Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Black and White Wednesday - "Two Chinese Princesses"

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And....they're mine!!

How did I get so lucky?

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For Lisa's Black and White Wednesday, I thought I'd mess around with some Gaussian Blur in Photoshop. And wow, I had fun. My paint brushes may get a little jealous.

the long road

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These shots were taken at a recent birthday party and I snapped them quickly (very) with the only background I could find where no one was standing or playing. Dahlia and Milana were surrounded by a chain link fence and the cement of an elevated patio. Not an ideal background so Lisa's workshop instructions came in very handy.

I still have oodles to learn but some of it is slowly sinking in.

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Happy Wednesday gentle readers!


Mary Lou said...

Beautiful girls and photos. I love the blur.

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, those are beautiful cheongsams you got for the girls! They do look like sweet princesses in their outfits and their parasols. :)

justinegordon said...

very pretty and I love the softening around them

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

cool editing!

Kayce said...

Very cool shot!

Just Me said...

Very pretty girls and lovely photos capturing them. Wonderful editing.

Lisa said...

What an incredible effect ~ the blur gives them the illusion of floating or a slight heavenly cast!! I am loving what you are doing!

AND since they ARE angels, through & through, I think that's just right!!!!


Denise said...

I love me some blur too Wanda...great shots!!

Ellie said...

Very artistic :) They look like a painting - a beautiful Asian painting!!!

EB said...

Stunning girls and beautiful soft look!

Erika B

JinXiu said...

simply stunning

love the effect and edit

Your girls are georgous

Marla said...

Cool shots! They do look like they're in a painting!

Anonymous said...

The girls are beautiful! I love their dresses too!

Your summer in review for I heart faces is excellent! You must have put a lot of work into your collages - they are so beautiful.

Courtney said...

These are too cute! Truly lovely!

Gail said...

These are beautiful Wanda! They certainly are princesses, I agree. I love how you're getting into PS's pretty addicting isn't it?


Love Letters To China said...

Love these photos Wanda. I tried commenting last night, but blogger was not cooperating. I think we're on the same page with photography these days. I can't wait to get my hands on some new PS knowledge. I have such mixed feelings about using the software. I don't want to go overboard and not recognize what the original was meant to look like. I love the fact you made these pictures look more appealing by blurring out the not so good looking background. I might need to try this with some of my mishaps.

Have a wonderful day my friend!


Mama Hen said...

Wanda these pictures are angelic! They are beautiful! Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful comments. My daughter is still pretty sick and it has been really touh for me to see. I really appreciate your prayers and blog hugs! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Audrey @ said...

What great photos it does look like its a painting. thanks for stopping by

Mama Zen said...

Very cool!

Hannah said...

The editing on these pictures is beautiful! Your girls are both beautiful and so are photos. I hope you are having a great week!

Donna said...

Pretty soon, you'll be able to extract them and place them in any scene you wish: on a surfboard, riding a camel, standing in front of the pyramids! The possibilities are endless! You may never pick up a paintbrush again (but that would be a real shame)


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Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Gorgeous Wanda! They are so beautiful....... and yes, I would say those paint brushes are going to be getting jealous with all of your new photoshop skills!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend~



Mama Hen said...

I love these pictures Wanda! Thank you for your comment! My daughter ate, drank and played today. I was so happy! I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good night!

Mama Hen

Jinnia Low said...

These pictures are beautiful! I love the softening effect around your daughters, they are lovely!

Our family said...

I literally gasped when I saw these pics!!!! Absolutely stunning!


Valerie said...

Wanda, I just caught up with all your recent posts (you put me to shame) I love all the pictures from your summer, to flowers, to the wonderful art you are creating with your newly polished skills.

The pictures of Dahlia's school days really emphasize how fast the time goes and what a truly short time they stay with us before they are on their own.

Beauty is everywhere on your blog.

Love V

Mama Hen said...

I gave you an award my friend! You deserve it Wanda! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

Wanda I had a tough time commenting and adding links to my post. It took a couple of hours and then I had to walk away and spend time with my daughter. She is still sick, but now she has a very bad cold in her chest, which she did not have during the two weeks of stomach sickness. Now she has a fever. The poor thing is run daown from it I guess. I just want her to feel beyyet already. Have a great day my friend!

Mama Hen

Mama Hen said...

Oh that is great! Nice typo - beyyet! Anyway, I hope she will feel better soon.

Mama Hen

Mahmee said...

Very cool!

Mahmee said... post's 'security' word verfication was 'hideho' There has to be a joke (or 10!) in there somewhere. ha!

Casey said...

Adorable girls!!! And very cool editing!

Dita said...

so, I FINALLY made it over to your I have missed it here. Please forgive me! I have been so sidetracked with life these days that it is really cutting into my BLOG TIME!

You are so funny...paintbrushes getting jealous...i can just see it. You're so creative, you put me to shame but I sure do love what you come up with! I would have never guessed that background was anything but pristine!

What gorgeous princesses they are, indeed!

I miss you.