Week 3 Christmas Countdown

How quickly December has passed!  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Countdown

Week 2 of my digital Christmas countdown.  The stars are part of a window display–I love going to this small town during the Christmas season as the trees are glittering with lights and the shopkeepers create such beautiful displays.  The photo of the stars and stripes ornament is from the annual Christmas display at the local museum.

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Christmas Countdown

For several years I have created a digital Advent calendar and have continued the tradition this year.  Here are some photos from the first week.  Can you tell I love red berries–the photos include winterberries, viburnum and rose hips.  I know the persimmon isn’t really Christmas-y, but it is such a pretty (and tasty) fruit that I couldn’t help photographing it before eating it.



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The Studio–Stacked week 2

For this week’s stacked prompt, I stacked some pretty bowls from Anthropologie and added a faux bird’s nest.  The photo was cropped a bit, exposure adjusted and Kim’s prairies preset was added and tweaked a bit.


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The Studio–Stacked


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This week’s prompt was “stacked”–I chose to include some wooden boxes that my dad made for me a few years ago. The wood for them is from trees from his property, which he cuts and then planes himself. All this at the age of 88!
I processed the photo in Lightroom, desaturating and adjusting light and crop.

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Be Still 52–Organic

I put rosehips in a little metal bucket I got in an antique store. It has some letters stenciled on the side, but I have never been able to read what they spell. I knocked the rose hips over, scattering little berries everywhere so they stayed as part of the composition. The black vase is one of my very favorites from Roycroft pottery. Added some rusty old scissors, a linen towel and a spool of linen thread.
Sidelight with black foamcore bouncing some light back (it’s a grey day anyway so there isn’t bright light to start with).
Kim’s harvest preset used to add a little moodiness.

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Be Still 52

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This week’s challenge was to create a vignette with a little something hanging in back. I had just found a cheery paper bunting at Joann’s the previous week and was planning to incorporate it into an image, somehow, someday. Perfect timing. I’m not entirely satisfied with this image, but after repeated rearranging/recomposing and changing settings, it stopped being fun and I stuck with this one, added the greymist preset and a few of Kim’s textures to enhance the image a bit. I’m hoping the image acts as a charm to hurry spring along as I have had it with cold and snow…

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