Monochrome Monday – Rainy Day – May 2, 2016

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Spring seems to flirting with us.  We have a couple of days of lovely warm weather,  just right for short sleeves and sandals and then, the temps drop and snow falls on the mountains creating an icebox effect.    What a fickle maid is spring!  This is the courtyard as seen from the loggia at the front of my house.  I used FotoSketcher to create a soft oil pastels effect for my monochrome photo.

This is how the cropped monochrome photo looked before the treatment:

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Ciao, Bastet

Editing Practice … Oil Painting with an App – April 28, 2016

sailboat original

 

One warm morning a few last week I went for a morning walk along the shore in Riva del Garda.  The wind was perfect for sailing.  This is one of several photos I took of one such sailboat leaving the small boats dock.

sailboat

I cropped the photo in order to get more detail of the sailboat.  I liked how the light played on the leaves so I did a little tweaking to accentuate the colours created by the morning light off the leaves.

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I really thought that the photo wasn’t anything particularly exciting … so I decided to “oil paint” it.

Modern Sailboat

Here’s the last tweak I did of  the photo …   I wouldn’t call it art … but it was fun 🙂  Ciao, Bastet!

Brynn in Sepia – February 28, 2016

Chocolate Brynn

 

 

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: SEPIA TONES ONLY

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My son is here visiting and he brought his lovely cat Brynn with him … so I decided to take a few photos of her and have some fun editing them 🙂 :

one month of Haiga – February 21, 2016

Hello!

Here I am in Padua.  The trip was uneventful and I didn’t take any photos from the windows as I usually do. In fact I only pulled my camera out yesterday evening when we went for a walk in the country.  This morning I’m late posting because I was actually having a lot of fun doing some editing.  The photographs unfortunately from one point of view weren’t up to standard – the sunset and gloaming were fantastic, but alas, my trusty little Olympic is just too slow for certain types of photographs.  Thank heaven’s for photographic editing apps!

The photo I chose to “haiga” is the result of poor lighting but some fun effects.  The original background came out rather reddish and not very interesting … but there was a swirl of blurred light do to my moving the camera at the wrong time.  I didn’t see the effect until I got to working this morning as original photo  is very dark.

As I was working on it, I began to reflect on how little we actually see.  We’ve all heard how our fellow Earth dwellers have different perceptions .. some less spectacular than our own sight and others more intense.   Which brings me to my theme of today:

Light Perception

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Have a great Sunday, ciao!  Bastet

Vision: It all Starts with Light

One Month of Haiga – February 20, 2016

Hello …

Many years ago, for Easter,  my eldest  son brought three roses to the ladies present for Easter dinner.  They were blue!  I really liked the blue rose very much and so it has become a part of my memory … in a bitter-sweet fashion since not long afterwards he and his wife separated.  So now a happy memory has a sad tinge to it, which brings me to today’s theme:

An evolving memory

I want to reflect on how a memory or an action evolves and becomes part of our “history” in a pleasant but or an unpleasant way, like my blue rose;   born in a sweet romantic gesture,  now blue roses will forever mean separation for me:

 

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One Month of Haiga – February 19, 2016

Hello!

I’ve survived my birthday celebration and am packing to go for a few days to Padua.  The days have been pretty gloomy here in Trentino, and though we do want to be correct and welcome the cold winter with open arms, I admit is was wonderful to feel the warm sun shine down on us yesterday.  Talking to friends the other night we calculated that we had approximately 8 days of actual winter weather in our valley.  Of course it has been known to snow in March (in May as well as far as that goes) but that’s  not a pleasant idea.   The air here is extremely dry and the skies sometimes have the oddest colours.  Which brings me to today’s theme:

Storm Warnings

 

There is a particular feel in the air when a storm is about to blow.  Maybe the colour of the sky is odd, maybe it’s too silent – sometimes it’s just something indefinable – a heavy brooding in the air.  Then the wind might pick up a little and the sky get darker:

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red brooding
no bird song this morning
storm brewing

© G.s.k. ‘16

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One Month of Haiga – February 18, 2016

Hello World!!!

Does anyone remember why I decided to dedicate February as a month of haiga?  Because it’s the shortest month of the year? Nope – because it’s the month I was born?  Yes!!! And the day of February when I came into this plane of existence corresponds with today and the year was 1952.  So today I’m celebrating the luck of being a sunshiny Aquarius of 64!  My theme for today is:

Life

The photograph I took the other day goes very well (after I tweaked it a bit) with the sensation of falling into life from a great distance that I wanted to convey.  In fact that’s a trick I did with an app that’s called “Focal Zoom” very handy to creatively blur the background of a photo like this:

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The Aquarius Woman

The Year of the Dragon