Friday, October 29, 2010

Golden

Today was one of those golden halcyon days, although it didn’t begin that way.  It was dark and raining on the way to school, where little things began to go wrong. By mid-morning however, the sun burst through the clouds that have covered us for the past several days and suddenly everything seemed a little better.

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Today one of the teachers noticed that my right rear tire was almost flat. Between him and the athletic director, I had air in my tire before I left work and I didn’t even have to leave my desk. Or ask for help. It was just given.

I love working where I do.

I drove the Element to the local tire shop, where they fixed a bad valve stem. And in 20 minutes, I was on my way again ~ headed home to take a walk in the late afternoon sun.

Although I’m somewhat ashamed to admit it, I shot the above photo on the auto dial in portrait mode with the ISO set to autol, focusing on the fence closest to me. I’ve been trying to get away from the auto dial but sometimes it’s just so darn easy to use.

I layered it with a Kim Klassen texture called autumnart, then another called earthernware framed . I like the blurry sometimes.

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I know it looks like the house is on a hill here, and it is, but not this pronounced. It looks that way because I was lying on the ground when I took this photo, focusing on the leaves. I layered this one with autumnart.

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I found this picture on the disk the other day and after cropping it, ran Florabella’s gypsy action, finishing it off with another Kim Klassen texture called golden. I love golden and used it on my husband’s shot of the dragonfly below.

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I think this music video is interesting.

The shadow puppet part is my favorite.

Have a beautiful Friday, all. Until tomorrow, then.

41 comments:

Farmchick said...

Very beautiful pics and I am not ashamed to say that I love the auto dial on my camera! lol I also live in a place where I don't have to ask for help....it is just given. And, that is a wonderful thing.

Country Girl said...

We are truly blessed. Thanks.

~ C.G.

Hilary said...

especially beautiful photos......

SouthernSass said...

I love Kim's textures! I cannot wait to use the ones that you applied to your photographs so beautifully!

Low Tide High Style said...

Glad you have such wonderful people who look out for you where you work, that's how it should be!

I love the textures and actions you used on your beautiful photos! And that video is amazing...all of it, but like you I loved the shadow puppets the best!

Kat :)

texwisgirl said...

Love the shot of George peeking around the tree. He's the best model I've ever seen. :)

J'Ollie Primitives said...

George beckons! Such an expressive face.

The photos are beautiful, as ever.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Love the Halloween-y header.

As a 100% Auto-dial person I am humbled by all your knowledge.

You and Tracy should host a photography information-sharing seminar some time. With wine.

I think it'd be wildly popular.

Ashley Sisk said...

I might have to purchase those textures - they are beautiful!

Mental P Mama said...

Charmed and Blessed in many ways...and so happy you take the time to acknowledge;) xoxo

Cloudia said...

a bewitching cornucopia!

fun header



Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral

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Snappy Di said...

Lovin' all the textures you use. I have become so lazy about perfecting my photos. I think I just have too many irons in the fire right now.. Sighs

Di

deborah said...

Beautiful pictures! George looks as if he's ready for a game of hide and seek. Was he?
What a wonderful place to live, so many people so willing to lend a hand!

Jean said...

Your photography is so amazing. Lovely. Especially the first one.

Karen said...

I've been too lazy to learn to apply textures, isn't that silly? The outcome is wonderful.

tj said...

...Noooooo! Please tell me it isn't so! Please tell me you didn't shoot that photo on the auto dial in portrait mode with the ISO set to auto! *bangs head on table*

...*giggle*snort* ;o)

...Love, love, love that photo of George peekin' around the tree! :o)

...So talented. Even if you do shoot photos with the auto dial in portrait mode with the ISO set to auto. *sigh*

...Blessings... :o)

JackDaddy said...

It looks so peaceful there!

Flea said...

George is just the prettiest dog ever. Your photos make him stunning.

Technogran said...

Lovely pictures though I am not so keen on the 'soft and blurry look' applied to the first one.

ELK said...

you captured the feel in a stunning yet simple way ..i relish your style!!

Gail said...

George is a fantastic model! I love the look in his eyes, it speaks volumes.

COUNTRY GAL said...

Great post and photos !Me to I am now using the manual on my Nikon D60 trying to get away from auto and am finding it a little confusing but man oh man can you ever do alot with the photos right on the camera , you dont need the computer or photo shope if thats what ya like to do with your photos the camera does it for you its awsome ! Have a great weekend !

COUNTRY GAL said...

PS Thank goodness Hubby helps me he is amazing with his Nikon D90 !

Daryl said...

There are other settings besides Auto? Kidding, I always use Program ... and it served me well in Vegas at night ... it was summer warm here on Wednesday nite into Thursday evening .. until I left the hair salon and then it was cooler .. maybe it was due to the much shorter hair .. anyway its back to 'normal' now and I am loving wearing my favorite sweater and a scarf ...

LivewithFlair said...

That picture of the leaves on the hill made me so happy, so full of warmth. Isn't that so amazing that a picture evokes like that? I love your photography! Thank you! http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/

Annette W. said...

Since I don't have a "real" camera auto is not even an option for decent pictures. But...that's okay.

You make me miss school!

Mary said...

Oooo, LOVE that first image!!! I have to check out Kim Klaasen's textures. :)

Louisiana Belle said...

Nice pics! Especially love the one of the dog peeking around the tree.

I keep my camera on Aperture Priority, but I'd love to go to manual. It's just so much to think about!

Love Sia.

Country Girl said...

Hey, thanks everybody.

Yeah, the blurry is not for everyone but I kinda like it. And Elk, I love the word relish. Especially when it's used in a compliment rather than a condiment.

* snort *

~ C.G.

Carolynn said...

It's nice to hear that you are surrounded by people who love & care about you. It warms my heart.

That photo of George peeking around the tree is the cutest.

I love the video. So creative! I'll probably be humming the melody all day today. Could be worse.

Blessings,
Carolynn

The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv the way George is peeking around the tree.

mrs mediocrity said...

a beautiful walk...it is so wonderful when other people reach out to help us, it seems so insignificant at the time, but it really can make your day. Or your week.
Loving the textures!

Oliag said...

I love these golden photos and their treatments...Gorgeous!

Mary Lou said...

The photos are beautiful especially the one with the house on the hill.
I was so touched by the creativity of the video. It's magical.

Simply Me said...

I love these phots! I often show my advanced art class your work and they ask often that I see what you have done and share it with them. I am looking for visitors and hopefully followers to join my blog! I only have two followers and it feels like I am talking to myself!

Hilary said...

I love that photo of George peeking around the tree. Nice finishes.. this golden.

deb said...

sigh,
these are so fabulous.

Fearless Nester said...

Wonder what it is about those valve stems, we've had 2 bad ones of both vehicles. Your George image is a perfect Halloween one, like a little goblin peeking around a tree. Also enjoyed what you did with the dragonfly image, very artistic. xo ~Lili

Emom said...

I loved the photos right away....and had to leave for awhile, then came back for the video...and very interesting one, made me smile....thank you for both...
Take care of you!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How lovely to be back in bloggy land and visit your beautiful blog and photos again! Your photographic effects look wonderful. We're still enjoying your shell photo here at Necky Knoll House - and have seen plenty of shells on our recent travels!!

rosa & josie said...

Great textures! Love that video clip...amazing creativity shared in it!
Have a great week~
diane