Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Beauty



Snowy Butterfly Bush

We finally got our gorgeous 5"+ snowfall over the weekend, so I donned my snow gear and headed out our back door.
This is our butterfly bush, apparently ready for spring.

Beauty is the theme this week at This Life is Sweet, pretty fitting I think.

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Fence

This is the 'doorway' to our backyard.
As you can see, there was already a good amount of snow on the ground and more coming down.
Keep scrolling to see how I edited this shot.

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Are you kidding me?!?!
I won again - for the second week in a row - at Pixel Perfect for my Bleeding Hearts shot last week.
Talk about craziness!
I believe a big, huge THANK YOU to Monica and those who voted for me is in order!


Before:
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After:
Fence




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I have found that my shots of snow falling are much better when I switch my camera to manual focus. Since it's impossible to focus on snowflakes as they fall, I guesstimate where I should focus, shoot and adjust accordingly.


I use PSE 8 to edit and did the following:

Step 1: Ran Paint the Moon's Jubilee action.
(hello. my name is katie and i'm addicted to jubilee)

Step 2: Added Kim Klassen's Grey Day Slate texture, set opacity to around 20%.

Step 3: Cropped to 8x10.

and then, she {snapped}



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Faces pressed against the glass,
inside and warm,
watching Mommy tromp through the snow with her camera.


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40 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! You make the snow look so dreamy. :)

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  2. beautiful shots.. love that butterfly bush!

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  3. Great photos! I love the snowy pic - the edit is just perfect!

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  4. Aw, that last shot is so sweet! Love those faces squished against the glass...what a great capture! Stay warm! :)

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  5. I love that texture you used to make it more snowy looking. Cool!

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  6. Beautiful photos!!! I can't believe the green leaves on the first one!

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  7. Yay!? You got snow! : ) ha. Love these shots--they are beautiful!

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  8. Great focus on the snow, that's very hard to do. And last last picture is precious.

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  9. I love the kids in the window shot. Don't you wonder what they said while you were out there?

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  10. hee hee - love the boys looking our after momma!

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  11. That first shot is absolutely beautiful.

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  12. The cute kids with their noses pressed to the glass is awesome. :)

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  13. Oh my goodness - that lost shot? Precious! Love what you did with your "door" - it looks like a fairyland in your backyard! :)

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  14. That should have said "last", not "lost"! :)

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  15. All the photos are so soft and mystical. Love them. :)

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  16. I love that last shot, so, so adorable!

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  17. I love the softness of the edits. So pretty and ethereal!!

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  18. I love the fence shot! and the one of your kids is so sweet :)

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  19. OH I LOVE the last shot of the kids...adorable!

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  20. Great photos. Wonderful edits. Love them!

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  21. Beautiful edit on the second shot. Love the last shot with the kids. Adorable!

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  22. All your photos are beautiful but the before and after shot stunned me. I would have thrown that photo away and you made it something very special. Great eye and great work. :)

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  23. Thanks for linking up! I am in love with that first shot! That photo would look darn good hanging in my bathroom :]

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  24. Breath taking in every single possible way. I love the processing, but you have such an eye for photography. Just lovely!

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  25. That moon, er, sun shot is AWESOME! Love it!!

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  26. Thanks for the comment, I think you're right.

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  27. GORGEOUS PHOTOS!!! Especially the first one! xo

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  28. WOW.. What gorgeous shot.. My favorite is those cute little faces pressed up against the window..

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  29. These are great. I love the one of the backyard!

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  30. I too am in love with jubilee! I love what it did for your beautiful snow photos!

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  31. These are absolutely beautiful! I love the hazy, almost dream-like look your photos have.

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  32. Gorgeous images! Love the one of the kids in the window so cute!

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  33. Oh, I adore that last shot. {And I've found the same thing about capturing snow -- manual is best.}

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  34. Beautiful pictures. We got a tiny bit of snow, but I would love more. :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  35. I love the softness of these photos Katie!
    Your backyard looks so pretty.
    blessings..Trish

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