Colour Play

Day 11 of 2B, or Beyond Beyond saw Kim talk about colour boards and tips and tricks on how to create them, this was such fun, I can see me doing more of these 🙂

Spring Pinks

Purple love

Kim then showed us how to create a “hazy” preset in Lightroom, boy I cannot believe how much I am learning here. Day 11 and I have already know so much more in Lightroom. I created 4 different presets after watching Kim’s video. I will share some photos soon where I have used them 🙂

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Egg-tastic Easter wishes

Well Day 10 of Beyond Beyond or 2B came and went and I am so pleased to be up to date .Kim gave us another beautiful texture to play with and the chance to edit one of her photos, but I chose to use the technique she shared with us on a photo I took last year. I am beaming as I am learning so much and LOVING it 🙂 I played quite a lot with the text selection tool on other images I have taken, but when it came to this one I struggled BIG time not only trying to select where I wanted to try, but also where to place the text. I decided just to edit as I would normally for this one, but watch this space as I can see this text tool being very useful 🙂

Happy Easter one and all 🙂

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{Texture Tuesday} – the Flower Power eDition

Day 9 of 2B (Beyond Beyond) saw us looking at fonts and different ways of including it using Elements. It was a real insight, having only recently upgraded to version 11 from 8, there is so many changes and so much to learn. I had quite a play with different types of text layers (on a shape, in a shape, typing on a path – the possibilities are endless (big grin)). I cannot believe it is Tuesday again already though, which means it is time for me to join in with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday again. This week the theme is “Flower Power” and Kim just gave the following brief………”Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures, and it must have a little ‘flower power’……  No need for more information… take it away friends….”. I so love flowers so this one made me happy as soon as I saw it last week. We have had flurries of snow over the last few days, not enough to settle, but enough for it to still be cold. Spring sure seems to be late this year, I cannot wait for the weather to warm up a little and the garden to come alive with colour again. Our crocuses came up briefly so I thought this would be the perfect shot for me to use today for this “flower power edition”.

For the love of Spring

In Lightroom I first of all cropped the image then adjusted the white balance, increased the clarity and vibrance slightly and then played a little with the HSL adjustment panel mainly with the orange, yellow and magenta, luminance and saturation. Next the image was transfered to Elements where I added two textures kk_daisy, soft light @ 60%, then kk_isobel, soft light @ 15% ( I so love the Downton Abbey collections). I then added a slight lens flare but reduced the opacity considerably. Finally I added the text which I learnt how to do after watching Kim’s fantastic videos from day 9 of Beyond Beyond 🙂


Let me know what you think, improved or not?

Here a a couple of other photos where I played with the type tools 🙂

All a splash with coffee

Pajama day

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Two days in one

Slight change in what I had planned to post as I have a sore throat and cold, so feel a little rough, as I had this post written already I thought I would post this one today and my Project Life ones will now be on Wednesday and Thursday.

I had a lot of fun with day 7 of Beyond Beyond, the e-class by Kim Klassen, Kim gave a a few tips and tricks for using Lightroom (LR), I actually discoverd more about LR than I thought I would, I have only been using it for a couple of years and now realise that I have not even touched the surface of what it can do (I really should play with it more).

I also saw a few things I liked in Kim’s version of LR, I think I may splash out and upgrade to version 4 sooner rather than later.  This week Kim gave us a photo she took of the well photographed chairs at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, we were told to do what we wanted to processing-wise. I could play all day in Lightroom, the more I learn the more I LOVE it. I decided to desaturate the colours slightly and give it a “grungy feel”


Two’s company

Kim’s before shot

The following week and Day 8’s email came into my inbox, I so look forward to each week and seeing what Kim is going to share with us and the challenges given.

This week Kim gave us more than one challenge, the first one Kim said:

“Take your favourite quote….and turn it into chalkboard art. You can use the technique outlined in the tutorial or simply use a chalk hand font of your choice. Texture in the background or no texture….totally up to you. Imagine the possiblities.”

So many quotes, fonts, designs and edits that can be done, this was fun and has given me an idea for another photo which I am sure I will share soon 🙂


The second challenge from Kim was all about layouts. I had the perfect shots to try this out with. My daughter came home from school on Friday and decided she wanted to do some water colour painting. She asked if I could suggest something she could paint, I said that she should try something from the fruit bowl or one of the flowers on our kitchen table, as you can see she opted for the apple!

