Flowers on Friday..

Today I finally have some flowers to share and I think they are so beautiful…

I haven’t grown these, but bought them in a small bunch.. They are Hypericum Berry and Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath).  The berries are no more than 1cm (just over 1/2 inch) in size and the Baby’s Breath is smaller again. I love the tiny details.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 😀

One Four Challenge – December review – looking back..

This week I decided to take a look back at some of my favourite images from the One Four Challenge..

The first faves that come to mind are the ducks and the old truck:

Week 2
The ducks.. July 2015

I learned so much with this image. I remember feeling at the time that this was an unusual photo choice for me, but something I’ve always enjoyed watching as an onlooker. I think I simply hadn’t had the chance to ‘be there’ before to take the shot.

This image was where Emilio and I swapped images too and brought them together – with similar final results, un-beknowns to us both. That was fun!!

It was a challenging image (knowing what I could do with it – not just for the sake of doing – I was very stuck after week 2), a fun one and a huge learning curve.

I also remember at the time, I was trialing Topaz Impressions and I was experimenting trying different painterly versions. I thought this image really lent itself to this style,

 

Dec 2014 and April 2015 – the old truck/jalopy. Another favourite.

I learned a lot here too!!

With this one it was all about trying new things and finding my way around new (to me) parts of Photoshop… and how to do things a better way. I don’t even know that I got it exactly right, but again the learning curve was very valuable!

Other images that I really enjoyed creating and playing with were:

Nov 14 – the seed head – my first image of the challenge.

With Macro being a firm favourite of mine, I found this image easy and inspiring to work with. I love the details!

May 2015 – the Autumn leaves – another fave because of the detail and the fabulous Autumn colours.

These are the one that I really enjoyed through the challenge 🙂

I thought I’d also share some of the software/plugins I used throughout the challenge too.  In the beginning, I was happily trying plugins, but as the time passed I realised I wanted to learn more myself, so put the plugins and actions (mostly) away and focused on Photoshop itself and what I could do with this amazing platform.

Some of what I used:

  • Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust – I find this a very versatile plugin.
  • Topaz Impressions trial – I really like this one!
  • Nik Color Efex –
  • Coffee shop Actions – I used a Black and White one for the Nov 14 seed head.
  • I probably used Analog Efex at some point too.

For me the learning part of this challenge has been so good. The plugins are fantastic and I like having them as part of my ‘tool bag’, but the best part really has been knuckling down and learning the software itself.

I wonder if you feel you’ve benefited too?  I sure hope so 🙂

Ok, well have a great week and will look forward to reading some of the reviews this week.

Robyn xx

One Four Challenge – December Review

Welcome to the December Review month of the One Four Challenge!

This will be the final month of the One Four Challenge for now, so I’d love to celebrate the previous 14 months and all that we have done and learned along the way.  Thank you so much for joining me on this wonderful journey – an idea that became a challenge… and a fun one with huge learning curves! I do hope you’ll join me for this final review month too.

My very HUGE thanks to Nic who supported the Challenge and Myself by hosting last month.. You are the very best Nic and a great host. Thank you very much! xx

As we know the review month is all about looking back and what we’ve achieved in the One Four Challenge… This time I’d like to include our post production – things we learned, software we became aware of and can’t do without now 😉 Anything that you’d like to include.. 😀

The Review Month is open to ALL participants of the One Four Challenge – please tag and link up as usual.

I’ll pop in whenever I can.  (Things – frequencies and towers – have changed around my area with internet and I now have limited (or no) access on some days.)

I’m so looking forward to reading about your One Four journey. I’m so thankful that I’ve got to know you more 😀

Lets do this!!

Robyn xx

2016 Calendar – Flowers and Affirmations..

A plug. I’m very excited to share a project I’ve been working on..

..my 2016 Calendar and it’s now available 😀

Calendar cover
Calendar cover

For some time I’ve been wanting to create a calendar with beautiful flowers and words.. and this is my beginning 🙂 ..the result is ‘Flowers and Affirmations throughout the year’.

The calendar is A3 in size with a wire binder, printed onto 200gsm Satin art paper which means that any images you particularly like can be framed by you – to enjoy – after the year is done.

Each month of the year has a fine art flower image with a one word affirmation.

The calendar is available now and can be purchased direct, through my online store… If you have any questions or enquiries, please contact me through my Contact Form. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Note: The images on my store page are very low res, so I’m sharing them here for your viewing – click for a larger view.

These are the images for each month..

I’d love you to share this if you feel inclined.. it will be greatly appreciated 🙂

..and I do hope these pretty flowers make you smile.