Instead of doing the jobs I should have been doing yesterday, I had a play around with one of the images I took on Monday at Muizenberg. I quite like how it came out, although I’m now quite a way behind with the jobs I should have been doing.
My only real issue (other than those jobs) is that it looks like the sky was added later. The sky wasn’t added later: that was the sky that was there when I took the shot. But – for me, at least – it would have been better (with hindsight) if there wasn’t that unfortunate natural gap between the rooftops and the drama.
But maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh on myself. I think I’ve turned an OK shot into quite a nice image. And I’ve learned quite a lot while I was doing it.
Yesterday’s trip (which was to Arniston – and more specifically the cave there) went very well. Thank you for asking.
On the way back, we stopped to take this shot of a local windpump.
This might not be the best image you’ll ever see of a local windpump, but I like it for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, this was one of the images I had in mind when I bought my new filters for the camera. It’s nice to have got it (and now I have something to improve upon). And secondly, because of reasons, I had to do quite a lot of editing on this image. It’s certainly not perfect (I can see the join marks), but it’s actually pretty good – especially for me. Maybe sometime, I’ll share the unedited version and you can see the improvements. That’s sometime is not today though, because today is about heading home to Cape Town.
Today, I’ve been helping the boy with his homework.
I have learned about Teutonic family relationships with specific reference to the inter-generational understanding of the Holocaust, I have assisted with the conjugation of several (or more) French verbs, and aided him with describing the differences between natural and synthetic structures, including the specific roles of frames, solids and shells. We did some stuff on levers as well. Types 1, 2 and 3.
And it’s not even lunchtime yet.
Oh – and then we both worked out how to apply an unsharp mask in Adobe Photoshop to make a photo of the beagle look like this*:
Because yes. If you’re doing a High School photography extra-mural, you get homework for that, too.
*A bit overdone for my liking, if I’m honest, but that was the brief.
I don’t recall there being two Lightrooms when I installed it just a few weeks ago. Suddenly there’s Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC (which is the new name for Lightroom CC).
I want to talk about Lightroom versus Lightroom. The new version versus the… the new version versus the old version which is the new version.
Thankfully, through a heady mix of good luck and vaguely informed guesswork, I think I managed to select the right version (for me, anyway). And I got free access to Adobe Photoshop too. Excellent.
And I was at peace.
Briefly, because this morning, I woke up to an email:
All-new “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC”? So, is this different to the other two? Or is it the same package as one (or both of them?) of the them, just under a different name? Worse still, the email was entitled “Adobe Capture CC”, which just adds further confusion to an already baffling stew. And how did that dog get up there? Presumably, he was lifted up there by the hippie hanging out of the passenger window, but why? The roof of a vintage Mercedes estate is no place for a canine. He wants to be sniffing around in the corn. Get him down. Now.
But I digress; the dehaze tool, which had disappeared in the new version of Lightroom Classic CC (which is also the old version of Lightroom CC, not to be confused with Lightroom CC, which (lest we forget) is the new version of Lightroom CC) apparently makes a welcome return in one (or more?) of these software packages.
I have absolutely no idea which one, so I’m just going to switch on my laptop and see what happens.
A bit of light-hearted relief. I think we need it.
So please step forward, well-known and much-respected masters of frivolity, Monsanto™.
Actually, Monsanto™ weren’t involved here. These are entirely photoshopped hybrid animals. This one is a penguitten. Known for its innate ability play with balls of wool in sub-zero Antarctic temperatures, the penguitten cannot fly, but is an excellent swimmer from the neck down.
There are more to see on this link, but see if you can guess which species the Searex, the Labradorca and the Towl are comprised of before you click through.