Since discovering some new photo apps, I’ve been spending (too much) time experimenting.  For years I have used Photoshop Elements and then last year I moved up to Photoshop CC. I still have a lot to learn about that latter one.

These pictures of the dahlia garden were taken last fall at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY.  I edited the first photo a bit in Photoshop Elements-brightening it up and blurring the background, then on my Android, I manipulated it with the PhotoDirector app, using a grunge effect. Fun! 2016-03-07-12-44-44

In this second photo, the background was changed  to black and white in Elements and the colors of the flower and bud were saturated slightly.


The third photograph wasn’t touched up too much. I just cropped, brightened it a little, and blurred the background.  I like the blur tool!


Some free photo apps that I use :

PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS – a camera and editing app

PICSART  – a photo editing app that I use for making grids with multiple photographs

SNAPSEED – for  photo editing on your mobile

VSCO – a camera, editing and photo sharing app. I just added this, but haven’t really checked it out yet.

I know some people who really like CAMERA+, a camera and editing app for iPhones.  I have an Android, so can’t say.

I do find I’m using my digital camera less and less and my “phone” more and more, especially now that I have all these apps to help make my photos look so good!

I know there are so many apps to choose from. Are there any others for photo editing that anyone would recommend?



FlwrBsktPrintFinally back at work on some new collages.  This is a digital piece, all done on the computer, using much of the old books pages, letters and images I’ve been collecting and scanning.  The flower basket is a black and white image that I hand colored.  Hope you like it!   Oh, and I’m having some blank notecards made with this design, as well as an 8″ x 10″ print ready for framing – they’ll be available for sale soon.



I must say, I’ve never seen red morning glories!  The blue is one of my favorite flowers.   Each year, at the end of the summer, I like to collect and save the seeds to use the next year in planters near the back door and for the garden just outside the sun room window.  Although, this year it looks like they’ve taken care of themselves and self-seeded in the garden.  Morning Glories are easy to grow and are so beautiful climbing up a trellis.

This collage was pieced together and scanned into the computer, then I digitally added the scanned morning glory image.  That came from a set of “Flower Power” cards I got at a flea market.  The set of cards is pretty interesting, with ancient herbal remedies written on the back of each.  I’m going to use some of these for a set of notecards that I’ll post as soon as they’re complete.

Enjoy the weekend!


I’m putting some new cards in my etsy shop this week.  They are blank inside, so they can be used to write a note, or as an any-occasion card, really.   The floral card is printed on linen card stock from a watercolor I did and the gentleman card was done as a digital collage, then printed on smooth matte white card stock.  My cards always include envelopes, too!

Prims         justpretend



In this week’s challenge, show us your minimalist photos.  Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.

I took this photo from inside the house looking out.  The window shade was drawn and the silhouette of the sweet pea vine that was growing outside caught my eye.  This is a negative of that photograph, which I thought would make the image more graphic.