I love learning!

I finally got my camera back from the repair shop a few weeks ago, but have had very little time to play with it. Today was overcast and I was actually at home at 2:00, when the light coming in the studio windows was just perfect – it was WAY too cold to try and take photos outside. (No more bronchitis for me this year, please.) So I raced around the house and collected up some odds and ends and set up an impromptu photo shoot upstairs. It was really fun – and before I knew it, several hours had passed.

This week’s Beyond Layers homework was to show something that brings us happiness. It wasn’t hard for me to figure out what to shoot – beads and trinkets and all the stuff I use to make my jewelry, which makes me so happy! Here’s the original photo I took with the light coming in the window to the right:

Then I walked through two different processes to get two very different looks from the same photo:

They’re the very same photo, cropped identically, but the feel couldn’t be more different. And really, the possibilities are endless – I made the mistake of watching a video about gradient layer masks just before putting up this post and I was sorely tempted to try for a third version!

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this new knowledge I’m storing up, or why I have become so enamored of the process. I’m at a point in my life, though, where the things that recharge my batteries are very, very precious to me, so I’m not prepared to examine my motivations more closely… yet. Of course, there’s the argument that good photo processing skills will serve me really well in getting good shots of my jewelry, and that’s certainly true. But this stopped being about the jewelry a couple of months ago.

Is it possible – or advisable – to have more than one creative passion?

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