Monday, March 24, 2014

Seeing Double

Simple bicycle tire rim shot with Hipstamatic app using
Salvador 84 Lens and Blackeys Supergrain film. 
Double exposure…shadows….lines….
oh my….

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mobile Home with a View

Found this abandoned "home" in my asparagus
bed this morning.  I snapped this shot using
the Camera+ app on my iPhone…the only
adjustment was the lighting. I sat the shell
on the rusted lid of a galvanized can where
 I store bird seed to take the shot. Next I 
added the water/reflection below the picture.
And there you have it…mobile home with
a view.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Snips 'n Snails

I took a photo of my youngest grandson and skewed
it in Elasticam…opened it in Photoshop…selected
just his head and converted it to a PNG. I layered
the head on an old book texture…added the stars and
boat using a stamp brush. I reopened this in my
Reflection app and added the water…playing 
around with the color and opacity until it felt right.
Finally I opened it one last time in DistressedFX
and added a couple of textures and adjusted them
to get the colors I wanted. I really like the effects
I can get with the Elasticam app…I've always 
loved wonky things!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

That Beard….

I don't know what drew me first to this picture…the beard
or the eyes. I got it from the Swedish National Heritage Board
on Flickr. It was a black and white image.

I opened it first in Photoshop…converted it to an HDR image
and burned the eye area to make them even stronger. Next I 
opened it in Focal Lab and created the blur effect. After that
I opened it in Hipstamatic and applied a lens and film combination
that gave it the grain and color. Finally I opened it in Distressedfx
and converted it into an HDR photo again to get the strong visual.

Kind of a scary looking fellow…..

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


“It is when you lose sight of yourself that you lose your way.
 To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in 
sight... and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect
 to you your image... the world should be a mirror that
 you reflect upon.” ~ C. Joybell

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Beauty of a Seed Pod

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
                                                         ~ confucius

I don't know of too many folks that like having a
Sweetgum tree shed these seed pods in their yards.
They do have a beauty if you really look closely.

This piece started with an older photo that I took
several years ago.

As you can see it had some limbs and shadows
in the background. I opened it in Photoshop
and played around with the layers settings until I
got the background a vivid white with just a blurred
shadow of the limbs. Then I took the clone tool and 
cloned the white over the limbs creating a solid white
background. I thought about extracting the pod and
making it into a PNG but didn't really want to spend
thirty minutes getting all those details so I decided to
work with the white background. Next I sent this to 
my iPad and opened it in my DistressedFX app and 
played around with the different textures and opacities
until I got the look I wanted. The warm earth tones
of these textures really make the seed pod pop.

I saw a snap on lens for my iPhone with a fish eye…
wide angle…and two macro lens that I'd LOVE to
have if I had $67.00 to spend. Oh well…
maybe someday...

Monday, March 10, 2014


I've always loved this picture of my cousin standing
in front of our grandmother's house. I practiced a little
photoshop wizardry to blur the background and add
 a little texture then scanned in an old letter..printed it..
cut it in strips and rescanned the strips in two lots. I 
spent a goodly amount of time selecting and making 
each strip into a png before adding all sixteen layers
of letter to the photo. It seemed to call for a dark frame
to keep with the vintage feel so I added the black frame 
using Camera+ on my iPad. I love the way it turned out.

Here's the story behind the letter….on one of my junkin'
trips I was thrilled to find a keep sake book from 1939. 
It's full of letters and mementos of Miss Zelda Shutt.
This particular letter was written to her by her niece
and the child like handwriting was the reason I 
chose it for this piece…and I was intrigued by the
whole 'quarantined for scarlet fever' thing.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Sacred Tools

… sacred tools
i feel the energy just looking at this picture.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Bee Keeper

I'm not sure where I saw this article about the bees
attending their keepers funeral but I always thought 
it was such a beautiful story. Playing around with
iPhoneography this sunny Saturday morn.

Friday, March 7, 2014


I've been taking an Iphoneography Class with Susan
Tuttle and can I just say that I'm absolutely twitterpated
by the idea of being able to shoot and edit pictures anywhere
that I happen to be. I've always carried around my Canon but
it can be cumbersome and to be able to carry an iPhone in my
pocket….well that's so much easier. I'm in app heaven at the
moment….love all the apps that I bought for this class. If you
are interested in seeing my work progress you can follow me
on Instagram….justjody59.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Boundless and Infinite….

I want to live simply.
I want to sit by the window when
it rains and read books I'll
never be tested on.

I want to paint because I want to,
not because I've got something to prove.
I want to listen to my body,
fall asleep when the moon is high
and wake up slowly,
with no place to rush off to.

I want not to be governed by money
or clocks or any of the artificial
restraints that humanity
imposes on itself. I just want to be,
boundless and infinite.

Both this image and this quote are from
Facebook so I don't know who to
attribute either of them to but I think they
 are both awesome! When I read this 
quote I realized that I'm pretty
much there….and very blessed to be
able to say this. And the image…well
it just seemed to be representative of
my life….blessed….
blessed indeed…. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I see you……..

This little one was at my youngest grans birthday 
celebration today. Those eyes….I couldn't wait to
do a little photoshop wizardry on him!