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Custom color mapped Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat goes back to the Summer of Love

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

How I Did It

Many years ago when I was living in College Station, Texas, I had a desktop publishing company. I created newsletters, flyers and such for companies, as well as work for students and teachers at Texas A&M University. That required that I have the latest and greatest software, and I had Photoshop, Photo-Paint, CorelDRAW, and many others. The three named were my favorites, though.

When I disappeared from Texas in 1993 and reappeared in San Diego, I no longer had a need for them. I still don’t have a need for them, but my wants are pretty strong. So once I found Eric Cooper to catalog my 73,000 photos for me, I went off and bought Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photo-Paint X6, PaintShop Pro X4, and CorelDRAW X5. I was comfortable with Adobe and Corel, so I went with their programs rather than the free ones like Picnik (now gone; see!), Picassa, Gimp, etc.

Each day I study those five programs to learn something new. I’ve already studied CorelDRAW this morning and am having just way too much fun. I discovered the Lens Effects, among which are Fish Eye, Heat Map, Magnify, and Custom Color Map, my four favorites out of the many pre-set lens effects. I can see them being very useful in my photography and blogging.

Whenever I’m playing around and learning, I always use Zoey the Cool Cat, and she came in very handy this morning. Here’s what I did, very easily, using the Custom Color Map lens effect in CorelDRAW X5:

Custom color mapped Zoey the Cool Cat

 

Zoey the Cool Cat might have missed the Summer of Love, but now she knows what it was like. 🙂

 

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #3 (February 3, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to Sharon Lord of Tempe, Arizona, who owns Argent DĂ©cor. She provides home staging, vacation home furnishing, and dĂ©cor ideas, all of it affordable.

I have known Sharon as a virtual friend for several years and believe that if you need any advice on staging, furnishing, and décor, Sharon is your go-to woman. Sharon, this Friday Flower Fiesta is for you!

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta pictures were taken this past week at the San Diego Zoo, which also is an internationally recognized botanical garden as well as a world-class zoo.

 

Picture 1 — Unknown flowersUnknown flower

 

Picture 2 — Unknown flowersUnknown flower

 

Picture 3 — ProteaProtea

 

Picture 4 — IrisPurple iris

 

Picture 5 — Giant hibiscusGiant hibiscus

 

Picture 6 — Giant hibiscus with guestGiant hibiscus and guest

 

If you’re having a cloudy day,
remember the power of flowers.

 

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Why do we get excited….

Picture of the momentWhy do we get excited….

I go at least once a week to the Zoo or Safari Park. With all the interesting animals there — komodo dragon, elephants, giraffes…. — why do we get excited when we see a wild rabbit?

Wild rabbit at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Wild rabbit at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Moms, dads, kids, and me! were standing around taking pictures of the little rabbit, which I’m pretty sure is a cottontail.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 30, 2012, using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

Find other posts in my Picture of the Moment series by clicking on the logo at the upper right.

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Location, location, location….

Picture of the momentLocation, location, location…

This is the first in my Picture of the Moment series. You’ll always be able to identify this series by the logo in the upper right corner. This series is more picture, less text.

 

Buoy with seagulls and seals

 

The seagulls have the view;
the seals are closer to the swimming pool.

 

x marks the spot

 

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 27, 2012, using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

 

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Out & About San Diego — #6: When your average yacht just won’t do….

Out & About San Diego

When your average yacht
just won’t do….

One of the problems with living in San Diego is that there is always something going on, and there doesn’t seem to be a 24-hour news channel devoted to telling us everything that’s happening. Alright, so maybe that’s not really a problem that impacts life….

Yesterday I went on a whale watching cruise. We are at the height of the whale migration along the Pacific Coast, and even though I’ve been in San Diego for 18 years, this was my first whale watching cruise. We saw plenty of whales, dolphins, pelicans, seagulls, and, upon returning to San Diego Bay as the sun was setting, this:

Attessa IV in San Diego Bay, January 27, 2012

Attessa IV in San Diego Bay, January 27, 2012

 

That’s the Attessa IV, one of the world’s great mega-yachts. It is a whopping 330 feet long. How long is that? Well, on February 5 the New England Patriots and New York Giants will be playing in the Super Bowl on a football field that is 300 feet between end zones.

