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It was really tall, really really tall

How I Did It

As much as I like philately, my stamp frame wasn’t meeting the needs of my Photographic Art venture. I needed to develop a new frame which would allow me to include contact information. Julian and I are endeavouring (I added the U to endeavoring for my Canadian friends) to make Photographic Art a viable enterprise that might support me when I am no longer physically or mentally capable of working (some would argue that time is now!), so contact information is essential. I really want to stay off the public dole and develop something that will take care of me down the line.

I experimented for most of yesterday before I got a format for my contact information that looked decent when I posted it at the bottom of a picture. One requirement was that it had to look good for both landscape and portrait pictures.

Then I had to develop a frame to enclose both the picture and the contact information. I could have gone to CorelDraw X6 and accomplished my task in about thirty minutes. However, since January 2012, I have been working to make Photoshop my default program since I know that it can do everything that all my other programs (CorelDraw, Corel PaintShop Pro, Corel Photo-Paint, Adobe Lightroom) do. It’s just a question of learning; actually, I guess it’s a question of having the time to learn!

After about eight hours, here’s what I came up with:

Photographic Art frame

The frame is easily adjustable for the orientation and size of the picture, as shown in these last three pictures. The first two are from my trip to the fundraiser for Cat House on the Kings, the tail end of which was a trip through the giant sequoia and redwood forests in Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Stained

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Stone & Wood

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I saved the best for last.

The following picture was created using Photoshop’s Photomerge function. Previous to this picture, the most pictures I tried to stitch together was seven. This is a Photomerge of sixteen pictures! That should tell you just how tall this tree was! The frame adjusts itself for the dimensions of the picture, so all I do is create Photographic Art, determine the final dimensions of the picture, and then apply the frame.

Really tall tree

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Julian will be uploading these Photographic Art to Russel Ray Photos’ Fine Art America picture galleries late Wednesday evening, so they will be available for purchase on Thursday. The really tall tree will be available at a maximum size of about 9×45 inches! My frames here are not included at Fine Art America since you choose your frame there, or choose no frame.

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My you are tall

Picture of the Moment

When Jim and I went to the May 3 fundraiser for Cat House on the Kings, we came back through Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Forest. The whole area is full of tall, massive trees, specifically redwoods and sequoias.

The loop road we drove took us directly through the Giant Forest of sequoias, where five of the ten most massive living organisms are located. I had to take twelve pictures and then have Photoshop stitch them together to get just a part of the Giant Forest:

Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park

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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) averages about 275 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter. The tallest sequoia measured 311 feet tall and the widest measured 56 feet in diameter.

I usually don’t like blogs that have pictures that are so big that you have to scroll to see all of a picture and never can get all of a picture on your screen. However, I thought it would be fun to include here a big picture of the big trees:

giant forest faa 2000 tall at 72 ppi

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SNIPPETS (5-27-14)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

Yesterday I went traipsing along the San Diego River with folks from the Pacific Photography Society, one of the meetup.com groups that I belong to. My best picture was of a snowy egret doing a little fishing. Here it is made into Photographic Art:

Snowy egret

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SNIPPET #2

For our 20th anniversary meal yesterday, Jim and I went to the C Level Lounge. It’s quite a bit out of my preferred price range, but we went there four years ago for our anniversary, and since I wanted to go to the waterfront, we chose the C Level Lounge again. This car was in the parking lot as we were leaving:

Beautiful car

Smile if you know what kind of car it is, and if you do, you’ll understand why the C Level Lounge is out of my preferred price range.

That car goes for about $338,000, has 602 horsepower, and hits a top speed of 202 miles per hour. This specific model was just released, so I had the privilege of seeing in person one of the first. Since there will only be about 100 of them made, it’s a rare sight, indeed!

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SNIPPET #3

When Jim and I went to the fundraiser for Cat House on the Kings on May 3, we returned home via the loop road that goes through Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park. The loop will take you through several forests of redwoods and sequoias, the largest living organisms on Earth. Throughout the area we found cold, wet, sticky, white stuff on the ground. Looks like this:

Wet, sticky white stuff

Anyone have any idea what that mush is? We didn’t much care for it.

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SNIPPET #4

On the way home from the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser, we hit a traffic jam in Burbank, at 10:30 at night! We moved a whopping 6/10 of a mile in one hour and thirty-three minutes. We knew that there was a serious accident when we saw the coroner’s van drive by on the shoulder. Turns out that it was a one car/two motorcycle accident, with one of the motorcyclists being killed, and the car driver being arrested. While we were stopped on the freeway in downtown Burbank, I took this 57-second video of the lighting display on one of the buildings:

The cars speeding by were northbound on the freeway whereas we were stopped going southbound.

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SNIPPET #5

The bar in the C Level Lounge was particularly beautiful in subdued lighting:

C Level Lounge in San Diego, California

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SNIPPET #6

At the mouth of the San Diego River is Dog Beach, located in the eclectic community of Ocean Beach within the San Diego city limits. That’s where I wound up yesterday with my Pacific Photography Society outing.

Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

And here’s my favorite doggie from yesterday made into Photographic Art:

Big doggie

Smile if you know what dog breed that big boy is.

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SNIPPET #7

For the last seven years, Zoey the Cool Cat has taken up residence on my printer when I’m working in the wee hours of the morning:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Recently I had to replace that printer. It was seven years old and would not print anymore. I got the new printer a few days ago, and Zoey the Cool Cat is none too happy. She has only laid on it once, but I did get a picture:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Notice how uncertain she looks.

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SNIPPET #8

The goal of our Pacific Photography Society outing yesterday was to get some great pictures of a nesting pair of Ospreys with their fledgling. Unfortunately, the marine layer at 7:00 a.m. in May (commonly called “May Gray”) doesn’t make for great pictures of anything with sky in it. Here is the nest, though, showing the two parents watching over their little one:

Osprey nest and birds

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SNIPPET #9

After each Pacific Photography Society outing, members upload pictures to the web site. Theoretically, they upload their best pictures. I always find it amazing that people with $10,000 cameras and lenses often don’t have the critical eye to look for, and compose, unique pictures. Proves that the camera and lens do not necessarily make you a photographer. Invariably I upload only a few pictures, but they always get lots of WOW comments. The picture in SNIPPET #1 was the most popular, and this came in second:

Tree trunk

Remember that we went out to look at ospreys and here I am taking pictures of common snowy egrets through a damaged chain link fence, and tree trunks. Ah, well, I never was much good at following assignment instructions, kind of preferring to do my own thing….

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SNIPPET #10

C Level Lounge gave me the second largest burger I’ve ever had:

Big burger and fries

It was so large that I couldn’t eat the fries that came with it, so I brought them home. The restaurant put the fries in a Styrofoam box (I thought the world had done away with Styrofoam!) and then put that in a reusable and recyclable bag. Environmentally unfriendly Styrofoam in an environmentally friendly reusable and recyclable bag. Ironic.

The bag looked like it might be just big enough for Zoey the Cool Cat to get into, so I threw it on the bed. It took 2.73117 seconds for her to get inside and make herself at home:

Zoey the Cool Cat

As I was composing this post, Zoey the Cool Cat, normally on the printer next to me, decided to take a catnap in the reusable and recyclable bag. So that’s where she is right now! Happy kitty….

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