Archive for the Photo Category

Blounts 2

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Photos of the bloom (blue bonnet photos are considered to be so gauche among Texas photographers.)









Walking wounded

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 11:04 am


The Good, The Bad, and The Guilty





Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Well, Alpha and Myka are getting a chance to sniff each other out through the screen door.  So tensions are on the wane from a tense meeting the other night.  Myka gets the yard in the morning, dogs in the afternoon.  And the door is open in the afternoon when it warms enough.


So Myka is hopefully going to learn to deal with the new dog, and she can be out full time during the day again.  I don’t need all that daytime maintenance.  After dark is more than enough.



Myka Cheesecake

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Went out and bought a cheesecake, to celebrate this cheesecake of Myka.  (Any excuse for cheesecake will do.)





Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 9:43 pm

A couple of photoshops, one new, one from Thanksgiving (Gracie).




Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

*nom nom nom nom*  Coconut pudding with whipped cream (the pie hasn’t been cut yet, eating the leftover ingredients first).  Can’t buy this stuff in a store.  Pizza too, though it was split into a double semicircle, as the crust was wider than the oven.  So it has been a celebration of Π today, though a complete circumference has not been seen yet (at least in digestible form).  Π are round!


Got the hood latches on, same style hasp latch as seen on hand held tool boxes.  They are on the front edge of the hood, not to be seen from the drivers seat.  The locks are paper rings (think loose leaf).  Wondering if it will pass inspection.  But it holds the hood very well.


I have the weekend off.  It will be in the 60’s in the afternoons.


Myka is not concerned with any of this.



A parting of wallets

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Yesterday, the wallet I ordered from Amazon arrived, and it now resides in my pocket.  The old wallet has been retired, for obvious reasons.


This is my third traveler’s wallet.  The first I acquired in the mid 70’s from a craft shop in Colorado.  It was definitely a hippy wallet.  The second (the tattered one shown below) was a Christmas present in the early 90’s.  Now my third one.  May it last twenty years, like its predecessors.


3-1 4-1 1-1 2-1


Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

iPad camera and Photoshop.



Assault cat

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Can you see the gears turning in Myka’s eyes?  (She is grounded and trying to make me pay for it.  I gave her a quick outdoor preview, and she abused it by escaping to the front yard and into the street, ignoring my calls to her.  Brat!)




Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 10:06 am

In my third week of house sitting, first in Austin, now in Bryan.  I spent ten days in south Austin caring for Pinot and Grigio (see below), a pair of very young rescued kittens, along with the tootoo girls.  Four bottle feedings a day…


Now I’m in Bryan, caring for the parrots and China Mae and Blackie (aging dogs), in the midst of rainy weather with cooling temperatures.  Fall is finally here.


Been downloading gigs, fattening the need to burn backups.  I will need to buy a new spindle of DVD blanks.  Fortunately, I have the funds.


I can only wonder how Myka is doing.  She gets spayed shortly after I get back to Brenham, which is Friday.  Then I get to go back on meds.  I wonder if construction is happening at the house in my absence, as stated.



Myka in the Garden

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

iPad camera, Photoshop.



Myka’s second portrait

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Another painting style image of Myka.



Myka 1930’s Painting

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Cut my hair today.  Not bad for a single mirror and a laptop camera.  The Wiss scissors did an excellent job.


The conversion from photo to painting.


myka 30's paint

Myka 1930’s

Posted on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Post #500


Myka on the iPad camera with a touch of Repix and Photoshop, sepia and other effects.  She looks so innocent.




Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Got a good deal on the Repix master upgrade on the iPad.  I like the brushes.  For the price, a hard one to resist.  (Shot in PhotoBooth, using light tunnel, then finished off heavily in Repix, trying out a bunch of the new stuff.)



The new ruckus, sans needle sharp claw tips

Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 2:27 pm






Laundry day

Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Laundry day. Double load (4 washer loads). I bought a bunch of new clothes on Thursday (with part of the check I mobile deposited), and I’m finally getting around to laundry. The reasons for the delay are many. But there are two loads of new clothes (wash out the store stuff) and two loads of old clothes (just plain old dirty). So I’ll have lots and lots of clothes and will be able to procrastinate indefinitely when it comes to doing laundry.



