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Weathered Barn Near Boone NC #WW

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Image captured with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera.

Somewhere along the North Carolina mountain countryside is this quaint, weathered barn. judging by its condition I don’t believe it’s been used for anything in years. I snapped the original (above) in August 2011 and first shared it with y’all in 2013. I knew when I began my barn photo-art series that I wanted to dabble with this image more.

After looking at my archives I found I had more than one version taken at the same location but after shortly studying them I decided I like the way the wild flowers framed the lower bottom edge better in this one.

Using my iPad Distressed FX app adding color and texture layers, adjusting color saturation and a small cluster of birds. The warmth of the new image whispers autumn in my ear, does it tell you the same?

I liked the results I got with this creation but I thought it would be nice to paint it. I have two apps designed to give this effect. The first picture is a watercolor creation of Waterlogue. The app has limited options and settings but the results are nice. It really looks like a watercolor painting to my untrained eye, how about you?

The second app I played with Brushstroke. It has all kinds of settings – medium (brushstroke), palette selecter (colors), support (canvas/paper etc), element adjustments, and signature. It’s really a cool program.  I opted to turn the photograph into an oil painting. If you enlarge the picture to run your eyes across the image you can almost feel the brushstrokes.

Let me clarify this isn’t a sponsored post. The links provided are for your ease to learn and find these amazing apps. Should you choose to purchase any or all then I will not benefit from the sale.  The only reward I’ll get is knowing I helped a friend.

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Red-Roof Barn Farragut TN #WW

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Shortly after getting my Big Girl camera years ago I photographed this barn in Farragut, TN. I know I shared this pitiful shot with you no doubt right here on not-so Wordless Wednesday. Anywho, while on blogging hiatus over the summer and on one of our knocking around town ventures, I told DH that I’d like another crack at taking a picture of the red-roof barn sitting on Concord Road.

He happily obliged my request. I’m more comfortable with my DSLR now and felt excited at a second chance to capture, especially since I screwed it up the first time. What followed next left me shocked and saddened.

Turning off Kingston Pike on to Concord Road the barn sat on the right side of the road heading to the lake across from a bank.  I thought we could park in the bank’s parking since it was a Sunday like we did before so I could take a few pictures but then I discovered that the beautiful barn no longer stands.  My jaw dropped and my eyes widened. I don’t know what happened but it burned down.  This barn sat in this spot at least the better part of the 38 years that we’ve lived here. Now. It’s. Gone. Forever! 😢

Even though I can’t retake pictures of the barn, I can do photo-editing magic to change the mood of my photo.  I decided to use my Facebook Friend’s Cheryl’s smartphone/tablet Distressed FX app, which gave me my newest photo-art creation below.

I made the mistake of not jotting down the color and textured overlays used to give it a vintage…almost autum feel but I can tell you that I added a scatter of birds that Cheryl calls “Onward” to the sky . To complete my new masterpiece I took it through Pixelmator, adding my copyright and bumping the “Curve” settings to tone down over-exposure giving my picture a warmer, richer finish.  I really, really like Cheryl’s little app and NO, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I’m just tossing the word out there about a product I enjoy using because that’s what friends do! 😉

Combing my archives I made a happy discovery. I actually DID get a second chance to photograph the red-roof barn the following year in the fall taken at a different vantage point. I don’t believe I shared this with you until now.

I think it’s funny that I over-exposed (a lot) my first picture and under-exposed (poor meter reading on my part due to cloudy skies) this one. I’m so thankful for photo-editing. I bumped the exposure in Pixelmator brightening the photo a wee bit and added my copyright.

Should I take this photo through Distressed FX? Yes. I. Should!

This time I noted the steps creating my new photo-art. In this photo I selected overlays – “Cyan Song” and “Naia”, then added a bird layer, “Alfred”. These changes detracted from the visibly gray, rainy day of the original.

