205: April showersPosted: April 16, 2011
It’s been a typical contrary April day here in the Bogs. Rain, sunshine, storms, sunshine, wind, rain, clouds, sunshine, and so on and so forth.
I went out for my walk in between rain showers and storms. We’ve been lucky so far in that we haven’t gotten any of the severe storms associated with the weather system that’s bullying its way east. At one point it looked bad on the radar, but the storms broke apart just west of us and arrived here as nothing more than some light rain and a little windiness.
No gardening for me today. I spent far too much time out there yesterday, and have the body aches and pains to prove it. I’ve been doing some spring cleaning, and spent a little time on my temporary job. Wondering what that job is? I’m going over the proofs of a text book. I try to get through a couple of chapters a day. I have ten days to proof 100 pages so a couple of chapters a day pretty well covers things. It’s dry reading, for the most part. Nothing terribly exciting happens. It’s been made more difficult than it ought to be due to the editors making major editorial changes (that include major mistakes), and sending it off to the printer before okay’ing those changes with the author. Very bad idea, and it’s going to be more work for the editor as result.
When I’ve had enough dry reading, I take a short break to play in Photoshop or Picnik which are, by the way, the secrets to my post-processing. I have been using the free version of Picnik a lot to get that soft look for some of the flower shots. To get the painting-like effect you see in the above photo of the hyacinths, I used Photoshop (dry brush, overlay). Since I don’t have instructions or follow instructions when I’m using Photoshop, it’s often difficult to divulge what it is I do because I don’t keep track. I just… play. It’s more fun for me that way.
I was also asked about the type of camera and lenses I use. My camera is a Kodak EasyShare Z981. It’s basically a point and shoot, single lens, camera. I do have some control in that I can switch to manual (and shoot in RAW), but it’s limited.
It’s a good camera, all things considered. I do want to jump into the DSLR pool sometime soon. I already have a particular camera (and lenses) in mind, but will have to save up for a while.
Looks like another storm is coming. It’s gotten very dark outside. We may need to batten down the hatches as we’re under a wind advisory until sometime tomorrow.
That’s April for you. Calm and sunny one minute, blustery the next. At least it isn’t snowing.