Connie Reinhart  

The Gift by Connie Reinhart

June 2022 - The Gift

June 2022 - Connie Reinhart


About the Image(s)

I am a substitute organist at several local churches. I never take payment because these are small congregations working very hard to keep going. Well, on Good Friday the good folks at Jacob’s UCC gave me a gift I was not allowed to refuse “ this lovely cross. I didn’t want a canned Thank You note. I used this image on the thank you note. I set the cross near the window. Hmm, it would look nice in the clouds. The only thing handy was the fur from a Santa hat. Light rays would look nice; the background was one I had painted at a photo conference. First I used Topaz Studio 2 to adjust contrast and detail, then masked those adjustments from the background. But the fur still looked like a Santa hat. So a Gaussian blur was applied to the background and “clouds”. I used the liquefy tool to add shape to the “clouds”.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
What a wonderful tribute, both to you and from you!

I couldn't resist playing with your image. You wanted a light leek to shine on the cross, so I thought to accentuate that a bit. I used Topaz Textures, Crisp Morning Run. It has a light leek layer, at screen blending mode. Back in PS, I added a mask to the texture layer, and brought back the bottom and the draped scarf and flowers with black on the mask over those areas. After that, I looked at the image and thought that it would also look good in BW. So I added a BW Adjustment layer, moved Magenta to the left and tweeked the red and blue sliders also.   Posted: 06/05/2022 12:50:00
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Witta Priester   Witta Priester
I really like what you've done here.   Posted: 06/05/2022 15:47:24
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Me too.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:50:43

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Here is the BW version.   Posted: 06/05/2022 12:50:23
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Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Oooh! Nice.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:50:14
Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Great like it in Black and White.
  Posted: 06/19/2022 15:10:58

Michael Moore   Michael Moore
It's wonderful that you got recognized for your contribution to the liturgy and I think you had a super creative idea to create custom Thank You cards reflecting the gift you received. I like the setup you came up with and your idea to include clouds and light rays. It gives your composition a feel that takes me back to my youth - well executed. I also like Georgianne's B&W treatment which seems particularly effective here.   Posted: 06/14/2022 09:43:34

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Your image is just lovely Connie. It has a 3 dimensional quality that really appeals to me. I also like the examples of others playing with the image. However your composition and lighting are very nice and I can see this as a beautiful card.   Posted: 06/27/2022 19:00:34