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Flowers and textures galore

As you may know if you’ve been following my blog, lately I’ve been experiencing with different methods of post-processing. This week I’ve had lots of fun playing with textures in Photoshop, and finding out how they change the mood of a picture without altering it so much that it becomes something entirely different from what I meant to shoot in the first place. In fact, I’ve used them to get just that look I was going after when I grabbed my camera.

I love the effects, and I’ll definitely consider textures from now on before deleting a shot. I don’t think I’d ever texturize a sunset, though; sunsets are perfect just the way they happen.

I haven’t used textures on all the shots in this post, just the ones I wasn’t satisfied with; I don’t think it’s too hard to tell the ones I edited from the ones I didn’t. Enjoy, and as usual, thanks for reading and commenting!

All textures were downloaded from Shadowhouse Creations.


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Harbor-licious Vol. II

Here are the rest of the pictures I took at the harbor. I’m sleepy headed today, and I wish I could follow my cat’s example and curl on my bed with a comfy blanket. But since I’m human and there’s lots of stuff to do, I’ll just hope my brain will wake up later in the day, and keep this post short so I don’t say more nonsense than usual. Enjoy!


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Harbor-licious

I’m mesmerized with some of the shots I took yesterday at the harbor. There were some wispy clouds on the sky that created wonderful colors, plus the tide was low and there wasn’t much wind, so the water was calm and mirror-like (as much as we ever get here, in windy Argentina). Perfect weather conditions for shooting a sunset, even if I was wrapped in a cotton jacket and my snow parka (we don’t have snow here, but I dare say the winter wind is just as bad).

If you pay attention to the pier in these shots, you’ll notice a patch of color on it. That’s the puddle where I shot this pole. Isn’t the world magical?

The yachts on a row are an attempt at my weekly assignment for my Flickr group, themed “Repetition”. Originally, I wanted to shot them with the setting sun as a background, but I must confess I got so wrapped up in shooting the pier that I forgot about the yachts until it was too dark. Luckily, I took this one before moving on to the pier, and it turned out somewhat nice but also overexposed. So, I put to use some of the amazing textures I downloaded yesterday, and I sooo love the result. You can find the textures I used and a lot more at Shadowhouse Creations, a wonderful site where you can download some great textures for absolutely free.

A nice baby seagull posing for the camera. My father said they have a name, but I’m not a bird person; I just liked this little fellow that was floating by without a care in the world.

Reflections on the water and the mud. Last time I tried to capture the sun glittering on the sea, but the shots didn’t come out well. This time I like what I got.

I have some more pictures to edit, but it’s late and I’m tired, so they’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks everyone for reading, liking and commenting my posts!


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Here and there a sunrise and a sunset

I was going through some old folders in an attempt to put some semblance of order in the mess that is my hard drive (bad thing, you know, I need my archives to be somewhat tidy), and I found these images that I didn’t post before, who knows why.

I have lots of images to edit, some a month old, but I’m suffering from the typical long weekend syndrome – the more free time I have, the less I do. I seem to get a lot more done during the week. Plus today I had a bad day, I was moody and sleepy and I don’t think there’s a worse combination than that. I got over it by going to the harbor again with my father, and of course taking lots of pictures. I’m still practicing to find the best way to avoid lens glare, and I got some good shots. I’ll get to them someday.

Today, I’ll post these because they deserve to see the light. Enjoy!


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Sunset fire and Photoshop curves

I finally decided to take the leap and learn how to use the big stuff in Photoshop. I took some shots of a lovely sunset about a week ago, and it was lovely precisely because it was a cloudy day. Clouds make stunning sunsets, with the play of light and colors they create.

The sky was breathtaking, and there were moments when I forgot to adjust the settings and press the shutter because I was staring open-mouthed at the magic happening in front of me. So far, all was well. The problem showed up when I downloaded the pictures and I noticed a great difference in exposure between the sky and the sea, which left me with shots where the sky was amazing and the sea was just a dark mass below. Of course the sea was naturally darker than the sky, but it wasn’t that dark.

What to do? Surf the web for tips and inspiration, since it’s a long weekend and I have the time. I’ve been wanting to learn about levels and curves for a while, so I took advantage of this chance and used curves adjustments on the sea in these pictures. I’m a hands-on kind of person – I’ll google to get the basics of something, and then I’ll go straight to practicing and keep learning that way.

I’m no expert, and I was just experimenting a way to improve my pictures, but I rather like the results. The sky’s still as bright and fiery as before, and the sea glows in just the right way without being neither overly bright nor dark in an unappealing way, plus it made the boats stand out just enough to add the picturesque touch they always add (they were invisible before I edited the pictures, ‘cause they blended with the dark sea).

So my conclusion is, if you have a shot you’re not a hundred percent satisfied with, try post-processing – you’ll most likely find a way to improve it.