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Monday
Jun252012

Top 10 Finalists - 'Spot Color' Challenge on Instagram

Oh. My. Gosh.

Did y'all really have to make it so difficult to choose 10 finalists? Carl + I were ab-so-friggin-lutely blown away by the talent, creativity and sheer volume of  (hello! thousands of entries!) submissions. I so, so, SO wish we could give each + every one of you a prize. Your photos continually inspire, motivate and often resonate within me. Words alone just can't express how much that means to me.

After spending hours looking through the magnificent entries, Carl + I decided upon these 10 photos as the #colorsplash_chrysti top ten finalists. Not, not, NOT an easy decision at all - in fact, it was extremely difficult! We tried to include a range of subjects + styles - and truly hope that you enjoy them as well. Feel free to shout out your favorites in the comments, i always love hearing from you.

Now, go grab your favorite beverage, a towel (in case a touch of drool begins as you scroll through the finalists) and crank up tunes that move you ...then enjoy the show below!

Finalist #1: IG User @clanz

I love the composition of this, the unexpected subject and how the color doubles as a leading line. It draws the eye right in - Kudos!

Finalist #2: IG User @katmein

Wow!!! Spectacular! This instantly grabbed not just my attention, but @carl 's attention too. Creative + beautiful. Perfect use of selective color!

Finalist #3: IG User @dawa_lhamo

What a wonderful play of shadow + light. The selective red coloring enhances the emotional connection to the viewer and adds instant drama to the shot. Add in the impact of the lines and it is just a brilliant piece.

Finalist #4: IG User @drexbear

We were actually torn between two photos you submitted! In the end though, the fact that you not just noticed but shared this everyday, ordinary beauty won out. It has a very wizard-of-oz-esque vibe to me. Awesomeness. Keep finding the beauty in the everyday!

Finalist #5: IG User @tzales13

OH those freckles! To die for! A perfect summer moment captured for eternity. The selective color on the watermelon pulls the focus to his face and emphasizes the joy of youth. Spectacular job.

Finalist #6: IG User @colr

I love, love, love how you took an all too common subject - and made it unique. Bonus points for the creative use of selective color! I am just happy looking at it. We had such a difficult time choosing between all of your entries, they were all exquisite!

 

Finalist #7: IG User @rameybean

I love the use of high-key here. The quality is incredible, and was one of the best eye entries in the challenge - it really stuck out! Light + bright always makes me feel good. Eye dig it. Sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun!

Finalist #8: IG User @aasyouwishh

Such a powerful photo, the spot color just magnifies that! I hope noone was hurt in that fire - the drama in this shot is breathtaking.

Finalist #9: IG User @dukes0445

What a unique take on a tourist attraction! I so love when folks find a new way to show something we've seen a thousand times before. Superb choice for using selective color.

Finalist #10: IG User @ledebone

Calgon, take me away! I'm oh-so-ready for a vacation. The selective color really emphasizes the curves and golden light in the photo. Well seen!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!

  • All 10 finalists will receive a limited edition, signed print of mine. Please contact me with your names + mailing addresses by 6/30/2012.

TOMORROW! The top 3 winners will be announced - they will be chosen by random.org, so every finalist has an equal chance of scoring the loot!

Speaking of, here is a refresher on the treasure trove of prizes:

1st Prize:

2nd Prize:

3rd Prize:

Thanks to MacPhun, the makers of FX Photo Studio, and now Color Splash Studio (IG: @colorsplashrocks) for sponsoring this challenge! I am also extremely grateful to all of the prize sponsors for the amazing giveaways - the generosity doesn't go unnoticed. Please, be sure to check out all of their feeds + products!

Pssssst.....If you were voting, who would it be for?

Til tomorrow,

Always, Chrysti

P.S. Did you know my book is available for pre-order? OMGOSH! How cool is that!

Friday
Jun152012

GIVEAWAY + CHALLENGE - 'SPOT COLOR' ON INSTAGRAM

I'm oh-so-excited to begin a summer filled with amazing contests, giveaways, tutorials, announcements + photography projects on my blog. I've been waiting for quite some time to get back into action, and true to form, I plan to do it with a bang. Let's just hope I re-adjust smoothly! Thanks to the many, many folks who kept my blog hoppin', even when I was inactive.

First up, is a spectacularly awesome contest that I have the pleasure of hosting on Instagram. (not following me there? hop to it already - I have lots of fun lined up for this summer!) Throughout the post, I have highlighted some amazing photos that have already put their entries in. I'll be featuring more entries throughout the week here as well! Enter today, to have a chance at being featured in the next post!

Photo Credits L to R: @kewiki, @fentanyl69, @jeswith1s

The Why:

In celebration of the launch of Color Splash Studio (IG NAME: @colorsplashrocks) for iPhone, MacPhun is hosting a HUGE photo contest over the next few weeks!

Besides, giveawaya + contests are just plain fun!

