Friday, August 31, 2012

Fun with photos

 

This month’s photo club challenge is ‘triangles’. Of course, I take these things literally, and I’m sure when we show off our pictures some people will have taken it in creative, amazing, artistic ways – but I’m just looking for triangles! It’s the engineer in me!

So I wasted a lot of pixels snapping pictures downtown. It’s hard to take pictures of bridges, they’re just so big. Then I got the idea to reach out over the railing to get this shot of the paddle boat moored at waterfront park, with the Burnside bridge behind it, and those cool Convention Center towers.

 

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I took three exposures, this was the middle one – I also took one two stops above, and another 2 stops below, and combined them in photoshop. I cropped out the junk, and straightened it out.

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I like the color of the convention center, and the towers on the bridge, and of course the boat is interesting, but I think it looks a little busy. Lots of triangles, though I don’t think it’s a contest to get the MOST triangles! I like the way the puffy clouds look, it reminds me of an old postcard. So I ran it through a few of Picasa’s filters:

 

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This is the Lomo effect, with the effects toned down a bit.

 

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This is the Holga effect, it looks like it was taken with a toy camera.

 

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I think this looks most like an old postcard, with that orange sort of cast to it. This is the 1960’s effect.

I might go ahead and print this one to use for photo club. I’ll just have to see if I get anything else before the meeting that I like better. It’s fun to play around with this stuff though!

 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

End of Summer photos

 

This has been a weird summer. I’ve been working full time, with a ridiculously long commute, and the end result of all that is I feel like I wasn’t even home for the summer. Hopefully things will get better soon.

 

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I abandoned my garden, and it’s all overgrown and weedy. I planted a few tomatoes in pots on the front deck, and they might kick out a few tomatoes before the winter comes, if we’re lucky. BTW, that’s Saki next to the tomatoes, they were visiting.

 

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Mostly we’ve been working on cleaning the house and getting it ready to sell. It’s coming along better than I expected. But that’s another post.

Today I went out in the late afternoon and took some pictures around the yard. No particular reason. The light was so beautiful, I couldn’t help myself.

 

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This picture was not in focus, but I liked the pose, so it seemed like a good use of one of those funky filters. Look at me, I’m being artistic!

 

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My little perpetual-motion machine stops for a rare picture! Good girl, Navi!

 

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Barclay just wants to play stickball, he’s obsessed with it!

 

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Here’s another picture which came out overexposed, but is saved by one of those funky filters. Makes it look like I intended that ‘glow’!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

More of Navi hunting field mice

Barclay in the Meadow

Navi bounding through the meadow