On a Photographic Bent

I've been absent for the last week due to a number of reasons.  Trying to get caught up around the house is only one reason.

Another reason: One of the things I've wanted to do for a LONG time is work with my photos in Photoshop Elements.  I have always had problems with my brand-spanking-new version 6 for the Mac not working right - it would crash whenever I tried to open a photo file.  This even after numerous phone calls with Adobe tech support.

Since my Mac's hard drive crashed a year and a half ago and had to be replaced, I got to thinking earlier this week -- hmmmm, wonder if I reload PS Elements 6, will it work now that there's a "new" hard drive?  Maybe it was something related to my old hard drive.

Lo and behold, yes, it worked!  For about 3 files.... then the old problem started to resurface - crashing when I tried to open a file.

I did some additional internet research and wondered -- should I scrap my PS Elements 4 that was still on my computer?  There was no "uninstall" feature that far back.  The advice I kept finding was to just trash the application folder for PS Elements 4.

So I did.
And now my version 6 works.  Really.  
Do you know how exciting that is for me??

There is absolutely NOTHING more frustrating than not being able to use brand new software you've just purchased for your computer.  For several years.

Now that it works I've decided to upgrade to version 9 (I know, how funny is that?!), which is for Macs and PCs alike.  Finally, Adobe has combined the two platforms into one version.  Wasn't that incredibly smart of them?! (yes, that's sarcasm - they should have done that a long time ago!)

Two of my flower photos with added textures-
what do you think??

My ultimate goal is to finally
open my own Etsy store. 

It's close to becoming a reality.

How many of you are familiar with Etsy?  

Have you ever bought anything from a crafter on Etsy?

I've been browsing through the stores of fellow photographers on Etsy lately.  Let me tell you -- there are some awesome,  inspirational photographers there!

Take a peek at my profile on Etsy and see who I've favorited so far.  Wait until you see the gorgeous note cards and prints by several photographers who inspire me.

And here's a hint:  My October country giveaway is going to feature an item from a fellow blogger who just happens to have an Etsy store.  She makes something gorgeous, that you will love to have.  It's a secret -- shhhh!

And no, it's not related to photography!  :-)

Stay tuned....


  1. I know EXACTLY how frustrating that can be Susan! Good for you for figuring it out...I bet you did the 'happy dance' ;) Your photo's are wonderful and the texture takes them to another level. I'm just learning about this texture stuff too...it's so much fun to work with! I've never had an Etsy shop but I've bought from Etsy. One day I may start my own but for now I'm content to just look around and buy what I like. Good luck to you! I hope you're enjoying this cooler weather...we sure are but we still haven't had a good rain in months. A few spots in the dust doesn't count. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Maura :)

  2. Ohhhhh, your flower pictures are just beautiful! You are such a wonderful photographer. And I am familiar with Etsy - I have my own Etsy shop (that I haven't listed anything with in a while) and I've bought a few items from others there. The number one challenge, in my humble opinion, is figuring out how to get people to come to YOUR Etsy shop. There are so many out there. But there are also a lot of different ways to get "noticed". I didn't have the patience to figure it all out, but I sure hope you do and that you will be immensely successful in your venture! My number one suggestion? USE FACEBOOK! It will help, I'm sure.

  3. Well, I'm so glad that you finally figured out what was going on! I, too, hate it when you've just purchased something that doesn't seem to work :(

    Those photos are just gorgeous!! I can't wait until your shop becomes a reality-I foresee a lot of success!!

  4. Your flower photos are very nice and yes, there are some awesome photographers out there...

    I had an Etsy shop for a while selling photo greeting cards...haven't updated it recently...only sold a few things...good luck...

  5. I especially love the second photo with the texture applied to it! GREAT WORK!!!

    I bought a purple beaded dragonfly (go figure) wind chime from one of my friends who has an Etsy store. I absolutely LOVE it! It's GORGEOUS. So beautiful that I'm afraid to hang it outside cuz I don't want it to get ruined.

  6. I have one, there is a link on my blog. I don't know much about it I let my daughter set it all up. I hope to put some more carvings and some Christmas Ornaments on there soon..and some of my attic treasures:)

  7. The blooming images are just beautiful! You are such a magnificent photographer. And I am well renowned with. I have my own shop (that I haven't recorded any thing with in a while) and I've acquired a couple of pieces from other ones there.

    Tx Land For Sale

  8. I love love love Etsy. I buy things on it for myself on occasion, but much more than that, I always seem to find things that my friends will love. And then i just HAVE to send those to them.....

    Pretty flowers :)

  9. Love Etsy, I just wish there was a Canadian version for us. Good for you, and best of luck.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  10. Photography is a lovely hobby. It captures time :) enjoy Suz

  11. I really like the second one! I use PSP Pro X3. I have used PSP since I helped beta test it back before you were born. LOL Not really! Well, you probably didn't care about computers when I was beta testing PSP...I am a PC, not a Mac...

  12. Oh, PS I haven't purchased from Etsy--I have seen a couple of shops but never purchased.

  13. Oh sweetie, I've been absent all summer but ya never know what you could do unless ya try it. I bet your Etsy shop will be a huge success. Your photography is outstanding!

    I have purchased from Etsy before.

    You have yourself a marvelously blessed weekend sweetie and the best of luck to ya! :O)