But, in this one I played on the elements creating a more dramatic scene. I selected a different overlay, “Half Light” and kept “Naia” and bird layer “Alfred”, but adjusted the brightest, contrast, and saturation.

What do you think?

I invite you to link up with my friends today and I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing!



 

 

 

To stay totally connected and in the loop of things on Curious as a Cathy, I hope you’ll join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts. Tell your friends to join the fun and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block. Keep your camera nearby coz there’s always a photo-op waiting to happen. Have a good day!

Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone.  I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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A Barn Near Keller Bend Park #WW

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Welcome back to (not-so) Wordless Wednesday Kittens & Dawgs! This month I will share photographs of barns I’ve taken recently or past in which I saw the original followed with new image(s) created with one or more  photo-editing apps.

Today’s photo I snapped near Keller Bend Park in Knoxville this summer. It was a dreary day and I failed getting the exposure right. No picture is a complete loss thanks to technology.

In Pixelmator I adjusted the Curve lightening the exposure, brushed some additional clouds overhead, and added a textured layer. In the next photo, I changed to an autumn texture layer selecting the blending option as “Subtract”.

I liked how the roof of the barn kinda glowed giving it a sci-fi feel, so I took it another step by adding a “light leak” effect to the image.

This gives the viewer that “close encounter” of the extraterristrestrial type sense. Be prepared. Have Reese’s Pieces in your pocket and be ready to for someone who needs to phone home.



 

I appreciate your patience as I take my come-back slowly. If you don’t want to miss a single post then I encourage you to subscribe by email to get notifications. Please tell your friends to come join the linky party and I’ll see ya around the cyber block. Come back on Friday for another Nikon moment from this June with the US National Cycling Championship here in Knoxville. 😉

Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice.  I have not been compensated to express my opinion about this product. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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Monkey Town #WW + #BoTB results

I’m taking things easy this summer. Blogosphere is a bit like a ghost town this time of year and that’s ok. We all need to break away from our normal routine to enjoy life and what better time to do it than summer? Exactly.

DH and I are getting out more but staying relatively closer to home with shorter trips. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we do it together. We passed through Dayton Tennessee. I noticed a business we passed called Monkey Town Brewing Company.  That seemed like an odd name. DH mentioned the famous trial against a high school teacher for teaching evolution was held in Tennessee and maybe somewhere nearby. I consorted with Google to learn this 1925 case took place in Dayton at the Rhea County Courthouse. July 10th will mark the 92nd anniversary of the landmark Scopes Monkey Trial.

While summer is under way, this Cathy wants to play. Not-so Wordless Wednesdays will be few; meaning limited linking time, so I decided to not add my linky party. I hope you’ll include a link back in comments for me and others to find your photo shares, though. 😉

Now for all you #BoTBers and other mewsic enthusiasts, I’ll share the outcome of my last battle but first let me pass on a little mews bulletin…

Starting next month, some players including myself plan to cut back participation. I decided to step down for the rest of the summer. If you subscribe to my post via email then you won’t miss a thing other wise mark your calendar for my BoTB return on September 15th. 😉

Alrighty, it won’t surprise any of y’all to know who the winner is in my A Father’s Day Tribute Showdown.  I threw three contenders onto center stage to rival for that coveted golden mic award. The battle nearly left one daughter out and the other only gathered a few votes making this an easy steal for…

Final tally: Carnie & Wendy (my pick) 10 votes, Jen 1 vote, and Roseanne 2 votes. Thanks to everyone for playing along!

 

You’re invited to visit Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers to see how their battles went last time. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off this YouTube Wilson (Carnie & Wendy) Phillips (Chynna) playlist .

 

Have a funtastic summer and join me on the dance floor “freebie style” with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

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#WW Morning Slice of Moon + the Mystery Blogger Award

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs, I’m still taking a break but I’m interrupting my down time to present the Mystery Blogger Award to a few of my fellow bloggers and while I’m here I decided to share a morning slice of moon take on chilly February morning. I displayed another photo taken the same day with my SWF fans.

