What is the point of having photographs if I don't do anything with them. I am trying to focus on the things I care about more thanks to a tweet from David Schlesinger (stonemirror on twitter.) Photography is definitely one of the things I care greatly about. I have since I was a young girl. I didn't realize it but I overheard my mother telling a friend that I was always asking to use her camera. I didn't remember that but I did love taking pictures. She bought me my first SLR, a used one, when I was about fourteen. For my sixteenth birthday she surprised me with a brand new SLR. That was probably the best gift I have ever received. Thanks mom for nurturing my love of photography. I love being in the darkroom, but with digital I am loving the digital darkroom and image editing software. I haven't played with it near enough as of late. My camera is still on the fritz and I've been borrowing my son's digital point and shoot. I still don't have a digital SLR but it is on my wish list.
What I want to do now is spend some time on all the photos I have stored. I want to spend time learning different photo editing techniques and build up a portfolio of images. The above image I wanted to have a sort of vintage feel. Thanks to Nasos3 for his free texture images. I desaturated the original photo and applied this texture as an overlay and then further tweaked the levels, hue and saturation until I liked what I saw. I haven't decided if I am satisfied that this is the final image. I am feeling like it is a little dark. What do you think? Also, thank you to Paxton Prints for some great tutorials and more awesome free textures that I can't wait to try out. Do any of you photographers out there have any links to favorite tutorial sites?
Since it is early Monday morning I should probably go to sleep soon. Have a great week.