|Happy Christmas © Caroline Fraser 2013|
It's that time again.
Blowing a gale outside.
presents wrapped...........and unwrapped because I couldn't remember what was in them; foolishly thinking that I would remember ............
labels added to save a second unwrapping before the intended recipient's official unwrapping.
Time to make a festive e-greeting for my friends and acquaintances.
Time for a bit of 'fiddling'. This is not a rude word in my book, so please no rude comments.
When OH asks me what I am doing as I sit glued to the mac, he gets the same answer every time; 'just fiddling'
Which really means that I don't wish to explain that I am experimenting with pictures that I know he won't be interested in, playing around with layers and seeing what I can create from a simple image or two. Only by experimenting can new ideas take form, and while most of them are discarded along the way, once in a while something good comes from a few minutes or more spent in Photoshop with old or new images.
A Christmas greeting then.
What can I do in a few minutes before heading out to spend time with friends?
A quick look back through my folders of photos for 2013 tells me there aren't any snow pictures. For when I visited iceland to take snow and ice pictures it rained incessantly.
So a bit of red then?
Browsing through my folders from 2013 brought back memories of another cloudless ( almost) sky day and a long hot walk through a part of London I never knew existed.
Back in the heady days of summer I went on a guided walk in Stratford, east London, on the Greenway.
|I never can resist a lamp post|
Walking along the top of the 'Northern Outfall Sewer" has its down sides on a hot day, but the mixture of Victorian architecture and new London tempted my fellow photographers to get snapping.
I lapsed back into my suburban photography mode
|fence, wall, bush, tower|
This seems to be a habit that I can't break.
|fence, tree, tower|
|fence, tree 2|
I have a desire to break the image in half, horizontally.
or if not, then vertically
|towers and posts|
Anyway, I was looking for some red for Christmas
And saw this
|red and white|
Back in the summer I experimented with multiple exposure of this red and white tape and got this....
|more tape; multiple exposure|
Which I did nothing with until today.
I popped it into Photoshop with another almost identical image and put one on top of the other.
Blended them with multiply mode and a little bit of Topaz Adjust from Topaz filters and made this
Which is nothing like the original, but with a bit of 'fiddling' I now have an abstract that will be my Christmas e-card as I like the reds and the pearly whites.