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Unless otherwise noted, all photographic images in this blog are the sole property of Kim L Branson and therefore may not be copied or used in any way without expressed permission by the owner. Thank you.

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.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Turn, Turn, Turn"

Latest textured photo - this is a dandelion puff I took yesterday near Point Woronzof in Anchorage. I used three of Kim Klassen's digital textures on this: 

Golden - soft light @ 100%
Love in Layers - overlay @ 100%
Granny's Cupboard - multiply @ 100%

The font is VT Portable Remington (@ 58% opacity) and the clipping mask was made using a digital brush by Anna Aspnes at designerdigitals.com

~ klb

Monday, June 27, 2011

Texture Tuesday - "Golden Edition"

This week, Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday challenge was to use her new texture, "Golden," on one of our photos. I actually used 2 layers of Golden on this image -- bottom layer uses the soft light blend mode @ 75% and the layer above uses the overlay blend mode @ 42%. Font for the Scripture verse is VT Portable Remington. I took the photo over the weekend of some scraggly flowers in our neighbor's yard.

~ klb

Straight out of the camera

With textures and text

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Took this one of Amelia when she spent the night last week. She's such a precious blessing...

Used the hand-painted technique by Jessica Sprague and added a texture - Stained Linen - by Kim Klassen. Also has a clipping mask made from a digital brush by Anna Aspnes @ designerdigitals.com

~ klb

~ Sketched Florals ~

Took some shots today of the flowers in our yard and in the neighboring yard. One set is done using the sketch technique on the images and the other set has the regular photos. Both sets use the clipping mask made with a brush by Anna Aspnes (designerdigitals.com)

~ klb

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Texture Tuesday, People Edition

This week's challenge in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday group, was to use a photo with a person - or people - in it. I chose this photo of granddaughter Amelia, taken last week with my iPhone.

Straight out of the camera -- err, iPhone!
Taken 6/17/11 - 21 months, 1 week old

After: cropped, "Hand-tinted" technique (Jessica Sprague)
Texture: kk Luminous, Overlay blending mode @ 37%
~ klb

Monday, June 13, 2011

Alaska Botanical Garden {new photo added}

Stained Linen - Soft Light, 100%
Warm Sun - Overlay, 83%
Fonts: Beyond Wonderland, Century Gothic

Visited the ABG twice this weekend; first visit of the year. So much loveliness there - not only the flowers and plants, but the birdsong, the springtime scents and the vivid greens of the leafy trees. Took a total of 231 pix - three four of which I've edited so far and am sharing here :)

Mayzee - Soft Light @ 100%
Subtly Yours - Overlay @ 50%
Stained Linen - Soft Light @ 100%
Fonts: PetraScript, Century Gothic

Mayzee - Pin Light @ 100%
Fonts: PetraScript, Beyond Wonderland, Century Gothic

Yesteryear - Luminosity @ 15%
Yesteryear - Multiply @ 100%
Yesteryear - Soft Light @ 62%
Stained Linen - Overlay @ 45%
Fonts: Porcelain, PetraScript, Century Gothic

All textures by Kim Klassen. Decorative brushwork for clipping mask by Anna Aspnes.

~ klb

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Texture Tuesday on Thursday

Kim Klassen's theme for this week is "Word Inspiration." My entry - "Bee-atitudes" was done for a challenge layout at another site, but the photo works so perfectly for this week that I am also using it here :) Along with the original photo, I'm also including the LO that was created for the photo.

Straight out of camera ~ unedited

Kim Klassen Textures:
Just Cause - soft light @ 40%
Silence - multiply @ 62%

~ klb

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Beautiful Mia

Our precious granddaughter, nearly 21 months old. This photo was taken by one of her parents on a family outing over Memorial Day weekend.

Layer 1: Just Cause, soft light blending mode @ 47%
Layer 2: Silence, overlay blending mode @ 48%
Layer 3: Stained Linen, overlay blending mode @ 64%

All textures  by Kim Klassen

Clipping mask made by me using brushes found at Brusheezy.com

~ klb

Apple Blossom Buds

Took this shot over the weekend at our place in Eagle River. As usual,  first you'll see the original image, then the textured version. TFL :)

Straight out of the Camera

Edited, with textures, clipping mask & text
Layer 1/bottom layer: Stained Linen - color burn blending mode @ 52%
Layer 2: Silence - soft light blending mode @ 39%
Layer 3: Sweet Tart - multiply blending mode @ 21%
Layer 4: kimi-Lost in the Woods - soft light blending mode @ 55%

Layers 1-3 are by Kim Klassen; layer 4 is by Kim Boustany

Clipping mask is my own design, using grungy-edge brushes found at Brusheezy.com

Fonts: Aquiline Two and Century Gothic

~ klb