 

Passed to me last month after the A to Z Challenge with the honor to receive the Mystery Blogger Award which I will now share with you the general guidelines for accepting this award.

 

Rule 1:  Put the award logo/image on your blog.

 

Rule 2:  List the rules.

 

Rule 3:  Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. ✓  

I’d like to a  very special thanks to Janet Miles for nominating me. You’re a peach! Now, insist you go visit her at Janet’s Smiles. 😀

 

Rule 4:  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

This step sounds like a cool way to get extra traffic to your blog but any who I’ll play along. 😉 The mastermind behind this nifty little award is a young kitten, Okoto Enigma’s Blog who obviously is pretty smart to come up with this ingenious idea.

 

Rule 5:  Tell your readers three things about yourself.

The first thing you may not know about me is I bleed easily. If I get a paper cut, you’d swear I lost a finger or somethin’

Secondly, I’m beautiful! tossing hair in the wind. Wait, my hair is too short! Okay…you got me I’m beautiful on the inside (aren’t we all?) and as you guessed I’m a bit nuts.  I have a little white jacket to prove it, too. 😀

Third, I don’t know if you want to know this or not but I shave my legs every day. I can’t stand having the prickles. The good thing is keeping said routine causes the hair growth to slow down due to over shaving and if I miss a day my legs are still pretty smooth.

 

Rule 6:  You have to nominate 10 to 20 people.
  1. Lori from My Fragmented Journey
  2. Pam from Life Through My Eyes
  3. Amy from Amy’s Creative Pursuits
  4. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den
  5. Lisa from The Meaning of Me
  6. Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker
  7. Mandy from Your Everyday Traveler
  8. Eli from Coach Daddy
  9. Tamara Narayan, Author
  10. Photo Art by Claudia Willison
Rule 7:  Notify them.

Rule 8:  Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.

My questions:

  • Where’s the strangest place you been?
  • Do you have any naval fuzz or toe jam?
  • Based on your pant size, what’s your IQ? (Intelligence Guide:   0 or smaller = “dumb blonde who cares if you’re a brunette”,   2-4  = “I don’t understand the question”   6-8 = “Getting by” 1  0-12 = “Smarty Pants”   14 -up = “Extraterrestrial” or   no answer = “I’m either too embarrassed to announce to the world how little I know or I’m far too modest to boast how smart I am”?
  • What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?
  • What’s the smartest thing you’ve done?
My answers to Janet’s questions.
  1.  Who is your favorite author? Me. No, really I’m not into literature so I don’t have a favorite author. My reading is strictly blogs and other internet sources.
  2. How long have you been blogging? This June will make seven years. Can you believe it, seven years? WOW, where does the time go?
  3. Have you ever been nominated for a major award? Yeah, I’ve gotten a few of these blog awards over the years. It’s kinda cool to get them just as long as I don’t get too many of the at once because meeting the requirements can be time-consuming.
  4. If you could play a musical instrument what would it be? I took piano for a short while when I was a kid but dropped it. My heart just wasn’t into it but now I’d love to know how to play, so I’d have to say a piano.
  5.  Who is Carmen Sandiego and why should I care where in the world he is? Isn’t he a spy or something? I’m with you, why should I care who this is?  If you find a reason to care then how about sharing it with me and maybe I’ll feel the same.
  6. Extra credit question, did I make you smile today? Absolutely! Anytime a blog friend does something nice for me makes me smile. 😀
Rule 9: Add a link to my best post.

Hmm, how does one determine what her best post is? I checked my stats which shows  Friday Sillies: Babies is my most viewed post with nearly 400 visits all times and my top two posts in the past three months are #AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “A” +#BoTB and #AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “P”. Feel to visit any or all of my past entries!

Let me skedaddle back to my R&R but I certainly appreciate your visit and please remember to leave a breadcrumb (signature line) in comments so others can find you easier! 😉  Have a wonderful day!

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