Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photoshop? Huh?

What is "Photoshop" you ask? Well, the quick and dirty is Photoshop is a professional image editing software package that can be used by experts and novices alike (like me) to make your pictures look so much better! I got the software for my birthday last year (thank you Neil) and had been fiddling with it but needed more knowledge and skill. So yesterday, I took a course in Ottawa and learned all about pixel dimensions, hues, saturation, lightness and the many tools offered with Photoshop Element (cropping, remove red eye, change skin tones, etc.) Mind you, this was the first level of the course and I have along way to go. It all starts with one step and practise, practise, practise.

Please keep in mind that I'm just beginning when you look at the two pictures above. The first one was shot "straight out of the camera" with no editing. The second picture is after I adjusted the hue, saturation and lightness (New words for everyday conversations.) I wanted the overall picture to look dark and dingy cause it's Halloween. I have so much to learn but looking forward to what I can actually do with some of my pictures.

Friday, October 22, 2010

An Eerie Sight

Down this laneway to the very end, and running along the St. Lawrence River is the Old Protestant Cemetery.

There is absolutely nothing like traipsing through one of Brockville's oldest cemeteries reading headstones and taking in history. Also, it's pretty close to Halloween which makes it even more eerie and spooky to see and do.

Here is another eerie, spooky site!! Rising fuel costs! I can feel the cold chills going down my spine as fill up my gas tank. Mwuah-ha-ha!

Friday, October 15, 2010


This past weekend which was Thanksgiving here in Ontario, the weather was absolutely perfect for October! Blue skies and a great excuse to pack up the camera and go for a ride. Actually, I have a photography class next weekend and there's homework involved! I've got to come up with some different pics to "Photoshop". While I was out and about, I happened to come along a fence that had old rusted bicycles lined up as far as the eye could see. Of course, I had to stop and take a picture which kind of lead me down a laneway to a building that was cluttered with "odds n' ends", "stuff", "junk" and lots of it. Piled everywhere. An old gentleman came out of the building and wanted to know if he could sell me something or at least find me something that he could sell me (which ever!!) He had everything that you could imagine plus more! He had collections of golf clubs, dishes, windows, mugs, stoves, pictures, furniture and I'm sure there was a kitchen sink stuffed someplace plus a pile of tossed dolls that required some reassembling or a good scrubbing. It never ended. "Oh, I've got two more barns full of stuff. Is there anything that you are looking for?" Honest to goodness, it would take days to get through everything and a lot of it was covered with tarps. Apparently, his collection of things is left over from previous auction sales. I was kind of tight for time but most certainly will make a trip back. Perhaps set a few hours aside and snoop around. You never know what you might find while you're digging.

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Best Shot!

Last week here in Brockville plus other areas of Ontario, it poured rain. For days. Lots of rain. We had continuous overcast. It never ended. Rainy days are great for getting work done inside (sewing, reading, snoozing). But when it lasts for a week, I find it a bit difficult to get motivated to do anything. Neil is more than willing to offer advice when this happens..."Why don't you work in your studio today?" I already did. "Go to the Dairy Queen and get yourself some ice cream?" I already did. Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. "Why don't you hop on your motocycle and go for a ride?" (Yes, I ride a motorcycle. Why do you ask?) Now you're thinking Neil!! Better yet, I'll take my camera along and see what I can find. I started out and a made a few stops along the Parkway. I took a few pics but I just didn't have the groove in me. My shots were okay but not thrilling. Boring actually. I was still experiencing the "cloudy overhead" that was still looming above plus I had been battling a head cold! What would make my day? I could always turn around and head back to Brockville and continue along my way to Maitland and loop around. Great idea! Sounds like a plan. But of course, there is always a method to my madness!! If you live in the Brockville area, there is a chip wagon in Maitland that serves the best fresh cut fries in the county! Believe me, I've been to pretty much all of them. Have you not seen my hips and thighs? I inherited them a long time ago and have maintained them well. After eating these fries, I had an all new perspective on life. The skies opened and the clouds parted. The sun shone brighter than it had in the past week or so all because of a little know chip wagon called "The Spud". Life couldn't possibly get any better than this!!