RAINDROPS ON AN OVERTURNED 'RED BUD' LEAF
Our local weatherman used a nasty term on his forecast a few minutes ago...."possible 'SNOW' showers overnight.' Not nice!! It was a rainy wet chilling day as Kelly & I headed off to visit my Uncle Harry this morning. He's doing pretty good & we were able to get him up for a short walk with his walker.
ALWAYS NICE WHEN WE CAN GET THE WHOLE GANG OUT IN THE MORNING
I mentioned a few days ago about editing over 700 photos in a 6 hour period while waiting for a brake repair recall on the Motor Home. To some folks that much editing might seem impossible but you have to remember, I take a lot of photos on a regular basis, & that means a lot of photo editing experience.
DABBLES OF COLOR ALONG THE MORNING TRAIL
The PICASA PHOTO EDITING PROGRAM makes it an easy & fast way to edit pictures & like anything, if you do something regularly enough you can become very fast & efficient at it. It takes me on average about 30 seconds to have a photo looking the way I want it to look. Sometimes less time & sometimes more depending if I get into Picasa’s new PICNIK program.
Basically, this is what I do with each photo.......First I hit, ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ to see what options that is going to give me. Does it make the picture better or worse, lighter or darker, or does it not change anything? Next is ‘Auto Color’ & I decide if there is an improvement or not. I also do ‘Crop’ & ‘Straighten’ at this stage as well plus ‘Tuning,’ where I decide whether to add contrast or not. Maybe lighten the photo if it needs it. Then, I move on to the next picture, but I am not done with that first pic yet & will come back to it shortly. When I reach the end of a batch of photos I then work in reverse & begin to move back down the line. I click on ‘Effects’ & this is where I decide on adding or changing things like, Saturation, Sharpening, Glow, Graduated Tint or other effects if desired. All these options can compliment & work well with each other. With experience you can learn how to greatly improve your already good photos very quickly. I enjoy the editing process as much as I enjoy taking the pictures themselves.
KELLY SPOTTED THIS OLD DEAD PINE TREE FULL OF TURKEY VULTURES
Browsing through some blogs this morning I see Margie & Bruce’s blog had reached people in the far flung corners of the globe. MargieAnne from NEW ZEALAND DIARIES reflects on the influence Margie’s blog had on her.
An email rolled in this morning from reader Jim A who after reading yesterday's blog about our aging dogs sent in a site regarding easy to use folding ramps for pets to gain easier access into & out of RV's, campers, trucks, etc. The site also has indoor ramps for enabling pets to get up onto the bed or couch as well. PET CLASSICS
You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:
10. You get winded from knocking on the door.
9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.
8. You ask for high fiber candy only.
7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.
6. People say: "Great Boris Karloff Mask,"
And you're not wearing a mask.
5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..."
And can't remember the rest
4. By the end of the night,
you have a bag full of restraining orders.
3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.
2. You're the only Power Ranger in the
neighborhood with a walker.
And the number one reason Seniors should not go Trick Or Treating...
1. You keep having to go home to pee.
Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
Until one has loved an Animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.
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