Friday, September 30, 2011

Killer Combos

tree and cow

Is it Photo Art Friday again? Yes, I believe it is. Someone commented the other day that I seem to love using Bonnie's textures in my landscape photographs. This is especially true of her more "painterly" quality ones. Something magic happens when I combine them with a sweeping landscape with lots of sky and clouds, or an image of a foggy path, or one of those barn shots that I'm so fond of. Killer.

Today's image was taken from the back of the motorcycle last Sunday as we rode through the countryside and I applied the Pixel Dust Photo Art "Blue Me Away" texture. I spent a good bit of time this weekend downloading the freebies off her wonderful site and I want to use them all.

As a texture newbie, the generous offer of these free textures have allowed me the freedom to learn and experiment.  I'm sure I'll be buying some texture sets in the not too distant future.  Hmmm...isn't that how drug dealers work?  They get you hooked for free and then you can't get enough?  Well, I'm sure these internet texture queens (I haven't met any texture kings yet) have only the best of intentions, but its hard to deny the fact that I'm definitely addicted.

Speaking of killer combos, I'd like to give a shout out to my parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.  In their honor and in keeping with the Photo Art Friday theme, I dusted a a couple of Bonnie's beautiful textures over this composition (Acceptance & French Toast).

In these days of starter marriages and broken homes, I know how fortunate I am to have been born to this union. Their unwavering commitment to each other and the family they started as well as the families they came from is demonstrated daily in big ways and small.  They are truly the hub of our clan and I don't know where we'd be without them.

Twenty-six years later to the day, they welcomed my son and their first grandson to the family.  At nine pounds and fifteen ounces (yes, you heard that right), grandma said he sort of looked like a watermelon.  Grandad said he was a keeper. The student nurse who was observing the delivery said (as she slid down the wall, white as a sheet) that he wasn't just a big baby, he was a "biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig baby."  I suspect she changed her major.

I said, "can I please have some more demerol?"

From that moment forward, I understood the profound truth of Elizabeth Stone's statement, “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

To my heart and one half of the killer combo known affectionately to us as as "the boys"- Happy Birthday Drewby!


  1. Love the moodiness of the tree shot . . .beautiful.Teresa x

  2. The tree shot has me thinking it would be great on a wall!! Love it!!

  3. your photography is so amazing, I love it!

  4. Oh my what a story -- Fantastic - and the Images well !!! They are marvellous all 3 of them - yes the Tree one is a keeper :)

  5. Excellent and very nice post-processing.

    Regards and best wishes

  6. There is something so haunting
    about a solitary stand of trees.
    You captured/processed this beautifully.

  7. Wow...what a fantastic shot...especially since you took it off the back of a motorcycle. I love Bonnie's textures and this one is perfect. It looks like it's a real painting. Not to get you even more addicted to textures...but check out this guys (yes a king), they are free too. also Kim Klassen has some gorgeous free textures.

    Bright blessings,

  8. Amazing use of the texture on your tree shot. It reminds me of a scene out of Gone With The Wind.
    Congrats to your parents for their wonderful 50 years of marriage and a HBD to your son. Yep, he was a big one.

  9. Thanks for the heads up on the texture king Kathy...I'm definitely going to use some of his. Thanks for the comments all...Your encouragement means a lot :)

  10. love this photo LeAnne, and looking forward to more. Great job with the texturing!


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