Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink statice and old lace

A storm blew through tonight, bringing blessed cooler air with it. The past several days here in Maryland have been sticky and uncomfortable but this evening feels absolutely delicious.

The skies are pink as I write this and my husband is outside with the camera. Earlier this evening I was fooling around in Aperture mode and shot this photograph inside the dining room at the back window, using a small aperture because the light was low.

It was getting dark and I didn’t have enough light to begin with, so I messed around with it in Photoshop to get it where I wanted it. Roll over with your mouse to see the original photo.

I like the end result.

Here’s the formula I used to get it, if you’re interested in that sort of thing:

Lighten Brighten from Florabella’s Vintage Set, opacity lowered.

Vintage Haze from the same set, opacity around 80%

Les brumes texture, soft light around 80%

Shadowhouse Creations Grunge border brushes, different opacities

And here’s how to do the mouseover trick.

Just a simple question for Friday and because inquiring minds want to know . . .

What are your plans for the Memorial Day weekend?

Until tomorrow, then . . .

41 comments:

Country Girl said...

I may go to Jersey to see my in-laws and maybe my son. No other plans yet. I live an exciting life, don't I?

~ C.G.

Julie Harward said...

I am washing windows and cleaning and preparing for a baby shower here next week for my daughter! So much to do! Have a good weekend! Come say hi :D

Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Love what you did with the photo. The end result is beautiful.

This weekend? going to market with my produce on Saturday. Working around home the rest of the time. I too live a very exciting life.

Betty said...

That picture looks so delicate.
This weekend is our Ski to Sea festival and on sun there are booths and music. The Scooner Zodic that I have been volunteering and sailing on is going to have a booth and tours of the ship I think I will help out there. It should be fun. I hope to take lots of pictures.
Hugs ♥♥♥

Donna S. said...

Absolutely no plans!! But that is ok with me.

alphabet soup said...

That mouse rollover trick is great - I might try it sometime when I get my own computer and a connect to the internet.

Hell may well freeze over first.

You all have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Ms Soup

Deb said...

Such a pretty photo - the end result is perfect.

This weekend is a "whatever Hubby wants to do" weekend. Anything or nothing at all. Work has demanded he be away a week at a time and home time is precious to all of us. I do see a dinner for two somewhere between Friday and Monday :)

Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

I LOVE the end result!

No big plans here; my veterinarian husband is on emergency duty so we must stay close to home. Fine by me! I have a ewe due to lamb any day; I look forward to welcoming little lambies to the world!

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Yay!! I got to "like" it! Should have a Love It ...cause I do!

Holly said...

lovely job on the photo...I still have to try that roll over thing. Maybe tonight.

My plans for the weekend?

Working again. But it's inch and a half with a day off later *shrug*.

We're a 24/7 operation and I knew it going in so I'm not unhappy.

Jill of All Trades said...

How beautiful.

These Nine Acres said...

Love the picture and the mouse over trick!

TSannie said...

I'm staying right here at home. Come visit me!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

We have the cool air tonight, too, after surviving sweltering heat all day. However, we did not have a storm (yet?). The MOON was ENORMOUS and gorgeous.

Lighten Brighten makes me think of Light Bright, where you stuck the colored glass pegs into the holes and made a design, then flipped the switch and voila, you had yourself a, well, I don't know what you'd call it. A work of light bright art?

Heading to the Eastern Shore with my two kids to camp. Enjoy your long weekend and take lots of pictures to share.

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

Sex in the City movie tomorrow night with the girls, burn the bbq pit at deer camp on Sat. night and Portuguese Festa on Sunday :)

beth said...

our humidity is gone now too.....a nice gift !
and we have nothing planned this weekend....flying by the seat of our pants :)

deborah said...

Quite a unique photo..love what you've done to it!
Nothing planned. My youngest son will get home from the beach late Saturday, so I think he will want to rest on Sunday. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Chrissykat said...

That photo makes me feel very happy & girlie & summery. It's lovely.

My first plan this weekend is to go see the movie Prince of Persia. My next plan is to walk on my treadmill for the rest of the weekend to try and burn off all the buttered popcorn I consumed!

Low Tide High Style said...

I hope you have a great weekend, no matter what you decide to do! Love the picture...beautiful!

I'm preparing for the "out"laws and our daughter to come for my son's high school graduation! At least my house is fairly clean, we just need to finish up planting some flowers and we'll be set!

Kat :)

Amy said...

Oh such lovely flowers! Such a gorgeous photo! Can't wait to see what your husband has taken while you were writing this blog post!

