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A new women’s photography digital magazine has been started by a friend in Melbourne and she asked me to contribute and so I have an article in it! Mine is on being in the great outdoors ALONE!

The magazine was published yesterday and my article and photos are in it – its $5 AUD should you be really interested

Dynamic Range Magazine

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My editing process is blogged here at Lensaddiction

I wasn't overly happy with my first go, and this is still not as good as my fantail but improved in different ways and more importantly was a good learning experience. I am getting better about judging the effect of textures and much more aware of the impact both color and TONE have when combining images. This one was more fun to do :)

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24th-Jul-2015 03:50 pm - AWAKE URBAN RAIN Take #2 Fantail

Trying out the same techniques as my previous swan image, there is better colour varation and contrast in this image and Im a bit happier with it.

Fantail image is mine and the backgrounds is course content and the swirl and accents are various brushes I collected along the way.
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18th-Jul-2015 09:44 pm - AWAKE Session 1 - swans
So I have posted images from my Photoshop Artistry course on and off here, recently the advanced AWAKE course opened up for a mid year intake and I was lucky enough to get a spot.

Because of the freezing cold weather here I have not been able to spend much time on my big computer in my bedroom that I use for Photoshop and have been itching to get in and try the new stuff I have been learning.

In Session 1 they break down a professional image called Urban Rain and show you how it is created - its AWESOME for learning new concepts and so this is my variation using some of the techniques covered

Pic below and the full blog post with the post processing details link is here AWAKE session 1 - swans

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Now I have finally finished my last paper, having sat the exam last Wed, I have time back in the weekends and evenings YAY!

So I wanted to tackle all the training courses and videos I have downloaded and purchased but not had time to look at, and this is one from Sebastian Michels of the Fine Art Grunge course that is teaching me so much about Photoshop from a creative POV

Below is the finished image, and how I created it (along with the original image) is HERE

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24th-May-2015 08:23 pm - Experimenting with Topaz Glow
This is a filter from Topaz Labs that allows you to add interesting texture to your images. I found it a lot of fun to play with as it is very customisable and has lots of sliders and things to adjust and change the final outcome

You can see the Before and After here on my blog post

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19th-May-2015 10:53 am - Double Exposure Image
Details on how I did this and a video on the technique are here

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1st-Mar-2015 10:04 pm - Im knackered!
About 3 years ago my house got fixed up from all the earthquake damage and that involved getting all the cracks in the walls fixed and the walls repainted.

What they DIDN'T do was all the trim - doorframes, window frames and skirting boards, and they consequently looked pretty grubby in comparison. I did manage to paint the lounge and the spare bedroom before the new and very fluffy carpet went in, but after it did, it was kindof too much of a challenge to deal with.

The bathroom has really been annoying me so I decided yesterday that I would FINALLY DO IT!

Yesterday was spent clearing cobwebs away and washing all surfaces, and sanding.

Today was more sanding, filling gaps, more sanding, washing, waiting for it to dry and then the painful task of taping all the edges with masking tape, and putting down and taping newspaper on the floor.

Finally I made a start but was too tired to do much other than a couple of easy bits and it looks like the doorframes will need two coats and some other bits - the people before me did a lot of painting in bright colours and werent too bothered about clean edges, so I have some cleaning up to do while I paint.

Still the clean bright white glossy trim looks AWESOME where I have done it and it will all be worth it, but man I am knackered! Sleep well tonite
Triggered by a recent exchange over difference of opinion, I ask the hard question - do people want honest critique on the images or do they really only want positive affirmation?

The Dilemma of Honest Critique

So far have had some really thoughtful and involved comments, and from people new to the blog which is surprising. Much of what I say has come from some experiences I have had at LJ in the photo communities, where participation is more about popularity contests than anything else. Which is ok if that is what you are after, but what happens when you are looking for something more?

I have my Big Gurl Panties on, so have your say!
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30th-Jan-2015 10:27 pm - Its been a rough start to 2015
A week into my 3 week Xmas holidays I got a cold. That wouldnt go away, but luckily this time it didn't end up being bronchitis and the Cough That Wouldn't Go Away.

This time it was a chest infection that lingered for 5 weeks and still getting rid of the final dregs of it.

This week I had my very last wisdom tooth out, it was scheduled for my holidays but couldn't due to the cold. Today my face is localised achy rather than half my face extremely sore and a wicked headache for two days.

Next week I have my first mammogram - already been rescheduled twice due to health issues.

In the last three weeks I have worked only one full one and due to holidays, short weeks and other things it will be late Feb before I begin normal 5 day weeks again!

Good news is one interruption is a 4 day trip to Hamilton Island for a vendor junket which will hopefully be lovely :)

Kitten also healed up the cut on his leg nicely and with no dramas

Oh and I upgraded my C: to SSD but the image wouldnt stick so I reinstalled windows and accidentally wiped my backups on D as well. Lost the last 15 years of email history and my itunes libraries among the most annoying things.

Slowly rebuilding everything back but on a 5 year old machine a complete clean refresh probably isnt a bad thing but STRESS!

Anyway a pretty picture using my new photoshop skills to brighten your day :)

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