Just got some new software that works with Lightroom. It’s called ON1 and it’s proving to be rather fun to play with. Just a couple quick little shots of Loki with some ON1 enhancements, presets, and borders.
Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border.
Loki, old tintype border.
Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border with slight opacity adjustment.
I’ve just started playing with the software so I have a lot to learn yet. It’s fairly easy to figure out and is highly customizable, so you aren’t stuck with a fixed set of anything.
I have this lens that a dear (but sadly departed) friend sold me many years ago. It’s a Sigma zoom 28-300mm and it was my favorite lens. And then it broke. No more zoom. So, this many years later, frustrated by not being able to zoom and wanting to get close to the things in my yard, I impulsively bought another lens. This one is a Sigma 70-300mm. It’s a relatively cheap lens as lenses go, not as versatile as my poor broken one, but I think it will serve my purpose. I’m not a “photographer” by any means and I barely know what I’m doing (never quite getting the whole f-stop thing). I just like to take pictures.
So, without further ado, here’s some test pictures with the new lens of stuff growing in my yard.
Cherry blossoms in the gully.
Variegated Solomon’s Seal among the Pachysandra.
A tangle of violets taking over the side bed in the back yard.
Some chickweed in pots on the deck.
And of course, the lovely potted Elder sending out her leaves.
And, the stately but thorny Devil’s Walking Stick (there are several varying in height from about 3 ft. to possibly over 10 ft. I can’t tell. I’m too short.
And here, for no other reason than to show the world that even though these guys owe their very existence to me (I did sculpt them, afterall), it doesn’t stop them from judging me. *sigh*
I’m kinda proud of this one. Two days ago, in the lull between storms full of ice and rain, the sky was — majestic over our little village of Berwyn.
If you click on the picture and go to flickr, and then select the “original” size, you can see icicles on the branches of the trees. No cropping was done, just a bit of adjustment to the tone and clarity. It was a freaky day.
and luckily, i had my camera with me.
on the way to the CSA farm in Kimberton, i saw an amazing gathering of waterfowl.
and then my favorite bird came by to see what the ruckus was all about
and when i got to the farm, the chickens were all hiding under the old rusted cart in the chicken yard.
it was a good day.
so, i was playing with a hopelessly blurry photo and came up with this…
This past week I’ve been suffering from a nasty head cold, so when Saturday rolled around I backed out of the planned trip to the Renaissance Faire. Then as everyone was preparing to head out, I impetuously changed my mind and backed right back in.
It was the wrong thing to do. I should have been a grown-up about the whole thing and stayed home. Let’s just say that the resulting fever and misery was my own damned fault and leave it at that.
I did get some nice photos of the raptors at the falconry show.
so, i saved up my monthly retirement checks (a whopping $138) and then i bought a new camera–the Pentax K10d–here it is: http://www.pentaximaging.com/products/product_details/digital_camera–K10D/reqID–8793673/subsection–digital_slr
so for the past 2 days i’ve been playing with my new toy and i love it. here’s a few pictures i’ve taken so far.
i can’t wait til i get good!