Memorial day weekend is an American holiday so no special plans- considering a trip to Sweden so we can buy food and such to Julia's confirmation next weekend. 18 people are coming, it's kinda funny the Norwegians make such a big deal out of confirmation (in the church) because they are NOT what I'd call a religious nation..but ok...Julia gets a great party and we celebrate her- so why not!?
Hope you have a great weekend Kate.

becky up the hill said...

It's pouring rain here on the 27th of May. My son's birthday. In 25 years I don't remember a day like this. The skies have opened. Pouring rain and snow not to far away and I live in California! Nothing to exciting planned. Lots of tourists, so we often lay low. I love your window picture, it's very romantic.

BUSH BABE said...

WEll, clearly we don't have Memorial Day Down Under, but this weekend will be busy nonetheless.

Mr Incredible will be campdrafting (and kids possibly doing little races at the event). And we will be continuing the weaning... busy. Tiring. But good.

Loving the work on the flower photo - glorious!
:-)
BB

Solar panel installation said...

The result is fantastic. It didn't look edited at all. Thank you for those tips. It will be useful.

maillady said...

after a very hot week delivering the mail it's rest and relaxation for me. bbq'ing sunday and monday. working sat.maybe a kid or two will show up. have a great time with whatever you choose to do.

Annie said...

It is very pretty Kate! Love it, clever you!

We don't have Memorial Day here , so no long weekend here. But maybe next weekend, or the one after, not sure which, we do have a long weekend. It will be the Queen's birthday long weekend!!

This weekend, I don't plan to do much either. Being very lazy! After I went to a movie last weekend. Still getting over it. The outing, that is. The movie was quite good. The Concert.

Karen said...

We're having a "7"s birthday b-b-q for my mother who is 70, my uncle is 67, and my nephew is 7. The cake will have a big fat 7 on it.

I downloaded the brush borders, however I can't figure out how to use it. Any chance you'll post a tutorial? Sorry to be a pain in the behind.

Nurse Nancy said...

We are headed to NYC for Fleet Week tomorrow. JBM and FlyBoy and another buddy are so excited....I am too. Have never been to the Intrepid.

Daryl said...

I liked it as it was .. loved the DOF on the original ..

My plan is to leave work by 1 and then relax ... spend the weekend enjoying that everyone else has run to the beach or mountains .. leaves the whole city for me .. mine, all mine

Anonymous said...

my husband and i are planning to head to the lake w/ my family.
Linus and Lucy will have my best friend and her dog Milo staying with them at home.
I hope you have a relaxing weekend.
Manden

The Japanese Redneck said...

We only have 1 chore that I told my husband we had to do. We have a tree that develops a million seed pods. Very invasive and no good qualities about it.

Told him it had to go, it's in my deer hunting food plot and I'll have to kill my clover to get rid of all the trees that sprouted.

Other plans include fish a little, ride the horses a little and eat a lot.

Hope ya'll have a great weekend and a wonderful holiday!

Carolynn said...

I really like the finished product too. I seem to have so little time to mess with photos these days...straight out of the camera with a minimum of tweaking is what I get.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

So gorgeous yet sedated - I love it!

Deb said...

Have a great weekend, Kate!

Hilary said...

Nice job playing with that photo.. looks great!

No specific plans here.. then again, it's not Memorial Day in Canada. ;) I hope yours is a fine weekend.

Cloudia said...

cool photo and roll-over!





Aloha from Hawaii, Friend

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Anonymous said...

Even though the rain seems to be here to stay, I promise to get my tomato plants in the ground!

You husband's garden is waaaay ahead of mine.

Gayle

A New England Life said...

And that's why I love Photoshop! you can take a bland, so-so photo and make it into something beautiful!

Btw, I really some lace curtains in my house again. It's been years. I'm a true cottage-shabby-chic girl at heart.

Checking out that mouseover info next!

Snappy Di said...

The week-end plan is for Hubby to replace drywall in the laundry room which was torn up when wiring was done for our new internet service last year. He's working in it right now. I am his assistant each time he calls my name.

DI

mrs mediocrity said...

I am making jewelry because our first show of the year is next weekend. I only had all winter to do it, but me, I always need a deadline...
Your photo is lovely.

Diane said...

This is so great! Thank you for sharing, I must try...and I wanted to know the roll-over trick! Thank you SO much....
Glad I stopped by, and will link to you, as I love your photos =)
diane

Kerri said...

I LOVE what you did with the pic!!
Today is Memorial day and I plan to relax and take nature walks and of course, take some more pictures! Brianna (my daughter) graduated from HS on Saturday so that was our excitement for the weekend ....it's low key from here on out ;)