Top Ten in the “Cottages Porches” challenge in Cottage Living March 18, 2010.
Top Ten in the “Finding An Avatar” challenge in Postcard Style September 16, 2009.
Featured in Nostalgic Art and Photography June 3, 2009.
Featured in Cottage Style May 22, 2009.
Featured in Rural Around The Globe May 19, 2009.
Featured in Postcard Style May 18, 2009.
Featured in A Place To Call Home May 15, 2009.
Featured in Cards: Best Of Your Best May 15, 2009.

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This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

Another image taken at the Juniata Crossing Mercantile on Route 30, northwest of Breezewood, Pennsylvania, May 10, 2009.

Image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens. Post processing included Photoshop cloning of a distraction, then into Photomatix for hdr (single image, hand held, +/- 2) then back to Photoshop for a light Orton. Then into Corel Paint 11 for some work with the blender and oils brushes, then back to Ph!toshop for the glowing light bulbs with one of Obsidian Dawn’s brushes, then to I-photo for the edge blur.

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  • Quinn000
    Quinn000about 5 years ago

    I love this composition and effects!! Great work!

  • Thank you so much!!!!!! I had a peek at your portfolio and am blown away by your art!!!!!! I’m honored by your visit and your lovely note!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 5 years ago

    And did you sleep too????
    Lovely work

  • … laughing .. you goof!!!!!! Actually, I did get to bed VERY late the night I worked on this one … then … wasn’t sure if I really wanted to upload it … so sat on it for a bit. I meant it as a companion piece to “Still useful” … but I’m still deciding.

    – Lois Bryan

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful composition and performance

  • Hi Denis!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 5 years ago

    Hey gorgeous, did you remove the tags here as well? If it even was with a tags they would not spoiled you capture and imagination, superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • … laughing … you know, there weren’t any tags to be removed in this one!!!! But I did do a bit of tinkering around just for the fun of it!!! Sooo glad you enjoyed it, sweetheart!!!! Hugzzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Megan Martin
    Megan Martinabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love this Lois! WOW!!

  • Megan … you are soooooo good for my artistic soul!!!! Thank you, sweetheart!!!!! I’d delighted you enjoyed!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    would you repeat all those directions to me one more time? No wonder your work is amazing my dear Lois,,,,,,,,,,this is no less beautiful than all the other stuff you upload, very well done, I love it and will add to my favs,,,,,,,,,,,,wheeeeeeeee I win!!! xox

  • Vickie, you’ve got me laughing so hard I nearly choked on my Dasani water!!! HAHAH!!! No, I won’t repeat the directions .. in fact, after I wrote all that i wondered WHY I wrote all that??? As much to remind myself when I try it again on something else as anything, I suppose, lol!!!!! I’m glad you liked it … it’s one of those that I wasn’t too sure about … so … yay!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 5 years ago

    Aaaah ooooh waaaa this one is just blowing me away!!! I have fallen off my chair!!! Sheer, accelerating beauty!! Lois you are such a star, this is my kind of photograph just makes me totally lyrical!!

  • Oh, Sandra!!!!!! You are such a darling!!! YOU with YOUR fabulous still life images that just pull the viewer into your lovely warm world!!!! If you like this one, then I’ve accomplished my goal … because you know how much I admire your work and style!!!!! Hugzzz!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 5 years ago

    Very, very lovely, Lois, and superb postprocessing. Agnes xx

  • Hello Agnes!!!! Thank you so much, sweetie!!!!! It was actually a lot of fun … i really enjoy the entire process so much!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 5 years ago

    Ooooh, Lois. your images speak to my heart yet again. This is so wonderful. Do we have this in Cottage Style group. I must go and look. It is so happy and cheerful. Love it!!!

  • Oh you darling girl!!!!! Yes, I popped it right in, hoping you’d like it!!! Soooo happy you like it!!!! Hugzzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 5 years ago

    Lois, again you have magically transformed something beautiful into something FANTASTIC! You ROCK! XX

  • Karen, you darling!!!! Thank you sooo much!!!! It really is such a lovely place … and they have a little fountain tinkling away, and the prettiest music playing … and cats come out to be petted!!!! I love this place … I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this little corner of it!!

    – Lois Bryan

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