Water colour fun

The final challenge Kim posed for us was to create a “matte-photo finish”.


I cannot believe how much I learned in these two days postings, I am so glad that I signed up for Beyond Beyond,  I LOVE learning. I think this is why I enjoy photography and editing them so much as the possibilities are endless 🙂

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Light from above

Day 5  of Kim Klassen’s year long class was all about finding the light, as my preference is for natural light photography I am all about finding available light. Just yesterday I was also viewing a friends stream on Flickr and she was doing a similar process. She had been going around each room in her house finding available light at different times of day. For me the obvious choice for morning light is always in my front room as the light shines in adding warmth to the room, during the afternoon this room is then shaded so the light is a lot flatter. The afternoon though sees me head towards the back of our house in search of good light. When light is poor I always go to our conservatory as with all the windows I am surrounded by it, in bright light though the shadows can be tricky to deal with, but I now use various techniques to minimise them or eliminate them. Like Kim we are quite lucky in that we do have a house with good light and up until it was all freshly plastered we had white walls, now though we have a lot of pinkish tinted walls! It will be white or close to it again soon, but it may take a little while (after all we have EVERY room to decorate!).

Kim’s challenge for this day was “I know not everyone has the luxury of a light-filled home. I encourage you to explore your home for the right light. Move about your space… take some photos by each of the windows… do this a few times throughout the day…. This simple exercise may uncover the perfect space to set up a temporary space. Leave no corner unturned. If you are lacking window space, open the front door and let the light in. You may not have a studio space…. but a small table in front of a window. a rustic board on your bed, a small table in the shower even. You just never know! Sometimes we have to improvise… Try bouncing the light with foamcore boards or Styrofoam…. filter the light with a sheer curtain or shower curtain liner. This can do wonders. If you have the luxury of painting a room…consider a nice light shade, rather than a darker shade…. Soft white walls make everything prettier.” Well this is what I came up with…….


The above shot was taken in our front room with the light shining in through the window, this was shot before we had a fully functioning kitchen and table after we moved back home, hence he was eating breakfast watching football on TV 😮

Counting the pennies

Not a great quality iphone shot, but I quite liked the atmosphere in this. It was taken in my sons bedroom at about 6am, he had the lights off and as you can see the light is just starting to shine through his blinds. Yes he is an early riser, I was just surprised when I woke up to find him quietly checking how much pocket money he had saved up.


This one was taken mid afternoon in our playroom, the catchlights are from the television, she was watching a documentary about penguins, her favourite 🙂

I think I may take a leaf out of my friends book so to speak and try this exercise again, taking it in turns to go into each room and find the available light…………… has anyone got tips on avoiding the clutter and not so perfect decore at the moment?

The one thing that really struck a chord with me in Kim’s post for day 5 was when she said “It’s so easy to get caught up in the competitive side of things. Especially today… we have instant access to everyone’s art. It can so easily turn into a race…wanting to be the first, the best, the fastest….before we know it…it becomes more about the race than our art.”  I know that I for one am very guilty of this, up until fairly recently too, well I say that, but it was last year now! I felt as though I had stopped doing this for the LOVE of it but started creating for others, I become quite disillusioned and to be honest fed up, I then discovered Project Life and started taking more day to day shots and my love of photography came back, I also found that creatively I felt more inspired. I now create for myself and not others and feel so much better for it. I have also started this blog mainly for myself and my family, I felt pressured with the ones I have started before and soon lost interest in posting. I feel that this time I have the balance right and I am actually enjoying writing again and putting pen to paper( so to speak!).

Now moving on, day 6 of Beyond Beyond and Kim  gave us the challenge to set up or find a “from above” scene to shoot. I do quite a few shots from above, so this was not something new to be as I just love experimenting with different perspectives. I decided to take a photo of some tulips that my husband bought for me 🙂 I then decided to try two different edits with it. The first edit I followed Kim’s video and used the Downtown Sybil texture, I liked what it did and found it especially useful giving me another arsenal to how I editing.


After this I decided to start again and try something else, I used my own preset in Lightroom and lightened the image up, adding more light than I had in the original image. I then transferred to Elements and decided to add a little lens flare to give the feeling that it was shot in a lot brighter conditions.

Tulip flare

I would LOVE to know what you think, which one works best for you or do neither?

Just in case you are interested, Days one to four can be found HERE, I have decided to combine my blogs for now to make it easier for me 😮

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE – enjoying and recording the everyday moments of life.