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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Movember!

Tomorrow is the beginning of Movember (for which, read more HERE). So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to update my Facebook profile picture with something new. I’ve been using a picture of my daughter taken by Ralph Nardell for nearly ever because I really don’t have that many pictures of me I like. From today, though, I’ll be using this instead:

Now, I’ll admit, I was very tempted to go in and give myself a slightly smaller chin, and thicker hair, and fewer “beauty” spots, and bigger eyes… And I was going to edit out the white hairs and the bump in my nose… But then I just couldn’t be bothered. I’m not going to pretend this is how the photo came out of the camera though. The photo that came out of the camera is the one on the left below. To that, I applied my “Candice” Lightroom preset which gave me the picture below right. I liked the colours, but it wasn’t kind at all to my skin. It magnified every single little blemish and imperfection. So I then exported it to Photoshop and ran my Frequency Separation action. I used that to get rid of the worst of the splodges, pores, frame-prints, and wrinkles (google “frequency separation” – it’s magic and so so quick!), then I used the dodge and burn tool to add a bit of definition and glow (because who doesn’t want definition and glow?!). And that’s it. I hope it looks natural and, you know, still like me. Except with a moustache.

Are you – or one of your loved ones – doing something for Movember? Tell me all about it! Pretty please.

31 October 2013 - 11:16 PM Heather - Are you still putting out your actions/presets? Did you already and I missed it? Cuz I still want them. :)

1 November 2013 - 2:31 AM Mim - Me too! I've never been able to get to grips,with frequency separation.

1 November 2013 - 5:02 AM ralph - Oh Cass my friend. Even with the mustache your beauty shines right through. Gorgeous shots, and I love the processing too. When are you selling these lovely presets. I'm standing here in line! :)

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