This seems like a simple enough challenge, considering my collection of farm animals. Doesn’t everyone have such a collection? LOL Check out Cee’s blog at: http://ceenphotography.com.
I’ve been waiting for the release of the new version of Photo Suite since upgrading from version 6 last week. I was waiting for an email with the download link and activation key. I just happened to check my order with them this morning and noticed something had changed. There was a link for Mac and another for Windows systems to download the software. So much for that email! I downloaded and installed the new software. It was 555 Megs huge in the dmg package but shrunk to a more reasonable size as it installed. I asked it to clear out any older versions on my computer, which it did.
I opened Photoshop CC first and everything was there. In fact, too much was there. It hadn’t removed the menu selection for version 8 of Perfect Effects. So until I can discover how to clear that up I must be self aware there are two versions of the same software on that menu, version 8 & 9.
Simultaneously the install placed the new suite inside My Elements 13 and my new Lightroom 5. I still haven’t gotten into using Lightroom and I may never get there. If only I could find a local guru to explain why I need this software. The Perfect Photo Suite 9 now has its own Perfect Batch 9 that resembles Lightroom. I also have Bridge CC that came with Photoshop CC 2014. Are you thoroughly confused yet? Me too! I’ll play with all of it eventually but for now I know how to use Bridge so I’ll stick with it until I can prove something else is better.
My photography student, Liz, is coming over Sunday so I need to get up to speed on the software I’ll be teacher her. For example, no need to work with Photoshop CC, Lightroom or Perfect photo Suite 9 when she owns Elements 12. I have Elements 13 which is close enough so that’s where I put my emphasis during the lesson. Of course I’ll show her the capabilities of OnOne perfect Photo Suite while it’s on there.
So much to learn, so many new toys to play with. :) I eat this stuff up for breakfast. I’m in hog heaven right now and will be for some time to come. There’s a 100% chance of rain for the next two day so I won’t have any new photographs until Halloween night when I hope it’s dry enough for some trick or treaters to arrive at our door. We’ll see.
It was good to have my best friend, Warren, back from his sabbatical and subsequent epic motorcycle ride across the United States. He has a wealth of stories and experiences to share and what are good friends for except to listen to it all, again & again. LOL
We got together yesterday around noon, Warren’s normal wakeup time, especially when he’s on vacation. You see, Warren is a late night owl with sleep disorders, unlike me who hits the sack at 6 p.m. and gets up once or twice before rising at 4-5 a.m. every morning. I sleep in chunks. :)
I let myself into his condo since he knew I was heading his way after a phone call earlier at 11:00. He was still finishing his SSS, ie. shower, shit & shave for those who don’t speak guy talk. I had barely started messing with Jack The Cat when Warren joined me in his livingroom. I had settled in my normal spot on my regular couch with my favorite cat on earth. Warren gave his normal elaborate welcome, “Hi”, before launching into our itinerary for the day ahead. This included dropping off his motorcycle for a thorough service after his 13,000 + mile ride. There would be a new rear tire and front end work with the forks. Warren plans on pursuing legal action against another motorcycle shop for faulty maintenance work before his departure months ago. He needed inspections and estimates on the damage done.
After the handoff of the bike we again joined together in the building with all the new and used bikes which number in the hundreds. Warren had the itch for a new bike and went straight to his favorite salesman, Doug, who had sold him his used Suzuki 800 Boulevard years ago. I was there for that purchase and pickup as well. :) After a test ride on the bike Warren had chosen we headed out in my SmartCar with Warren at the wheel to Washington Mall for a meal in their food court, a gastric delight. I didn’t get back to my place until after 4 in the afternoon. We had made a day out of just running around, taking care of business and talking our heads off. It was a typical Warren & Bob day. We enjoy each other’s company and put up with each other’s idiosyncrasies and foibles. What are friends for?
My best friend, Warren, just returned from his epic 12,500 mile motorcycle ride from coast to coast. He also managed to travel up and down the entire Eastern seaboard before making a turn for home. He arrived home safely on October 27th with all sorts of stories to tell. I met with him yesterday evening and we had dinner together at our favorite Dragon Fountain Chinese Restaurant. I’ll be meeting up with him again today to help him get his bike in for repairs and needed maintenance. His Suzuki 800 Boulevard did a great job getting him where he wanted to go. He’s been on many long trips to California but nothing like this marathon of a ride.
This is the first time I haven’t cared for his cat, Jack, when he goes out of town. Warren has another friend that was caring for his condo as well as Jack while Warren was away. I look forward to seeing both Warren & Jack today.
