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#WW Cherohala Parkway Mountain View + #BoTB results

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Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Last year this time, DH and I were enjoying a drive in the mountains. It was a gorgeous spring day but the wind had a nippy bite. We stopped at an overlook along the Cherohala Parkway and walked the very short trail to the observation deck.

The panoramic view is nice but what really caught my eye as we were leaving were the trees. What character, I thought and had to snap a shot.  Now, looking at it doesn’t look like much but I played with the image coming up with a new photo artwork which I really like and I’ll share it on Friday.

Do you see a shot like this and think I can use this scene in my photo editor for something really cool or do you just say, Nah, I don’t like that so much and go on?

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Let’s move on to my last week’s BoTB.  The song choice was John Fogerty’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain covered by Belinda Carlisle and Karen Souza.  At firs,t both contestants were at even keel but then Carlisle pulled out taking the lead and stayed in front of the showdown by a big margin.  While I liked Belinda, Karen’s slow jazzy tempo seemed to suit my mood but casting a vote for Souza still left her with less than half the number of tallies. The gal earning the golden mic with a 9 to 4 victory is…

 

Check with Stephen to see how the other BoTB showdowns went down last week.   I’m undecided on what to do about April 1st BoTB. It’s sorta up in the air with the A-Z Challenge but if I can swing it, then I’ll do it. 🙂 I’ll leave you with this bonus track, and just a short reminder that next week I’ll be away from Blogosphere mostly while I pull together my A2Z posts set to begin March 31. I hope you’ll hop over for your weekly dose of giggles with Friday Sillies!

 

 

 

 

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Love Me Tender #WW An Italian Vs a Frenchman in #BoTB

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It looks Wednesdays this month is going to another dual blog post. That’s ok, it’s all about the love and fun we share for one another anyhow, right? ;  Getting my beautiful Valentine’s Day rose provided a good photo-op using it as a prop in these shots.  For a long time, I wanted to photograph a single red rose with my pearls DH got me for our 30th anniversary and finally I got it!

The following image, I shared the week before last in the CTST part of my post. I opened it in Pixelmator to give it a makeover adding an antique overlay to the background, then applying the Bouvardia Vignette effect.

Below, I added an icy heart overlay, a freebie resource I downloaded, here.  I put our initials in the frosty heart giving my creation a special touch.

Here’s another image I shared on Friday in CTST but I reinvented that photo-art creation with new effects today.  Which do you like the best this one or the one from Friday?


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Okay, you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half to help pick the next winner in March 1st Battle of the Bands.

All the love I feel thanks to DH gave me the purrfect song choice. I’m going with the King of Rock n’ Roll’s classic hit Love Me Tender, a re-work of Aura Lee first performed by Frances Farmer in 1936.  Just for the fun, I thought I’d use two foreign mewsicians to perform Elvis’s song in An Italian VS a Frenchman in BoTB!

 

Representing Italy, Ricky Shayne.

 

France’s singer, Johnny Hallyday.

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Italy (Ricky Shayne) or France (Johnny Hallyday)?

 

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! ?

I hope you’ll join me noon tomorrow for Thursday Movie Picks!

 

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

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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!

 

Have a fototastic day!

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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.

 

Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day.

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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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Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Now on Thursday Skywatch Friday & CTST!

 

 

Have a fototastic day!

 

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