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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, July 25, 2011

Texture Tuesday (a day early) ~ The Dream eDition

This week's challenge at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday is "Dream." She made a lovely new texture to go with the theme and I've used it on my entry photo. I'm submitting it tonight, as we are heading back down to the Kenai Peninsula early tomorrow morning - like, 5:00 am - and I might not get a chance to submit in a timely manner once we're down there, so...

To explain my photo a bit, one of my "dreams" is to have a home overlooking the ocean.  In my mind's eye, I have fond memories of - and can clearly picture - a small, wooden cabin on the side of a mountain, overlooking the wonderous vista of the sea before me; listening to the trill of birdsong in the tall pines and aspens and cottonwood trees that border my home along the sides and back... I can feel the cool breeze and taste the salty air and see the gulls and eagles flying over the shoreline...  I am homesick for this place -- but in reality, I've never been there.  It exists only in my mind... in my heart...

This week's photo is a representation of that dream. It was taken at 11:33 pm along the Homer Spit in southcentral Alaska on July 14, 2011. The body of water is part of the Cook Inlet, called Kachemak Bay --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachemak_Bay -- This part of the state - the Kenai Peninsula - is my favorite part of all Alaska. Someday I hope to have a home there, but only as the Lord wills.

Hope you enjoy my photo this week -- thanks for looking!

~ klb

Straight out of camera

Two layers of the "Dream" texture -
Vivid Light @ 75%
Color Burn @ 50%
and one layer of Kim's "Stained Linen"
Soft light @ 100%
Clipping mask was made using brushes by -
"Kaffaleen" (corner brushes)
and "Meth" (border brushes) -
both found @ Brusheezy.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Texture Tuesday ~ the Aurora eDition

Kim Klassen's challenge for this week was to use her texture, "Aurora" on one of our images. Here's my submission -- I used Aurora twice (pin light blending mode @ 60% and color burn blending mode @ 65%); also used Kim's Stained Linen texture (overlay blending mode @ 60%) and a texture found at Flickr by "groundfloor" (soft light blending mode @ 75%). Clipping mask made using a brush from Anna Aspnes' "Hipster Plume Korners N Edges, No. 1" found @ www.designerdigitals.com. Quote found in the "Pea Soup" section at www.twopeasinabucket.com; fonts used are Angelic War ("Gratitude"), Carpenter ICG ("blossom") and Century Gothic.


~ klb

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Texture Tuesday - "The Pink eDition"

The challenge for TT at Kim Klassen Cafe' this week is... PINK! I chose to feature one of my favorite PINK things -- the lovely fireweed. Although Alaska's official state flower is the Forget-me-not, this prolific plant is just as beautiful and - IMHO - would also be a sweet contender for state flower.

Photo was processed using Kim's "Love in Layers" (color burn, 75%) and "Aurora" (multiply, 100%) textures, as well as a texture I made myself using a photo I snapped yesterday of the hood of our burgundy-colored HHR (soft light, 25%). Clipping mask made from a brush in Anna Aspnes' "Hipster Plumes Korners N Edges No. 1" digital brush kit. Fonts are Lithos Pro ("Fireweed") and Rage Italic ("copper river alaska").

First image is SooC, but re-sized for the web. TFL :)

~ klb

Monday, July 11, 2011

Scenes from Anchor Point Beach

Have been down on the Kenai Peninsula for the past few days while Hubby is doing some outdoor work here. I have always loved this part of the state and am glad we are getting to spend time here. Today we spent a little time down at the Anchor Point Beach and I took several shots of the gulls and eagles that were in the area.

Hope you enjoy :)

All of these photos were processed using textures by Kim Klassen (kimklassencafe.com) and "groundfloor" (on Flickr). Clipping mask made from a digital brush by "96 grungey lines by meth" (brusheezy.com)

~ klb

Friday, July 8, 2011

McCarthy Photos

Here are a few edited photos from the 500 or so pix we took during our recent two-day trip to McCarthy, Alaska. We were there July 4-6 and had a lovely time visiting with friends who were already there on vacation. They gave us a fun tour of McCarthy itself, along with an informative tour of the old Kennecott copper mine a few miles away. I am sharing a photo of the mine in this post, but will have a separate post for just photos and info about the mine; a lot of history and even a newsworthy incident from contemporary times.

For now though, here are some taken on the drive up from Anchorage. Oh - and here's a link for you to use if you'd like to learn more about McCarthy itself :) - McCarthy, Alaska

All photos were edited using one or more of the following digital textures by Kim Klassen: Mayzee, Love in Layers, Stained Linen, Just Cause and Nature's Beauty. Clipping masks were made using digital brushes from "96 grungey lines by meth" and found at brusheezy.com and "Hipster Plume Korners N Edges No. 1" by Anna Aspnes from designerdigitals.com. Font used is CK_Alis_Hand.

~ klb

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Texture Tuesday - "The Number Three eDition"

This week's challenge at Kim  Klassen Cafe' was to use the number three in our photo, somehow. Hubby and I spent the past two days in McCarthy Alaska and while there, I spotted these daisies -- just perfect for the challenge!

I have more photos from our McCarthy trip to share, but will post them in a few days -- heading off on another road trip in the morning and will be back in a day or two!

~ klb

KK textures used are: "Love in Layers," linear burn @ 50%; "Golden," color burn @ 71% and "Silence," soft light @ 100%
Mask made by a brush found at brusheezy.com and one by Anna Aspnes (designerdigitals.com)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

"Industrial Strength"

Just recently, I felt the Lord was giving me ideas for several series of photos to take/edit/share. As I understand it, He wants to use these photos to impart His love, His direction, His wisdom and His Word into those whom He loves. Which is all of us. Included in the series' topics are "Garden Presence," "Track me Down," "Peace Like a River" and this series I am sharing today, "Industrial Strength." There are only three photos in this set at present, but I will be adding to it from time-to-time.  For now, I hope you enjoy what I've done so far; may the Truth of GOD's heart speak to your spirit and fill you with joy.

~ klb

All images were processed the same using digital textures by Kim Klassen:
* Chamomile, Color Burn blending mode @ 51%
* Warmsun, Soft Light blending mode @ 100%
* kk_Pourvous, Soft Light blending mode @ 100%
* Lifesgood, Linear Burn blending mode @ 50%
Clipping mask made by me using a digital brush by "96 Grungy Lines by METH" found at Brusheezy.com
Font is VT Portable Remington
Scriptures are from the New King James Version