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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.

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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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US National Cycling Championship #photos

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It’s September and summer is just about gone. The weather is pleasantly nice. I guess we have Harvey to thank for the cooler temps. Something good always comes out of the bad I always say and this is proof. This is my first Friday post in a long time. This summer I slacked way off in Blogosphere to the point you’d think I wasn’t around but I was. Mostly tending to the huge blog clean up repairing or deleting broken files, and other issues with my site.  Photo ops were few and far between but I looked for them every chance I could. In June, Knoxville hosted the US National Cycling Championship. The winner from this competition represented the US at Tour de France or at least I believe that’s what I read. I failed to keep up that but anywho here are my Nikon moments!

In downtown Knoxville banners like this hung on street posts. I shot through the windshield to get this picture.

Like so much of what’s going on in our life lately, we did not plan to go downtown to see if we could watch the bicyclists. It just happened. In fact, we were heading to the Super Wal-Mart to do our shopping when DH suggested the side trip to try to get a glimpse of action.

This is in the Old City. I didn’t know how long it would take the cyclists to get back to this point, so I snapped this photo and waited. We were just about to leave when we heard some commotion. A positive sign the bicyclists were approaching.

 

As they approached, I climbed up on a bench to see over the crowd and to capture the moment. Cowbells and whoops greeted the cyclists. I felt happy for the racers as they rushed by the crowd.

We hung around for just a few mintues before deciding to look for a better advantage point to see the racers better and boy am I glad that we did!

My first attempt to catch the action. I wasn’t completely happy with how this went so we hung around for them come around again.

The first time I had my lens zoomed in too much, so I pulled back a bit to not only get that wide angel sense but when the cyclist went by me the action was very visible and that’s what I wanted!

There were a lot of vehicles following behind the cyclists. This is only a small sample but there they go and so being satisfied with the thrill a possible a once in life time shot to see such a competition, we headed on our way to tend to our errands.  It really was exciting, though.

 

I’m sharing my Nikon experience with other global shutter-bugs joining the Skywatch Friday linky party!

 

This summer as I mentioned, I spent a lot of time cleaning up my blog and while going through my “Drafts” folder I found this vintage video that made me smile. Hopefully, it’ll make you smile, too!

 

 

I’m back with Annie and Ellen playing along in their Friday Fun!

1FFBadgeThanks for hosting, ladies!

1. September bucket things-to-do list (I don’t have a “bucket list”. So, I changed this to “things-to-do list” instead.):  1. Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies or both 2. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate loaded with lots of marshmallows.

2. If I came with a warning label, it would say “once home with you, can’t return, lose, or shake. I’m yours until the end of days – yours or mine, which ever comes first”. This is something DH discovered too late. lol

3. Truth be told, I’m really glad summer is coming to an end even though I tried my best to live in the moment and not wish my days away but I hate the heat! I’m really loving the cooler temperatures brought on by the hurricane season but feel horrible for anyone affected by Harvey and now Irma. Saying prayers for everyone in these areas. God bless!!

4. I would rather do something creative – blog, photography, photo-edit, sketch, … than do house chores. What’s the fun it that?

 

In closing, I want to ask everyone to say prayers for those affected by hurricane Irma. Some are going to get hit hard…really hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be safe and God bless!

 

 

 

That’s a wrap for now. You’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Remembering 9/11” mewsic theme on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

 

 

Have a laughtastic weekend!

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Friday Features Linky Party

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A Barn Near Keller Bend Park #WW

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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Friday Fun Stuff with #SWF, #CTST, #Fillins, #Sillies

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s unofficially summer which means I’m throwing caution to the wind and blogging as the mood strikes. During my period of absence so far I’ve worked like a little maniac to fix broken links within and other buggy things about post content which brings me to why I decided to share today.

It realized going through my post archives I failed to share a very pretty skyview while in Naples, Florida March 2013 and I wanted to corrected that now.

Sunset over the Gulf captured with my little point n’ shoot Canon SD880

Sitting on the beach with good friends basking in the sun’s warmth, listening to the lulling sounds of the ocean, and squalks of seagull as the glow in the sky got richer in color as it sunk across the horizon was an utterly amazing experience. I consider it one of my highlights from our awesome trip. It would be incredible to do this again! 🙂 I’m definitely sharing this photo memory with fellow photo enthusiasts linking with Skywatch Friday!

Not being the kind of gal who does things half-way, I’m bringing to you my typical Friday Fun Stuff. Starting with Celebrate The Small Things!

Today, I’m celebrating finally getting the broken links repaired or removed.  I’m celebrating good friends such as you. It’s you who makes blogging fun giving me the driving force to keep at it but sometimes keeping at it for long stretches means hiatus is needed.  I’m celebrating the longer days. I love the happiness of lots of sunshine, not necessarily the heat it brings but the cheer! Now, I’m off to visit Lexa and others to see what they’re celebrating.

What are you celebrating?

 

Next I’m sharing my fill-ins to Annie an Ellen statements. You’re welcome to play along in comments if you don’t want to share in your own post. 😉

 

  1. A law I would like to see passed is to bump the age of drinking and voting to 25. Why 25? The part of the brain that controls judgement isn’t developed until one’s mid-20s. I never understood why the law says it’s okay to vote at 18 and enlist in the Armed Services, but one has to wait until age 21 to drink alcohol; both need good decision-making skills which often times you’re not going to find an 18 or 21 year old pocesses.
  2. My favorite card game is Spider Solitaire, which I’m hooked on thanks to my FIL who taught me how to play.
  3. With Summer unofficially here, I’m ready to kickback and unwind; keeping blogging low-key doing things in an easy-going, no-rush mode.
  4. A favourite Summer memory is spending time with my uncle and aunt at their home in Panther Creek, WV. This was like a vacation for me.

 

And finally…some giggles! You didn’t think I’d  forget your weekly dose of laughs, did you?

 

What’s got you giggling today? Are you slacking off now that it’s unofficially summer?

Have a funtastic, laugh-out-loud weekend and don’t forget to hit the dance floor with tunes to honor your brothers and sisters on Monday Mewsic Moves Me!

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