Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just enough

This year I'm taking Kim Klassen's e-course "Beyond Layers" which will be a yearlong journey. I am quite excited about it and wonder where this will get me. This past week had been very busy, so only today I started to work on some images for the course.

This week's theme was "just enough" - simplicity in photos. Something I admire and I want to achieve with a good part of my pictures, but so far haven't always been very good at. I looked through my archives and found two images that I once edited a bit (you can see them here and here) and today edited again.


First I did some levels and hue/saturation adjustments. Then I added Kim's texture "awaken", blending mode soft light at 72%. After a brightness adjustment I first eliminated the yellows and cranked up the saturation adjustment.


With this image of a light hanging from the ceiling in a mosque in Cairo I also started with some levels adjustment (this is a scanned slide). I added Kim's texture "papergrunge" at 100% soft light, then copied it, multiply at 74% and did some hue/saturation adjustments.

It was fun editing some images I already had processed in a certain way and now try a different approach. This can get pretty addicting.

Is anybody of you taking this course?

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17 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh, I dig the rose and the berries! It just popped out at me and demanded to be looked at!
Have fun with that course, it sounds fun and challenging!

Jennifer said...

I especially like the editing on the second photo, Carola. So rich!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Not me, can't understand half of what you're saying! :^) But i think these photos are beautiful and you're just starting with the course! Have a great week! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Kay L. Davies said...

That first photo is magnificent, Carola. I love it!
K

Christine E-E said...

no - not taking the course, but really enjoying your editing processes... lovely picture of the lamp & the paint dabbed background.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Both photos are stunning. I took Kim' skinny mini and really liked it. Will be looking forward to see what you do with this class.
Rinda

Anyes said...

I love both this new treatment of your photographs, Carola. The simplicity in the first one is so striking. Beautiful work :-)

gina said...

Sounds like a fun course to take, Carola. Your first image is simply beautiful! Well done!

Lynn said...

I'm laughing at what some of the others said about not understanding what you are doing; as I too was feeling HUH? But I appreciate the photos I am seeing even if I do not have a clue what you did to make them so! LoL is on me!

Chantal said...

no, but I like to look into it, how does it work and what are the costs?

Ginnie said...

I'm not taking the course, Carola, but I do know how addicting these textures are! BRAVO to you.

Ruth said...

These are both gorgeous, well done. Negative space is as important as the subject itself I think, the top one is my fave :)

Frida said...

I like both, kind of the second one a bit better ;-)

patty said...

Carola, I am in the class too - did not know you were there! (It's such a big group....)Really like what you have done, especially the first image!

Cheri said...

Adore how you got the reds to just pop in that first photo - awesome work!

Geckostone said...

Wow, spectacular photos! I love the perspective on the light!

Meegan, Blue Moon Mama said...

This course sounds wonderful. I'm going to hop over to her blog & find details. If it's open I may try to find theobey to join. I could use a new spurt of inspiration in my photo editing.

By the way I'm taking an ecourse thru http://evenstar-art.blogspot.com in a month. Maybe you'd like it! It would be fun to know someone in class.