Friday, November 8, 2013

Personal Photo Challenge for November - Textures

This month's challenge is to add a texture or two to our photos.  This is something new for me to try and I don't have Photo Shop but Pic Monkey which I like has the ability to use one of their textures, or your own.
 A macro shot of a purple sweet pea flower looked like the background could use some texture.
Texture courtesy of Georgianna Lane Photography and done with the multiply function.
Thistle buds with a texture from RH West applied in the multiply mode.  I did play a bit with the Fade and Saturation slider with each set of photos.
A blue jay on the birdbath in winter had a pretty bland background.  I used a stained glass texture as an overlay for this one, although in multiply it looked pretty good too.  The erase tool took the leaves and stems off the feathers.  It does look like a frosty window in the background, doesn't it?
I'm joining Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys for our monthly photo challenge.  

36 comments:

  1. This is my favorite shade of purple!!!!...:)JP

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  2. Great job with your photos! I just found out that one of my Snowy Owl photos is in the Birds & Blooms December/January 2014 issue. Page 78, top right photo. It's always exciting to see one's photos in print somewhere.

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  3. What Gorgeous color!! And the textures are SO dainty!! Love these....
    hughugs

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  4. Judith:
    Lovely photos and tips. The bluejays are at my back door every morning snagging the peanuts!

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  5. I am totally loving your chosen textures and how you used them! So dainty and complimentary to the different photos. And I see that you quickly discovered that non-busy images can take a texture application and quickly become something artsy. Bravo to you, on meeting the challenge and learning something new (though you were a bit apprehensive, LOL)!

    Now I am off to check out those texture sources...

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  6. Nicely done Judith! I especially like the one with the handwriting in the background! Have a nice weekend!

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  7. Wow, Judith, these are really beautiful! I love each one. I did one photo but it's not great so won't join in. Haven't the time to play with it now. :) You did a great job!

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  8. I love the script in the background and would love to try that. I love the different ways you've shown to really set a photo off and make it look special! Great job for the challenge!

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  10. Your photos turned out well, Judith. I'm more partial to the one with the script. Lovely.

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  11. Very pretty effects Judith. I love the bird with the 'frosted glass' look behind, really a perfect background for such a serious little fellow.

    Anything with type I love too - so the thistle buds look awesome.......and I'd give my right arm for a bunch of those purple sweet peas which remind me of my childhood gardening efforts!

    Lovely texture effects - you did great.

    Happy weekend - Mary

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  12. Very pretty ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  13. Looks very good. You did great!

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  14. It is always fun to try out different effects with photo programs. The background on the bluejay photos is nice.

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  15. Oh very cool! They all look beautiful, subtle and lovely.

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  16. Judith your photos are great! love the photography tips you shared. Hope you are staying warm despite the early snow up near Barrie. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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  17. These are really nice. I like the but with the script behind it best.

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  18. Love your images enhanced with PicMonkey. Love the bluejay! He looks so sassy and confident. Enjoy your wknd, Judith.
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. I've never used PicMonkey but your textured photos turned out wonderfully so I must check it out.

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  20. You did a beautiful job with these, Judith! I really love the sweet pea image and thanks so much for using my texture. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    G

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  21. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I think my favorite is the thistle. I always have liked textures that have script on them. Great job!

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  22. oh wow, your photo treatment is gorgeous. great job.

    Ruthi

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  23. These are very nice ! I didn't think to do before and after shots. Thats a good idea. Very cool

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  24. Hi Judith, Your pics are gorgeous. You did a wonderful job with the textures. Love the purple of the iris and the bird's background is so pretty. I can see you had fun and sure met the challenge.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment on my prayer box.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Blessings!

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  25. Great photo choices and great shots you got to show them.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  26. Oh, I am impressed with every. single. one! And I am amazed that you have not used textures before. You chose such perfect textures to enhance each photo. I am especially fond of the "word" texture behind (over?) the thistle...although the little birdie wins my heart. :)

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  27. What fun to apply these to your photos! I especially like the one with the handwriting, as I have long collected fabrics, papers, teawares, photo frames, anything with handwriting on it!

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  28. I like what you have done with these. Yes the bird looks like frosting behind it.

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  29. I really like what you've done here Judith. Your textures are soft and subtle, working beautifully with your lovely photos. I haven't tried a texture with script yet... really like the one you've used.

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  30. These were all gorgeous photos to start with Judith!
    Hmmm I can almost smell that gorgeous sweet pea!

    Such lovely layering - I think the thistle is my favorite but that sweet little bird with the frosted glass background is super too!

    You're so good at this and I always learn a little more each time you show us your techniques - thank you!

    Hugs
    Shane

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  31. I love what you came up with! I like the little bird with the background you added and the writing behind the thistle. They look great! Stopping by from the photo hop!

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  32. Beautiful photo subjects and wonderful results with texture. I love the faint script behind the thistle.

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  33. You nailed this month's challenge; these are outstanding! Enjoy your day...

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  34. Oh I have wanted to do this and did not know Pic Monkey had this feature...now I can play!!

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  35. I love the subtle background on the thistle buds. I didn't realize it was there until I clicked to see it larger and the writing stood out.

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