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Fire in the sky…

The trouble with coming home with a LOT of bracketed photos for HDR is that by the time you have been concentrating on them for a while they look dull unless they are intense!  So forgive me if they are assaulting your eyeballs please, because after spending all morning on them I’m not about to start over.  I wonder which of our hosts, Eddie or Bob, sold their soul to the devil to arrange for such a spectacular sunset for this photo shoot.  By the time we got to Dunedin and had assembled and then walked to the pier the sunset was up and running.  Eddie told all of us to post our photos on the meet up group site, and then I heard him say that he had never gotten as much criticism as he got after he began to post HDR photos.  So thanks in advance Eddie!

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Night photo walk…

I went out for the sunrise this morning, but I was still under the influence of the night photo walk that I did last night.  I was having such a good time last night that it was a shame to cut it short, but the guilt over leaving the dogs too long got to me.  Plus I had to go home and download a new program, Easy HDR, in order to process the photos in HDR (High Dynamic Range) as I had seen them on the photo group’s Facebook page.  Well, maybe I didn’t have to, but using that program was going to be a whole lot easier than trying to figure it out by myself in Lightroom.  So this morning instead of being happy to see the sun come up, I was lamenting the end of the darkness because I wanted to get a photo of the bait shop adjacent to the Hammond Creek bridge to use as an HDR photo.  And I couldn’t resist the Great Blue Heron (two-footed again), as he walked on top of the wall but looked like he was walking on the sunrise itself.

baitshackhdr.jpgAnd more from the walk in Tarpon Springs last night.  I swore I wouldn’t use the presets in the program, but it’s hard to resist instant gratification …

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This is a test…

If you are seeing this post it means it rained like crazy and I couldn’t get out for photos, or I fell asleep in the recliner, or maybe I had a hot date.  But I wouldn’t bet money on that last one.  No, it was pouring, but happily I had just recently gotten on the roof of the lanai with a leaf blower and de-leafed the gutters! But I remembered my idea to take one photo and put it through it’s paces in all my various photo apps on the iPad.  I started with the featured photo above, and here’s where it went.

In Distressed Effects I liked every single one I tried.  All I did was open the photo and clicked the various effects buttons and it came up with these.  There are adjustments within the app that I haven’t learned, but it gives you an idea of what’s possible.  If you hover over each photo it will tell you the date, DE for Distressed Effects, and the effect for that photo.  I think it would be worth learning more about that app, practice makes perfect and all that.

 

 

Next I tried the Reflect app, but it was a terrible photo to use for that app.  I do like adding reflections, I’ve played with that before, but not with this photo.  But within the app is an fx button, and using that I dragged in a desert sun and then tried a few other things which I can’t say that I remember.  It’s a really good app, just not so much for this photo.1-6reflectfxNow for the Prisma app.  I’ve never tried this app and not liked the results, but again this wasn’t the right photo for it.  So the idea of taking a single photo and using it in multiple apps probably wasn’t the greatest idea.  See, this is why I like living with dogs, I ran the idea past them and they thought it was a great idea. But then they think all my ideas are terrific.  Don’t tell them otherwise.

 

 

Wait, I forgot about Superimpose.  This was easy to use, and again, there is a lot more you can do.  I need to play with this app some more.  But this is just the bird photo and one of my moon photos, with the opacity adjusted.  There are tutorials within the app, and probably on You Tube also.  What else is there to do when you are hunkered down waiting for better weather?1-6superimpose

Why not try iColorama? Another one I’ve played with before.

 

 

PIP Camera too!

 

 

Yes, I cheated and included a couple of photos that were better suited to the PIP app.  I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  And as long as I’m breaking my own premise for this post I’ll include several more photos done in iColorama.  I had to work to find the kaleidoscope-type effects I’ve played with before.  I found a nice hibiscus photo in my stash, and started with ‘form’ in the top group of adjustments, then tried effects from there.  Another fun app to play with…

 

 

Sometimes a rainy day isn’t such a bad thing…

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Bah humbug…

I suppose that was my attitude toward Halloween this year.  Well, every year.  It envelops the entire holiday season for that matter.  I enjoyed it when my kids were little, but those days are long gone, and, as I do about many things, I beat myself up over my bad attitude.

So I went shopping on Halloween afternoon, followed by watching the sunset at Hudson Beach, followed by writing the blog post for the day at Panera.  That got me to 8:30 and I figured I could sneak home and wouldn’t be bothered after that.  But my neighbor posted the nicest little video of their front walk all decorated for the trick-or-treaters and, yes, I feel guilty.  And really it was the candy I was avoiding.  I could be sainted for my eating and exercise habits lately, but having it in the house for the kids who might not have even showed up was asking for trouble.