Back online, sort of….

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Internet has been an issue for the last ten days.  Fortunately, today it took a turn for the better, if only slightly.  The good news is that I can  get online most of the day, which is much improved from the couple of hours a night wifi connection.


But this morning, I helped dismantle the front of the greenhouse that got smashed by the fallen soapberry trees.  (Photo in the end of May entry.)  This opened the path of transmission a fair bit, quadrupling the open profile between houses.  But still, the new modem/wifi is too weak.  A switch to a different carrier is in the making.  So I wait and do as I can with a slow service.  And I can always move closer in the yard if I need speed.


Paid storage rent today.    Not broke, but not high rolling either.  Hope to see a check soon to try the iPad app for the bank (photo transfer deposit).  Bank is thin on funds, though.  Other sources holding.


The picarita (still no name) is getting settled in.  She uses the new cat box faithfully.  She is getting used to Annie, who is behaving her manners.  There are many conflicts going on inside her canine brain, but she’s sincerely trying.


Some of the stuff I did while the net was down.







Rainy day

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

So much for plans.  It started raining last night, and it has been stop and go, some pretty heavy, ever since.  Flowers love it.



Late Frozen Rain

Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Well, it was looking like spring.  Then we get a night in the mid 20’s and frozen rain along with it.  Everything is drooping badly.  And outside, as it climbs above freezing, is the sound of dropping ice.



Ol’ OneEye

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 6:35 am

I am getting very tired of what seems to be the new trend in self-portraits via smart phone cameras.  I’ve put up with the extended arm or reverse text on T-shirts of photos in the mirror, even the camera in the mirror shot (barely).  But the one thing that I am getting tired of seeing is the tendency toward portraits with only one eye in the frame.  I’m not talking about hair covering one eye or a side shot.  It’s only part of the head being in the frame, revealing only one eye.  And while I’m fussing, the 45° from vertical trend is another artsy idea don’t fly with me.  I’m sorry, but bad photography is bad photography, no matter how chic or cool it is to those who practice it.


Here is a list of bad photography trends in the hip new digital phone age:

Bad lighting, no one understand how important good lighting is or even what it is.

45° angle framing, monkey see, monkey do, how cool!

One eye, like wow, how cool is that?

Cutting off the head at the eyebrows.  Phone cameras are dumb bait.

Holding the camera in the mirror.  Text on shirts backwards.  Duh!

Trashy filters, as if they are masters of image modification.

Piercings and tatoos, such conformists, boring!  Wait until they’re 50.

Shooting the bird, so original, like they understand what being bad is.  Posers!  Yawn.

Making faces.  They obviously are not comfortable with their faces, so they have to distort it to be photographed.

Pathetic expressions. Digital is cheap, shoot another.  Never learn how pick out a good image.

Bad focus.  No one even looks to see if something is in focus or not, just shoot!


Example of both 45° and one eye.  Looks like an accidental exposure.




Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 4:30 am

I made a run to Hempstead yesterday to deposit a check at the nearest branch of my bank.  Doug’s truck turned 150,000 miles and promptly blew the fan belt.  The power steering pump have lost the belt on the pulley and jammed it into the axel behind it.  Two thin strips came off the belt and wrapped around the fan.  I was able to remove all signs of the belt from the engine compartment and find my way back to Brenham without damaging the engine. It took the purchase of several gallons of bottled water, but I made it back here.


The belt is in the $30 range, and there will be antifreeze to add.  Under $50.  Add an oil change, to be sure, $80 range.  I can afford it, but that eats into my budget.  Between that and bills, it eats the check I just deposited.  But I have food here to eat, and a few bucks for Pepsi.  I need to start seeking more income sooner than expected.



