Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Hi everyone,

How are you all doing today?  I'm doing really well. I'm still dealing with some congestion etc that I've had since the Tuesday before last. It started out as a really bad, hoarse, scratchy throat and now I'm just congested. It's getting better, but it still sounds icky gross when I cough sometimes.

However, having said all of that, it's a fantastic day. My dad and I were running some errands today and decided to take the ocean drive back home. We almost always drive through Pacific Grove...and lo and behold there is a "Little Car Show" going on.  So I had to stop and take some photos. I'll share some more of that another time.

Today I'm participating in Texture Tuesday over at the lovley Kim Klassen's blog. Click here to pay her a visit. She's a really nice lady with some of the neatest textures anywhere. I use them with Photoshop and Picmonkey. 

This week it's centered around "looking down".  Whenever I am at the ocean (which is any chance I can get) I like to go to the rocky shore and look down at the ocean. It gives me time to rest, breathe, think and be grateful for all the good things that are happening in my life. It makes me happy.

Here is the original photo that my father took of me this morning. It was a rather ocean foggy day this morning. The fog hadn't lifted yet, so it was still very gray:

Then this is what I did with the photo. I used three different, but equally lovely textures from Kim Klassen.  Here is the photo and then I'll tell you what I did with it:

I started out with the "Dream It" texture for this week...and I followed a similar recipe to what Kim Klassen used for her photo.

I added the "Dream It" texture in soft light at 80% opacity and gaussian blur at 100%. Now the gaussion blur, I'm not sure what "percentage" I should have used. I consider it a success that I even found that feature on my Photoshop CS3 :) :) 

Next I added "waterstained frame" at 80% opacity. Oh, I think this was in "screen", but I can't remember for sure...

Then I switched to Picmonkey...hush...don't tell anyone...and I added a third layer of "Reverie" in Overlay at 76% fade...

So that's what I did to get this look. I love the much softer look. It still reflects the gray tones on a foggy ocean day. You really can't see much of anything. In spite of all that, it's absolutely gorgeous and I love the icy blue/black of the water when I look down at it.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today. I love it when you all leave me comments.

That is the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs to your day, Heather :) :) :)


Kim B said...

very neat using those textures, try instagram --its pretty neat for photos. Glad all is well in CA. Tell us more about your diet if you are still doing it, great job! Hugs, Kim B

Annesphamily said...

This is so cool! I am so clueless on doing anything different on my photos. Your dad is a good photographer. I love this photo. You did a great job! Hugs to you and have a great weekend.

Laura @Travelocafe said...

Love the photo, love the grey, the mood it brings... and by the way, great blog.

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Rebecca said...

Beautiful picture, beautiful place, beautiful person. Hope your visit with friends was encouraging and that your spirit and emotions have been lifted - like the fog on the shores of California lifts :)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Heather, you are so much more advanced than I am with editing photos, but I can appreciate how lovely your photo is with the textures added. The one time I visited California it was very cold and foggy and that was in the middle of summer!

Jill said...

Great picture Heather! Hope you are feeling better. Have a fabulous week!


Camille said...

Beautiful part of God's Creation Heather. What a blessing to have access to the wonderful! :)