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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

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Having read about the positive and negative aspects of participating in Flickr in several blogs, I decided to join and see what it was all about. My principle reason for doing so was that I thought it would make it easy for me to see what type of interesting work was being done by others. I was looking forward to finding other photographers whose worked I enjoyed, as well as finding new ideas that might inspire me.

One of the first people whose work I found myself drawn to was “Cate”. Let me first say that I have never been one to go for Photoshop ‘tricks’ or gaudy Photoshop manipulation, but, despite being manipulated, there was something I found enchanting about her images. I found them to be full of emotion; eerie and mystical. I really wanted to know how she achieved this look and to at least have the opportunity to try whatever the technique was on a few of my own images.

So I e-mailed Cate and asked if she would be willing to share with me how she had post-processed her images. She was gracious and kind enough to do so, and, despite the fact that I write very little about using Photoshop (there are many others that could do so far better than myself), I would like to take the opportunity to share the technique, which I will do in my next post.

But, first, let me share with you a few of Cate’s images that had motivated me to contact her. I reproduce them here with her permission:

Emerald
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Used With Her Permission

Goldspun
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Used With Her Permission

Enchanting
Copyright "Cate" On Flickr
Used With Her Permission