Two blog posts for the price of one
Today is that very special day when you get two blog posts for the price of one.
But wait!! There’s more.
Not really, I just wanted to say that. But you still get two for one today because it’s After Before Friday, and the monthly See Beautiful blog hop, my fav.
First we have the See beautiful blog hop. We are encouraged to See Beautiful, everywhere, all the time.
On Wednesday the sun was actually out, mostly. So I grabbed the dogs and we headed for the beach. The Orcas have been around the island so I grabbed my camera and long lens in hope of seeing the pod. No such luck though. We had a wonderful walk on the beach however. The dogs are just beautiful when they are having a good time.
And a beautiful shell.
Everybody was pretty glad about the sunshine. My mental status most especially. This has not been easy for me with all the rain, clouds, gray skies and wet. The day was cold and windy, but at least the sun was out.
My photo for After Before Friday is something totally different for me. I have always shot landscape, wildlife, sunrises and sunsets. Being here is presenting me with different challenges in my photography. On Monday I went to Seattle, (a whole post on that coming up on Monday.) This photo shows part of a larger group of sculptures that are stainless steel wave shapes. They were pretty cool. It was impossible to get the shot I envisioned in my head however, there was just too much stuff behind the sculptures, no matter which way I looked at them.
So I created my own background. This is the edited photo.
And this is the original.
This was a major departure from what I normally, so I probably did it all the hard way. I started by making the image black and white in Lightroom. I then took the image to Photoshop. More than anything I wanted to get rid of the background stuff. I ended up using the quick selection tool and picking the spaces that are background. I then filled them in with solid black. This is not at all an exact science, and took more time then I expected because it kept wanting to choose part of the sculpture too. I finally got it where I wanted and cleaned up the edges with the brush tool. (If there is an easier way, someone please tell me)
I then applied a layer mask and the Hard light filter.
I am very happy with the way this turned out. I added the edited photo to my print store at Mary Hone Photography. So check that out if you would like a print of this.
To see what everyone else today, check out After Before Friday at Aperture64.