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Welcome to CLIQUE!

I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Monday, May 30, 2011

New Textured Photo

This isn't "Texture Tuesday," but I edited this photo today using Kim Klassen's newest texture, "stainedLinen" and a second texture by Kim Boustany called "kimi - Lost in the Woods." The photo of the blossoms on our apple tree at our Eagle River house was taken two days ago.  The tree is not yet in full bloom - these beauties are towards the top of the tree; the lower branches are still barely budding out,  as is our second apple tree.

Straight out of the camera - only resized for web
Cropped and textured
Layer Formula --
Bottom/1st Layer: stainedLinen, soft light blending mode @ 69%
2nd Layer: stainedLinen (turned 90 degrees), soft light @ 50%
3rd Layer: stainedLinen, overlay @ 55%
4th Layer: kimi-Lost in the Woods, soft light, 75%

Clipping mask was made by me using brushes by Anna Aspnes

Quote by Anne Bradstreet - "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

~ klb

Come play with the Texture Tuesday group here: kimklassencafe

Friday, May 27, 2011

Tonight's Textured Photos

Here are two pix I took tonight for the "7 Days in May" challenge LO at the Jessica Sprague site...

The theme of the challenge is "This is Love"  - I thought this Scripture verse was perfect, so I arranged this dying bloom on my Bible and snapped away. These were the two best shots of the bunch. I did the same editing treatment for both photos and did a little desaturation in the top photo, but not in the bottom. Used three of Kim Klassen's textures, as well.

Bottom Layer:Chamomile, color blend @ 48%
Middle Layer: Silence, overlay @ 38%
Top Layer: Yesteryear, darken @ 37%

The verse I focused on is 2 John 1:6 - "And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it."

At first I thought of the widely-known John 3:16, "For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." -- a wonderful verse, as it demonstrates the undeserved love we received from the Father, but I really wanted to show what it means to GOD when we love Him.

~ klb

Texture Tuesday Photo on Friday!

Kim Klassen's free texture this week is called "Yesteryear." Here it is on a photo I took of this one remaining flower in my Mother's Day bouquet. First is the original photo, SoC, followed by the cropped image layered with three Yesteryear textures in three different blending modes and ending with the same image using only one layer of the Yesteryear texture.  I can't decide which of the two textured photos I like better, so I'm sharing them both :)

Original image, SoC

Cropped image using three layers of texture
The first/bottom texture layer uses the multiply blending mode @ 55%, the middle layer is color burn @ 74% and the top layer is soft light @ 100%

Cropped image using one layer of texture
For this image, I used the Yesteryear texture with the color burn blending mode @ 74%

~ klb

Monday, May 23, 2011

Two New Favorites --

Both of these shots were taken at the Alaska Zoo during a Mother's Day visit with my family.  Both shots have two added textures -- "Love" and "Warm Sun" by Kim Klassen.

‎"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere."
(James 3:17)
~ klb

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Woo~Hoo! It's that time again!

I've taken part in this week of challenges since the first one in May 2009 and am soooo looking forward to playing along this year, as well! Hope YOU will want to join in, too and share in the fun and excitement :)

Below are some of my 7DiM challenge entries from the past two years...

~ klb

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Texture Tuesday ~ Vintage

This week at KimKlassenCafe, the theme was "Vintage." I first thought of taking a shot of my Dad's old Underwood typewriter (which I believe originally belonged to my grandfather), but then I remembered taking these detail shots of a gorgeous old Chevrolet outside my mother-in-law's home a few years ago. My dream car is a 1957 Chevy convertible in this vivid shade of turquoise, so imagine my delight when I spotted this baby!

All of these images use the following textures and blending modes:

Yesteryear - overlay blending mode @ 67%
Yesteryear - multiply blending mode @ 73%
KK Trust - multiply blending mode @ 14%
Chamomile - multiply blending mode @ 14%

All textures by Kim Klassen and can be found at www.kimklassencafe.com


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Amelia Ann

Some recent photos of my adorable granddaughter!

Easter 2011

Alaska Zoo, Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day 2011, 20 months old

~ klb


This handsome cat is a resident pet at the Chugiak Senior Center in Chugiak, Alaska.  I was a volunteer there for about four years, co-hosting a paper-crafting class for a group of seniors and disabled adults. Boomer is a bright orange tabby with piercing eyes the color of green grapes. I cropped the photo, changed it to B&W and used four textures, including "Love" and "Warm Sun" by Kim Klassen.

~ klb

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Texture Tuesday Photo

Here is my entry for this week -- a budding lilac bush in our yard. I used two textures by Kim Klassen: "Love" (multiply blending mode @ 73%) and "Warm Sun" (soft light blending mode @ 65%).

~ klb

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Had an absolutely wonderful day with my three youngest kids, their spouses and children, both sets of in-laws and dear friends who are as close as family... We went to the Alaska Zoo, had lunch at IHOP and went through the Alaska Big Game Park out near Portage Glacier.  A long and blessed day :)  I took close to 400 photos and a few video clips, but am waaay too tired to process them tonight!

Here's one of my favorites, though -- a lovely bouquet of flowers from my daughter Jenni's dear girlfriend, Cinnamon. All I did to this was crop a little, brighten it up some, added a little diffuse glow (filter) and clip it to a photo mask (which I made from a couple digital brushes).

TFL ~ klb

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Textured Photos

All three of these use Kim Klassen's "Love" and "Sweet Treat" textures - along with a couple other textures from Flickr contributors. I made the clipping masks using a variety of digital brushes.

~ klb

Friday, May 6, 2011

Texture Tuesday Photo

Okay, I'm a few days late, but hope you all like my submission :)  About a month ago, when we still had quite a bit of snow and temps below freezing, I spotted these cute little buggers growing along the top of the fence that separates our condo building from the one next door. It's hard to tell from this photo, but they are extremely tiny - the round white spots are actually regular-sized nail heads - and the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw them was... "Shrek Ears!"

I used a variety of textures, but the two of Kim Klassen's that I used were "Sweet Treat" and "Silence." Both were "soft light" blending mode at 100%. The clipping mask/frame is one I made using a few digital brushes. Fonts are "Beyond Wonderland" (Shrek Ears!) and "CK Footnote" (date).

~ klb