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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Texture Tuesday 1/31 ~ the Simplicity eDition

This week's challenge was to use at least one layer of Kim Klassen's "Simplicity" texture on an image of our choice. I shot these sweet love birds on the beach in Waikiki, Feb 2010.


Formula -

* Cropped to 8 x 10
* Adjustment layer (levels, curves)
* Duplicate original layer; Soft Light @ 25%
* kk_Simplicity; Vivid Light @ 30%
* Removed texture from the birds' faces and upper bodies
* kk_Stained Linen; Soft Light @ 82%
* Merged all layers and added to...
* Clipping mask made with a brush from "Grungey Lines by Meth" (brusheezy.com)
* Added Text - CK-Ali's_Hand_Official font (80% opacity)
* Added personal watermark (Soft Light @ 40%)

Please be sure to check out all the lovely and creative entries this week at Kim Klassen Cafe!

~ klb

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Heart...

Just a simple edit of my youngest and his two children. Taken at Walmart 12/23/11.

Matthew - 26 yrs
Amelia - 27.5 months
Adrian - 3 months exactly

~ klb

Texture Tuesday 1/24/2012 ~ The Story eDition

This week's challenge @ Kim Klassen Cafe is to use at least one of her textures on an image that evokes the word, "story." I actually used 1 texture/2 layers on this photo I took in December 2008. I chose this image because the raven appears to be animatedly relating a story to his neighbor. In reality, the black bird was fussing at the raptor and trying to scare it off! The bald eagle never moved, however, and the raven eventually flew away.


I cropped the image to 8 x 10, 300 ppi; added an adjustment layer for color balance; made a levels adjustment and added two layers of Kim's Waterstained Frame texture; one layer in Multiply @ 25% and one in Overlay @ 65%

Please check out the other creative challenge entries HERE

~ klb