Deck the Halls

Welcome back to AfterBeforeFriday! After last week’s break, we are back in the saddle. I am obviously overwhelmed with Christmas spirit, so here is another festive image.

Loré Dombaj ABF70 before

I would like to say that the “before” is so good, there was no need for heavy editing. The truth is a little bit different…I was too lazy. 😀 So, I just polished it a bit and slapped a random filter on it. I think it looks great! I dare you to say different! 😛

Loré Dombaj ABF70 after
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Elves vs Rudolf

For this week’s Monochrome Madness the challenge was to take some images of Santa or his elves. Naturally, I completely spaced out and thought I was supposed to capture a reindeer (figuratively speaking). Let’s pretend those two little kids are elves and I got it right. Ok? Thank you. 🙂


As always, be so kind and hop to Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY where you will find other amazing entries in this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

Next week is all about the angels…Who knows what I’ll send to poor Leanne!


Merry Christmas!!!

What I year!

On the last day of January I decided to finally start a blog. And let me tell you, it surpassed my expectations and hopes, what a journey this has been. I had no idea what I was doing at the beginning, posting images, poems, hoping someone would stumble upon my little corner of the blogosphere. And people noticed me – Little Miss Sunshine. There were likes, comments, followers…but my blog lacked a concept, an idea what to do. I was very lucky that Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY got Freshly Pressed around that time.

So I started following her. Like a kid in a candy store. Oh my, everything was so beautiful, strange, out of my league. She started a challenge called Monochrome Madness, but I was too intimidated to join. I was an observer, staying on the sidelines. But after few weeks, my curiosity started to fight its way out and I jumped in. And never looked back.


Here we are, my last Monochrome Madness entry for this year, another Christmas Card in my collection. I managed to publish only Christmas related images throughout this December. Crazy, I know.

At the end of the year people usually look back, taking inventory, finishing things, like it is really the end of something. Not me. I look ahead, planning my next posts, my next photographic adventure, a new poem, finally starting that SF novel I dream about, preparing for my travels to Prague and Milan, looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, taking more time to enjoy life.

I hope you do the same. Look ahead. Search the horizon. Be bold. Reach for the impossible. Share your world with the world. Do something to make this pale blue dot a better place. Live. I mean that. Don’t just wait for a life to pass you by. Live it.





December #One Four Challenge – Finale

The final step to this month’s One Four Challenge is here. It seems ages ago that I was picking an image to work on throughout December and now we are done.

In my last post I said the Week 3 image was not exactly what I was looking for, but I was stuck. I loved the colors and the vintage look, but the composition was lost to me. So, I decided to work some more on that image.

Here it is, another Christmas Card from my workshop. I cropped the image, imitating the greeting card layout. After that it was a lot of playing around, adding a dark vignette, some snowflakes, borders and finally, the text.

I don’t know…it started so promising, I thought this image could give me gazillion options, but now I think I could have done it better. Maybe this holiday break is what we all need to refill our creative reservoirs.

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So, here we are, at the end. Let me know which image you like the most, both by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.

The One Four Challenge will be back on the 5th of January, for all the details you can check Robyn’s blog Captivate Me.

See you all in 2015. Happy Holidays!


Loré’s Little Helpers

Hello all and welcome to the last ABF Forum in this year. We’ll be back January 9th, so prepare to be blown away. I am not going into details, cause it’s Christmas. You don’t want to read long boring posts (I know, almost impossible in my case 😛 ) and even if you read it, you’ll forget everything with that first piece of cake you eat. But remember I warned you to prepare. You will be blown away.

Do not panic, I didn’t mean that literally. 😉

This year had unusually high number of rainy days, I whined about that enough times. There were very few opportunities for me to go outside and take some fresh photos. And I was getting frustrated with recycling old images I took years ago.

Loré Dombaj ABF 30 beforeSo this Saturday, I gathered my little helpers and we had a photo session. I had so much fun, I’ll need to do that more often. There are many photos that I’ll probably publish before Christmas, this little red reindeer is a star in most of them.

My little friends didn’t really need much work, just a little bit of cropping and adjusting colors and temperature. I added a frosty vignette again, because I feel it can only work in December. 😛

Loré Dombaj ABF 30 after

If you want more info about the ABF Forum and how to participate in all the fun, hop to Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing

That’s it folks. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with many happy returns to my blog. I hope I’ll continue to post interesting and funny things (ok, I am a bit delusional 🙂 ) and that you’ll enjoy following my journey.

Be fabulous, be unique, but most of all, don’t forget to smile! ♥




Christmas Market

Advent 4

We have the best Christmas Market this year, in a park region in the center of my hometown that is called The Green Horseshoe. For the first time ever we have an ice skate park.

Advent 7

I was out and about this Saturday, taking photos and having fun with my best friend. Unfortunately, it was too crowded to take decent images of the park and the Christmas decorations, but I managed to take few funny images of booths with all kinds of candies and toys.

Advent 5

All that is missing is some snow. So, I leave you with few of my images and one of my favorite Christmas songs.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white