Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
My son is participating in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, the month of November. In its twelfth year, it draws participants from around the world.
This is my son's first year, and his first novel. Usually, he writes short fiction. There's a link to his blog in the upper right corner, if you want to peek.
What is my son's novel about? I don't know. I'm guessing it is within the science fantasy genre, as that is what he usually writes, but beyond that, no idea. He's keeping it to himself until he is done.
Don't want to wait until next year to enter this challenge yourself? Script Frenzy is coming up in April! 30 days, only 100 pages.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
The other difficulty I discovered is that the camera has trouble focusing on such a small creature that blends in so well with its surroundings. It did better than my manual attempts, but any tips on focusing on far away small things will be appreciated.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I played around some more with the effects buttons in picasa. This one has been both "warmified" and "I feel luckied." "I feel lucky" seemed to make the colors more distinct, without them looking like something they were not. The grass is only slightly greener, the rocks more varied in shade, etc. Warmify brought out the brown in the trees and leaves. I like it.
My first use of an editing button other than crop: warmify. I am not convinced it is an improvement (as opposed to being just slightly different). What do you think? Does it change the feel for you? Does it seem to misrepresent the day, which was quite cold and windy? Am I the only person reluctant to do any editing at all to photographs? I tend to feel like I'm cheating a bit even to crop my photos, so I rarely do anything at all to them.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Last week I went to Connecticut to visit my friend Tig. Here we are on one of our hikes. I set my camera on our unneeded jackets and set the timer - a technique which needs some fine tuning. Of the six I took on this attempt, I only appear in 4.5 of them, and have my eyes closed in one of those. Tig, on the other hand, patiently smiled through them all.
I had such a relaxing time at Tig's! I wish I'd taken a photo of her and her sweet husband, because they are such a lovely couple. I stayed a whole week, and they made me feel perfectly welcome and at ease the entire time. Thank you, Tig!