Week 23 {true confessions}

I must admit a little something here on the blog today.
I LOVE SUN FLARE or LENS FLARE (whatever you want to call it).
I mean it is just so pretty...don't you agree?
I also love the beautiful golden glow of backlit portraits.
The way the light catches the edge of a silhouette - it's just breathtaking in my opinion.

AND here is where true confessions comes in.

Wait for it.

Okay, here is the scoop:

This Week 23 photo that I took today, had some nice backlit features (which is why this next part works so well).
I cheated just a wee little bit on the flare part.
I know, I know: Bad Kim!

I had downloaded this awesome free - YES, I said FREE action over at the CoffeeShop blog called Sun Kissed {I know, how appropriate, right?} awhile back which adds a nice flare onto your photos and I used it for the first time today on this photo.

Actually this was not the picture I intended to use for my selfie this week, but I decided to play around a little bit since I liked the angle and framing.  I rediscovered the sun kissed action that I had totally forgotten I'd downloaded.  That's really the only processing I did besides bumping the contrast a little and I totally loved the way it looked!

Some of the CoffeeShop actions have become my go to actions for post processing.
What I also love is the customization of each one and there are always wonderfully detailed tutorials which are nice to refer to.
I am not in anyway getting paid to endorse CoffeeShop, but I do encourage you to go over there and take a gander around.  They just give these actions away!  That amazes me!

There is a Paypal spot on the blog where you can donate if you like what they have.
How cool is that - it's like the honor system!


Tiffany said...

I really like this picture! That is a hard angle for anyone to look good from, but you are working it! And I love the effect! I will definitely be going to check them out! Thanks for the tip!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! That is a GORGEOUS photo Kim!!! U are sooooooooooooooo beautiful! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

mandiegirl said...

Beautiful! If I had PS, I'd be ALL over that!

Karla said...

oh wow!!!! I just got PSE 8. Ill be glad when i know how ti use it!!!

Bekka said...

Very cool! I would never have guessed that was from editing! I love the flare, too.