What’s wrong with this picture?

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Hey, hey now, play nice…   and disregard the only model I had available at the time… me 🙂

So, what’s wrong with the photo I’m holding?  Edges – no, there supposed to be blurred and mirror the edges.  This is a big print on canvas and they provide the wrap.  Composition? lighting?  No and no, at least not as far as I’m concerned.  This happens to be a favorite of mine… It’s back-lit, it has lots of red,  it’s my favorite flower …poppy, and it has all the textured imperfections I love.  Try again.

How about now?  Anything…  Now? watermark mishap Look real close… across the yellow center.  Yup, that’s right… I forgot to remove the watermark before sending this big, ink consuming photo to the printer.  A complete “DUH” moment if ever there was one.

On the bright side, I did not send this out to be printed… How horrifying would that have been to open the box and see it.  Or even worse, never notice it and sell it like that… I can’t even imagine.

The .psd file I used was originally saved to be used for a note card and also had a couple layers of text, a saying, which I unchecked to print this.    What can I say, I didn’t check all the layers, because there was one, which because as you can see the opacity is turned way down on that watermark,  looked completely blank… and even when I resized this to print big, I still missed the faint watermark.

Okay, I know some of you are asking… why did I put the watermark there in the first place, especially since it is barely visible?  If you’ve been following this blog, than you probably know this is not my first post on the subject.  I do think of a watermark as a “stop sign” of sorts.  Sure, some will blow right through it like it’s not even there, and there will be no police waiting to stop them, but for many, who follow the rules, they will stop, take a look, and keep on going {lol, not a bad analogy if I say so myself 😉 }   I recently shared a post on Facebook on the topic of watermarking your photos and the debate why or why not photographers use them with some useful links.  So, back to why I use a watermark.  If I am posting a photo to social media (Flickr, Facebook, etc)  that has “print potential,” I like to use a watermark.  I make it faint so as to not detract from the image as much as possible, and put it somewhere not so obvious and where it may be a little more difficult to Photoshop out.  It’s just a little peace of mind.

The photo/file, renamed and saved and all layers not necessary to the final print version deletedwas reprinted, turned out perfect, and my initial excitement to seeing this photo printed BIG promptly returned.     But!  I will still double check…triple check… each layer before I send this photo or any photo to the printer again.  Lesson learned!

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Summer’s to-do list…

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Love my ph-ab-let’s (Samsung Note 2) camera ❤

Oh well, it will just have to wait until next summer.  It really is September… and summer is over.

I had so many plans for this summer …to do this and that around the house, teach myself a few new photo techniques, find new places to explore, read a book or two, just to name a few on the list.  {sigh} The patio furniture is still unpainted, I’m not sure I will ever get the hang of “painting” in Photoshop, and my explorations were limited to those all too familiar places.   I can, however, check off read a book from the list 🙂  tiny-treasures-from-the-sea

The problem with that summer scenario is that expectations are just too high… at least in the beginning.  Then reality sets in… summers are for kids and we [adults] still have work and other responsibilities.

But … if fortunate enough, we can chisel out a week (maybe two if real lucky) to take a break, to rejuvenate our souls… to get us through… until the next summer vacation. Mine was at the end of August with long walks on the beach, finding tiny treasures in the sand, and sitting under my brightly colored umbrella reading a good book (and a half).  The perfect summer ending.

duneWhat to-do list?

Til next time,
Maria

 

 

Taking the time

 

With so many unknowns looming in the day-to-day, what with shut downs, break downs, slow downs, etc. etc… the family and I headed out to just enjoy the day.  I had an agenda, but left my fate and the direction we took in the hands of my trusty navigator.  As I got turned around and completely lost all bearings (even though I was behind the wheel) on where we were and where I thought we were headed, my navigator knew exactly where were headed, a little town called St. Peters Village.  A day late for the town’s October Fest, but it must have been good because no one got up early to take down orange and white bunting on the buildings…. except for oneone-roomAnd a bonus on this beautiful fall day was a quarry just behind these buildings.  DSC_4407-Edit-2DSC_4412-Edit-1So much for agendas….  this was way better!
Til next time,
Maria

 

When in doubt . . .


…WEAR RED

I had a little plaque around here somewhere with that saying on it.  It used to hang on the door that opened to the red room (what else 😉 ) that used to be the “photo suite”.  However, I learned (the hard way) that a red room is not very conducive to optimal lighting for photography despite having the best window in the house for natural light.  The red room is now my son’s room.  Someday, it will return to being the photo suite … with a new coat of paint.  Where was all this leading… Oh yea, RED!  Just so happens to be my favorite color and this week’s 52×52.  The only hard part about this week’s challenge was actually deciding on what to photograph…there’s something red everywhere!

Strawberry fields forever…

strawberry-bowlMy favorite fruit, so happens it’s red.  Coincidence?

strawberry_painterlystrawberry-lineupstrawberry-colorboardI found so many things red to photograph that I haven’t even had a chance to go through them all.  Stay tuned for RED Part II.

’til next time,
Maria

Shout outs to Kim Klassen Textures, Florabella Actions, & French Kiss Textures!

 

HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY SPRING!

Easter-WishesTil next time,
Maria