I have only the one theme left for the month of March! I’ve struggled with this one because I am uncomfortable with the word “blessing” as it is not a word I commonly use as it usually has a religious connotation. So I looked up the meaning of “blessing” to see if the photos I took last night couldn’t work for me in some way, and here it is — “Blessing: Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being…”
Last night we went with friends for a ride out in the desert for wine and cheese, to watch the sunset and then watch the full moon rise. Simply an awesome evening, certainly one that contributed to our well-being.
Top Photo: Minimum processing. Added a luminosity layer in PSE. (We loved looking at all the jet contrails in the sky while we imagined the travelers and their destinations.)
Middle photo: This is actually 2 photos. The photo of the wine glasses & wine bottle had a blown out sky. So I made another layer with one of the (many) sunset photos. I then turned down its transparency and “erased” the wine bottle, glasses and table (with its contents). I actually tried a few other things, but this is what I settled on.
Bottom photo: My “Van Gogh” Moon Shot: Since I don’t (yet) have a tripod, it was very difficult to get a photo of this beautiful scene. A Saguaro Cactus with a glorious full moon coming over the mountains. I decided to work on this image to make it something more than just a badly exposed night shot. I adjusted levels in one layer; did a High Pass Overlay (86% transparency) in another; and then copied the levels-adjusted layer and added a Chrome filter to at 15% transparency.