Friday Finds

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This is my first time participating in Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds. What is it? Well, its a weekly celebration of what we have found, discovered, uncovered in the past week. It could be unique treasures, special moments, life lessons, nature’s bounty, etc…. you get the idea. For my first Friday Find I have a unique treasure and a bit of nature’s bounty to share, as well as some photo processing experiments. The picture above is of an old scale that I found this last week at one of my most favorite shops in Edmonds called Bountiful Home.

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Owned and operated by Todd Waddell, Bountiful Home is full of unique treasures, some antique, some not, but all beautiful and presented in a manner that delights the eye. In addition to the little house filled with these lovely things, he also has a garden and nursery in the back yard. Every time I go there I am filled with joy and usually find something I must bring home like this scale. The following pictures were taken at different angles and processed differently to create a unique mood. The very first picture at the top of this post is straight out of the camera with no processing at all.

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applied Kim Klassen’s ‘Dark Mood’ preset in Lightroom.

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applied Kim’s ‘Days of Old’ preset in Lightroom.

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applied Kim’s ‘Grey Mist’ preset in Lightroom.

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applied Kim’s ‘Melancholy’ preset in Lightroom.

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applied Kim’s ‘Olden Days’ preset in Lightroom, then applied Kim’s ‘Everyday’ texture in Photoshop. I posted this to Flickr this week and shared in Kim’s Texture Tuesday. It wound up being featured in Flickr Explore with over 8,000 views! Crazy.

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applied Kim’s ‘Summer Haze’ preset in Lightroom.

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applied Kim’s ‘True Grit’ preset in Lightroom.

So which of these do you like? This exercise taught me a couple of things, presets don’t work with every photo and I for one am not as fond of the low contrast, desaturated look. Personal taste.

Oh, and the peanuts…they are my nature’s bounty part of the share this week. Brian & I were walking through our local¬†Farmer’s Market and saw this bunch of peanuts with their green tops still attached. I’ve never seen them like that before and there was quite a crowd around that stand marveling at them! The simplest things can bring the greatest joy.

Hope you have discovered something joyful in your world today. Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if you live anywhere in or near Edmonds, WA I hope you will stop by Bountiful Home.  You will be glad you did!

xo

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11 Responses to Friday Finds

  1. What a wonderful first Friday finds post : ) The scale will be wonderful for photos. I think I like the last one best.

  2. Viv says:

    Fantastic find Carol I love your processing and the earthy look a girl after my own heart.

  3. Barb says:

    Fabulous that you are joining in with FF! I adore your scale and wouldn’t I love to visit that shop!!?? Many congrats on the Flickr feature – wowza!!

  4. Michelle B says:

    What great finds! Old scales are so photogenic and I have never seen peanuts with the greens still attached. I love the last close up image, the true grit preset brings out the character of the scale.

  5. lisa says:

    Congratulations on Explore, Carol.
    It is a lovely photograph.

  6. Lovely photographs, Carol. Your old weighing scales look very venerable and photogenic. For me the most amazing thing about your photos were the peanuts. We eat loads of them in our house, but I have never, ever seen them growing. So thank you for showing what one of our favourite treats looks like before getting processed and put in a bag. All the best for a lovely weekend, Bonny

  7. Donna says:

    Carol, I keep forgetting to mention how much I love your picture of you. I really enjoy visiting the blogs of my online friends and seeing your smiling face makes me feel so welcome. One of my favorite aspects of blogging is learning and so your post today was a true joy for me. Love seeing all the different versions – my favorite the “olden days” version. So happy for you that you have that gorgeous shop nearby – looks like heaven to me! Welcome to Friday Finds!

  8. Sylvia says:

    Great finds, Carol, the peanuts and oh my …that scale is gorgeous !
    Lovely editing … and congrats on Flickr Explore !
    Have a nice weekend,
    Sylvia

  9. seabluelee says:

    That shop looks and sounds great, just the sort of place I love. The old scale is a great find and I expect we’ll be seeing more of it in your work. I like the Dark Mood preset, because the enhanced contrast brings out the details in the dial. I’ve never seen peanuts attached to the plants – thanks for the nature lesson!

  10. What a wonderful shop to visit, a treasure. Love the scale and that is what is cool about presets and the fact that Kim has taught us how to make a preset work for our images, love that women she has taught me so many things. Have a great Sunday my friend your images are just awesome.

  11. Mitzi Rice says:

    What an awesome find! Love that scale. Beautiful photos and edits!

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