Attessa IV was built in 1999 as the Evergreen, owned by Chang Yung-fa, chairman of the Evergreen Group of Taiwan. Evergreen the yacht was bought in 2007 by Dennis Washington, who regularly shows up in the Top 100 of Forbes list of the world’s weathiest people and currently ranks 58th in America. After buying Evergreen, Washington had it completely renovated into what it is now, Attessa IV.

If you didn’t quite see it in the above two pictures because your eyeballs were popping out, Attessa IV has its own helicopter and helipad, just in case you have to go somewhere a little faster, I guess.

Attessa IV's helicopter

 

The way the rear rotor is covered is used by the military for noise abatement, so this is also a modern, quiet helicopter.

Read more about the Attessa IV, and see pictures of the interior, at Boat International. Read more about Dennis Washington at Wikipedia.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 27, 2012, in San Diego Bay using a Canon 550D and post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

 

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #2 (January 27, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta, titled “It’s a sunny day,” is dedicated to Carl and Ceil Winters of New Braunfels, Texas. Carl and Ceil run Complete Inspection Service, a home inspection company doing business in Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and San Antonio.

I have known Carl and Ceil as virtual friends for three years, and have always found in them a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Carl and Ceil, this Friday Flower Fiesta is for you!

If any real estate sellers, buyers, or agents in the hill country of central Texas need a complete home inspection, call Carl and Ceil of Complete Inspection Service.

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta pictures were taken on Monday, January 23, 2012, in the neighborhoods of La Mesa, California, about 10 miles due east of downtown San Diego.

Picture 1 — AloeAloe in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 2 — DaffodilDaffodil in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 3 — Angel’s TrumpetAngel's trumpet in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 4 — RoseRose in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 5 — LilyLily in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 6 — DaffodilDaffodil in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 7 — Unknown flowerUnknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 8 — California poppyCalifornia poppy in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 9 – Unknown flowerUnknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

Picture 10 — Unknown flowerUnknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012

 

If you’re having a cloudy day,
find someone to bring a ray of sunshine into it.

 

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Out & About San Diego — #5: Go to the Zoo, come home with….

Out & About San Diego

I have an annual pass to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. I go at least once a week to one of them.

The Zoo occupies 100 acres while Safari Park has 1,800 acres.

The Zoo is in Balboa Park near downtown San Diego, while Safari Park is near Escondido, about 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

Safari Park was founded in 1972 while the Zoo was founded as part of the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition.

Both the Zoo and the Safari Park are internationally recognized botanical gardens. When you go to either of them, then, it’s always worthwhile to spend some time looking at the flora, too.

Since it’s been raining off and on for the past several days, something that’s rare in San Diego, the photographers are out en masse looking for those magical pictures with water on them.

I got mine at the San Diego Zoo:

Passionflower

Passionflower

  

That’s a passionflower (Passiflora sp.), one of my top five flowers. There are about five hundred species of passionflowers but only nine are native to the United States. Most of them are vines, and San Diegans like to grow them on their chain-link fences to lessen the ugliness of that type of fence. You can see the chain link fence in the background of those two pictures.

Passionflowers have a unique structure, and once you’ve seen one, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever forget it. You’ll be able to identify that “weird vine with a beautiful flower” that’s growing on your neighbor’s fence.

The passion fruit is quite large for a vine, and the fruit of Passiflora edulis is actually called passionfruit and used for food and juice in many parts of the world. I can attest to the flavor of the passionfruit since I have enjoyed many a passionfruit margarita at Islands burger restaurant in San Diego’s Mission Valley. Hmmm, maybe it’s the alcohol that’s flavorful?

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D and post-processing using Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

  

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