March 5, 2015

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I was bored so I sent a couple more:

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I’d like to say I was at the beach, but this crab is actually one of the wonderful brass sculptures at Arbor Lodge Park.

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Then I got a little silly with the BeFunky phone app. The coconut seemed so flat, I stuck in a second one (which you will actually have to do first to get this to work) used the color setting for the “sticker” to turn it all black, then knocked the opacity way down to -tada- make a shadow. In case you were wondering, this is how we did it in the old days before Photoshop had a filter for that. You can even add some further effects to blur it a bit. But I stopped there, because I realized my coconut shadow didn’t match my crab’s shadow. And it was just an exercise to see if I could, anyways.

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March 3, 2015

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I sent two pictures today. The one above I had taken the night before, so it felt like cheating not to send one that was actually taken on this day. Those blue flowers aren’t actually growing there by the way. I discovered them in all my plants. Apparently my youngest daughter got impatient waiting for them all to bloom so she harvested some of the profuse vinca growing out front to help them all along.
That was cute enough to warrant a picture for historical reasons. However, I was too lazy that late at night to set up lighting of move things around, so the end result was kind of bleh.
The blur and sharpen tools on BeFunky, the photo editing app I use, have never worked on my phone. I don’t think its their fault, as I haven’t heard others complain, but, rather an incompatibility with my phone (ahem, Kyocera). However I finally figured out that by bypassing their editing tools and painting on bits of their “effects,” that I could sort of fake the blur and sharp editing that I wanted. I never know whether to call these lightbulb moments or “Doh!” moments…

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