Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday encore ~ Mon petite fleurs and a few thoughts on Photoshop

Daffodil, Rosebud and Snapper do not get their fair share of time on this blog. I will try to do better in that regard. In the meantime, here's a post from November 2009 to assuage my guilt.

The feline bouquet was arranged for dinner.

Daffodil sat atop the washer, looking like the prim and polite pile of purr she pretends to be:

Rosebud relaxed on the dryer, with her one big ear and one little ear (a story for another time), 
staring soulfully into my eyes.

Snapper (officially Snapdragon) snarled while he waited for me to snag his dinner and stop snapping pictures:

The lighting was perfect, and the felines were looking their expressive best, save for the yucky white appliances, the electric cords, and the not-so-flattering paint color on the walls behind them.

Enter Photoshop.

Applying textures in Photoshop seems to be all the rage these days, so I thought I'd give it a try. I like what this texture* does to these images. Almost makes me want to repaint the laundry room.

Photoshop is to today's digital photographer what the darkroom was to yesterday's film photographer – a tool to make a good photograph better, or to express or enhance one's style. I use it all the time, if for no other reason than to remove the specks that show up in the sky because I neglected to clean the camera lens.

*Texture is courtesy of Jessica Drossin Photography , via the MCP Actions site. Thank you, Jessica and Jodi.


  1. NICE! I have Photoshop Elements and have never learned how to use it properly. Replacing an entire background? WOW.... looks great and I can only hope for the day I know how to do that.


  2. I remember that post, although I dont ever remember hearing about the tiny ear.

  3. So that's how you can make your super photographs fantastic!

    Beautiful cats!!!

  4. Mom definitely doesn't use Photoshop to it's fullest capacity, but she loves looking at pictures from people who know what they are doing! Great photos!!!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby (the Hippobottomus)

  5. Ahhh, there's the Kitties ! More please. I'm not really a Cat person, but fair is fair.

    P.S. Saw your entry on "Western Shirts". You should have been no less than second. The "winner" badly needed Photoshop, at least the straighten tool. A cutesy sign does not a good photo make !

  6. I haven't read Rosebud's story yet, but she sure looks like an interesting personality. Is Snapper really as growly as you describe?

    And...I can't help myself; I'm a French teacher--and PLEASE feel free to ignore this--but to be correct, the title should be mes petites fleurs. (Oh Lord, I hope I didn't do this to you last time you posted this...)

  7. I know absolutely nothing about photoshop...but your cats are BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm jealous-I want a cat so bad.

  8. They do need equal time! They are so pretty.

  9. Congratulations to you and Hank! I think it should've been 1st place though.

  10. Gagging up a hairball one moment please..***ack***ack***gack***

    You have beautiful kitties!!!

  11. Great job! Love the photoshop background!!!

    Petra Christensen
    Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
    Parelli Central