Ambience

Sunset Ambience
Sunset Ambience

Joining in with the Weekly Challenge

On the afternoon this image was taken (in October last year) – there was a stillness and beauty about the end of the day..

The weather had changed.  An inversion layer brought misty air, which carried the last of the sunlight upon it’s particles..

Tiny insects flitting around, sparkling in the sunlight.. and the sun’s rays making all things ordinary, beautiful for a few fleeting moments..

..and then, the day was done.

Seeing Differently Challenge – 6 of 15

Today I’m sharing my 6th image for this challenge.

On Saturday afternoon, at last light – the most amazing sea mist rolled inland. This is unusual, but with the sun going down, it was catching the rays and all the particles in the air. Wow!

I’m not sure if a camera can ever do justice to a scene like this, but I had to try  🙂

What made it really special, was a dear little visitor. A Willy Wagtail – one of my favourite little birds… He was flitting around catching all the bugs in the air…well, I’m sure he was hoping anyway!  What a wonderful scene. I’m so glad I was a part of it.

seeing-differently-6_800_robyngosby-2016I love watching the birds – we have so many here and they are wonderful. It’s not very often though, that I am quick enough to capture the moment. For me, all this moment needed was some fairy dust – actually if you look closely the little bugs are substituting for the fairy dust!

If this challenge (idea) appeals to you, please jump in. You are welcome 🙂 We will be exploring throughout October.

A new button..

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To read about this challenge for October – see details here

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

Giving thanks..

Today is a good day to be thankful… for many things..

~ to Asgard ~
~ to Asgard ~

I’m thankful for:

Beautiful clouds and glorious skies

Friends and Family

Colour and Light (for without the light, I wouldn’t see the colour)

The internet – so I can be in touch with you (even though it’s very dodgy)

You 😀

Having the privilege of learning (whenever I want)

Being able to create

My health

Nature and it’s miracles

My funny pets..

..and so much more!!

Thanks to you for your support and blogging friendships… it means a lot.. and although we may never meet ( or we may 😀 ) your encouragement is always appreciated and has touched my life in a wonderfully positive way.

Wishing those of you who celebrate a very Happy Thanksgiving 😀