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Finding Fabulousness in the Simplest Places


Happiest Monday

How are you? 

Today I thought I'd pop in and share a my little photography challenge....

and a few tips as well!

So here's the scoop.  Day after day, Ben and I walk down the back lane...  We put a harness under his belly to support his back end....In one hand I hold the leash, in the other, I hold the harness.  The leash keeps him from running.  My oh my does he really wants to run!

Anyhow, I tell you all this, cause as I walk down the lane with him, I am constantly wishing I could take some pics.  The frost has been beautiful this winter.  And snow is such an amazing backdrop for pretty much anything!  But there's no way I can take pics.  My hands are FULL. :)

Oh I should have also mentioned that we do not leave Ben unattended.  EVER.  And we can do that, because I work from, I don't have much of a life. :) As long as we are in the same room with him, we know he is safe.  And this allows us to leave him out of the crate.  He can sleep on his blanket in the studio and when the boys are around he likes to hang with them on the couch or love seat.  Okay so, I tell you all this....cause I can't just grab my camera when the light is right and zip out to take some pics. At least not for a few more weeks. 

Today I was like, darn it Kim, just jump in the Escape and go.  So I loaded up Mr. Ben and off we went, around the corner and down the back alley..... 

Before I headed out I thought...  hmm, how bout giving yourself a little challenge.... keep it interesting. :)

So here's what I came up with......

My Challenge

Part 1 - See what you can capture by staying in the car. (I simply rolled down my window or opened the door, and a for a few shots I had to roll down Ben's window.) 

Part 2 - Processing- I allowed myself only one texture for all the photos.  So before I began I picked one that I thought would work. And I also told myself to limit the photoshop layers to no more than four. :)

So with that said... here's my little backlane photoshoot...  and I will finish it off with a little video tutorial.  

Sound good?  :)

Oh I should mention I used GreyDay Slate....and if you do not have it yet...

you can download it HERE along with it's companion GreyDay Stone.

Why did I choose GreyDay Slate?  Mainly because the GreyDay textures work really well with winter pics...and also because it has lots of interesting depth and texture....Oh and I like that it is framed. :)



Okie doke....Come along...for a little back lane stroll

a little peek into Ben's world...




totally love the little seeds on these branches....

love what the framing does to this image.

found this a little harsh...yet I liked the bokeh...

the texture softened it a little.

and last but not least...


And here's a little video on how I processed today's images.

Thanks for popping by! Here's to a fabulous week!

If you wanna play along... why not give the challenge a try. Then come on back and share your link! I'd love to see what you come up with!

Love & Gratitude...xxo, Kim

p.s. If you would like to share this post with your friends, feel free to use the share buttons below.  Thanks bunches....

Reader Comments (24)

that is pure fabulousness! I laughed at this challenge because just today I was working on a photo with about 20 layers...but i am going to give it a try!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

This is so great! I wish I had seen this last night as I was working on a photo that I posted in the skinny pool. I was fiddling and fiddling with it and my hubby walked in and out of the room a few times and commented that I was just where he left me. Staring at the same shot! Sometimes I find myself with too many layers too. I will hide some and find that I like it even better. Thanks for the encouragement to do that more often. Less can be more :)

Car photos are fabulous aren't they? The epitome of spontaneous, unplanned bliss!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly Ash Gilbert

I always look forward to seeing an email from you in my inbox. Challenge accepted but it will have to wait a few days - work gets in the way of my true passion. For most of my outdoor shots, I typically only use one texture.

