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“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  Dr Seuss

Baby Girl wakes up every morning giggling and happy and playful.  It’s the most amazing experience for her Papa and I.  I love to listen to her talking with her stuffies in her crib – which she will do for almost half an hour.  Then I’ll hear a tentative “Ya Ya?”  When I get up and go in to get her, she giggles with joy and hides under her blanket.  How can one not just have a great day after waking up to that??  This morning, her last day here in Canada with us, she decided to climb on the window ledge in our bedroom and look outside for the birdies.  I love the whispy softness of this shot – taken with my iPad and processed in Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Effex Pro.  

I’m going to miss her so much!  But I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend this quality time with her.  

Priceless!

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“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” Joan Lunden

Why do we hang on to anger so easily, and find it so difficult to let go and forgive?? I know so many people who are just driven by their anger over so many different issues . . . many times just perceived wrongs that have been given flight by anger and resentment. In fact, the anger and resentment is usually driven by past hurts and experiences that are buried and hidden, and we can’t name them because they’re invisible. It’s so tough to live life in a state of awareness . . . trying to understand where this anger comes from and working towards putting out the hot burning fire. Once awareness is achieved, its so much easier to forgive and move on. I know that in my life, I’ve had to work and work at this . . . and it continues to be a daily challenge. I can tell you though – the benefits are so worth it.

Today’s photo is just a composite I put together because I woke up with a gnarly headache this morning. It doesn’t happen very often . . . but when it does I have a tough time shaking it off. I processed this in Photoshop with a few different presets, added my own textured background, and added a cracked texture to my hands.

Oh . . . and I’m feeling better now!

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“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”  Oscar Wilde

Today’s 365 photo is quite a switch for me.  I don’t usually go to the “dark side” . . . but I couldn’t resist this when I was fiddling around with different presets and editing in both Photoshop and Lightroom.  One of the guys in my 365 group does some pretty far out and amazing things so I’m just channeling my inner “DigiMax” on this one.  

I liked today’s quote when I read it because I really do believe that to be true.  I make choices every day that create my experience of life.  That experience can be pretty darned wonderful, pretty darned awful, or somewhere in between those two extremes.  Bad things happen in life . . .they just do.  However, I have choice in every moment in how I am going to act or react in any given situation.  That choice impacts everyone within my sphere of influence – be it intimate or casual.  I strive to wake up every morning thinking with a positive mind, looking for the good things in my life and the lives of others . . . I am so very grateful for every moment of my life leading up to today because each of those moments add up to the person I am now.  Some of those moments aren’t so great – I’m not proud of every decision or action I’ve taken . . . but I strive to move forward and learn from each and every one . . . to be better and to be a positive example and influence for those whose lives I do touch.  I’m no saint and I’m far from perfect, but I am happy and ever so grateful for all the love and abundance I have in my life.  

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“The rain began again.  It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of it’s own nature, which was to fall and fall.”  Helen Garner

And the rain continues . . . I had this vision for a photograph in my mind when I woke up this morning.  I had my camera on the tripod and covered in plastic – it was a bit of a challenge to get the shot.  

I didn’t like it in color because of the color cast from the red umbrella on my face.  So I converted to B&W and tweaked a bit in LR4, then took it in to Photoshop CS6 where I ran a High Pass Filter to bring out a bit more detail.  I’m learning so much about how to process my photographs without going overboard.  (It’s so easy to do!)  I think I’ll run a couple of different filters on this just to see what happens . . . so much fun!

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“Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.”  Ralph Fiennes

I was shooting pics of my 4 year old Great Nephew when he looked at me and said “Why don’t you take a picture of yourself?”.  Ha!  So I did!  And this is the result . . . an upside down shot of myself.  I took it in to Lightroom 4 to do a bit of processing, then in to Photoshop CS6 and Topaz Labs to further render the photo.  I also added some texture from Kim Klassen Cafe .

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“I don’t sing in the shower at all, and I don’t sing in the shower, either.”  Pia Toscano 

I’m working on trying to get a good shower shot.  I’ve seen a few photos of water cascading over wet soapy hair and it looked really cool.  Unfortunately, I’m shooting through the glass of the shower so it’s not very crisp.  You can see the “rain” from the shower head though which is kind of cool.  I thought it looked better in black and white.  

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery.  There is always more mystery.”  Anais Nin

I’m falling a bit behind in my 365 . . . so am playing catchup.  I am playing around with focusing on my D800 and the 105mm lens.  It’s not as easy as it might seem!  I managed to get the leaf on the plant in great focus . . . so decided that I’d add a bit of texture (Kim Klassen “tapededge.jpg) to create a bit of mystery . . .   

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“Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.”  Thomas Carlyle

I had this vision ever since my Day 247 muscle flexed photo.  I used the liquefy filter in Photoshop CS6, and my Wacom tablet to accomplish this effect.  I feel like I have grown so much in my Photography knowledge and skills since starting this 365 Project back in January.   It’s been an amazing journey with a group of people who live all over the world, from Australia to Sweden, Finland, England, Canada and the US.  We’re a group that started out with about 200 people, but are down to around 30 that are still posting regularly and up to date.  The inspiration and encouragement are just amazing.  I’ve met one 365’er in person, and look forward to a meetup in Las Vegas in November with 10 or twelve others.  Some days have been tough to figure out what to do next . . . but the encouragement is always there . . . the inspiration is endless.  

So – thanks MTM 365’ers, and Michael Andrew!  Only 115 more days to go!  

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“May the Smoothie be with you…Always”  Unknown

I’m on a Smoothie kick.  

I love coming home from a workout and whipping up a yummy, energy boosting smoothie.  

This one is made with delicious Yukon blueberries, delivered by my sister who picked them herself.  I threw the fresh blueberries in the blender with non-fat plain greek yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, frozen mango chunks, vanilla  whey protein powder, ground flax and hemp hearts.  Yummy!  

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“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”  Christopher Reeve 

Yeah, well – so I’ve been back to working out lately after about an eight month hiatus.  How impressive is this!!!  I know, pretty crazy.  What’s a 60 year old Grandma to do??  

OK, truth is . . . Photoshop is amazing!  

It all started with one of the guys in the 365 taking his picture with the Rocky statue in front of the Museum of Art in Philadelphia.  The next day, he posted a shot of himself standing in the imprint of Sylvester Stallone’s shoes in the sidewalk.  Soon, there appeared a photo of another one of the 365 guys (our resident Photoshop Guru) with super pumped up triceps.  Not long after that photo was posted, one of my fellow female 365’ers posted a shot of HER super uber pumped triceps.  So I just had to get in on the action.  The other’s weren’t wielding a weight so I grabbed a 15lb’er, set up my tri-pod, set aperture, focus and timer and captured this shot.  

Well, maybe not exactly this shot.

I  processed it using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro in LR4.  I then exported it to Photoshop CS6 where I used the Liquify Filter to “enhance” my triceps, and added a photo mask by Liv.eDesigns.  

Not much . . . just a bit . . . I mean . . . a girl can dream right?? 

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