Monday, 1 July 2013

Them Thar Hills

We have been having some extreme weather lately. The ranges behind our small town are covered in snow, usually you can’t see them as they are covered in cloud.  But this weekend the sunrise was doing its work and this was the view as I walked to the diary to get some milk.

Then I fiddled with the photo in levels etc.

Then I went into full play mode and created this.  I know I used a background from Shadowhouse Creations and lots of filters and created a mirror effect to give the impression of reflections in water.

Then I went back to the original and superimposed a photo of some Mexican sunflowers that were growing in my garden in the summer.  With all this cold I need a little sunshine!

Then I used another photo of the Tararuas  further up the valley, the snow had come down to the foothills.  I admit that I enhanced the sunlit areas in photoshop.

For my final picture today I used another background from Shadowhouse Creations and created this effect as if I was seeing the view from frosted windows

Have a great week everyone.

Linking with Lorik at Mandarin Orange Monday
and Creative Every Day
and Show Me Yours at Ayala's  Art


  1. Wow these are fantastic! And you live in such a beautiful place. Weather has been strange up here in northern Europe too.

  2. Sharon these are beautiful. Each one is different yet lovely. What a wonderful way to start the day. Have a great week.

  3. Wonderful pics! Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

  4. What a stunning view you have there. To have such an inspiration in your backyard, wonderful. I like how you transformed your photo's, the look wonderful.

  5. Wow Sharon this is amazing, photographs and view. Fantastic and how inspiring it is. Thank you for sharing. Much love to you

  6. Beautiful pictures with wonderful editing of colours.
    Thank you for sharing :)

  7. Lovely images! The effects you get are so pretty and they have a wonderful visual texture.

  8. just amazing..AND even the love love..snow on the hills and the mystery cloud above...what a magical place to live!

  9. I love them all - you took such a different approach each time. But my very favourite is the last one , your MoM entry. Great texture and colour - and editing.Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  10. Oh wow.... such lovely mountains! You captured a perfect day, and made it better digitally! The last one is so abstracted, doesn't even look like the same! Fantastic effects! Right now we are having a hot spell, feels nice to see snow :oD

  11. Beautiful mountains. How wonderful walking to the dairy to get milk. It's been ages since last I did that. We don't have dairy's out this way anymore. It's sad. Great photos. I'll be joining in soon. Have to get out there and take pix.

  12. What a view :-) the original is my favorite! But I love how you used the different filters to change the expression/impression, the "water color papery" effect on the third is pretty cool.
    I have added one more photo to my post ;-)