Photo Credits L to R: @brookealoo, @themojofilter, @sarin919

The How:

  • The challenge theme is "SPOT COLOR". Post your favorite + most creative selective color photos – I am especially fond of creativity!! 
  • These can be old or new and there is NO limit to the amount of entries.
  • You don’t have to use Color Splash Studio to enter, any app is ok.
  • To enter, just tag your photos on Instagram with #colorsplash_chrysti
  • This week’s challenge ends at 11:59 PM EST on June 23rd.

Photo Credits L to R: @musiccityace, @wondercow11, @clstuard

The Judging!

  • My handsome guy @carl and I will select 10 of our favorite entries as finalists.
  • The top 10 finalists will be posted on my Instagram account in storyboard form and the full sized photos will be featured here.
  • 3 winners will be selected from the 10 finalists randomly, using random.org
  • The winner will be announced on my Instagram account on June 25th.

Everyone gets a fair shot here!

Photo Credits L to R: @jazzbandjunkie, @vilaz, @stellarphotog

The Prizes!

1st Prize:

2nd Prize:

3rd Prize:

EACH of the 10 finalists will also receive a signed, limited edition print of mine.

Photo Credits L to R: @icoloursplash, @visualeyezit, @th3w4cko

Special Thanks:

Thanks to MacPhun, the makers of FX Photo Studio, and now Color Splash Studio (IG: @colorsplashrocks) for sponsoring this challenge! I am also extremely grateful to all of the prize sponsors for the amazing giveaways - the generosity doesn't go unnoticed. Please, be sure to check out all of their feeds + products!

And a HUGE thanks to each of you - your support makes all of this possible.

'nuff said.

Check back tomorrow for more featured photos + creative ideas on using selective color!

Always,

Chrysti

Tuesday
May012012

DIY TUTORIAL: How To Paint An Outdoor Wicker Loveseat

© Christy Hydeck -Don't tempt fate, karma or my lawyers by stealing.

I know, I know... it is has been half an eternity since I posted a blog entry. There is good reason for that, but I am not at liberty to divulge any more information ... yet.

I came dangerously close to axing this project from my blog.. (moi= picky, picky)... cuz' I wasn't feelin' the iPhone shots that I quickly snapped to share my re-do. Sadly, my DSLR camera was a mere 50+ feet inside, but alas, I couldn't be bothered. You know how it goes when you're in the-noone-disturb-me-im-changing-the-world-creative zone.

I scored this Pier 1 patio love-seat off of Craigslist. However, it was in far worse condition than the seller mentioned and desperately needed some tender loving care. As the photo says, it really is a cheap + easy revamp.

So, grab yourself a few things:

  • Old Wicker Furniture in dire need of a make-over -clean and prime it first for maximum longevity.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Brown Spray Paint - i like this and this.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Clear Poly Spray - i like this one.
  • Plastic Tarp/Sheeting - like this.
  • Bricks -to weigh down the tarp if it is windy.
  • A Sunny-ish, not terribly windy day
  • Sexy Mask Thingy - like this -to prevent breathing it in and suffering the respiratory consequences.
  • Patience - it is a virtue after all.
  • Earplugs- if you too have a neighbor who constantly tells you what to do

 Then, do a few things to prepare:

I chose not to prime this particular piece. Frankly, I am not sure the condition will stand up much longer than this year - so I didn't want to invest the time in extra work. If you want the finish to last as long as possible, I would strongly recommend priming it after a good scrubbing.

  1. Safety First: put on your im-sexy-and-i-know-it mask. Don gloves if desired as well.
  2. Lay out your tarp in an area away from anything you do not want overspray on. Place bricks on each corner and where the legs of the furniture wil go.
  3. Get all your supplies handy, play some happy music and get ready to work.

Now, let's have some fun:

  1. Shake It Baby! Shake that can for a couple minutes then begin spraying the piece. The can will recommend a minimum distance to keep from it, follow that advice to avoid runs. Spray thinly and evenly in long, sweeping strokes.
  2. After a thin coat is covering the entire piece, wait 30-45 minutes then recoat in the same manner.
  3. To ensure good coverage on wicker, you'll want to flip and turn the piece to spray it from every conceivable angle.
  4. After it is all covered, let it dry for 2 hours before spraying the clear coating on.
  5. Give it 4-6 hours to dry as a whole before moving it back.
  6. It is wise to wait 24 hours before setting cushions on it. I however, put them on after 6 hours with no ill effects.

 © Christy Hydeck -Don't tempt fate, karma or my lawyers by stealing.

I like to fill the time between drying and decorating by snapping and processing random shots with my iPhone.

© Christy Hydeck -Don't tempt fate, karma or my lawyers by stealing.

After it has dried, add your cushions.

If you have tendon issues as I do, whine for 3 days about the pain + numbness in your hand/forearm.

I already had the back cushions here (from home depot last summer) and had planned to keep the cushion that came with the craigslist find - until i saw it was swarming with stink bugs. Yuck!! The germaphobe inside me won out over the thrifty side and I broke down and bought a cushion from Pier 1.

We are still working on the patio as a whole and cannot wait to share it with you!

Warmly,

Chrysti