Inspiration Tuesday

For a couple of years now, I’ve had a particular project in mind.  A photo project.  Actually, a photo display project.

It all started with this movable painting wall from memoryradio.  I loved the idea of having a stack of paintings (or photos, in my case) and letting friends rearrange them at will.  I also liked the ability to have a ton of photos available, but not necessarily hanging.  I have so many photos I love, but I can’t hang them all.  This seemed the perfect solution.  Only hang a few, but cycle through them by making them easily interchangeable.

The first problem was, of course, that I wanted different sizes.  I had intended on mounting the photos on wood, but I knew I wanted different sizes.  The different sizes immediately limits the arrangement of photos.  You can’t change out a 5×7 with a 5×5!  I considered doing framed and matted pictures on a dedicated picture wall, but the size differences were still an issue.  I hunted through pinterest multiple times, pinning things I liked and didn’t like.  Some displays were simply not big enough.  I hated a lot of them.  I love the idea of using photo shelves – it made photos easily movable (and stackable!) and you could use all different sizes.  This is still likely how I will do a photo display once we move back to the US and settle down.  But it wasn’t something I could do in temporary housing in Finland.

Then one day I saw this mirror and light garland, and thought, why not do that with photos?  I went and bought a cheap white curtain rod.  We just happened to have two nails in our walls to hang the rod from, so we didn’t need to put more holes in the wall.  I would have liked to use ribbon, and will likely change to that in the future, but for now I’m just using some white string, five pieces hanging down at regular intervals.  Tiny little decorative clothespins hold the photos on the line.  I printed off a ton of photos, and started hanging at random.

And I love the end result!

Photo display


So, next time you’re over at my place, dig into our extra photos and feel free to rearrange or replace any you want based on what inspires you.  I want to see what photos you think should be hung!  🙂



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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twist

There I was, walking through the garden at Skansen open air museum in Stockholm, when I stumbled across this gentleman:

Statue holding a flower

Down on bended knee, proposing to any person who walked by.


Baby J update – 21 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

This week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “Twist” – “…something unexpected that surprised, shocked, or startled you.”

Oh, and hey, this photo is available on products in my Zazzle store!  (Yes, I still have one!)

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A trip to the garden

I went out to the community garden today and took some photos – Love the way they turned out!

Hairy Flower IMG_8674 IMG_8688 IMG_8693 IMG_8702 IMG_8713 IMG_8716 IMG_8718


So all of those are pretty much untouched as far as editing goes.  But then I had to play around with a few…


Inverted colors on this one-

Inverted colors on this one-

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Learning more Photoshop

Image:  Captured by Nicki Photography

Image: Captured by Nicki Photography

As mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals this year is to work on photography, and part of that is learning Photoshop (Elements, in my case).  I’ve been learning quite a bit watching the video tutorials done by Geoff Lawrence, including adjusting the lighting and color in a photo.  That certainly came in handy when, earlier this week, I finally went to backup my wedding photos.

I had a professional photographer, who took the above photo.  In addition to the photographer, I also had a few disposable cameras scattered about, because I wanted to get photos of specific people together that the photographer might not necessarily get, being so focused on, well, me.  🙂

It was a night reception, so the disposable cameras had a built in flash.  I didn’t hold out much hope that there would be any spectacular photos among this group, and…I was right.  Most of them were very washed out, and more than half of them were so underexposed the developer didn’t even bother putting them on disc.  I decided to see what I could do to save some of the photos using what I had learned so far in Photoshop.

Here’s a typical before picture:

The original photo - and this one wasn't even as washed out as much as some of them were!

The original photo – and this one wasn’t even as washed out as much as some of them were!

I went in, adjusted the lighting levels, color curves, and color variations (the extent of what I know right now), trying to see what I could accomplish.  Now, I know this is not super great, but I did manage to make it a bit better, I hope:

My attempt at fixing the problems using Photoshop - not great, but better, right??

My attempt at fixing the problems using Photoshop – not great, but better, right??

The contrast is a little much, I know, so I went in and tried again:

Another attempt - is this one any better?

Another attempt – is this one any better?

Thank God for professional photographers!

I’ll keep playing around with these photos as I learn more, see what I can accomplish.  But really, there’s only so much you can do with a photo like the original.  Right?  Photoshop Experts out there, any suggestions?

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Illumination (a wordpress photo challenge)

Our apartment faces due west, so we enjoy watching the course of the sunset through the year – right now it’s to the very far left; in June it will be to the very far right.  Last week, I was sitting in the home office and happened to glance out the window, which faces north.  This side of the building doesn’t get any direct sunlight right now, because the sun sits so low on the southern horizon, but this day, for maybe five minutes, the sun hit the tops of these two pine trees and illuminated them to a bright autumn orange.

Golden Glow

Soon, the sun will be shining on this part of Finland for 20 hours a day, but for now, this made my day!

(This post is in response to the wordpress weekly photo challenge for January 11, 2013.  See more photo posts of illumination here.)

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Playing with Photoshop

One of my goals this year is to learn more about photography.  I got a DSLR last year for my birthday, and was so excited to shoot photos in RAW…except I had no idea what to do with them….  So the last few days I’ve been playing around with it, trying to figure it out.  Still don’t know if I’m doing it right, but here’s a photo I processed this evening:

Mud Flats at MSM

Mud Flats at Mont St Michel

Here is the original:



So, what do you think?  For the photographers/photoshop people out there, any tips?



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Photo Challenge – week of Feb 26th – “Shiny”

For the week of February 26th, the challenge was “Shiny.”  I walked around all week repeating “shiny, shiny, shiny” to myself, like a lunatic.  I got several photos, but there are two I took today that I particularly like.

The fuel rods as seen from inside the reactor core of a nuclear power plant.

The copper canister for fuel rod disposal.

I’ve always been interested in photography, but have never really learned a lot about it – or had a good enough camera to really go crazy with.  For Christmas, my lovely husband bought me a good camera, and one of the things I want to work on while we’re in Finland is learning photography.

Last month, my friend Jen challenged me (well, everyone, really) to do a photo a day.  I immediately accepted…and pretty much failed.  I’ve done a photo a day challenge before, for the entire year of 2010, and I know how difficult it is to take interesting photos every day (as opposed to yet another photo of your cat), let alone really play with the camera and see what you can do.  So instead of a photo a day challenge, I’ve decided on a photo a week challenge, based on the PhotoSunday challenge of the week.  I don’t plan on submitting my photos to their website, mainly because I’m not ready to start a second blog specifically for photos, but I will be using the challenges on there.

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