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Saturday, August 24, 2013

a weekend hike

I took a short hike last Saturday after work in the foothills just west of town. I donned my hike hat, shorts and shoes, grabbed my iPhone and took off in the hot afternoon sun. Thoroughly enjoying just being in the mountains I was also in 'gathering mode' - gathering images for the wonderful Photoshop Grunge class I just signed up for.



Up, up, up I climbed...almost to the top of the mountain,
with a magnificent view of the Denver area down below.


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I collected many texture photos,
but as always, the wildflowers beckoned...



I love the color of the soil in these parts...a beautiful, dusty pinkish-terra cotta.




I'm not really sure what any of these flowers are called.




I know...these dandelions are actually weeds.




The Good Lord is an amazing gardener, isn't He?
He doesn't seem to worry about the weeds.


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Linking up with:

  • Friday Finds these trails are my streets
  • Beyond Beyond where we are making textures this week
  • Texture Tuesday these excursions are truly Stolen Moments...I used Kim's kk_avery in the texture I created for this post (see below)
  • A Weekend Walk you gotta check out Helen's wonderful blog and join in the fun


All photos were taken on my iPhone 5, with the ProCamera app.

I made my own texture - 'RockGrass' - by combining these two photos, then layering with kk_avery,  following Kim's Photoshop tutorial, and playing around with it a bit on my own:




Here's my RockGrass texture:


All photos were edited on my iPad Mini with the PS Touch app. Just a bit of cropping and one spot removal (that spot alone took me at least a half hour by the time I figured out the Clone Tool); then one layer of RockGrass - Multiply blend mode @25% opacity.


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xoxo
Cindy









7 comments:

  1. Another interesting hike - thanks for linking with my blog! I admit I have a dandelion obsession - they're great from the vivid yellow flower right through to the fragile clock stage! Glad you managed to capture textures too - so creative.

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  2. Love what you are working here. Isn't it great to hike with just your iPhone :)

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  3. A beautiful place to walk, I like dandelions as well - I usually let them grow in the garden and pull them up before they go to seed!

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  4. Fabulous walk. I've also signed up for the grunge art class, isn't it fun collecting textures.

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  5. Can't wait to see you use your Rock Grass texture, Cindy. Yes, Colorado is in bloom and it's beautiful. Nice captures. I'm having a blast in Sebastian's class. Learning so many short cuts I never knew about. It still doesn't keep me from twiddling and tweaking for hours!

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  6. Beautiful photos. What a wonderful path to walk along. A weed is an unwanted plant. Your dandelions are definitely wanted, so they are not weeds.

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