Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Before and After...Because I like run down things.

I can't believe it has been two weeks since I posted on this little ole' blog! However, it is not because things are quiet here at the Peanut Gallery!


Nope, not quiet at all!


We are navigating un-chartered territories.


And me no likey.


I am very aware of my "earthen vessel" status. However, as uncomfortable as it may be,  I'm so grateful to be resting in the Potter's hand . So I say, squeeze away! It's good.
It's all good.


And wouldn't ya know, today's picture is right on topic.
When I'm not being random I enjoy a good "theme".


Today's theme....POTTERY.


On our recent Montana trip, I was compelled to stop and capture this Pottery shop. Isn't it just quaint? I would have loved to meander inside, but much to my disappointment, the Potter was nowhere to be found.
Dern it! 
Oh how I would have loved to partake in the Montana Pottery sale!
Sadly, I will never own a piece of Montana Earth Pottery.
Sigh.
pottery


The picture was screaming to be "molded and squeezed".
I obliged.
It may have even whispered a small "thank you"!
pottery after warmth


But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7


The Recipe.

In lightroom I used the "retro warmth" preset by Sarah Ji.(free from Pre-set Heaven)
Then I shuffled over to Photoshop Elements and ran a high pass filter on this. That extra sharpening gives the photo a grungy feel. And while I don't enjoy feeling grungy, I love a grungy picture!
I then added a texture called "extreme grunge" by Kim Klassen and set it to "hard light" and decreased the opacity. I added a layer mask and erased some of the texture off of the building.
And finally, I added a texture from flickr...one that looked like a ripped old piece of paper and set it to "lighten" and decreased the opacity to taste.

If you are like "What"?? "Huh"?? I wrote a very simple Texture Tutorial here.

50 comments:

Carrie said...

That picture is SO awesome, Julie! I love the edit!! You're so talented!!

LKP said...

yep, fab pic. you are the bees knees girl!

Tracy said...

WOW, this is sooo coool. It doesn't even look like a photo, but a painting. GREAT JOB!!

Heather said...

Julie! I love it!!
Thanks for letting us know how you did it.
I seriously want to visit Montana even more now!
I haven't even seen the other before and afters but yours is my favorite already! :)

Melissa said...

You rock! I love it! Too bad the ol man wasn't there to shop around inside, what a fun little place to find!

Eileen said...

Love it Julie! So, I need to have a Q & A with you about Lightroom! Are you loving it? Is it easier than Elements? It looks like you still use Elements for some things though?

Not that I can afford Lightroom right now......when we're trying so hard to save money for our adoption trip, I get my first speeding ticket in like 20 years ($194!!!--it's a speed trap too I tell you. A brief little 35 MPH zone on a 50 MPH road) AND as of yesterday our dryer apparently suffered a career ending injury. Right now we have laundry hanging to dry on a clothes line and when Maya saw her underwear hanging in the breeze she about died.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

You TOTALLY need to send that picture to the owner of that little shop. I bet he/she would adore to have a copy!

Ashley Sisk said...

Wow - it looks like a postcard...absolutely incredible use of texture.

Rachel said...

Love, love, LOVE the edit! It has gobs of character!

Melis said...

Woah. That is BITCHIN. It looks like a freaking painting! Wow!

Sarah Halstead said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is amazing! You did a great job. Love it!

Sheri said...

Cracking up at Melis's comment! That is a fabulous edit!

Arizona Mamma said...

I want to go to Montana. Really. I've never been and when I was younger I used to say that I wanted to live there some day. Not sure what that was all about, but there you have it.

I love the picture! But then...I always love your pictures! I am not confused over the texture...it's the highpass filter that has me befuddled.

laney said...

you are amazing with your edits!! You pictures are so unbelieveably creative. It is sickening...in a good way. :) Love this picture!

Kelli said...

What a great transformation! I love it.

Sherri said...

Wow, that's awesome! Love the texture effect!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous I love the texture! the colors are so much prettier in the second. I wouldn't have thought to edit it that way!

Ewa said...

that edit turned out amazing, it's something else now, amazing!
it is like a postcard now :)

Katie said...

I LOVE it!!!! This could be a postcard. Love, love, love it!!!

In case you missed it when you were visiting, I'm starting a new photo challenge this Sunday called Scripture & A Snapshot, in case you're interested in joining in! :)

Tara said...

