Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Two Views Of Yesterday...
Saturday, January 12, 2008
A Window on Green Way Drive...
I noticed this window trimmed in green while I was walking with Dallas, and my camera, along Green Way Drive in this morning's early light.
When I got home and looked at the morning's photos I really liked this one. So I decided to post it 'old school' when I remembered that I never answered Lavonne's question from the "Just Another Brick In The Wall" post about how I round the corners of pictures in Photoshop.
Well, Lavonne, I'm sure there's an easier way to do it, with masks or something, but I'm not really all that proficient in Photoshop so my method is nearly as primitive as the way I cut & sanded my prints back in the '70s.
Once I have the picture in Photoshop I select white as the background color and make the canvas size 2 inches larger than the image size on all sides. This gives me room to work on the corners. Then I select the clone tool and set it to a fairly large diameter, and, using the background color, chew away at the corners until they look evenly rounded to me. Then I crop the image so there's only a hairline of white at the edges. When that's done I change the background color to black, and, once again, make the canvas size 2 inches larger than the image size.
Repeating the process I select the clone tool using the black background color to bite away at the rounded white corners until they are the same hairline width as the straight edges.
To get my signature in there, I write it in black ink on white paper and scan it. Then I bring it into Photoshop, invert the colors to white on black, size it to the right proportions, and copy it into the photograph I'm working on.
I hope this gives you some idea of how to proceed, Photoshop CS3 is a huge and complex program and I only dabble at the fringes of what it can do.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Winter Sunrise Walk...
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom
Friday, January 04, 2008
Little Red Rooster...
Our Bantam Golden Laced Cochin Rooster crows this morning in the chicken yard. If the forecast storm actually moves in later today this may be the last time the chickens are out for while. They won't come outside of the coop when there's more than about an inch of snow on the ground, but there is a covered open area attached to the coop where they can be out in the fresh air until the snow melts.
Cozy Winter Coop...
Some of our hens and the recently rechristened Boris Major, a bantam Golden Lace Cochin Rooster, enjoy the chicken yard before the approaching storm hits.
This is predicted to be a major winter storm so I decided to clean out the coop yesterday, laying down fresh alfalfa litter, and refilling the nest boxes with wood chips.
I also consolidated our three stacks of firewood into two, covered them with tarps, cleaned out the raingutters and generally straightened up the yard.
One of our Black Australorp hens carefully inspects the nest boxes after I freshened them up.
The Black Australorp is soon joined by a Light Brahma and a Barred Rock who all seem to approve of the housekeeping efforts.
Food (check), water (check), edible litter (check), comfy nests (check), perches intact (check), OK, let's go back outside while we can!
ME FIRST!!Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom
The storm was supposed to hit last night but it was still clear and relatively warm when Peggy & I took our walk at 7 this morning.
It's clouded up now though and getting quite cold so it shouldn't be long now. Let's hope we do get some substantial precipitation, whether rain, or snow.
The chickens are ready...