What with Garry still recovering, we haven’t gotten out much lately and probably won’t this month. But I’ve taken a few pictures around the house. Certainly as odd as anything else I’ve ever shot!
I got a new camera. Having given my favorite camera to Garry, I realized I need at least one long lens. After a lot of checking, it turned out to be far less expensive to get a whole camera than a long lens for the Olympus. The Olympus lens is not only more expensive, it was also much slower. And, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t use it much, either.
I bowed to reality. Fortunately, the price on the camera I wanted had dropped by half since I last looked at it. This probably means Panasonic is going to make this model obsolete and introduce another which will cost more, but not necessarily be better — or even as good — as this one. I have lost faith in new models as improvements over earlier versions.
It was really hot today. Humid, too. Normally I’d have “gone out” to shoot with the new camera, but at 100 degrees (37.8 for your metric folks) and nearly 100% humidity, it felt like hot soup outside. I took a few garden shots, then went back inside for the air conditioning. I don’t like winter, but I really hate hot and humid.
This heat won’t last long. Less than a week, then it will cool down. For the beach bunnies, this is perfect weather for a long holiday weekend. I burn easily and heat stroke is my favorite warm weather activity, so I’m happy in the A/C. Garry claims to love hot weather, but I notice he’s not outside, either. I think when you reach our age, extremes in temperature are unhealthy.
The ongoing issue of what, exactly, is oddball remains. I took a bunch of pictures of people in the park this past Saturday. Odd pictures insofar as I have no idea when I might otherwise use these pictures. I guess that makes them as odd as anything I’m like to be taking.
The more complicated life gets, the more I yearn for some kind of simplicity. The thing is, I don’t really remember ever having a simple life unless we were on vacation. That was what the Vineyard was about, I think. It was very simple. If you stayed for a couple of weeks, you could easily forget you’d ever been anywhere else.
I’m beginning to think we really need a vacation. Probably not as much as we need an improved chimney.
Great day in the morning!
There’s been a fair bit of odd stuff going around town. I thought I had lost the month of May, but almost everything I really wanted was on the original chip, so I’ve been processing like mad — and there is so much more to be done. But for now, this is as good as it gets.
I need to NOT work on the computer for a while!
WHAT A WEEK!
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge:
May 13, 2018
I’ve taken a fair number of odd pictures this months. I’m not sure what one might consider “oddball.”
As Alice might have said: “Curiouser and Curiouser!”
Matryoshka – Russian Wooden Nesting Dolls
I bought this set of dolls at a local craft show for what I thought was a song. Since then, having seen many others of these, I was right. These Russian nesting dolls are beautifully painted … and if I were to unpack them, there are eight of them inside her.
If Van Gogh lived here, he might have painted my sunflowers thusly.
We went to a party. They aren’t my best pictures, but they were more fun than most.
A word about processing people pictures from parties. I use a lot of creative effects on people pictures because what I want to show is their faces, their laughter, the fun without making every look like they have the neck of a chicken or, as Garry puts it “the chrome dome.”
Everyone wants to look good. Most people our age don’t expect to look young and they don’t mind seeing character in their faces, but they also don’t want to look like they were just unearthed from a grave. Finding a balance is a bit of a trick. I put more time and energy into processing people — especially people in my age group — than I do for anything else.
When you take a lot of pictures of anything, after a while, you are finished using them for their originally intended purpose and you get playful.
I took more than 600 pictures of the Tom and Ellin Curley VoiceScapes Audio Theater last weekend. I have diligently processed as many photographs as I felt made sense and weren’t simply duplicates of each other. I dare say there are more, but I’ve gotten through the main, first batch.
Now, I’m into the “playful period” of trying to see what clever and unique ways I can process the same or similar shots. I think of it as “fun with filters.”
And so April arrives. The weather is pleasant, finally. Not exactly cozy, but not so cold. The crocuses are up and the day lilies are pushing their way out of the ground too. Another few weeks and it will REALLY feel like spring.
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 25, 2018
Spring was a week ago and a few minutes ago, snowflakes were drifting from the sky. It wasn’t much of a snow and only lasted a few minutes, but it isn’t quite the weather for which we have been hoping.
Cold, mainly. I think — I believe — the snow or at least any significant amount of it, is finished. But the temperatures are well below normal and I’m ready to get out of heavy sweaters and into something a little more frivolous and lightweight.
Oddballs. I have been taking a lot of strange pictures in the house. The outside has been difficult to negotiates. Garry, though, has been out there, frozen fingers and all. Kudos to him!
Although a lot of snow has melted, especially on areas that get a lot of sun, there’s still plenty around elsewhere.
The woods is full of snow and along the road, there are huge piles of it created by the plows.
It’s a good time to follow Gibbs’ lead: enjoy the sofa. Have another cup of coffee!
Oddly enough, after all the wind and rain … it’s still gray and cold. Usually, following a major storm, we get a couple of bright sunny days. The wind and rain clear the air and I look forward to the sun coming out.
Not this time. We are still in a mix of ever-changing weather. No two days are alike. Warm, cold, windy, dry, snow, melting, more snow. More rain. No sun for weeks at a time. Sometimes, by mid afternoon, it is as dark as night.
It’s a good time for oddballs in this oddest of worlds.
I should be grateful that all this precipitation is rain rather than snow. Someone calculated that if this were snow, it would be more than two feet … and that would make me even sadder than the mud field out front. It really IS ugly, though.
It’s the dog’s yard, so it probably wouldn’t be lovely anyway, but all the rain has melted away any remnant of grass that might have been there. The frequent wind storms have left a far larger collection of branches and twigs there, too. There’s a lot of cleanup to do when finally, it isn’t raining, snowing, or sleeting.
It’s warming up and the snow is melting. Probably it will be gone by tomorrow. Surely by Tuesday. Then, a few warm days after which, who knows? February and March are the crazy months, weather-wise. Anything can happen and usually does.
I’m pleased with these effects. For the first time, I created the effects I wanted. Not from scratch — I’m not that talented. I found basic designs I liked, but weren’t quite “it.” The originals were in black & white. I wanted color in a graphic sketch style using more detail, color, more texture to created a painted graphics image. Sort of.
I worked from two designs — an HDR-Micro format in which I loved the design but hated the colors –and another using a black & white graphics sketch that needed more contrast, color, and texture.
Then I saved my effects and released them to Topaz. I have been creating these or similar effects for a while, but I never saved them. Each time I wanted to use them, I had to reproduce them.
It finally occurred to me that I was wasting a lot of time creating the same things repeatedly when I could save them and add them to the studio. I had not realized I could release them so everyone can use them. That was a nice touch.
All of these oddballs are effects I originated based on models from Topaz.
What am I trying to do? Glad you asked. I’ve been trying to create a “magazine cover” graphic design. I want it to look like old copies of Look (think Norman Rockwell) or maybe The New Yorker. I’m not there yet, but that’s the goal.