Post-production final

So I’m happy to say I finished strongly with an A in my Post-production class I have been taking the past 6 weeks.

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This is a composite image consisting of three separate images morphed together to create one. Shadowing and logo added, as well as other photoshop techniques. It is rather basic by standards in the PS world.

I’ve known my skills had been improving for some time now, but I was particularly and genuinely pleased when my Professor asked if he could use my submission in one of his teaching videos he uses for his class. It was beyond nice to get that kind of recognition and I of course told him that I would be more than happy for him to use it! 🙂

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I feel a special sort of connection with this Professor; because he is a good one, and always, always took the time to help me when I needed it, as well as give me true tips on how to improve my overall abilities.

Also I feel for him. His wife of 30 years passed from breast cancer during this period, and he STILL went out of his way for all of us in the class. My mother also went through breast cancer and a double mastectomy; I relate in some fashion; so I of course offered my condolences and positive vibes to him; wished him peace and healing. I really think he was not only surprised, but genuinely appreciative. It just amazes me how strong some people can be in times of turmoil. It was actually a rather good lesson to learn, and taught me a lot about perseverance. I will miss this class.

All in all I’m proud of myself. I worked for a goal, and achieved it yet again. Two years ago I wouldn’t have even tried.

Just sharing because I said in a previous post that I would.

Every day I am more and more glad that I made the decision to actually apply myself in something that will directly affect my future in a positive way. Worth every single penny of these student loans I’m racking up. (currently at 14k)

I had a good day despite crying twice due to Math anxiety. I had a friend help me through it. To him I am greatly appreciative. You’re a true friend, thank you so, so much.

Never give up and never stop trying. The small things add up to full on steps forward to positive and healthy. This I promise you.

Love yourself. You’re totally worth it. Xo

J. Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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Progress.

So I really love this new Photographic Design class I’m in this period; because finally we can start doing some of the editing that I like to do so much.

This is just one of the images I took the other day; after almost getting thrown in jail after attempting to take photos outside of the Army Depot here in my town.  Yeah, DON’T DO THAT. 🙂 I talked my way out of cuffs on that one; and decided to go to the church by my house on the way back home. I’m glad I did. I captured some beautiful photographs with so much potential for loveliness.

New work Mother Mary Comes to Me

This is not my final edit on this image. But you can see where it started out originally; and the significantly better quality of it after edit. I love shooting in RAW because you can literally go back again and again and create new work out of the same photograph; without losing the original image.

Anyways… this is what I’ve been doing lately. Constructive criticism is welcomed. Currently working on getting the contrasts in the clouds to pop more, and knocking the drasticness of the purple in them down a few notches to get a more natural effect. Still learning.

There is beauty all around us if we just look. ❤

J. Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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     ‘Mother Mary Comes to Me’