The Photoshop mania has pretty much subsided.  I feel comfortable with the plugs and extensions.  The newness has worn off.  Add to it that my work on Sktchy is being ignored by the admins, not being pencil/pen oriented.  Everyone else is getting stars for their work except me.  I still find the scene charming, even though it does tend to run a little on the young side (avoiding calling it jail bait).  It’s just not the place to show my work.  It’s a different genre, and they’re not into advanced digital graphics.  A touch of genre snobbery that is common in young artists is the attitude I’m seeing in regard to my presence.  And there is also the Draw Me crowd, those looking to be art models to boost their egos.


I have uncovered several collections of stock photo that I haven’t seen before.  I’ve never been all that big on stock photo collections.  By and large, they pay homage to the corporate world and philosophy.  The world is a clean place, with attractive people who eat proper diets, do yoga, live in architectural wonders, shop wisely, live happily, are perfectly made up, have interesting jobs, blah, blah, blah.  The worst of money photography that the ad makers love.


But I have discovered some talents that stand out for their innovative photography.  Not that it’s much better, as these tend toward the fashion world.  The most outstanding is Subbotina Anna.  This is an outfit, rather than a photographer, per se.  The photographer is central, but there is obvious evidence of a fashion crew, clothing, hair, make up, lighting, the models (mostly one model in the studio).  The thing I’m finding is that it’s very hush hush.  There are no personal credits, no names or office addresses, no way to contact them.  It’s totally below radar.  Photos are submitted to the brokerages, money is paid, that’s it.  No public appearances, no gallery openings, just stock photos in the catalog.  It is a profitable business, looking at the numbers.  They make tens of thousands of sales annually, which is saying something.  The work is very dramatic, the model is perfect, the lighting superb, the set and props are exacting and perfectly balanced, the fantasy make up is key.  Interesting business model based on exceptional talent, I must say.  They have one weakness, wallpaper web sites.  It’s easy to find all sorts of hi-res copies via Google.

Warming trend

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 9:07 am

Just went through two cold nights, temp in the teens for one of them.  But blessedly, it is warming again, low in the 40’s last night.  And my blood pressure is easing a bit, not drastically and not back to optimum, but still, out of the scary zone.  And I’m starting to get some tolerance for the cold weather, not greatly, but still not as cold natured.  But my hands blush a lot recently.


The Photoshopping has also slowed.  It’s also not completely snuffed out, but only lingering.  I’ve ended up with quite a collection of images from the spurt.


Check needs depositing, but the Check Engine light is coming on in the pickup dash.  But it goes out once the engine warms and I get it up to 45 mph.  I need to test it out on the highway a bit before I make the run to Hempstead for the bank transaction.  It seems to be running a little rich.

2014 started with… Photoshop.

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 9:49 pm

My blood pressure has been keeping me grounded, as well as the edema I’m having as a reaction to the chlonodine.  I think that I figured it out, though.  I think that I’m dehydrated from the diuretics.  So I’m laying off them, and just dealing with my feet by keeping them elevated.  And I’m in a hydration program.  Lots of water, never far from a toilet.  *Sigh*


But I have been spending a lot of time familiarizing myself with plugins in Photoshop that I finally got installed.  That is the one area where I dragged tail all year.  My CS6 PS has been a bare bones operation, until now.  I had all those pesky little photo-manipulaton apps (Instagram cones) on the iPad and laptop to learn.  I never had time to address the Photoshop plugs.


A lot of them won’t get shown here because of copyrights.  Some of them shine very well, demand attention.  My problem is that everyone I know is too old to photograph as a vanity.  It’s all documentation now.  So I’m stuck playing with wallpapers from Google images.  Nice photos, but not something I’d risk posting.  I’ll just say that I like mixing the new generation plugs with Hollywood faces.  The results can be most impressive.


I guess I’ll have t dust off the camera now and go somewhere, as soon as I get my body to behave.

One last piece of art for 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

This one was modified all in Topaz plugins for Photoshop.  The resolution was very spotty, a very dirty JPEG, and I was able to clean it up nicely before playing with layer mods.


Happy New Year!