Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Challenge #1 – High-Key B&W Portrait Effect & 30 Days of Creativity – Day 30

Once again, two birds with one stone! I did my Photoshop challenge of the week & my final day of the 30 Days of Creativity.

I used a photo that I took this weekend at a wedding we went to of my husband & my youngest son. I used this tutorial to produce a high-key black & white portrait. I love the dreamy, ethereal feel of the high-key effect.





For details of this challenge, click here

The 30 Days of Creativity has been amazing. I haven’t felt heaps of pressure which has been great because I think that would have taken a lot of the fun out of it. But it has definitely been a consideration &  motivation as I think about my day. I plan on doing it again next year, but I think I will be much more organised & plan out more activities instead of flying by the seat of my pants as much as I did. This has been inspirational for me & I’ve done so many fun things & stretched myself. I’m excited to get back into more of my traditional art disciplines.

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Challenge #1 Infrared Photo Effect

I love the infrared photo effect. I didn’t have a great photo to start with. I have just got to get out there and take more pictures – I’m pretty good about taking pictures of my family, but I need to be better about just going out & taking pictures. Anyway, I wanted a recent picture & this is what I had. I think the infrared effect looks better when you start with brighter, more saturated colours, but I went with what I had. I love the photo – it’s my courageous boy, Jude on his first tree climbing adventure.

I used this tutorial & loved it. It was so clear & easy to follow. With some techniques, the writers seem to assume that you know more than you do. This tutorial may have included more info than necessary, but I prefer it that way.



I’m looking forward to using this effect on more photos in the future & I’ll definitely use this tutorial.

For details of this challenge, click here.

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Challenge #1 Cross Processing

Ever since I saw my brother-in-law & his wife’s wedding photos, I’ve loved the look of cross processing. At the time, I had no idea what it was called & I tried to recreate the look myself with Photoshop as well as scouring the interweb for tutorials. I eventually stumbled across the actually name for the look & since then have found many tutorials.

For the challenge this week, I used this tutorial.

Here are my results (I love using images of my handsome husband!):



 This came out a bit more yellow than I usually like, I tend to like a bit more of a blue cast to the image, but I think it came out great.

For details of this challenge, click here.