We had a wonderful Easter and early school holiday break in Noosa. Wow, what a beautiful part of the world!
Highlights were the pristine beaches and rainforest on Fraser Island; getting up close and personal with the wildlife at Australia Zoo (and, much to the girls' delight, an appearance by the Irwins - Terri, Bindi and Robert) and boating on the Noosa River.
There's lots for the adults too as Noosa is a foodie heaven and we also loved all the nearby handmade and produce markets.... We packed in lots of activity but seemed like we only scratched the surface. Will definitely need to go again sometime soon!
A certain little girl has borrowed her big sister's end-of-year ballet concert tutu (a serious tutu of the sticking-up variety) and is wearing it here. She looks like a little angel that's fallen off the tree.
I was having a bit of fun with my Photoshop filters again: this one has the "fresco" filter applied.
It looks a little bit like that app (forget the name) that makes everything black and white except for one colour splash....
Last day of school today and a serious amount of Christmas shopping was done!
Just continuing my little experimentations with Photoshop. This time rotating the image on canvas and using the text tool. Fun and games!
The fabric is "Grandmother's Flower Garden" by Rosalie Quinlan teamed with some pink gingham and crochet lace with a little house motif. They are destined to be a become a pillow case (another stash-busting idea....)
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I've been considering Photoshop for a while and now and just recently decided to make the leap. Being a little clueless on how to actually use it, I'm consulting a variety of things from online tutorials to the "Dummies" series to help me along the path to enlightenment.
Anyway, one of the things I've always been interested in learning is how to remove those pesky grey casts from photos shot against a white background.
I found this tutorial, which shows you a super-easy way to do it. I applied the technique to one of my favourite old photos and you can see the results below.
Actually, this can probably be done in any photo editing program that allows you access to "Levels" (I think the program that came with my SLR did).
However, in the photo immediately above (as you'll probably notice) the colours have been somewhat degraded by the whitening process and it's here that Photoshop allows you to go one step further in taking them back to a more natural hue. As I discovered in my Dummies book, after adjusting "Levels" as per the tutorial you then choose "Edit, Fade Levels" and then in the pop up box change the mode from "Normal" to "Luminosity".
Sounds a little technical, but hey, I'm going with the flow here and it does look somewhat better as you'll see in the next example (note, especially, the more natural look of the red dots on the fabric....)
Also, whilst this can lessen grey casts it doesn't necessarily get rid of them entirely. To do that you'd need to remove the background completely. That would require a different Photoshop process which is a little more involved and which I'm yet to try.
Here is the process applied to some other photos going from left to right (click on any of the small pics to see in more detail):
This process works well when you want to show the features of the subject in a good amount of detail and would give small sized photos in online shop listings the edge by helping the subject pop against its background.
Do you sometimes finish sewing something (OK maybe not the hem) and really want to photograph it only to realise that the fading light is not going to do you any favours in the photography stakes?
These rather grainy images were not edited with some arty photoshop filter but rather taken a few weeks ago at the end of a long day of sewing when twilight was rapidly creeping up.
I had been trying to develop a dress pattern with some shoulder coverage but without the need to cut and set in separate sleeve pieces. This little cap-shouldered design was the result.
The fabric is from the Hullabaloo range by Urban Chiks for Moda. It has a bit of a vintage tea-towel look about it: not too much I hope? I particularly like the kind of washed out denim-y background in this colourway of the fabric.
I think dinner and bath came straight after the photoshoot!