Nice photos by the way - thanks for sharing. I have the two textures already and love them. Thanks so much, Kim.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly Loree

i'm a new follower of you blog.

your images are beautiful.

thanks so much for the video today. i was a bit confused. i have a PC and i used photoshop elements. sadly i can't afford the 'real' thing. i'm just curious to know if these texture will work in photoshop elements.

thanks so much!
michael -

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael - Innkeeper

I love a challenge! Your photos are great and I agree with what you said about over processing. I like to add texture to some and leave some plain. I'll let you know how it goes.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

Your back lane looks almost like my 'back lane', and our scenery looks just like yours. But seeing it through your eyes, photos and art inspires me to look at it again - and in a new way. Thank you Kim for sharing your knowledge and your art, and thank you for being an inspiration!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterregine

So funny, I want to do the same! These are fabulous!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy Life-n-Reflection

Beautiful series.
I never thought of adding another layer of the same image with a blending mode ..!
I have to learn to think outside the box more. That's a real challenge. Thanks for the How - to video.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Great idea Kim. Way to cold outdoors to enjoy a walk with the dogs but I car ride is do able.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarb Phillips


Thanks for the tutorial. Awesome photos and awesome to hear how well Ben is doing. He seems to be recovering very quickly, probably from all the great love and care he is getting. Also really enjoying seeing him back at Everyday Ben.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaci

Just yesterday I took a walk around my yard enamored by the new fallen snow. Your email today inspired me to use your grey day textures as well as your January 7 texture when they needed a little warming. Thank you for being so generous. It is much appreciated!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Sue

Love this post. I had done the same thing recently... I am realizing that if I don't make taking pictures a priority then it's not going to happen. Your post reminded me that I want to carry my camera with me everywhere (and it's a big Nikon so that's not as easy as it sounds). I have found that there are so many times I wish I would have had my camera with me. I look at pictures of farms, etc.. on the web and I think it would be nice if I lived on a farm and could capture that.. but really, I can certainly get in a car and drive to spots like these I see. When I travel, I can make a stop to take photos just as I can to get something to eat or rest. Priorities.... creative priorities... priorities that feed my creative soul. That's what I need to focus on. Thanks for the challenge! Here was my own similar post on finding the beautiful outside my door if you'd like to check it out. And yes, these photos need textures! That's another priority.. stop admiring and start texturizing!

Here's my post link

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I'm adding you to my Google Reader ... wow, what a great find! Thanks so much for the background/texture downloads, too.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Teddlie Minton

Okay...I tried it this morning and here are my two favorites. Please feel free to tell me what you think...

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Oh Kim--these are beautiful. I am not a snow lover. We flee the snow to sunny Florida in January-but you make it so beautiful in the car:) Thank you for the textures. I love the frames around them. And thank you for the tutorial.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVonda

What a fun challenge. I didn't have a chance to jump in the car to capture snowy shots, but realized I had this shot waiting in my files from a late summer afternoon waiting on my daughter.

I didn't know if grey day would work on such a vibrantly green image, but I think it softened it with a vintage feel.
Thanks for the challenge.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn smith

Such a lovely winter wonderland! Wow,these pictures are beautifully done...and I am so not a winter person:)

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah C

OH Kim, we are kindred spirits! I drove around the week before Christmas and went to 3 different prairie preserves in our area, as well as a downtown business district that had ice sculptures. I got out of the car for quite a few photos but I also stayed in the car, rolled down the window and took pics as I was driving down the long lane to some of the parks. I didn't take my dear 4 legged friend along because he's so rambunctious I wouldn't have been able to take pictures! He jumps around in the car like a rabbit and barks quite a lot. So he didn't get to go on my photo trip.
I'll have to post some of the pics I took from inside the car.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Mendola

Hi! I wanted to view your video but the music was so loud that I couldn't hear what you were saying. Was I doing something wrong?

Laurel :)

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

Almost makes me wish I lived someplace where it snows!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuju

Thanks Kim! You are amazing! I have already referred your classes to about 3 people! You are the best teacher out there and your tutorials are first rate! Keep em coming!!!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

here's the link to my flickr to see my drive-by pics. one is actually before the snow, the others all the same day
after snow. used the same texture on 2 of them, but different textures on the other two

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Mendola

I have just awarded you the bloggers stylish award.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

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