Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Swirly Brushes Galore!!

Do you have a Goggle Reader? It is by far the best thing I have done lately. I get to follow all of the cool sites I like by going to my reader that has it's own tab when I open Firefox. So as I was going through the post I follow from today I came across this wonderful post from Dezignus. It is called a floral brush mega set. It can also be used for commercial use. Yippee!! :)
So go and check it out... click on the RSS button and set up your Goggle Reader. Add the reader as a tab when you open your browser. You won't be sorry!!

And because I feel the need to post an image... here ya go.
The Camera Club I am in has a theme each month. This month is was completely open to your best shot of the month. Now I was positive I was going to use one of my beach sunsets but I took this in my backyard a couple of days ago and I like it so much. This will be my image of the month. =)
What do you think?

butterfly image

Enjoy the brushes!
It looks like they were supplied by Vector Lady. Leave her a thank you!
Happy Wednesday.
~kimi~

Edit: Sorry I should have added the shot info.
ISO 200, F 5.6, shutter 1/3200. I was using my 18-200 lens and it was zoomed out to 200mm.
Truthfully I didn't do much to the image. I did a small levels adjustment, used the levels mask and mask back in the white areas so they weren't blown out. I dodged the top of the left orange flower and the orange spot on his antennae. Then burned around the edges so he was the lightest spot in the image. I also ran a noise removal filter. I will admit, I have a dodge and burn layer on all of my images.
To do this... create a new layer, go to edit fill and choose 50% gray from the drop down menu. This will give you a gray layer. Change the blend mode to overlay. Label one dodge and one burn. Choose your burn tool to darken and dodge to lighten. Use highlights for the dodge and midtones for the burn tool, you want a soft edge brush and the brush strength set to only around 15%. (these settings are in your top tool bar)

27 comments:

Sunny Archibald said...

Love the shot!

Jeanann said...

great picture.

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic shot. Definitely worth submitting. l live close to a Butterfly garden and I have never come close to such a great butterfly capture Congratulations on this one. Did I miss the Chocolate Recipe. I don't pay as much attention to what is going on in the summer heat.

GT Cindy said...

Isn't Mother Nature beautiful. Great shot!

kimi kreations said...

No the chocolate recipe is still coming. :)

LeLe said...

GORGEOUS!!

Laura said...

Gorgeous photo!

Cherri said...

Oh my goodness, that is a cool shot. You are doing great with all of your endeavors Kimi. I wanna grow up to be like you.....

Tina said...

Wow, and double Wow, that picture is beautiful!!!

mer/maarie said...

So beautiful. It is a great submission. (just a great photograph)

smiles aka Shari said...

Kimi, it an absolute winning shot!! Beautiful image! Thanks for the heads up on the swirl brushes!

Deb P. said...

Oh my GOSH!!! That is an awesome photo! The butterfly just POPS off the paper.

Debra said...

Oh my goodness, what a shot! I love how the butterfly has the same color orange in it, as the flower. This photo is AMAZING!

luvtknpics said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Which lens did you use? Care to share?

jillconyers said...

I can see why you posted that shot for your image of the month. Awesome!

Thank you for the brush link! I've been playing with making my own swirl brushes but it's coming along a little slow.

Roe said...

Oh, Kimi, this is magnificent!!!!

Debby said...

Stunning!

Julie L. said...

Kimi--that shot is amazing! Good choice!!

do those swirly brushes work with PSE, too? Didn't want to download if I can't use them...

Thank you!

kimi kreations said...

Julie... they should work fine in PSE. Almost all abr. files will work in CS or Elements. The secret is to unzip the file. When I first started out. I couldn't understand why my brushes wouldn't work. But I was not unzipping the folder all of the way.

Barbara said...

beautiful Kim

marcie said...

Stunning picture. I love the colors and the composition.

Thanks for sharing the brush link!

Mickee said...

This is so beautiful!

Rosie said...

Beautiful image.

YayaOrchid said...

Kimi, that photo is amazing! Award winning caliber, I would say. Someday I hope to get into photography, and I hope I can learn more neat stuff from you.

And thank you for the heads up on the brushes. They really are nice.

MKC said...

Thanks for sharing!

Jonni said...

I was just looking for some swirl brushes, so thank you so much.

Your butterfly image is wonderful! Can't wait to hear what the camera club thinks of it. I know they will love it. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Anonymous said...

inspirational.