Warren still has a few days left on his sabbatical before he needs to return to his job at Intel Corp where he’s worked for many years.
This happened to me while on my “Bucket List” tour of 5 national parks in the Southwestern United States. It was 2011 and I had been laid off from Intel Corp. for exactly one year. I joined 35 merry souls from 18 countries on a 12 day epic journey that I will always remember. We stopped near Lake Powell reservoir straddling the border between Utah & Arizona. We had stopped in Moab, Utah for supplies and to give the tourists onboard an opportunity to do laundry and take a shower, something we all needed from hiking canyons in early August. :)
While in Moab I wandered in an outdoor sporting goods store during a sale on all sorts of goodies. I walked out with a new Tilley hat and a pair of Keen hiking sandals. Little did I realize the sunburn marks I’d soon develop on my feet from wearing the super comfortable sandals. I stopped for a rest when I notinced a stinging sensation as I walked. My poor tootsies were beet red from sunburn because stupid me didn’t put sunscreen or even just wear white socks while wandering in the desert sun. I snapped a picture of those feet that you see below. Notice the huge purple blister on my left side big toe. I was a mess! This photo is my entry into Cee’s challenge for bare feet/shoes. Catch Cee’s fun challenges at her blog at: http://ceenphotography.com/.
Because of the impending rain forecast for this Sunday Liz & I have decided it’s time for another editing lesson behind the computer. That last one at her house opened Liz’s eyes to the power of post processing with Adobe’s Elements 12. It also became evident why I recommended that she shoot only in RAW format as the gained post processing latitude make it worthwhile.
So, with that in mind I did some searching through my archives looking for a worthy challenge to teach the maximum amount of skills with dramatic results. I came up with one of my favorite lighthouse images that require a number of editing techniques to end up with the finished image you also see below. Most folks would trash the original right out of the camera even though I deliberately exposed it that way to guarantee a properly exposed final image. “Expose for detail in the highlight areas and post process the midtones and shadow areas”. Some get tired of hearing that advice so maybe I’ll have it etched on my tombstone. :) Anyway I look forward to working with Liz using Elements software. I purchased version 13 that is close enough to her version 12 for her to feel right at home. I’ll bet she’ll have fun on my 21.5″ iMac with Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and bluetooth keyboard.
These new additions won’t make the 6:00 O’clock news but they’re important to regular zoo goers just the same. They’re the less glamorous animals like frogs, lizards and snakes. The Oregon Zoo has quietly been increasing its animal list to include a half dozen or so frogs of one species or another. They’ve tripled the number and variety of the lizard population without a mention on their website. There’s a new white faced tamarin population of three individuals I noticed yesterday as well. They actually made the news only because a number of their group died while in routine quarantine before being allowed to go on display.
I spotted the little frogs pictured in the photo below just lining up on different levels of branches in their large aquarium style habitat. Their exhibit is hidden back among others behind the zoo’s large African Cafe. I hadn’t visited that little nook since before the prior residents back there passed away. The zoo is making efforts to replace species that have died from old age or illness. These little frogs are attractive fellows whose camouflage blends in with their background. The lighting in their environment allows for easy photography as frogs are territorial and don’t move around much.
I can remember back 40 years when I was young, living alone in Montclair, New Jersey. I used to travel the short distance to my city park, with a large pond full of ducks that were residents there. I distinctly remember bringing my film cameras to capture birds in flight landing on that pond. It was a challenge back then because you only had 36 shots on a roll and nothing on my 35mm camera was automatic. I rolled my own Tti-X 400 ASA B&W film from a 100 foot bulk roll into reloadable 35mm canisters. When finished shooting for the day I’d return home to my makeshift darkroom to process the film into negative strips of 6 frames each and print 8″x10″ contact sheets to help pick the shots for printing.
I developed a lot of photographic skills photographing ducks. Basics like a steady camera holding technique were developed as well as panning skills. I couldn’t blast away back then but fired off one shot at a time before carefully advancing the film for the next frame. When my film for the day was all taken I’d sit back and just watch the ducks and their habits. They are so graceful when you watch closely.
What is your favorite time of day?
That would be the wee hours of the morning. I love silence and get most of my blogging accomplished after midnight to 3 a.m..
What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?
Salvation Army because I know every penny I donate will reach the people who have an immediate need.
How do you like to spend a rainy day?
Depending on how heavy it’s raining I’d say at the zoo. The overcast skies provide the best light and the animals love the rain. Also, there are fewer people at the zoo.
When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?
Pen for sure. I have hated pencils since grade school.