

20150117-DSC_1285_melinda_anderson-EditLensbaby Edge 80

Textured with Kim Klassen’s bamboo for Texture Tuesday

Sunny and Cold

The sun came out for awhile last weekend, but it was still cold as I ventured out to my studio (AKA garage) for a photo session. I opened the garage door for natural light, set what was left of my latest Trader Joe’s bouquet on some bead board, and had fun with my Edge 80 for as long as I could stand the cold. I tilted the lens down and to the left, focusing on the scissors for this shot. I liked the result and added texture to the image for Texture Tuesday.

20150111-DSC_0897_melinda_anderson-EditAnd here is the same photo with a black and white conversion.20150111-DSC_0897_melinda_andersonHappy Tuesday!


Adventures in Lensbaby

20150105-DSC_0221_melinda_anderson-EditThis may look like a very simple, ordinary still life to you- but to me it represents a breakthrough!

Mastering the combination of appropriate aperture, manual focus, and correct tilt of the Lensbaby has been a challenge to say the least.  To create this still life, I had some seemingly simple goals.  I wanted window light, soft focus on the window and edges of the photo, and, most importantly, the face of the little girl figurine/vase to be in focus.  It was the last goal that was, of course, the most difficult.  Out of the 31 photos I snapped, two had good focus on the face.  This actually represents improvement to me!

I wasn’t thinking I would use the Lensbaby on still life, but now I see that I like the effect- and that, with lots of patience, I can create the correct focus and the amount of blur I want.  Yay!  In fact, still life is probably what I SHOULD be practicing on, because it is, well, STILL!

This was taken with the Sweet 35 optic at f/4.  Textured with painterly and chill by Kim Klassen.

For Be Still- 52. Week 30 (a fresh start for 2015) and Texture Tuesday


A Chair by the Door

The latest assignment in BeStill 52 was to shoot a backlit image of a chair in front of a window. I was stymied at first, because our windows are all tinted here to protect us from the Arizona sun, creating a difficult lighting situation for photography.  Then I remembered the frosted front door window, which has un-frosted portions, letting in a bit of natural light.

20141214-DSC_7778_melinda_anderson-Edit 20141214-DSC_7777_melinda_anderson-EditBoth images are textured with Kim Klassen’s anna texture for Texture Tuesday.

December Still Life

I’m finding I feel a lot more like doing still life photography now that I have a space dedicated to it- even if it is in the cold garage! Here are some odds and ends I put together over the weekend.

20141207-DSC_7551_melinda_anderson-Edit20141207-DSC_7562_melinda_anderson-Edit20141207-DSC_7556_melinda_anderson-EditAll are textured with Kim Klassen’s reentry texture for Texture Tuesday.

Square, Top Down, 2 Sides

This was fun- and trickier than I thought! The BeStill52 challenge was to create a square, top-down composition where subjects were arranged on two sides of the square, leaving some negative space.  Now, I am a big fan of negative space- but somehow these compositions were hard for me. I struggle with top-down photography anyway. I’m short, so getting the bird’s eye view involves standing on a chair or ladder.  The second photo was easier for me, because I deliberately used small objects and shot it standing on the floor- yippee!

The photo below is of two old photo albums- my grandmother’s and my father’s.  I didn’t see either of them until after my parents were gone, so wasn’t able to ask questions about them.  I’m so curious about the open album on top- look how the photos are cut and arranged artistically! My father graduated from high school in Wolf Point, Montana about 1919 (!), and these photos appear to be of him and his high school friends.  Was my father really a scrapbooker? I wonder if one of his girlfriends put the albums together for him. Anyway- it is VERY cute! My grandmother’s album features family photos from the 1920’s, often involving camping trips and excursions to the beach. The photo of the three children is my mother (left) with her brother and sister- taken around 1915.

20141129-DSC_7307_melinda_anderson-EditAnd here is the photo of smaller objects- much easier to photograph!

20141130-DSC_7314_melinda_anderson-EditBoth photos are textured with Kim Klassen’s breakfree texture for Texture Tuesday.

Macro X3

20141125-seedmacrolayoutuntitledTextured with Kim Klassen’s kk_thewait for Texture Tuesday

It’s beautiful day in the neighborhood. . .

Here are a few more photos from last weekend’s walk in the neighborhood:

20141118-fallleaves_melinda_andersonAnd here is another attempt at ICM (intentional camera movement)- this time edited with Topaz Impression (one of the Cezanne presets) and textured with Kim Klassen’s chill texture.

20141115-20141115-Cez20141115-DSC_6820_melinda_anderson_melinda_anderson-2_melinda_andersonLinking up with Texture Tuesday today.

Tuesday Lavender

20141104-DSC_6574_melinda_anderson-Edittextured with Kim Klassen’s chill and friday2014 for Testure Tuesday

Pears and a Bowl

Today I’m posting the pear still life photos I did for the latest BeStill 52 lesson.  They were especially fun to do, because, with the help of my husband, I have been setting up a little mini “studio”(also known as a craft table) in our garage for still life and macro photography.  With the garage door open, I have beautiful natural light (unlike in the rest of our house).  When it gets too cold or when it is lizard, snake, and bunny season, the garage door will be down and I will use artificial light. Right now I have a pole lamp; we’ll see  how that works out. I do have a speed light too and reflectors of course.  I was inspired by Carol Hart’s post (on openhart.com) about using her greenhouse and her video of working in her home studio.

So here they are (the top one was textured with Kim Klassen’s painterly texture for Texture Tuesday):

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Apples on a Tea Towel

After doing travel photography for a couple weeks, it feels great to get back into still life photography! I’m catching up on lessons for Be Still 52 (and Texture Tuesday), and today’s photo is for the most recent assignment, where we were challenged to take a photo based on a painting. It was helpful to be provided with a link to a Pinterest board of stilllife paintings, and I chose one of three lemons on a striped tea towel.

I am currently lemon-less, so used apples from my friend, Debbie, who had to rid her kitchen of perishables in preparation for traveling to Nashville.  I do have some wonderful new tea towels, however- a gift from my daughter!


My image has darker lighting than the painting from which I drew my inspiration, but is lit from the left, as was the original image.  I textured it with Kim Klassen’s monday and chill textures.


Covered Bridge

Another photo from our weekend in Vail- textured with Kim Klassen’s kk_chill for Texture Tuesday.