I've been trying out some new textures for my photographs this afternoon. We had a snow day today, our second in a row. As I mentioned on today's post, I found the instructions while visiting Mary on this post at In A Soft Light. She also sent me a link to a wonderful array of textures available in Flickr.
Here are a few photos I've been working on. Please remember that these are only first attempts. I have a long way to go. These aren't going to be up everyone's alley, but it's up mine. So here we go.
This is a bloom from an impatiens that I was never crazy about. I am crazy about the groovy texture it's now wearing. Or maybe I'm just crazy.
Queen Anne's Lace. I like it.
I think I love this one. But I can't remember what I did to it. I hate when that happens. This is a tiny little volunteer from one of my many spider plants. And speaking of my spider plants, I think I killed them all. Sometimes, I am a plant murderer. It's just what I do when I'm depressed. I kill my plants with my indifference to their lives. It's happened twice in my life where I just let all my plants die. It's something that hurts me to even tell you.
Dear spider plants and all you other plants I've killed, I am deeply sorry. Honest I am. Amen.
I'm really not sure about this one. I took it this morning. The tree branches are full of ice and there's snow on the ground. And my own personal jury is out on this one for now.
And speaking of trying, these times are trying too.
Oh, why do I listen to the news?
Well, I listen because it's important. The ice storms that have left more than a million people in this country without power and 23 deaths so far, the US Postal Service who is thinking of cutting down mail delivery to five days a week rather than six. And after I listen, and after I get sad about it all, I then thank God for my job, my house, the heat, the food, and I pray for those who don't.
My husband has had a trying day as well. It's the day after his most recent chemo treatment and he's not very well. He has been so glad to have my company these past two days while school has been closed, but I really can't do much for him. I just feel so helpless sometimes.
It's a good thing I don't have any more plants around to kill, isn't it? I am not kidding.
To all of those who are trying to get through this winter, or who have lost their jobs, or their health, I offer you my prayers.
To all those who are reading this and wondering where I got the instructions and the textures, here are the links:
Here's a tutorial on how to add texture.
Here's a link to some textures at Deviant Art.
Here's a link to some more on Flickr.
There's also a comment from Christopher on yesterday's post that tells how to go a little further than just adjusting the opacity like the tutorial tells you. So check into that as well. In fact, you should visit his blog. He has cute pictures of puppies. And they're border collies!!
Until tomorrow, my friends . . .