Winters can be long and brutal in Minnesota, but that just makes spring all the sweeter. Optimism fills the air as the soil receives tender seeds and new life spring forth. Across the road, newborn baby calves are bouncing under the watchful eye of their mothers munching on fresh spring grass.
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Special place in my heart when it comes to this young man and I’m pretty sure I share this sentiment with all of his teachers throughout the years. Seems like just yesterday he was in kindergarten and now he’s ready to take on the world!!
A cold wind blows throughout the night, while snow fills the winter air. It’s warm inside my cozy home and I find myself drawn to images of dandelions basking in the warmth of the early summer sun.
Blend of three images: Grove of trees near my house, dandelions from my lawn last summer and maternity image captured in the studio with strong backlight. Watercolor filter, lens flare and lighting effects added with Photoshop CC.
In the midst of short days and long nights during this Minnesota winter, I deemed it necessary to escape to a land filled with warmth and sunshine. Photoshop CC 2015 is the closest I will get to the tropics today, so here we go:
Wanted to add a dreamy, soft and warm look to this image…
Image straight out of camera
My attempt at reproducing the effects of adding soft light as demonstrated in this Youtube tutorial:
After starting, stopping, starting, stopping, going back, replay, repeat, etc. I finally came to the end of the tutorial. My final result is not perfect, but I did learn some coloring effects that may come in handy in the future. You’re never too old to learn new things!
“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
Blended image by Joyce Meyer ~ Manfred Township, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota