Visual Quotation 75 – Memories

  I want to hold my memories close,  to keep them frozen in time, but I’m afraid too because … “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”   Lois Lowry, The Giver Please click on the image for a larger view Weekly Photo Challenge: Season Continue reading Visual Quotation 75 – Memories

Photo Editing February’s photos

This week’s editing challenge over at Sonel’s blog is our choice – the only parameter is that it be shot in February.  Last month I went up to Ottawa’s Winterlude so I had a number of shots to choose from.  Below is the result of one of my efforts, and below that is the original.

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In Sagelight I cropped it and then blew out the details in the foreground and middle ground using the light blender in the power box controls.  In Paint I removed the last of the foreground shadows and the girl in pink and the centre tree plus the arch to the left of the tree, which I found distracting.  Back in Sagelight I converted it to black and white, adjusted the lighting to bring up the interest in the sky and applied the vignette.  What I like about Sagelight’s vignette feature is that you can easily adjust its shape, angle and placement, and colour if you wish. In that way I concentrated the light on the city across the river.   Whether or not you like the results, the combination of effects provides quite a transformation.

These following shots also taken at Winterlude have been posted on my photo blog but here I will show the originals as well.   This is an ice sculpture – I couldn’t get close because the line was long and time was short so I had to make do with this shot.ice sculpture

But with Sagelight I brought the background to black using the light blender controls and cropped the shot.  An HDR effect  Continue reading “Photo Editing February’s photos”

The greatest thing in family life …

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.”   – Robert Frost

Today is Family Day here in Ontario.  For some it meant another stat holiday.  Hopefully many actually spent it with family, doing something together.  For me it meant the end to my pristine yard …
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… the back yard still looks like the angels just dusted it with snow.
The front yard, however, is showing signs of wear. Cooper is trying to remember what the hell happened …