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Ahhhh ……

YES!

Photos taken when we recently visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Denver, processed using the (perhaps) aptly-named “National Geographic” filter in The GIMP. The originals were much lower in contrast and looked kind of flat.

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This sky dragon surprised me by dancing across the sky one day at about 8:30 in the morning, as we were heading to church. It is stitched together from seven frames shot in a diagonal pattern. After some minor clean up, I decided that keeping the stair-step pattern accentuated the "climbing look" of the dragon. Processing tools:

  • Frames processed with Bibble5 (bought by Corel, renamed to AfterShot Pro)
  • Frames stitched together into a panorama using Hugin
  • Title/copyright overlay made in Inkscape
  • Panorama converted from 16-bit/48-bit TIFF to 8-bit TIFF using RawTherapee
  • Combined the converted panorama and title/copyright overlay using the GIMP graphics program
The full sized image is 27"x25", so I'm thinking of selling prints. What do you think?

[2016.2.21: Edited to add link to the pictorial poem mentioned below.]

My writing and creativity (and this blog) haven’t gotten much of anywhere lately.

“Why’s that?” maybe you ask. (Or maybe you’re still thinking about your worst enemy?)

A few things:

  • The quote “Life happens while you have other plans.”
    I’m currently employed full time doing other things elsewhere. So there’s the usual problem of (1) a hunk of time spent each week and (2) the resulting lack of available energy once (1) has been completed.
  • I’m the resident tech support person. So in the last few months:
    • Had to replace my wonderful wife’s netbook after it finally became intolerably slow, old and parts of the keyboard stopped working.
    • Said netbook replacement included learning enough Windows 10 (filthy piece of spyware!) to:
      • Upgrade its factory-installed Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (that took four days, thanks for finally getting around to offering the upgrade, Microsoft!)
      • Add Ubuntu Linux to it (which is what she uses – she hasn’t fired up Windows 10 even once!!!)
    • Migrated my laptop from a nice-but-gone-dormant Linux distribution to a more current one, so I could upgrade some creative programs I use.
    • Dealt with running out of drive space on the household server (What, 4 terabytes isn’t enough???!!!!).
    • Dealt with said server deciding to overheat and keel over when the both case fans both decided to quit working simultaneously.
    • Replace a dead amplifier for my music work.
  • Make digital versions of hymns for my church, St. Nicholas’s Episcopal Church, Kapolei. That’s been a big change for my church, since in its nine years of life, we’ve almost never once done a traditional hymn.
  • Taken, processed and posted photos for said church. Lately, mostly processed, since I’m trying to cut back on my photography effort there. Today I just posted the past four weeks worth of pictures, check them out. Most are by my friend Kevin, who has been enjoying his Christmas present, a shiny new Olympus DSLR.
  • And various other sundries just to keep things interesting.

Now some of those things needed to be done, so there was some justification for doing them.

But the times when I didn’t have other things to do, and had some energy available, I have to honestly say that I’ve rarely done any creating:

  • I have one pictorial poem, hope to put it up here. That one originated on the tablet, so it’s always been available to work on.
  • Prepared and printed a couple of good-sized (22″x10″) panoramas from a trip we made a couple of years ago to Napa, California.
  • Prepared a large panorama of the Honolulu-Diamond Head shoreline. If printed, it would be 17′ long!!!

One good thing from the last few months’ effort: I’ve finally caught up on ALL OF MY UNPROCESSED PHOTOS! ๐Ÿ™‚

But I still have a storm of stories and ideas for stories, music and pictures. When I look at doing one of them:

  • Lazy Me decides he’d rather look at email, or read something on the web or Twitter, or read a book. (I’ve read a lot more books than I’ve usually done.)
  • Sensitive Me would also rather not do the stories that hurt. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Indecisive Me can’t decide which one to work on, anyway.

So I added a new item to my To Do list, something to help me decide which of the hundreds of stories/ideas to do.

So let’s see how long it takes me to complete that item. ๐Ÿ˜‰