Friday, February 1, 2013

a perfect slice of serenity


i was really on the hunt for some ducks or geese
but all i found on this dreary winter's day
was a perfect slice of serenity

barely a ripple of water
nor a hint of a breeze

just pure

100 / 2013 / Prompt #12
s e r e n i t y


the second half to this post
is coming to you
a la carte
because it has nothing to do with the above
other than the image is the same


i am soooo excited about FINALLY learning about photoshop "actions" and "photo effects"!
for those of you who might not know what they are
well, i'm not really sure how to explain them
but they are like the cherry on top of an ice cream cone
for photography processing nuts, like moi,
and super easy to apply to an image
 that is, once you've conquered how to install actions into photoshop

i don't have much to show you yet
except this first example of a photo effect
that I found on Photoshop Elements
and used it on the above image
since i am writing this portion of the post up at our lake getaway,
i unfortunately, 
do not remember the name of this effect, 
but i think it had something to do with paper.
all i can tell ya is that
with just one click, look what appeared....
when i saw it 
my jaw dropped
because i couldn't believe how easy it was to do!

after learning how to install actions into PSE from this great video by Paint the Moon actions
 i installed a few of Pioneer Woman's free actions
but didn't have much time to play around with them
alas,  yet another reason to spend even more hours on my patoo-ti-us!

anyhoo...i just had to share!

p. s. comments are now enabled!
(i was beginning to feel as though i had thrown myself into isolation!)



  1. Your image edit is awesome! I use PW's Lovely and Ethereal action a lot. It took me a while to figure out how to modify each of the elements within that action. Yay for actions and yay for comments! So glad you turned comments back on. :)

  2. both are lovely ... i occasionally tweak my shots using preset plugins from Topaz Labs, i find PS overwhelmingly confusing

  3. Beautiful image. I think that's the part I love the most is editing the images later. So many ways to express the scene!

  4. Wow, I thought it was beautiful before the action--It's gorgeous after! I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

  5. Serenity indeed ... nothing nicer than a still lake to capture.

  6. I like both photos - each cast a different mood. What a wonderful setting!

  7. wow these are fantastic, that first shot really jumps out at you, wonderful rich colours, absolutely fantastic


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