Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More Fall and Roses

Ok, so I know I just posted about Fall and water, but these were so pretty, I just had to post them.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Water Droplets

While I am in need of a macro lens, I can still get pretty close up pictures. It's been raining on and off today, and I took these pictures while there was a lag in it (Getting your camera wet is definitely not good) I thought they turned out pretty well, don't you think?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Animal Photo Contest

I'm entering a contest over at Photo Freak

Here are my entries!

I know I've already posted some of these, so sorry!

Friday, September 24, 2010


In Our Own Backyard

My brother loves WWII, and has dozens things from Vision Forum's surplus. To him, nothing is more fun than playing army all afternoon; and to me, nothing is more fun than taking the pictures. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photo Contest!

I'm a very impatient person; I hate waiting for anything!
So, because of that, I've decided to go ahead and have the photo contest!

The theme is Fall; what, to you, means fall? Pretty leaves, acorns, etc.
The contest will end October 1 at 12 PM, Eastern time (North America). I'll then post the results on the 3rd.
You will can enter up to four pictures, and they can be edited or left plain. Just post the links in the comments!
Also, spread the word and take the button on my side bar to put on your blog!
There will be a first, second, and third place winner; I'll also pick five honorable mentions!

And, since a post wouldn't be complete without a photo,


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another Tag!

I got tagged again by Liz Darcy! I just chose to do one of the tags though, not both.

(1) Top 3 Authors: 
        1. Christopher Paolini
        2. Catherine Marshall
        3. Kristina Gregory

(2) Top 3 male characters:
       1. Dr. Neil MacNeil (Christy) 
       2. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
       3. Daniel Jackson (Stargate)

(3) Top 3 female characters
      1. Christy (Christy)
      2. Emma (Emma)
      3. Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: DS9)

(4) Top 20 fictional books: 

     1. Christy
     2. Eragon
     3. Eldest
     4. Brisingr
     5. The Prairie River Series
     6. Pictures of Hollis Woods
     7. Enchantress from the Stars
     8. Doctor Who Books (there are a whole lot)
     9. The Lost Books Series
     10. The Prairie River Series
     11. Ruby
     12. Doctors in Petticoats
     13. The Bride Bargain
     14. Hmmmmm...can't think of any other favorites right now, I must just add to later

(5) Top 3 books most recently read
     1. Brisingr
     2. The Forgotten Army (Doctor Who)
     3. Christy

(6) 3 Worst books ever read
     1. Calico Bush
     2. The Shining Company
     3. Graceling (very inappropriate book; it had a good story line, then...she had no reason to put that kind of thing in the story.)

(7) Top 5 scenes from any books:
     1. When Christy waked up after being sick and sees...I won't say anymore in case someone out there hasn't finished the book (Christy)
     2. When Hollis realizes her foster family really wants her (Pictures of Hollis Woods)
     3. When Beth decides to marry Alex even though she hasn't even known him for a month (Doctors in Petticoats)
     I can't think of anymore, although I know there are

(8) The book(s) that made me cry the most: 

     The only book I've ever cried on is Bridge to Terabithia

(9) The books that made me laugh the most:
     I don't think I've ever laughed at a book

(10) The books that made me feel good the most at the end: 
     1. Christy, definitely
     2. Pictures of Hollis Woods
     3. Doctors in Petticoats

(11) Contemporary or Historical? It depends; probably historical

(12) Science fiction, Fantasy or Horror? Sci-fi, no doubt

(13) Hardback, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback? Ummm...does it matter?

(14) Barnes and Noble or amazon? It depends on if I want a cheap price or instant gratification

(15) Bookmark or Dog ear? Seriously, people dog ear? Bookmark

(16) Alphabetize by Author, Alphabetize by title or no organization whatsoever? I organize by type, and then put          

       the series together

(17) Keep, Throw Away, or Sell? Keep...what exactly?

(18) Little Women or Anne of Green Gables? Ummmm...no preference

(19) Short Story or Novel? Both

(20) Stop Reading when tired or chapter breaks? If I really hate the book, chapter breaks; if it's one I'm devouring, I     

      read until I fall over

(21) "It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"? "It was a dark and stormy night"

(22) Buy or borrow? It depends

(23) Standalone or series? Both are good, although some series seem to draw it out a bit

(24) Tidy Ending or Cliff Hanger? Hmmm...if there's a series, cliff hangers are fine, but if it's like the end of the 
     story forever, definitely tidy endings

You don't have to participate if you don't want to 
I tag...

and anyone else who wants to!

