Monday, February 23, 2009

Photo of the Week


This is Gatsby, our resident goofball. You may remember him as one of the litter of kittens that was dumped on our front porch a while ago. (He was the "hungry one", and believe me, he hasn't changed much, LOL!) He literally moved in to our house and would not be moved out. Every time a door was opened, in he would scoot. Eventually, we succumbed to the inevitable...

I'm not sorry because once I got used to him I learned to love him. He is the funniest cat I have ever met and has been the source of many smiles as well as outright laughter. Not only that, but the girls swear he can see ghosts. I have seen him staring intently at something only he can see myself.

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I wish I had some artwork to share, but I have been completely unmotivated to do much more than read or spin this week. However, I have been working hard trying to learn some of the more advanced aspects of my PS Elements program. All of my books seem to stop at the same place, leaving things like layers, filters, and blending modes almost completely unexplored. So I decided to just start punching buttons and see what happens. Blending modes are still a mystery to me, but I think I am getting a good handle on layers, filters, and textures.



This is the unretouched original of a photo I took last summer, one of my favorite cow portraits. It's also a nice simple subject with a clean background -- a good photo to play with.


I may have gotten a little carried away with the posterization, but I love how the clouds turned out at least!

12 comments:

Kerry said...

Aww.. sweet kitty. Love that cow photo!!

HElen said...

The cow photo is really nice!

The cat - how you cannot love such a sweet face :) darling!

BumbleVee said...

wow... good for you figuring out photo "fixing" stuff......it's all geek to me.... and I do mean geek.....I can hardly re-size one.... sigh......................

love Gatsby....

Jacque Uetz said...

Judi, the kitty is so cute no wonder you fell in love.
Those look like CA cows in the commerical:}Love your pic's!!

Serena said...

Don't ya just love graphics programs....the manipulated pic looks great!

You have a sweet cat too....easy to see why you fell in love with him.

Shashi Nayagam said...

He is a sweet kitty how could you
resist him and I guess he knew that you had a soft corner for him.
Lovely photos of the cows.

Jennifer Rose said...

he is a very sweet and cuddly looking cat :)

good for you learning more about elements, books can only do so much. Hands on can work so much better sometimes :)

Linda Fleming said...

Love that photo of the cows! And your kitty looks so content with his napping spot- what a cutie!

Mike Fleming said...

The cow pic turned out great. We use paint shop pro which has a lot of the same capabilities as photo shop, and it's fun just to play with pictures and see what you end up with.

Mike Fleming said...

Judi my teleconverter mounts on my camera over the telephoto lens and has a magnification value of 1.5 but it also magnifies the aberration which leads to blurring. So I need to work with it and figure out the best manual settings to get the results I want.

MaryO said...

Judi, for some reason I did not know you and Shashi were in this group. I knew you were before, but thought you had decided not to do it this time. I'm sorry I haven't been checking your blog regularly. But I'm glad I saw it this week. Love your sweet kitty. We'd both love to have another cat.
And of course I always love seeing your cows, and your photos are always excellent.

Cheryl said...

What a precious kitty. How wonderful that he brings a smile to your face more often than no. That is a true blessing. What a great outcome to a not so great start. God bless the farmer for not leaving because of another pet.