Monthly Archives: July 2012

Surfing or swimming?

Art is not what you see but what you make others see

How I Did It

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Watching the Olympics gives me lots of time to sit in front of the computer and have fun cataloging pictures modifying pictures altering pictures creating pictures. Following is one that I created today. I titled it “Surfing or Swimming.”

Surfing or swimming?

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Poor little seagull doesn’t know whether to go surfing or swimming, especially since flying is not an option…….lol

That is a created picture using three pictures and doing a little cloning in Photoshop CS6. Here are the three pictures:

Surfing or swimming

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Clouds

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Seagull

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Now you’ll never again know whether the pictures in my blog are created pictures or pictures as seen through the lens of my Canon 550D. However, that doesn’t bother me because, as Edgar Degas (178 years old this month) said: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.”

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Fish out of water

A fish out of water

How I Did It

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A couple of decades ago I bought the original versions of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Photo-Paint. My work required them. I preferred Photo-Paint; it was much easier to use.

When I moved to San Diego in 1993, I no longer had a need for either of the two programs so I quit upgrading them. Now, with over 75,000 pictures, I have a need again.

I upgraded Adobe Photoshop 8 to Photoshop CS6. In other words, I had to buy the full version of CS6 since they don’t allow upgrades that are more than two versions old. Customer service would make no exceptions.

I upgraded Corel Photo-Paint 8 to Photo-Paint X6. Corel also doesn’t allow upgrades for more than two versions, but after talking with customer service and taking them through my many version registrations with them — I still had all the serial numbers and purchase dates — Corel allowed me to upgrade, a savings of about $200.

That pretty much tells you why I’m a Corel fan more so than an Adobe fan.

I also bought Adobe Lightroom 4 and Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

I use mostly Lightroom 4 because it works the best with RAW files. Once I have a JPG from the RAW file, I tend to use PaintShop Pro to modify them.

My current focus is learning the ins and outs of Photoshop CS6, where I feel like a fish out of water. One thing that I never liked in Photoshop is its clone tool. I found it cumbersome at best, and horrible at worst. That was until today when I discovered the secret to making the clone tool work properly. It’s all in the hardness of the tool:

Clone tool hardness

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Once I started playing around with the hardness, I was able to get the clone tool to do what I always thought it should do. As usual, the devil is in the details………..

Following is my “Fish out of water,” what I thought was going to be a great picture when I took it a couple of days ago on my Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk:

Fish out of water

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Unfortunately, there is one solitary succulent blossom sticking up into the fish’s mouth. Aaack!

I could easily resolve that issue in about five minutes using PaintShop Pro. I went to Photoshop instead to see if I could make it a five-minute job there. I did. Here’s the result:

Fish out of water

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Fire hydrants at the beach

Dogs welcome….

Picture of the Moment

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On my recent Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk a few mornings ago, our photography group came upon a collection of fire hydrants. Even dogs are welcome at the beach….

Fire hydrants at the beach

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Coneflower

Friday Flower Fiesta — July 27, 2012

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Flower pictures that were original, dull, blah, and uninspiring. They came alive with some added contrast and sharpening using Photoshop CS6, which allowed me to make some DRIPPERS and ROUNDERS out of them.

Picture 1Yellow Flower 4

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Picture 2Calla Lily

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Picture 3Canna

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Picture 4Clivia

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Picture 5Coneflower

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Picture 6Coral Tree

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Picture 7Dahlia

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Picture 8Flower

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Picture 9Flower

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Picture 10Pink Flower

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Picture 11Yellow and Purple Flowers

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Picture 12Yellow Flower and Shadow

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Just me and my big dog

Contemplation — Me and my big dog

Picture of the Moment

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The following picture is from my recent Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk a few mornings ago. I love the expression on the young girl’s face as she contemplates…..

Just me and my big dog

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

I love you, Sandbox

Out & About

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Another eighteen pictures from my 3-mile walk with the Pacific Photographic Society around Mission Bay and Mission Beach.

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Here’s the first set: Simpler times: No pooping.

And the second set: Mirror, mirror on the door

And the third set: If you’re lucky enough to be at the beach…

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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You don't scare me

You don’t scare me

Picture of the Moment

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I think the following picture, from my Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk a couple of mornings ago, speaks for itself as to the title of this post.

You don't scare me

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