Archive for November, 2010

21
Nov
10

Words

Since it is almost Thanksgiving – my favorite holiday – I decided to take liberties. Instead of a photo, I used Wordle (an awesome website – wordle.net) to reflect my feelings about Thanksgiving. A Happy Thanksgiving to all!

21
Nov
10

insignificant

This was taken on our way home from our Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip. Here are the two things that seem to highlight for me my insignificance in the scheme of things (think globally – not necessarily in my little world). One is flying. Almost everything seems insignificant from 30,000 feet. I say almost because the Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon and other natural wonders always seem significant.Additionally these natural wonders always make me feel “insignificant” next to their grandeur.

18
Nov
10

Brown

 

Generally speaking I find very little interesting about the color brown. The beautiful colors of fall become varying shades of brown. To try and make this image a little more interesting I applied a Topaz Simplify Filter-BuzSim.  Topaz Simplify, which I am just now trialling, is rapidly becoming a new obsession (my obsessions are starting to get out of control!) I used an Acid Burn frame from Photo Essentials 3.

11
Nov
10

Way Too Many

A local church “planted” a field of flags. As the sign says, it is one flag for each casualty in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are far more flags then one can see in this picture.

Several years ago our school system stopped giving the kids Veterans Day off. Instead they now have assemblies and projects today to honor our Veterans. When my son was young his assignment was to interview a Vet. He interviewed his grandfather, my dad, who served in WWII. That was one of the best pieces my son wrote that year. Hopefully the kids will understand more about the significance of Veterans Day by going to school today and not looking at as just another day off.  Just my two cents.

Addendum: According to our local paper this idea began in 2005 with 2,231 flags. When it was put up in our town there were 5,776 flags.

03
Nov
10

Smudge painting

I really have not yet started the themes for November. This is a photo I recently took at my favorite local park. My latest obsession is smudge painting. I have been meaning to try it for a while and have finally tried doing it. This is my second attempt. It is really a lot of fun.

 

Added 11/4/10 – Smudge painting is using the smudge tool (brush) to turn a photo into more of a painting.

From Adobe’s help utility-

The Smudge tool simulates the actions of dragging a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag