Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Soft & Sweet

Hello everyone,
     I hope you enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Day. I guess the next milestone for many of us will be Spring. Since it is a beautiful day here with some heat in the sun and a little melting going on- so spring doesn't seem so far off today!It was hard to come indoors again after our walk-it was so lovely.
I mentioned before that I have been playing in photoshop and I must have an addictive personality because it is hard to get me stopped once I have seen the difference you can make in a photo.
I am mostly playing with the opacity levels still but doing some sharpening and brightening as well.
Before using photoshop many of my pics were put on my blog straight out of the camera or some lightening etc. in picasa.
I know I still need to practice to get the best effect-but practice makes perfect so I will be spending more time on it for awhile.
I think I could have some fun going through some of my old shots from last year and seeing how I can improve them as I have always loved the soft effect-but did not know how it was achieved.
Probably,this soft and sweet look is not for everyone but I am loving it!

I am joining French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.

Thank you for stopping by.



Priscilla said...

I'm always sure of a happy mood when I visit your blog. Today is no different. Your pictures are lovely.

Candylei said...

Oh the soft, minty greens are gorgeous! The buds are swelling on the lilac bushes and the hydrangeas here!!

A Garden of Threads said...

You can spend all day play in photoshop, but I am not speaking from experience, lol. Beautiful photos Carolyn.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your photos are beautiful with, or without, photoshop.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it's great that you are taking the time to learn what all the different photo editing functions do, Carolyn. It is still on my list of things to get to, but I know that it will wind up being something that will have me on the computer for at least a couple of hours!

Susan said...

Hello Dear Carolyn....Well, your wanting to do picturesque photos on your blog is a GOOD addiction.

I am addicted to looking at all the loveliness on your blog! Ha!

So we BOTH have at least one good addiction.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,
I adore the soft look and i actually brightened a few of my pictures on today's post as they were shadowy (dull day) and i thought the same as you,ahhhh that's how its done.
Love your soft aqua in your post today xxx

Sharing with Sherri said...

So sweet and romantic looking... Love it all:)

Aledia said...

You did a fabulous job! I love the soft romantic look of your vignette.

Have a wonderful afternoon!


chateau chic said...

Carolyn, your photos are so lovely! You seem to have perfected the technique already.
Mary Alice

Cindy said...

It's very pretty. I'm so curious about photoshop, but worry that it will take me forever to learn to use it. Looks like you're totally getting the hang of it all!


C G said...

Magnifiques photos aux couleurs délicates et fraiches !

C G said...

Magnifiques photos aux couleurs délicates et fraiches !

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Like angel's wings or fairy's breath..........sigh.....gorgeous beyond words.

I sure wish I knew how to create such magic like you do, C.

Thank you.

Diana (Apple pie, love for details) said...

These are the most beautiful photos I've never seen! *_*
I love the colors but, above all, I love the white rose!

Thank you!


Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
I like how you can make a photo look softer. Is Photo Shop hard to learn to use? Sometimes us grannies have a difficult time wrapping our head around technical stuff.


Como tenho acompanhado direto seu blog, é visível como suas fotos tem melhorado, e é bom saber que está sempre buscando mais. Ontem visitando suas fotos de 2009, tive esta sensação, até a preparação da mesa, do espaço que você decora está cada vez mais criativo e belo. Continue sempre assim, para nós é maravilhoso.
Um bom final de semana.


RobinfromCA said...

So pretty! I love the soft colors and peaceful feeling in each of these photos!

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

I'm loving it too..............

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

Wow, I love the blue and cream. The colors are great together!
Have a good day.
-Kim :)

BECKY said...

So soft and beautiful. LOVE the pastel colors, too. Stopping here always makes me happy! :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Looks beautiful to me! I am loving the blues in this post--seems I haven't seen you do that much blue before.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I love the colors on this post.
thanks for the little preview of Springtime.

barbara jean

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your photos look so soft and lovely. You are definitely teasing us with spring. The soft palette definitely evokes a peaceful and relaxed feeling of contentment and joy. Beautiful!

The Sweetest Days said...

I love the soft and sweet, Carolyn! For some reason I can't seem to pull myself away from posting photos with lots of color. It's just in my DNA I guess. Ha!

Love the whites, creams, and soft teals. Everything is just beautiful.


Riet said...

What a great job that is, working with photshop. I have that program for over a year and never got to actually use it. I must see what I can do about it because I love that soft look.

Elzie said...

Beautiful pictures! Lucky you with so lovely weather. Here it was snowing all day long yesterday and it has began to come snow today as well. I'm so tired of it now, lol.
Hope you have a lovely day.
Love Elzie

Passionate for White said...

Love the color combinations....SO soothing

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

It is fun to see what you can do with photo's! Like you I use Picasa, but am contemplating to buy photoshop elements. I am not sure yet. Is Photoshop really an improvement to Picasa? Can you do more with the photo's?

Your photo's look lovely Carolyn! The effect you can create is quite striking.

Lieve groet,

Madelief x

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your photos are gorgeous and the editing is wonderful too! I always enjoy visiting your blog- so inspiring! :) Thanks for linking up at FNF!:)