The shopping was successful, as evidenced by buying the smallest sized pants that I’ve bought in probably 20 years.  I’m kidding myself, 30 years.  So that ought to have cheered me up, right?  And upon arriving at Hudson Beach I saw a Great Blue Heron flying into the area so I got the above photo almost immediately.  It boded well.  I hadn’t been to Hudson Beach for a month, and wandered the length of the area, but went back to the raised enclosure for the rest of these shots.  There were other photographers there and we all were taking photos.  But I was the only one with my arms around the huge post in the corner in order to take this shot.

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Plus a few more.  I’ve been using my Canon DSLR more, up until lately I used to use my iPhone for all my landscape type shots because of the wider angle it gave me.  Whatever my settings are in the Canon it really enhanced the color in these photos, but I probably shouldn’t confess that.  And manual focus these days.  I’m learning.

 

This fishing boat chose the perfect moment to leave, for me to take a picture I mean.  And once I saw the picture I couldn’t resist putting it through an app called Waterlogue.  Just for fun.

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Armchair traveling…

Have you been on Google Earth lately? Or ever? I went looking for that application on the computer so that I could look up my grandfather’s house for a blog post, and gone was the blue marble ikon I was looking for. I thought I’d somehow deleted the application, but no, it was there, now titled Google Earth Pro, with a gray and white ikon.

The ikon might be less colorful, but I was astounded at what I found when I typed in the address I was looking for. I was essentially a drone, flying over a very clear town, and zooming in so that I was standing in front of the house! A beautiful, full color, photograph of the house that, in this case, was well past it’s prime. And yes, it took a little maneuvering, and while you are ‘walking’ yourself to the actual address you just might make yourself a little sea sick, but so worth it. Maybe not if you are trying to hide, or on the ‘lam’, but for nosy people like me it was great!  Just this morning I visited the Vatican, the Acropolis, and the school where my granddaughter teaches in Bucharest. In the more famous places there are many, many photo links to click on to see the photos that other people have taken in that place and posted on the internet.

And then it hit me while I was at work today!  The Grand Canyon!  What better place to fly over!  Or down into. I’m thinking it has to be like wearing one of those flying squirrel suits and zooming on the air currents… from the comfort of my recliner of course. The tool bar at the top of the screen seems to allow you to save images, or record your ‘tour’. As I zoomed I stopped and took quick photos of my computer screen for you to see.  And kept the tools in the photos on purpose so you’ll know what the screen looks like if you decide to fly there, or anywhere else, for yourself and check it out. It really is a small world these days.

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Tidbits…

When something catches my eye these days I’m probably going to take a picture of it, because it just might be something I’ll want to refer back to eventually.  Which means there are these pictures hanging around in this computer that amuse me, but probably will never see the light of day, and each one probably won’t be a post by itself, but together, well, maybe…

Take the photo above.  Who wouldn’t think a set of child’s footprints was cute, so I could use them somehow, right?  Well, it’s two right feet, not quite the image I intended.  How did I not notice that when I took the photo?  So it was two kids side by side?  Standing like flamingos?  I haven’t resorted to staging a photo so far, but it’s a thought…

camerapurseI was at the local mall in order to take some ‘street photos’ to use in yesterday’s post.  The problem was that there was hardly anyone in the mall, no two people greeting each other, no cute older couple holding hands.  But there was this, a camera purse, so darned cute.  And I almost bought it, and then I remembered that I’m a grown up,  More than a grown up, I’m a grown old.  So I saved some money and just took a picture…

unattendedchildrensign.jpgAnd this sign that was hanging on the wall of my local PetLuv, where I had taken the dogs to get their toenails clipped.  When they brought Ozzie back out to me they gently suggested that I bring him elsewhere next time.  He was good, they said, just so scared that his blood pressure was through the roof.  My big brave boy.  Maybe he got into the espresso…

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No, this isn’t a 45 rpm record hanging from a tree, though that’s what it looked like to me, another dog walk revelation.  I’ve seen beautiful photos of spider webs in the past, but haven’t been able to capture an image of one until the other day.  I’m almost disappointed that this spider is an over-achiever.  The web is so filled in that it’s not as pretty as I hoped it would be.  But it led to meeting a neighbor I had never met before.  She marched herself out to ask me what I was doing.  From her angle I don’t think she could see the web, so even though I explained what I was doing I suspect that she suspects that I’m spying on her neighbors.  Especially since I took pictures two days in a row, and came back again on the first day in my car, and my Canon camera.  Un huh, she thinks I’m up to something.

And then there are these two.  Some photos just can’t be explained.

But these two kids do look familiar…