Monday, November 30, 2009

Bria no longer a baby!

We haven't seen you since before we left for our trip and what surprise to see you have grown so much - from a baby to a toddler. Where did that baby nose and those big saucer eyes go?

Everything from except the glass balls and the background papers. Oh, and the stitching holes that I scanned a number of years ago from real stitching holes.

The glass balls: (This isn't a tutorial, just the steps I took)
for the ball cover I used Filters: Render > Lens Flare and Distort >Polar Coordinates
then used the tools: Transform, Radial Gradient, and Color Burn.

Underneath with Katie's ornament brush, I took it into styles and played around with stripes and a couple of other styles (turned off the shadows because it would flatten the ball. A real hanging ball would send a cast shadow if close to a wall or such)

Then tweaked with the Burn and Dodge tools, and set the transparency for the glass cover so the underneath pattern would show through (had to add more highlights because of this)
Katie's ornament brush was great because it already had a pattern, top, and hanger.

Yokohama Festival

I've been sorting through the slides I scanned a couple of years ago. These go all the way back to the fifties.

On this particular Sunday, our best friends were having their son Baptized, so I fortunately popped the camera in my purse. I'm almost sure the slides were bright and clear once upon a time, but they're dark with many mold spots now. Lots of Photoshop work! Japan, 1970

Yokohama Festival

We had just left the Chapel one Sunday morning after the Baptism of Caroline and Paul's son, and found ourselves in the midst of crowds of people waiting for something to happen. There wasn't anything for us to do but join the crowd, since our car was blocked in by theirs and them! At first we heard a faint sound of music that got louder and louder and suddenly the street was filled with lines of colorfully kimonoed ladies, and some guys carrying a very long dragon and having so much fun as they laughed and ran down the street with it! Japan 1970