Monday, July 18, 2011

Nothing But Flowers and Kids

First, after last week's Pink themed Texture Tuesday wouldn't you know that we ended up at a park with pink play equipment with Sunflower dressed completely in pink.  She moved so quickly (my kids seem to think parks are for them to play not to stop and pose for me) so I didn't get the best shot, but I couldn't resist making a new Pink entry.
I ran two actions:  Pure Pink and Pure Soft (the soft removed from her face).  Then two layers of Kim's new texture, SummerLovin'  100% Soft Light mostly removed from face and 47% Soft Light all removed from her face.  Then I ran Coffee Shop's Pink Glow and made several adjustments.

Then today, I went outside and took pictures of our roses.  I am trying to get better at selecting my focus point--I have not been pleased with the focus on some of my shots lately.  I love shallow depths of field, but I also want what is in focus to, well, be in focus.
I'll keep practicing, but I am fairly pleased with this photo.

Then I took this photo at the Park Saturday and this verse immediately came to mind.
In context the Galatians were becoming caught up in a new doctrine of legalism.  Instead of freedom in Christ they were allowing themselves to become a slave to the law again.  The web entangling the rose made me wonder what requirements do I add to my salvation or try to add to others rather than obeying the truth of expressing my faith through love.

"You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."  Galatians 5:4-6  (For a longer explanation for why I chose this verse for my snapshot read this post on my real life blog.)

Then I do need an entry for this week's Tuesday Texture.  The theme is using her new texture, Aurora.  This flower was outside of Apple Bee's today.
This only has one layer of Aurora  Hard Light 62% and then on top a copy of the photo Soft Light 60%

But because the whole point of me practicing my photography is to get better at taking pictures of my children, here is today's attempt.  Sigh.  In this I have a long way to go.
I'm not letting you see the unedited version.  So I know that "matchy-matchy" is kind of out, but I think that means their clothes aren't identical but still coordinate.  We took it one step further.  I have my oldest in long pants and his winter coat, my middle child with shorts and rubber boots, and my youngest in tank top and shorts...oh, and she decided she was a little cold so I sent her in to get a sweater and she came back wearing garden gloves and leaving the door wide open.  Still, I think any shot with all of my little treasures sweet.

Linking today with Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesday, and Scripture and a Snapshot.
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36 comments:

A Box of Chocolates said...

i love the first photo Cedar of your little girl on the slide it is amazing great work. Love the rose and web too and the shadow of the petals on this weeks textured photo is lovely. I think the photos of your children are wonderful

Evelyn said...

Very beautiful images !!

Linda Makiej said...

Such wonderful use of texture!! Really so beautiful....

Nadege, said...

You take wonderful photos. I love the rose, great details.
I think with children it's all about catching each moments.

Henrietta said...

Beautiful edits specially the flower, very serene. The first one from your girl is so cute pink:)

Heidi said...

Such pretty shots and processing! I love the rose and the web.

yvette said...

I love how you've used this weeks kkaurora texture, and your focus point of the rose#2 photo is just brilliant and perfect!

Kia said...

Over from Texture Tuesday. So many gorgeous shots, the rose with the spiderweb is my fave, just lovely! Beautiful texture work with kim's "aurora". :)

Mirage said...

The first photo is a stunner! Love the hues!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Love your rose bud and quote!

JanMary @ www.janmary.com said...

I love the shot of your kids - keeping it real and all that!

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze said...

Very nice pictures. If you like, join us on *PicStory*. You are warmly invited! :) LG Tina

Dorian Susan said...

OK that rose with the cobwebs...wowza. don't be sayin' nuttin' 'bout focus when you're showing that shot.
I like the shot of your kiddos...love the heavy jackets, boots, and summer attire all in contrast. It's very real-I like that.

Leah C said...

Beautiful photos and texture use:)

Susan said...

These are all such great pictures.

Love the scripture too.

Hope your day is blessed!

The Shades of Pink said...

beautiful shots! love the all pink.

Pat said...

All of these photos are fantastic. I especially like what you've done with the Aurora texture and hard light.

erkarts said...

I like every photo! Great job with today's Texture Tuesday shot.

Julie Legg Photo said...

Your fist photo using Kim's newest texture is fantastic! It works very well with the slide. It gives even more movement to the little girl. Really great! All photos are marvelous.

Tara said...

Your rose bud shot is so pretty! Love your use of Kim Klassen's newest texture!

Lisa said...

I love the one of the rose with the verse from Galatians and I love your perspective on that passage of scripture. Definitely something to think about. And I think the one of your kiddos is great!

missing moments said...

All beautiful images!

Kim Klassen said...

oh such a fun and fab collection of photos... wonderfully processed!

Thanks for linking up to TT. xxo, kim

Kathleen said...

Great texture work -- I really love the web you caught on the red rose. Isn't it funny how you capture a great image for the weekly theme after its over... I had a hard time with pink last week, but from Wednesday onward all I saw was pink!

Susan said...

I think the one of your children is great. It shows life as it is, documented well. Love it. I really like the red rose too.

Ashley Sisk said...

You are SOOOO good. I'm loving what you do right now. Love the first one.

Sherry said...

Oh, such great shots! Love them.
Sherry

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I love that last one, the gardening gloves really make the shot!

LivingFree said...

Nice shots! I love the last one.

johanna said...

wonderful photos + textures!

Life-n-Reflection said...

beautiful texture!

patty said...

love this post... the red rose in web and the shot of your um not matchy-matchy kiddos are great!
xo

elizabeth said...

I think your photos are all so lovely!

Uyen said...

your photos are incredible! I love every one of them but my favorite is the rose.

Teresa Schmid said...

Love the texture it works so well with your beautiful picture!

Lizzi said...

Love all of these! I adore how your kids are dressed in the last one. It is such a great reflection of being a kid - especially the gloves!