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(not-so) #WW Middle Prong Little River & #BoTB results

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! This is another WW and #BoTB double feature post. Last week, I asked y’all to cast your vote in the Santana Battles Toto covering While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This was a very tight showdown. The tightest battle I’ve had in a long time.  In the beginning, I thought I knew which artist would get my vote. I flipped back and forth between these covers both stirring me differently. I gave both songs one more listen yesterday and I decided Toto’s vocals were a closer match to the Beatles’ original touching on my emotions the same and earning my vote. The winner is….

The finally tally, Santana  9; Toto  8!

 

Thanks for y’all votes. It truly adds to the fun of each showdown. Please join me on the March 1st for another battle! 😉

Ok, moving along to my regularly scheduled post. Last year about this time, we spent the day in the Great Smoky Mountains in the Upper Tremont area.  By the time we stopped beside the Middle Prong Little River, the sun was slipping farther west creating shadows in the already heavily shaded area I stood to the picture.

It was a gorgeous February day spent in the mountains as you can tell how the sunlight hits the water, especially in the first photo. I did a little photo play with my image. First I converted it to B&W format which is nice and I thought I’d love to draw this but I’m not that talented yet. *hee-hee*

So, in Pixelmator, I applied the sketch effect.  Now, if only I could doodle as good as this photo-art creation!

*all images captured with my big girl camera, Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens.*


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I’m gonna leave you with another this song selection by India Arie and invite you to come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday & CTST!

 

 
 

 

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Let It Snow Photo-edit Fun With Free Falling Snow Overlay + #BoTB results

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  Let me begin with announcing the results of last week’s BoTB.  I did another Sunny cover song between three Johns, which I thought was sorta clever.   I liked the three styles that were different enough but maintaining a resemblance to Hebb’s original.  I picked Johnny Mathis mostly because I love his smooth style but a little because his version is more unique. Here’s how the voting went. Mathis – 2,  Rivers – 1, and Walker – 5. Walker is the John winning this battle!

 

Please don’t be mad at me. It’s not snowing here but when nature doesn’t dish it out then I decided to make some winter magic.  You might recall a few weeks ago, I turned spring photo of a church into a snowy winter scene.  In part that’s  what inspired me for this little photo-edit fun session.  I took a few photos of my Christmas Village. Hey, don’t judge! I still have it up but in my defense, it’s winter and it totally works! Anywho, I thought why not get creative by making my scenes look fabulous wintry and snowy. Oh baby, let it snow, Let It Snow!

 

Both originals looked okay but since I took them during the day the mood just didn’t work for me. I’ll share those in a bit.

 

In Pixelmator, I applied a Falling Snowing overlay (freebie photo-edit resource) on both images. The top photo I used two different overlays from the same download bundle, which came with a total of four overlays.  I had loads of fun making these! Doesn’t it look like it’s snowing?

Now, here are the originals.

Don’t they just scream, DO SOMETHING NEAT WITH ME?

 

Usually, I like sharing another mewsic vid of the BoTB winner but the best I can do this time is to give you John as part of The Walker Brothers band.

 

 

Next showdown is February 15th. I hope you mark your calendasmiley-icon-w_camerar to come to cast your vote! Don’t forget to join me tomorrow  for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and CTST now on Thursdays!

 

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Photo-art: Historic Rugby Church

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! I mentioned last week I’m not a big fan of winter and unless the sun is shining to make the day feel more comfortable you won’t find me outdoors.  Naturally, the holidays and DH’s work schedule prevented us from enjoying some day trips which means missed photo-ops.  That’s okay because I have plenty of archived photos that didn’t make the cut to fool with in one of my photo-editing programs.

In 2011 we ventured to historic Rugby, Tennessee.  It’s a living Victorian community originally founded by the British in the late 1800s.  I thought I shared photos from our trip but I can’t seem to find them on my site.  I think I understand why.  This picture didn’t turn out very well.  It was blurry but I kept it as memory shot (below).

This is a pretty little church.  With it being the dead of winter, I thought why not attempt to transform the original spring scene to a snowy one.  The first thing I did was crop and convert the image to B&W. The final step was I added a layer using the above free texture grab borrowed from Insight Designs, here.  These changes really gave my image a wintry sense.  I went a step further with this second creation.

I adjusted the blues and reds in the photo.  It gives the image an overall colder effect. It’s a bit surreal but then again it’s meant to be a fantasy creation.  What do you think? If you’d like here’s a real snowy photo shot of the church.

 

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Winter’s Day Spent Dreamin’ #WW

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! During the winter months, I generally prefer to stay indoors unless it’s a lovely sunny day.  There haven’t been too many of these opportunities since the holidays for venturing outdoors.  I hope in the coming weeks that this changes as DH’s new work schedule will allow us to have every other Friday together.

Luckily, I have lots and lots of archived photos to flip through. Many I’ve shared and then there are some that didn’t make the cut but have a potential for expressing my creative side through photo-editing.  This is what I’ve done today breathing new life in an ordinary photo with a short poem I penned for the occasion called Winter’s Day Spent Dreamin‘.

I snapped this photo in late winter 2011 with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot on one of our day trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway roughly around the Graveyard Fields.  It was a gray, cloudy day which I enhanced with Pixelmator by converting it to a B&W image, bumping the contrast, and adding a bit of grain.

 

Let’s snuggle up with a piping hot beverage while we visit other photo enthusiasts today.

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Historic Elkmont in the Smoky’s #WW

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs to my humble abode! Last Thursday I shared some of the Smoky’s wildfire landscape scarring photos that I took on the day after Christmas. We felt the need to get out. I reckon to release a little cabin fever.  It was a beautiful day. The mountains and foothills communities were bustling with more activity than I cared for but we enjoyed the day nonetheless.  We headed toward Cades Cove in the park with the hopes of taking a short walk in the old logging community of Historic Elkmont in the Smoky’s.

We used to walk the trail (not this one) that runs beside the river with the kids when they were at home.  It’s been a few years since we’d ventured this way and we were surprised to find the park service has developed the area more.  One of the improvements made is expanding the paved parking which is really nice.

Although the temperatures were pleasantly mild, it was very breezy and with my ear bothering me I couldn’t chance at being outdoors too long.  I really wanted to linger along the trail snapping pictures and imagining life in this community in its heyday.

One of the cabins caught my attention and I really wished I had snapped a shot of the long flowing curtain rustled by the wind which made me think of ghosts. Is the old town haunted? Perhaps by ghosts or maybe just memories of a lost past.

You can read about the history and Elkmont’s early beginnings in the 1900s by three Pennsylvanians who come to the area looking for virgin timbers.

As I said earlier, I’m eager to come back for another photo-op of this old ghost town and to enjoy a lovely nature walk.  Perhaps, I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us to enjoy, too.

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