Monochrome Monday – Rainy Day – May 2, 2016


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:


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.


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.



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





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


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

haiga 21


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Have a great Sunday, ciao!  Bastet

Vision: It all Starts with Light