So creating 350 images with borders and ready to print for the printer is no easy or quick task! I've had my rear end stuck to this office chair for the past few days/weeks and I'm starting to think that at any moment it might become a permanent fixture the next time I get up!
I have ventured out, I had to or I would have completely lost my sanity. But it's been to places like the chiropractor's office, to take the dogs out, or to get something to eat when I actually remember to eat.
After so many days of constant interaction with my newest friend Photoshop, I forced myself to pick up the camera and head outside for a much needed mental break. And as I wandered around our backyard in my too short sweatpants and big bulky coat, I took a moment to decompress and look around for something, anything to shoot.
My neighbor loves it when I am in the middle of a working frenzy...she can always tell because my hair looks like I haven't brushed it...because I haven't, and you never know what I will be wearing. If I had to describe my look on these sorts of days, I would say that it's somewhere between crazy cat lady and eccentric millionaire, sadly without the millions.
She never questions it though, but often phones me when I go back inside...maybe to see if she needs to call the loony bin?! Either way I appreciate the phone calls as they give me another chance to avoid working for a bit.
While out on my adventure this afternoon, I was treated to a visit by a lovely woodpecker. The original photo is at the top of the post, but I preferred the image with a little texture added. One of my goals for our upcoming trip is to visit a few flea markets and find some great old French ephemera to use as textures. I have quite a bit already, but you can never have too much.
For both of these images, I actually used other people's textures, but I prefer to use ones I've sourced myself. Plus I just love the look of beautiful old documents, postcards, and letters from by gone eras, and hope to frame some of the pieces I have one of these days.
Woodpeckers are often as elusive as good ephemera, and they like sitting high up in the trees, making them difficult to capture without lots of cropping. Still, I love to hear their distinctive calls and the tap, tap, tapping on the trees as they hunt for insects. This little guy was happily flitting from treetop to treetop looking for the juiciest worms, ants, or whatever he could find.
It's amazing how stepping outside for just 20 short minutes can give you the oomph you need to come back inside and keep working. And now that the sun has set and it's too dark for picture taking, I am using a different secret weapon...I'm enjoying a nice cold cider... Strongbow to be exact.
I still have 24 more images to create and although I'm a complete lightweight when it comes to drinking, I decided to grab a hard cider left over from Thanksgiving and sip it slowly while I work. The crisp apple taste pares well with photo editing I think. ;-)
Don't forget that there is still time to use the 10% discount I am offering on any gallery wrapped canvas available in my new shop. And should you prefer something from my photography website that isn't offered yet on Low Tide High Style, you can simply shoot me an email and I will have that created for you instead.
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Enjoy your evening!
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