Doing more with pictures in 2012…


196 – Motion

Teaching my 13yoa niece and 16yoa nephew how to skip rocks.  All that was done to this is crop.



89 – Embark

The original photo was actually taken by my 16yoa nephew using my camera.  Yeah, I’m using it anyway.  I cropped it way down and added some effects with Topaz.

The sky was so plain.  So I opened up Lens Effects and used the Graduated Neutral Density preset to add a little interest to the sky.  Most of the naturally graduated color/light was cropped out in this.  There was no land or other point of reference to go in the frame.  This was at 300mm zoom and has been way cropped besides…the thing was just out in the middle of the blue directly above.

Then as I’m playing with Lens Effects I notice the Toy Camera presets…this one (Memories II?) gave it a very Instagram-y effect that I quite like.  I know “real” photographers think Instagram and similar programs are ruining the art of photography, but for cripes’ sakes let shutterbugs have a little fun.  Especially the ones that aren’t trying to earn a living at photography.  A well-equipped darkroom is to photography what an acoustically superior location is to music (that may not be the best analogy as I know precisely zip about music…only thing I can play is the radio…you get my drift though).  In the digital age, image manipulation programs are to photography what AutoTune is to music; what constitutes “art” is subject to popular culture and for me if it pleases my eyes, ears, etc. then I kind of don’t care how it’s made (so long as it’s not made by skinning babies alive or something).  If you do not like what is made, stop looking and listening and quityerbitchin!  😉

Welcome to 2012, all.  It certainly can’t be any worse than 2011!

24 – Bloom

Ok, so these blooms are fake…and this is a morbid interpretation of this theme.  Welcome to October.

65 – Cupcakes

Lemon pudding filled lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream.  These were based on recipes I found for Limoncello filled cupcakes with Chambord buttercream.  However, because these were for a work party they had to be N/A.  Sad, no?  🙂

109 – Floor

From the wide world of things that make you go, “what the?!?”  A little chunk of floor, from an old bank (obviously) which has been laid up against this tree so long it’s grown over…  I went back and forth between B/W and color on this one, and various shades of in-betweens.  Finally settled on the “crisp” preset to give it some subdued moodiness…because that seems like a good fit for pictures of old junk.

73 – Dessert

I made this Irish Whiskey Cake (link to recipe) for our friend’s birthday, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day.  This thing was so loaded with booze the leftovers wouldn’t freeze!  It was amazing, though…

217 – Pasta

I actually probably take more pictures of food than anything else.  This is Kraft’s Pizza Pasta Salad (link to recipe).  I actually thought it was pretty good, despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of pasta salad, Italian dressing, or salami.  I must say it was quite edible.