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TEXTURE LESSON: ~ View On Black dedicated May 28, 1968.


Both of my parents were teachers, so I discovered early, that sometimes those who teach are in a position to learn the most. That feels like a fairly truthful sentiment to me. I like to teach others as I learn so much in doing so. “What goes around, comes around,” that sort of thing.


Part of the wonder of Flickr is finding such exquisite imagery created by so many artistic, skilled and creative photogs/artists. Another part of the Flickr magic is the inspiration I receive from viewing and studying their works. Then there’s the good part: the opportunity to either try to figure out what they did and how, or conversing with them and getting some tips as to the techniques used.


All of this helps me to grow as an artist: giving me more to use and share with others.


These Flickr artists are not sharing their secrets for me to steal, as there are no secrets to steal in this artist’s life of ours – not the way I see it, anyway. They are sharing their spirits.


One may steal a technique, but one cannot steal the art that comes from the soul or spirit of another. I can only take some of the brush strokes from their hands and see what becomes of them in mine. And when this is done with the artist’s permission and aid, as one learns with the aid of one’s teachers, my wellspring of individuality and depth grows. Is this not how humanity has developed?


Master Paul Grand; masterful artist, possessed of superb vision, sublime spirit, exquisite imagery, unerring instincts.


He wrote a short tutorial on his texture work. It was an epiphany for me. It was short, direct and to the point – with examples. All of these damn photo textbooks should be so succinct and direct. Thank you, Paul. I used ihis lesson on this new image above.


“For this misty mountain top landscape,

I used just two flypaper textures,

Raw Linen @ Linear burn setting 46% and opacity at 63%

although I liked it, I didn't need the texture, so I blurred it with Gaussian blur for a smooth finish.

Necropolis was used in Overlay @ 55%, Opacity 56%”


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A most elegant, stylish treatment that worked wonderfully for me. I have now added another, subtle, layer technique to my texture work and style.


I thought I’d share it with you flickr guys who see this. Photographed at Barney’s, Channel Lake Boathouse, Sept. 2009.


I used two differing textures courtesy of artbychrysti:

Handmade natural paper:


Cotton journal paper:


As Paul quickly showed, there is much one can do with “blending options, blending modes, % of use and % opacity, and color sliders” either as top layers or under layers.


Wandering about with Carl: he fished, I photographed - he didn't catch anything, but I got this. :-) . Exposure set for -1/3 reading on sky, with hand-held flash - held off camera- (with soft cover filter) for ramp and pole fill. Fill flash moved left, right, up, down.

Tatiana (foreground) and her son, Jack.

“What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.”



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Life lessons from nature..... trust that the right path will be there.


Photographed last autumn in the Harrison Park swannery in Owen Sound, Ontario

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Permission given to heidi.knutson to paint it.

Let go of the past...

Trust the future...

Embrace change...

Come out of the cocoon...

Unfurl your wings...

Dare to get off the ground...


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our kids. they make us who we are .

it's a beautiful circle.


...learning lessons.

life lessons.

wouldn't change this dance for anything in the world


quick hike thru Jumbo Rocks this day.

Life Lessons


You may have thought I didn't see,

Or that I hadn't heard,

Life lessons that you taught to me,

But I got every word.


Perhaps you thought I missed it all,

And that we'd grow apart,

But Dad, I picked up everything,

It's written on my heart.


Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be

The man I am today;

You built a strong foundation

No one can take away.


I've grown up with your values,

And I'm very glad I did;

So here's to you, dear father,

From your forever grateful kid.


By Joanna Fuchs

Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it...Everyday life lessons

“We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons are painful, some are painless.. but, all are priceless.” - Unknown




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― Leo Tolstoy


Day 53

I have used this quote before, but I come back to it over and over because it reminds me that this is what life means. changing.growing. being aware that I need to appreciate what this moment brings and not be upset about those moments that I can't.

I tell myself this alot.

THIS is a moment and it to shall pass.

Give in, accept, and move on.


It has been an important lesson in my life. To accept what it is, to move through the changes and appreciate what I have, in the moment I have them.

Those who know me well, know that I don't often do change well.

At one time in my life I did. I thrived on change, excitement, spur of the moment actions and decisions. spontaneous.

I still like to think I'm spontaneous, I WANT to be that person, but you know what, I'm not person anymore, and it is ok. Life has been lived, changes occurred, and right now, I'm happy right here, in my own space.


I don't know how I got on this little talk.

I think it began when I needed that quote today. ha.

Oh, and also when I looked at this image, I had processed it late yesterday and I loved it. However this morning when I went to load it, I looked at it and realized that if I were to process this right now, it would not look like this at all.

I love how my mood, how the moment and time can totally change how I look and feel about my images.

I *ALMOST* reprocessed this morning, but I"m leaving it. I love it for what it meant yesterday. :)

end of talk.



“There's a lesson for life for you: never give up the punt for the pole.” Hope and Glory

The Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS), founded in 1974, is a non-profit Christian organization based in Victoria, British Columbia, which provides sail training and life lessons for 1,700 young people each year on tall ships and provides a valued link to area's maritime heritage. Pacific Grace was built at the S.A.L.T.S. Heritage Shipyard in Victoria, launched in October 1999 and commissioned in May 2001. She is based on the Grand Banks fishing schooner Robertson II, which the society operated from 1974 to 1995. After two seasons of coastal sailing, she departed in September 2003 on her first offshore voyage: down the coast to Costa Rica, west to Galapagos and Pitcairn, and back through the Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands. From June 2007 to June 2008, she made a longer voyage, to the South Pacific, calling at: Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Okinawa, Shanghai, Osaka, Hawaii. Information from their website. The mountain range in the background is part of the Olympic Mountain Range in Washington state, 18 miles from Victoria across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

― Virginia Woolf


Day 142

I have used this quote before, but sometimes I need a little reminding that no matter what comes my way, what comes the way of my friends and family, that it is all about making adjustments, and being ok with the pieces.

