Although it was unintentional, I managed to be MIA for the past two weeks. While I wish I could tell you that it was something wonderful, it wasn't. Nothing dramatic, just plain, old, ordinary every day. It has definitely been a wabi sabi time but then that's the way life is all the time, don't you think?
It's just been difficult the past couple of weeks to find, or make, much time for my photography, which is not how the script is supposed to go but then life usually has a way of going off-script. Thankfully this past weekend brought some sunshine, some daffodils and some time to play.
This photo was taken on my back porch on a cloudy day. Although it looked fine in camera, it was way too underexposed when I downloaded the photos onto my computer. Some post-processing came to the rescue. After some exposure adjustments in LR, I used three of Kim's presets, kk_breeze; kk_slightlight; kk_toucha. The over to Photoshop CC where I adjusted the levels a bit and then called it done.
But I wasn't finished playing!
Here I just grabbed a couple of books from a shelf along with the tiny wabi-sabi flower and played around. Again I had the problem of an underexposed image and again I adjusted the exposure and then used two presets, kk_litely and kk_warmandslight. As I did in the photo just above, I brushed color back into the flower. Once again in Photoshop CC, I adjusted the levels. But I still wasn't happy. After trying a couple of texures, I finally settled on kk_isobel from the Downton Collection, which brought out some pretty tones. The Downton collections are still at the top of my favorites list.
Now that spring has sprung, I find myself wanting to be outside in the sunshine taking photos of flowers and buds and anything else that says 'spring'. Still life photos will be few and far between unless they incorporate some delights from the garden. Right now the only things blooming in our yard are the daffodils and believe me when I tell you: there are a lot of them! And I'm loving every bit of it.
Next week is spring break around here. Campbell will be here with me all week long. No plans yet, but we'll need to think of some fun things to do. And hope that the weather is very springlike!
How about you? Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? I know some of my long-suffering friends in the Northeast are still inundated with winter weather. Right now is the time to take a deep breath and remember this quote from Hal Borland:
No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn.
Wishing you all a taste of spring this week,