Grand Finale

2 01 2016

Well 52 weeks have come and gone. This is the last class for the year. In 2016 a new challenge has begun for some of us from the Challenge Class. The Critique Class 2016 has begun with a New Year’s Eve Challenge. You can see other images on my flickr page:

See you in the Critque Class!


Happy 2016. Went downtown for Raleigh First Night just in time for the 7:00 Acorn drop for the kids. Raleigh is the City of Oaks and they drop a large acorn. Didn’t get many good photos of the drop or the fireworks or the ferris wheel (no tripod). I should have used my iPhone for pictutes. I couldn’t get in front because of the people taking photos in front of the sculpture. I used the tin type preset in ON1 10 Effects to make this ice sculpture look old like someone finding it in the future. It was around 56 degrees F and had been warm all day so you could see the ice melting!

For my grand finale challenge, I took photos of the engine of my car.


I only missed one week – the theme was Forks. I don’t know why I didn’t get that one done! This has been a great class for me and it is exciting to meet so many people from all over. I am looking forward to more challenges. I am in my grunge/HDR period – in case you couldn’t tell. January is usually my blue period. I am taking Sebastian Michaels Photoshop Artistry Class. I am trying to learn Photoshop again! A lot different than Version 2 🙂 and I still am using PSE. I backed the car out of the garage so I could take some shots of the engine. I had to look in the manual cause I couldn’t find the lever. I guess I haven’t had to open the hood. I took 3 exposures to make this image and used Photomatix to make an HDR version. I used PSE to select out the colors of some of the parts. Then used some filters and added some frames and textures from the Photoartistry class files. To get this final coloring, I used  the Photographic Effects grey effect in PSE.  I  added a bevel to the image layer too. The bonus files  are worth the discounted price! 




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