Saturday, February 22, 2014

50 Shades of Amber

Amber is this week’s PhotoHunt word. According to Wikipedia, Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Valued as a gemstone, Amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. One of those objects is this beautiful candle that TW has. It’s delicate design uses many little pieces of Amber and there’s more on the back of the candle. TW tricked me into “posing” with her candle by dropping my favorite nip next to it. Was that low or what? That was low even for TW.





















I’m also participating in Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. It’s a way for blogging cats to show our artistic, creative, boho side. If you click on the link above, you can see some other artistic pieces.

I’ve chosen to take one of the pics that TW conned me into “posing” for and putting an Amber tint on it using a PhotoShop Instagram action.

Photoshop action shows my little pink tongue.

As an experiment, I wanted to see if using the Tint effect on PicMonkey, I could duplicate the Photoshop action. It doesn’t look it but I tried to match the color as closely as I could. Then I highlighted the candle by removing its tint. If you’re planning on using effects like these on an online photo editor, what you see is not always what you get. The photo below is the screen grab and the one below that is how the image actually saved on my computer. I like the PhotoShop effect much better than either of the PicMonkey images. Which of the three do you prefer?

Screen grab of PicMonkey effect. You can see the color difference with how the pic saved below.

“Saved” PicMonkey image shows inneresting red highlights in my fur. 


37 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

Cool photos!

Katie and Glogirly said...

Very pretty!!!
We like the Photoshop version the best too. It almost has a sepia quality to it.
: )

Patty Woodland said...

Are you a secret orange cat?

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Our Mommy likes the candle and she really likes the low-down dirty trick your Mommy used on you. MOL!
(you gotta watch those humans - they're tricky!)

Katnip Lounge said...

We wish our Mommy would play a dirty nip trick on us...just sayin'.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Ugh, so not fair that your human tricked you like that! I like the Photoshop version better... and there are ways to manipulate images in Photoshop that will do what your human was trying to do in PicMonkey, only better!

M Dawson said...

Rather a fine candle, we thimk!

Sweet Purrfections said...

That's a very pretty candle.

RedSetter said...

All we can see is your gorgeousness in all of the pics!

Molly The Wally said...

Purrfect for Sepia Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Anonymous said...

Well CK that was a sneaky way to get an "up close and personal" photo of you with the candle BUT it's mighty pretty - not as STUNNING as you of course but pretty.

Hugs, Sammy

Brian said...

That was a very nice Amber Alert CK!

Deb Barnes said...

Wow... what those humans won't stoop too... But, admittedly, well played human, well played...

Purrs from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Great interpretation of Amber.

Grace said...

I like the last one...And that is a fabulous candle ( and a pretty kitty!)

Anonymous said...


What great shots for this week's theme!

Have a super weekend.

Marie Symeou said...

Great pics and lovely candle too :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Flynn said...

That is a lovely candle. I like the photoshop version the best. I will forgive my mum any low down dirty tricks if it involves nip.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We have to say we think the Photoshop effect is the best among the three. :)

Pasha said...

I'd prefer to see YOUR 50 shades of gray CK ;)

♥Pasha,

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Purrfectly fair!
Love your amber candle.

Caren Gittleman said...

try www.ribbet.com (that's the one I use the most) and see what you think

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I like the Photoshop one cause the candle looks green in the others.

Mostly, I like looking at your sweet little tongue, which I would really like to see in person . . . soon. XOXOX

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

YEah we think Photoshop's the best too! (and yeah the humans are TRICKY that way with the nip.)

The Island Cats said...

Cool pics, CK. And seriously...don't complain about getting nip. Nip is good no matter what. :)

The Florida Furkids said...

Any nip is good nip!!

The Florida Furkids

Clooney said...

Cool photos, like your take on amber. The Photoshop one is our fav. Hope you are having a nice weekend CK.

Kitties Blue said...

We like either the first or third photo. The middle one was stripped of all its color. Mom would like to get PhotoShop but cannot rationalize the expense. The various free apps are okay, but sometimes it's not possible to get the look you want. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Giulietta

www.shelter-cats.com said...

The photoshop version is my favorite. It also comes in handy for removing unsightly kitty litter on the floor in my shelter cat pictures!
Nice take on amber.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

P.S. So you like my sharp little teefs, eh? Well, come on over and see 'em up close and fursonal. I'd be happy to give you a tiny nippy if you'd like. XOXO

Pawesome Cats said...

Gorgeous shots - I love the sepia version especially. Happy Caturday from the Pawesome Cats family!

Kjelle Bus said...

COOL pictures CK !
But me think´s you look best in original :)

XOXO

Tamago said...

TW's candle looks very pretty! And I love your art images! The tint effect gives very lovely look :-) I agree, images don't always show in the look you see. I think each one looks lovely in each way!

Anonymous said...

Bootiful as always BFGF...the red tint in your furs suits you

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

I like them all. There are other layers in Pic Monkey that are easier to use than Photoshop.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hello my sweet, I hope you had a lovely Easy Sunday and didn't have to put the bitey on . . . anyone. XOXOXOX

Ruckus Eskie said...

Oh my dear Kitty, you are absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you decide to share this on Sepia Saturday. Each selection you used had a different emphasis...my fav is the pink tongue :)

See you next week on Sepia Saturday! Hopefully LinkyTool won't act up again.