Amazing Julie! Perfect in every way.

AJ said...

Great edit and I love the texture!

Tiffany said...

Love the original, love the edit, love that you are back! Missed you!

Dana said...

Love the picture!! SOOO COOL!! Glad to see you back! I need to head on over to my blog and take care of it.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Wow Julie, love it! And...I actually understood SOME of what your were talking about. YAY!

I love Montana. Big Sky Country for sure. Actually...it's a lot like here!

Now I'm off to check out your tutorial :)

Michelle said...

Awesome! I'm not usually into 'grunge' but I LOVE this! =)

Courtney said...

Oh, LOVE! Really great edit, Julie!!!

Snapshotsofhappiness said...

You are the best at vintage edits and textures! This a super duper! In the before it looked dumpy but your edit is super inviting and I seriously want to go there! Great work as usual. :)

Lula Lola said...

Another masterpiece from the peanut gallery! I bet the owner would dearly love a copy of it! Glad to hear something from your corner of the world, lady! :D

The Empress said...

You made that picture become one that tells a story.

You are so talented.

Mama Monkey said...

I love this picture! It looks like an old postcard or painting :)

Stuff could always be worse said...

Glad to see you back, thanks for the tips on the beautiful photo!
kim

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

This looks like it couldn't be anything but a vintage antique photo. Perfection!

Brianne said...

Yay! So glad to see you back! ^_^ As usual I am BLOWN AWAY! This is a another would-be-AWESOME-print!!!!

Donna said...

This is so cool! And I bet it was super fun to edit too!

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Liz said...

that's the same picture?!? it looks like a painting! amazing, my friend.

Heidi said...

oooohhh, I want me some Montana Pottery now too! This is one AWESOME edit! Grungy never looked so good! And of little L-Boy and his daisy too. I love how you give the recipe, not that I have lightroom but so nice of you to give up all your secrets!

As always, THANKS for stopping by Jacks blog--always leaving such kind words for me :) AND dont get me wrong, I love all the normalcy too! I come here for my get-away! :) HUGS to your beautiful littleones today-
Heidi & Jack.

Amy said...

Ah, what an amazing edit! Thanks so much for sharing. Seeing edits like yours is what makes me really strive to improve my own editing skills.

Amy said...

I LOVE the edit! It did so much for that little pottery shop. I was one of the people going "Huh?", so I'll just enjoy looking at the pic...

Leanne said...

This is now my VERY FAVORITE one that I've seen of yours now!!! HOLY COW!!!! It looks absolutely awesome. You are BRILLIANT, lady!!! Just BRILLIANT!!!! ... so cool ... (I could go on and on) .... really really cool!

Seizing My Day said...

Sometimes I wish "my" potter would take a break!! snicker snicker! ;)

Beautiful analogy.. stunning photograph! Hope that squeezing provides you all with useful pieces of pottery in the end! ;)

Love Letters To China said...

Love this! It's amazing how you made that ordinary picture come to life.

I've been away from the blogland and reader for a week. I feel kinda lost. Sad to say, I know. Hope to start posting again soon. Just haven't been too motivated.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Mackenzie said...

Wow! This is an amazing edit! Truly transforms this picture into something absolutely spectacular!! Great job!

Hannah said...

Seriously AMAZING! Can you come to my house and teach me a few editing tricks? We could drink coffee and our two wild children could destroy the place.

On second thought I'll come to your house :)

Laura said...

Seriously your pictures amaze me every.single.time! Will you come to WI and take some family pictures for us? Please?

I hope you are doing well! Have a wonderful weekend! Oh and I hear it might be your birthday? If so then HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hope it's perfect! :)

Mackenzie said...

This edit still amazes me. Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left me on my blog! I truly appreciate the time you took to write me a comment!

Amy Sullivan said...

Love, love Montana, and I like your picture even better than the real thing!

Shandal said...

Just came over from Shannon's to say Happy Birthday! :) You have a cute blog over here! New follower! :)

Odie Langley said...

Hi Julie, My wife & I love to find places like that too and you did an awesome job with the transformation. Loved it a lot and again, Happy Birthday.
Odie

Manda said...

My goodness you have talent, girl... I love the after shot you created... looks like a weathered postcard. Too cool!

Jami said...

This is much brighter and clearer than the one I did recently with the torn paper thing. I am going to follow your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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