Brownie Batter

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flexi-8 Giveaway

AmandaBeth is giving away two of these wonderful hair accessories at her blog.


Yeah, I'm up to 5 followers!! I've decided that when I get up to ten, I'm going to host my first photo contest! So hurry and get it up to 10!
Also, a picture:

Saturday, September 11, 2010


A new tag from Liz Darcy. Thanks Liz!

#1 As far as books go, do you like historical-fiction, or fantasy best? Hmmmm....it's a tie
#2 What's your favorite color? I don't think I have a favorite color. I like vintage colors a lot, though
#3 What color is your tooth-brush? Blue with a little white
#4 Do you like the country, or do you like the city? the country
#5 Do you like Summer, or Winter? I like winter; I can't stand the heat
#6 Who do you think is the best character in, "The Chronicles of Narnia" series? Hmmmm, I'd have to say Susan

#7 Do you think these questions are random, or do you think they have a point? Random

#8 Do you have a phobia of any sorts? I hate small spaces

#9 Do you like the library, or would you rather be shopping? Library, without a doubt

#10 Do you have a friend who's first name starts with either, E, F, J, O, Q, U, W, X, Y, Z? No

I tag:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Tag!!

Liz from Liz Darcy tagged me! Thanks so much Liz!! Here are her questions:

1-What's your favorite Jane Austen heroine? Anne Elliot

2-Blue or pink? Pink

3-Sneakers, crocs, or flip-flops? Flip-flops

4-Board games or video games? Board games

5-Letters or email? Email

6-Susan or Lucy? Susan

7-Emma or Pride & Prejudice?(Movie) Emma

8-Bunny, dog, cat, or bird? Dog

9-Ponytail, headband, pulled-back, in a bun, or down? In a bun

10-Romance, mystery, history, drama, or comedy? Either mystery or history (didn't intend for it to rhyme)

Ok, and now here are my questions:

1. Crochet, cross-stitch, or knit?

2. Dark chocolate or milk?

3. A sci-fi, historical, or romance movie?

4. Hand writing or typing?

5. Biking or walking?

6. Old Testament or New?

7. A book set in the 1800's or 1700's?

8. Your favorite heroine and where she's from?

9. Your favorite hero and where he's from?

10. Your favorite author?

I tag Carrie and Meghan.

Random Photos

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Beginning of Fall

I'm so glad Fall is finally (almost) here!! So, to encourage it a bit, a few "Fall-ish" photos:

...And Again...

Ok, so I wasn't really a fan of my name switch, so I got my Mom's permission to use my middle name instead, Christine.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Something Beautiful Photo Contest

Rachel's having another photo contest! The theme is flowers and you're supposed to tell how you edited them. Just so I don't have to repeat myself, all the pictures will be edited in PSE8 So, here are my entries:

Ok, this one I ran an action on that I got from CoffeShop (see blog list on the side) called Autum Glow. After that, I flattened the image, added my watermark, and flattened it again. 

I didn't do anything to this one except add the watermark

I used the quick selection tool to highlight the isolate the bloom and leaf, and then selected the inverse. I then desaturated it a bit, and selected in the inverse again, so I was back to where I started. I saturated the bloom a bit more, and then deselected it. I tweaked the levels a bit, and added my watermark. 

This one's a bit longer.
First, I tweaked the levels. Then I duplicated my main image, set the layer to multiply, and merged the two. I then duplicated the layer again and used Gaussian Blur on the duplicate at 20%. I then set the blurry image to 50% opacity. I then duplicated the blurry layer and set the layer on screen, at 50%. The effect of the multiply, which darkens, and the screen, which lightens, gives you the light bloom dark background look. The blurring gives it a somewhat surreal look that works really well with glowers. Finally, I flattened the image, added my watermark, and flattened again. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Drought!

I need to apologize for the drought of pictures lately! I've been feeling quite uninspired of late, and haven't taken many pictures. Any suggestions for photo subjects?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New User Name,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm changing my user name (and watermark) from Fanny to HC Christine.
Also, a new picture:

Daily Quote #5

"You do not think of your feet when you walk. 
Likewise, become so accustomed to your camera that it's function
 becomes an extension of yourself."