Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bowie in progress

Bowie in progress

Just a little something I'm working on - I'm teaching someone nice to cross stitch, and it's such a pleasant, familiar feeling to separate the little piles of floss and work in an orderly fashion...


I'm still playing with the older camera - and it's a tricky business getting a clear, sharp photo - but the added challenge has made it fun. I always enjoy working within strict limitations, and seeing what I can make of them.


lovely flower

green trees

surely, a very photographed building

I only realized this week I've reached my 10 year anniversary of blogging - 10 years! In honor of this occasion, I've been tweaking the template a bit to spiff things up a bit. Apologies if you see something bizarre as I muck around in the code. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Return to photography


I used to love snapping photos, but it wasn't until recently that I got back into it. I set myself the task of picking up one of my old cameras, which I never fully learned how to use, and teaching myself the ins and outs of it.


The camera has its limitations - being older, it doesn't do well in low light - anything above ISO 800 is too grainy to be useable. But in good light, it snaps some nice pics, and it has a nice zoom.


I've been using that zoom to do my photography in the exact opposite way that I usually approach it - I usually get very close to objects and do macro shots.

Instead, I've been zooming all the way in, to get close to things I am actually very far away from.


I've been using two free Photoshop Actions from the Coffee Shop blog which I highly recommend:
Vivid 2 and Perfect Portrait.


The actions do a great job brightening and sharpening up images I didn't think I could use. It's been fun to get back into snapping pics and editing them!