Let Your Colours Burst

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I had read a few things about the settings and such, so set everything up to what I thought and adjusted as the spectacle went on. Some of the results aren’t fantastic, but for the most part I think I did pretty OK.

These are just a few to begin with, there are a couple more I haven’t processed because I have been feeling wretched for the last couple of days.

 

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Seeking Love and Friendship

Searching for the perfect companions. Someone who enjoys play time, long walks, and sloppy kisses. Someone who is looking for unconditional love, and is not afraid of commitment. Someone who understands.

There are so many animals dumped, or lost, at local council pounds every single week. Some of these animals are lucky enough to be adopted by a fantastic family, or saved by a rescue group and put into foster care while they wait to find their perfect home. Some of these animals have had an awful existence prior to being dumped; and some aren’t lucky enough to be rescued. Unfortunately, council run animal shelters only have limited resources and are sometimes forced to euthanasie animals who are not claimed or rescued.

Thankfully there are wonderful people who commit their time, energy, and finances to saving these poor souls; and finding them the perfect home. Locally, there are several rescues with quite a large number of cats and dogs looking for their new families. Some of them are left in such a state that they are afraid of people; some are on the brink of death. These wonderful volunteers spend time nursing the animals back to good health, and help them learn to trust again. Some of these dogs and cats have been waiting for their perfect people for longer than they deserve to.

A few weeks ago I had reached a point where I felt confident enough to approach a few local rescues about taking photos for the profiles of the dogs, and cats, they have in their care. I decided back when we adopted Presley that it was something I would love to do, I just had to build the confidence and skills that would allow me to actually put myself out there. I’m so glad I did, and I don’t want to stop meeting these amazing people doing such awesome work.

http://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/235599

Skeeter
Skeeter is thought to be a little Jack Russel Terrier. He is so relaxed and quiet, and follows his foster carers happily. He is quite the little poser, and would make the perfect lap dog.

Skeeter

Skeeter
Skeeter is thought to be a little Jack Russel Terrier. He is so relaxed and quiet, and follows his foster carers happily. He is quite the little poser, and would make the perfect lap dog.

Sadie

Sadie
Sadie is a Staghound x Labrador, and will grow to be a large dog. She is only around four months old at the moment, and look at those paws! She absolutely loves to play, and is the first one to come up for cuddles.

Sadie

Sadie
Sadie is a Staghound x Labrador, and will grow to be a large dog. She is only around four months old at the moment, and look at those paws! She absolutely loves to play, and is the first one to come up for cuddles.

JellyBean

JellyBean
JellyBean is Sadies sister, she has a beautiful nature and loves to sit at your feet. Her entire body moves when she wags her tail, she is just that happy. Like Sadie, JellyBean will probably grow to be a large dog; they both have paws that need growing into.

JellyBean

JellyBean
JellyBean is Sadies sister, she has a beautiful nature and loves to sit at your feet. Her entire body moves when she wags her tail, she is just that happy. Like Sadie, JellyBean will probably grow to be a large dog; they both have paws that need growing into.

If you are looking for the perfect addition to your family, if you have unconditional love to give, and a lot of understanding, please consider adopting a pet from a rescue organisation. It doesn’t even have to be local, most of the adoptions from the local rescues have been from interstate. Check out Best Friends Pet Rescue, R.A.D.A.R., S.M.A.R.T., Needy Paws Dog Rescue, and Blue Plus Animal Rescue. Or you could get lost on the PetRescue site, where most of the animal rescue organisations upload adoption profiles for the animals in their care; be prepared to fall in love on every page.

Rocky Hill

Although the name provokes images of movie montages and fist pumps, the hill itself is actually quite beautiful. Not too steep, which makes it a pretty good walk for the kids, and there’s plenty to look at while you’re walking along. The kids spent a fair bit of time surveying the landscape below, mostly trying to find our house and their Dads work. It’s pretty cool being able to spot certain landmarks from on high, I like the sense of perspective and scale that you get; kind of puts you in your place.

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One of the sights I usually love seeing as we drive past Rocky Hill, is all the spring blossoms colouring the hillside. I wasn’t expecting to see any of those blossoms making an appearance while we were there, considering it was (is) the middle of winter, but there were quite a few starting to flower; and in the last few days I’ve seen more tinges of purple as we drive past.

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I’m still learning and experimenting with processing, trying to find a style that I like; and although I tried to keep all of these in the same style, they still came out looking different. I usually just try and stick to basic processing, but I branched out a bit with these. Still not really sure about the final products.

Enough of my prattling on, I have to go charge the battery up for a drive to the alpine region tomorrow. It was actually cold enough to snow last weekend, and I’m holding out hope that one of my favourite places will have a bit of cover this weekend. Fingers crossed.

Restyled

Earlier today I share a couple of photos of our new kitten, Pepper. I took them a couple of days ago while she was sitting on our window sill in the sunshine. Probably not the best light for photos, but I couldn’t resist.

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Before applying the ‘Nashville’ edits, where I finished processing last time.

After I posted the blog, I also shared one of the photos on Instagram. I cropped it into the square and added a filter, Nashville, that gave it a little something more. I fell in love with the end result, and decided I had to learn how to try and emulate that look in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have the full suite of Photoshop, I just use Elements 10, so I couldn’t do the last step – which is a curves adjustment. I tried to get the right look at the end, but I’m not sure I quite got there without that last step. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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With a different crop and the edits from the tutorial, with a little tweaking at the end for Elements.

Home Bodies

It’s been a pretty good winter so far. Given that we’re only a month in there is every chance that I will be eating my words soon. I suppose good is subjective though. I don’t think the ski resorts would be jumping for joy that the cold hasn’t truly set it.

Even though it hasn’t been too cold, so far, we haven’t really been up to much. Mostly hanging around the house, playing with the furry family members, and doing a bit of craft. Which isn’t always as fun as it sounds with an eight, four, and two year old all vying for the supplies. Madalyn has been learning to knit, she can cast on much better than I could at her age; and she is much more patient with it too. I remember plenty of frustrating moments when my mother tried to teach me. And then the kids and I climbed a hill close to home a few days ago. Rocky Hill. I will admit that whenever I say the name of this particular hill I am reminded of this, but I think the name comes from the fact that the hill is covered in giant rocks. it is quite possibly made of those rocks as well, seeing as some were flush with the ground.

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