Monday, July 11

texture tuesday ~ in the pink

this week's texture tuesday challenge from kim klassen was: pink. she told us to think outside the box. which i had to do, as there is not a whole lot of pink floating around in my life here. i thought about bagging on texture tuesday. then i remembered the two rubbermaid totes full of thea's old ballet slippers and pointe shoes. years and years worth. taking the lid off that tote was sure a treat...phew.
from the audience a ballerina's feet may appear to be made of spun sugar, but i am here to tell you this is not the case. in real life those satin shoes are beat to a pulp, along with the feet that go in them. nothing pretty up close. serious work horses. but they were the only pink i had to work with~


first i used the watercolour filter on the background image, which gave it a subtle painterly look. i adjusted the brightness & contrast a bit, then added a pink warming filter at 59%. i placed a layer of kim's dusty rose texture on normal blend at 45% opacity. set a mask so i could erase some of the texture off the shoes. then placed a layer of kim's love in layers texture on soft light blend at 85%.

when i printed it out, i was surprised at how artsy it looked.
i liked it.

most of the folks who participate in kim's texture tuesday are pretty serious photographers. their work is stunning, and very inspiring. i am not a photographer, and many times after viewing all that beauty i wonder what in the world i am doing plugging my thumbnails in there with them. but, what the heck. it's making me use my new camera every week. i'm okay with not being ansel adams.
that said, please go view all the textural masterpieces of the week at kim klassen's texture tuesday!

29 comments:

  1. That is a lot of ballet shoes and what a spectacular take on pink! Very artsy and pretty!

    I used to feel that way, too, but I've learned a lot in only a short time and every one has been friendly and encouraging. Enjoy making your art and please continue to share :)

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  2. well I think your work is lovely, keep plugging your thumbnails I say, I really like these ballet slippers it is very artsy.

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  3. I really really like this, very creative you have been. I love how I can see how much the shoes are used. Beautiful work:)
    Greetings from Finland

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  4. You do beautiful work, love those ballets shoes.

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  5. This is one of the most interesting images I've seen today -- so much for not being "artsy" with your photography! Pictures need to have a story, I think, and you always do that brilliantly.

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  6. oh this turned out just gorgeous! love love love it! :)

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  7. Yep, love the shoes! (I watched the "Black Swan" the other day. Lots of pink ballerina shoes in that movie.)

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  8. A beautiful image ~ those ballet slippers are wonderful and lovely pink processing !!

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  9. Deb - great pink idea! I think you have captured the whole purpose behind TT - incentive to pick up the camera, regardless of where we are on the photography continuum.

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  10. Beautiful! It's a work of art:)

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  11. What a great choice for this week's theme. Even though it was your only pink it is fabulous!! My daughter took MANY years of ballet and she went through many pairs also, but I didn't save any except her very first ones.
    Beautiful collection you have there & perfect editing : )) Happy Tuesday

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  12. Just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to take Kim's SkinnyMini photoshop course!

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  13. Love the pink!!!! Just great.... :)

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  14. Wow...this came out incredible!!

    Hope your day is blessed...

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  15. Great idea and wonderful photo. Reminds me of my daughter's ballerina days.

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  16. Great work! The ballet slippers are a wonderful subject.

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  17. I'm so glad you added your thumbnail--this is just beautiful. I have an 11 year old ballerina granddaughter so this is especially meaningful to me.

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  18. Well, I'm no professional either, but it's always fun to get inspiration from others and I think your photo is "perfect" in fact it's perfectly pink...LOL! Fabulous job on editing and use of texture.

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  19. Are you kidding? Your photo came out gorgeous! Your interpretation, the way you laid it out, and then the texture work on top of it - it is so painterly and artistic! Beautiful.

    I was so surprised when I looked in my mailbox tonight and saw this GORGEOUS CARD!!!! What a treat!!! Thank you SO MUCH for thinking of me and making my day! Oh and you know how much I love my mermaids and fishies, too! (((((BIG HUG)))) XO

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  20. Lovely creative work as always, Deb :) Great take on the challenge -- love the whole shoe idea! And, yes you are TOO a photographer -- your images are always wonderful and a joy to view :)

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  21. I think this is amazing! It looks like a painting! :)

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  22. I love the effect! Beautiful. I also received your awesome postcard yesterday - thank you! xxoo

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  23. Oh my gosh you nailed this Deb, this is brilliant you toe dancer you!
    AND
    ahem
    You ARE a photographer amongst so many other talents!

    Thank you for the surprise in the mail, it is even more beautiful in person!!!
    You Rock!
    oxo

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  24. I love it. The photo is great and probably lots and lots of memories flooded back when you opened the tote to get the picture. Wonderful.

    ~hugs 'n smiles~
    Peabea from Texture Tuesday

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  25. It`s a fabulous shot and your thumbnail should be looking right at home in Texture Tuesday. I found you through Artsee Bloggers and so glad I did.

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  26. Well worn. Many hours of dancing depicted there. Good job. Nice photo.

    Lou

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  27. You join in because you have some serious talent, and because when you post about it, it gives people like me hope...
    xo
    lynn
    p.s. I got the most amazing postcard today, and it made my month!!!!!!!

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  28. Hello Deb! I think your photograph is truly lovely and reminds me so of my own dancing daughter with her many hued toe shoes. I have to tell you I enjoyed your clean sheet story on my blog. I made my childrens bed every morning until they left home. I believed it was the very last thing I could do for them as a Mom and so enjoyed the task. Baby blankets not put away, you are my kind of mom! Elizabeth

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