Making your own peace with the day as it comes.

It's a life long lesson.


2009.12.31 - journey on black


“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” ~Don Williams, Jr. quotes


Thank you everyone for your time and support... this year was a crazy one but happy I felt loved in flickrville... see you next year, another journey...=D


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!... my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010!....cheers...

And now, follow you own path and ideas, try new things and learn lessons from the past !


Be strong, raise your head and nothing will resist you !


It's time to be Yourself, and start a totally new Life ♥

“I may not have avoided certain wounds in my life, but I still appreciate those scars because they are a constant reminder of my victories.”

―Gugu Mona

When I look back on my life, I see pain, mistakes and heart ache, when I look in the mirror I see strength, learned lessons and pride in myself


7DWF : Crazy Tuesday Theme 08/08/2017 "Yellow & Black"


Thanks to everyone who takes the time to view, comment, and fave my photos.

That feeling of waiting for an unknown length of time is torture in itself.


Another in my "Dementia" style XD


I know a lot of people will be like "It's too dark", "up the contrast!" or "i can't make out what that is". Well photography is about capturing life. No matter what it is, in the end that s the soul of photography. Whether the image is taken with a 15 megapixel camera or a 5 megapixel camera. Whether it is blurry, sharp, dark, bright, sepia or monotone, you have captured something and have presented to people in a way only you saw it.


Anyway enough with the life lesson, tell me what you think!


No HDR :D I'm not a fan of that stuff. I used the brush tool on her body to amplify the shadows and lights. I think i've become quite capable with the brush tool XD


Best viewed in black so:


View On Black


Thank you everyone for your comments and ratings! I highly appreciate them and again i thank each and every one of you!


Docter-Wetzlar Agomar 90mm f2.8 MC


Good lessons for life. Five life lessons

It is impossible to be happy if you always compare yourself with others. You are doing unloved work and focusing on past failures. will give into your attention Good lessons for life which we learn too late.


Our perception...

Life-Lesson Nr. 9742. : autumn nights can be coooold...

"“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


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"You spend your whole life just to remember the sound

When the world was brighter, before we learned to dim it down

Call it survival, call it the freedom of will

Where breath is our own, our compass needle standing still"


I got a headache after this.


When a Bird is alive... it eats Ants,

When the Bird is Dead... Ants eat the Bird!


Time & Circumstances can change at any time...!

Don't devalue or Hurt anyone in life.

You may be powerful today.. But Remember,

Time is more powerfull than you!!!


one tree makes a million match sticks...

but when time comes..

only one match stick is needed... to burn million of trees!!


So be Good and do Good...


Life has many lessons to teach you, one is to let go. She's a part of your history but not your destiny. Some people can't stay in your life, only in your heart.

I am shocked. Today my dream about Flickr as a place full of friends disappeared :´( one of my favourite contacts here is high probably a faker... just cannot believe that! Maybe some of you may now him Fluffy, Icefox, Woija, ***christina***... - so here we go with the latest news: ***FLUFFFFF***.(well this account has been dleted either....)


Hope that the rest of you are really the persons I think you are and the photos I adore are truly yours... ;-)

Have a nice day!

A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well. - Dan Rather -. Find us at SIAJNAD.COM

Leçon n°18 : miser sur l'effet de la mèche (L'Oréal)


Un p'tit tour guidé des autres leçons


Having some fun while roleplaying :) Please visit Belacort Manor and enjoy the roleplay!


Visit this location at .: Belacort Manor :. [ SOFT OPENING ] in Second Life

for Macro Mondays theme of "Broken": Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

lesson learned: nature will prevail


sigh.. i hope the creator i spoke to today learns a lesson in customer service...

i hope something happens to change my day because, right now.. i just have to get a way from SL for the day... at least.

Take time to stop and smell the agapanthus.


:copyright: 2017 Kevin G. Smay

This is a tribute to my Mother and a Reflection of my Life.


First off, My Mother has Cancer.


My Mother and I have never had a relationship,not a healthy one. ...BUT she is my Mother and I respect that. There was abuse of all sorts and foster care and many lessons that NO Child should learn. My Mother had a rough life but took it out on US. Therefore my reflections are on the GOOD things that have come out of this.....I have made my life a better place for ME and did what I could for my brothers and sister.


They chose to live the life they have and are Bitter. I chose to move on and get help and then help others.....that made me the person that I am today. I think that I turned out pretty good and I am proud of who I am.


My mother's cancer is terminal now and they have called in the rest of the family. My Aunt called and told me that "Self Preservation" is the best option and I have choices.

To see my Mother and feel the pain all over again and say that I saw her or to what???

pretend that nothing goes on and let the Guilt fester....or Let Go and Let God.


I think right now I will Let Go and Let God take over.


My Mother Passed away on Saturday,January 23/10.

I got to spend some time with her at the hosptal.

The thing I Will remember is she was drifting in and out of a sleep. She had a Betty Boop Doll that she loved at the hospital. I noticed that she was awakening so I covered Betty Boop's eyes with her hands and when my Mother woke up...I said"Look who is here Mom....Peek a Boo' and took Boops hands away from the eyes. The smile on my Mother's face was Priceless. I will remember that always.

We may not have been close during life but in the end...all was good.

Love You Mom and God Be With You.


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Life lesson: If you want it to rain, water your garden.



Everyday is a lesson learned. Blogged at - Life Lesson.

every line on my face is a place and a memory

the mistakes that I've made... the hard lessons I carry.

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