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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, February 20, 2012

Texture Tuesday 2/20/12 ~ The Felicity eDition

For this week's challenge at Kim Klassen's "Texture Tuesday" group, we were to use at least one layer of her new "Felicity" texture. I used two layers on my image, which was taken Nov 2008 at Mirror Lake in Chugiak Alaska. There had been an ice fog hanging around for a day or two prior to this day and it gave the trees - well, everything, really - such a nice frosty covering that was stunningly white under the deep blue sky!


* Cropped original image to 8x10 300 dpi
* Levels adjustment layer; added Diffuse Glow filter
* kk_Felicity texture - Multiply blend mode @ 17%
* kk_Felicity texture - Vivid Light blend mode @ 15%
* Merged layers and clipped to a mask made with "Grungey Borders by Meth"
* Added watermark; Fonts: VeggieBurger and Century Gothic

This image above was done in a more whimsical style! As I was browsing through the various blend modes, I clicked on the Saturation mode and loved the rainbow effect it had on the snowy ground :)


* Cropped original image to 8x10, 300 dpi
* Added Levels adjustment layer and Diffuse Glow filter
* Duplicated background layer - Soft Light Blend mode @ 72%
* kk_Shine texture - Soft Light @ 25%
* kk_Finale texture - Saturation @ 100%
* Clipped to same mask as listed above
* Added "Winter Wonderland" - Fonts - Beyond Wonderland & CK_Ali's_Hand_Official
* Added watermark in same fonts listed above

Thanks for popping in and please don't forget to visit Kim Klassen Cafe so you can see all the other fun and lovely creative work by our participants :)

~ kimB


Sivinden said...

Like a fairy tale, - so beautiful! - wonderful light and depth.

Mona's Picturesque said...

Oh my! What a wonderful picture - they all are! Just like the comment above - like fairy tale! wow.

johanna said...

both are wonderland pictures for sure! i totally love them!

Neringa said...

Love the perspective, and these frosted branches... wonderful.

Pieni Lintu said...

Nice job

pam said...


sarayutouched said...

you've made the lovely naked trees come alive here. very, very beautiful.

Evelyn S. said...

I can't get over that fabulous blue and white! The point of view is so powerful, too. (Love your whimsical treatment, as well.)

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

Loving the stunning contrast of the vibrant blue and stark white!
Where did you get the grunge border? It is awesome!

say cheese said...

great work! love the blue sky

thanks for the visit

Amarie said...

How magical those trees look!

geetlee said...

That is a lovely shot!

PrairieJill said...

Stunning image and I love your use of textures!

Marilyn said...

Your wintry photos have a magnificent quiet about them.