Wednesday, March 27, 2013


 Primula Marginata that sits on the table on the deck.  I should repot it, but I like moss.
This is an HDR done in photoshop from 3 bracketed photos.  This adds a lot more detail, I think, but also adds a lot more time to the processing of the photos.  And, of course, makes larger files.
 Drop shadow added to the above photo.  I made this one into a perfect square format.
 The new (from the orchid show and sale) miniature Phal. Sogo Vivien, from Kingfisher Orchids in Sidney.  This is also hdr from bracketed shots.
 While looking at the PS Express app on my Ipad I found that this little software does some cool frames for the photos.  This set me off on a search for frames or for a PC version of the PS express.  I think this rounded corners is on my 'actions' tab on my PSCS5.  The drop shadow above is from the same place.
 Brushed aluminum frame on PSCS5.
 I got carried away and added several frames to this one.  The corners one would be nice for that scrap booking look.
 On this one, I was trying to learn how to run some of the 'actions'.  These hours of playing in my photoshop have given me some insights into some of the stuff I am seeing on Megashot.  I need to learn more about 'brushes' also, someday.  Oh yeah, the digital darkroom, lets you make a photo of a blizzard in the dog days of summer.    Its hard to know what is real or fake any more.
 This is one of the cool photos from my ipad.  There is a way to take this frame and add it t9o my frames file on Paintshop Pro, as I did for one I called 'foxy' some time ago.  This also takes time.  Adobe sure doesn't give anything away for free.
 This is a frame called spatter on PSCS5 actions panel.
This is one of the hdr from the braket shots done in PSCS5

We have had some very nice warm days and I have been sitting at my computer doing this stuff.   After Easter, I will get out and garden.  The soggy back garden should be dried enough to mow the grass.  The spring flowers are all looking good.  Daffodils, windflowers, polyanthus, primulas, hellebores, grape hyacinths, and more. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013


 This is an older photo of a vista from the neighbors driveway over the valerine the sun dial, the thyme circle, and the rest of my garden towards our driveway.  I am adding albums of my little urban garden  to a gardening community on google+.  This is really an interesting virtual community, and fun. 
 A photo from my trip to the Butterfly Gardens a few weeks ago.  This is the Great Mormon's mating.  Female is the more colorful one.  My page of information says they are the same size but the female looks much larger in my photos. (Papillo Memnon)  I have quite a few more to process and eventually add to the Megashot Butterflies community.  No rush.  I have a annual pass for the Butterfly Gardens,.  It is really inexpensive at $10.  It seems hard to find the time to get out there though.
 The Corsican Hellebore.  The other hellebores are in bloom also.  The daffidols, the wind flowers, the primulas, the winter jasmine are in bloom too.  But I do not have recent photos of them either.
This is the corylus avellana contorta, corkscrew hazel or Harry Lauders walking stick.  Its a gorgeous thing when the sun shines through these long hanging catkins.    This is an older photo too but the catkins are hanging on,
We have been having rain but warmer temperatures recently.  The back garden is just soggy!  The front garden in front of the hedge is going to need weeding.  It is full of weeds.  Some of the compost I added after removing daisies must have been full of weed seeds.  If I get them while the ground is damp they will be easier to pull out. 
I have found the pump in the pond has stopped running.  I checked it for blockage and then turned it on again.  It did not go until I pushed the reset button on the electrical panel.  Worked for a few hours and the next morning it was stopped again.  Repeated the reset and now it has been running for 2 days, so it should be good now, hopefully. 
Valerie and Harvey were over a couple of weeks ago and we went to Dunlop House for a late lunch.  By the time we finished we had no time to go to see their photos from their trip to India.  Ah well, they haven't seen any of my trip photos and don't appear to be interested either.  I have only about 1/4 of them processed for my web page,  I am sooooooo behind in that page.  I have bought a new domain that I want to use for a word press page.  So there is another big learning curve if ever I get the time.  I am way too busy on Megashot, too, of course.  And then next week I must get started on my income tax return.  Hate that stuff.  They should not be allowed to make it as complicated as it is.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Balmy day

 This is a miniature cattalaya called Pixie.  It has been in bloom for about 2 weeks
 a close up of the insides of a Pixie bloom.  I think I am getting the hang of doing macros with my new camera.  Tomorrow is the orchid show out at the Student Union Building at the University.  I really have no more room for orchids.  Hope I can get some good photos.
 When we were in France in 2002 I was using my first digital Canon Powershot 50.  I was using the smallest size photo, so the photos are tiny.  I have put these 3 together to add to my Megashot for my Travel to France gallery.  I have this trip done up on my web page.
I also have the album for our trip to France in 1998
I was using a film camera in 1998 and scanned the prints into my computer.  I hope I can find the time to add a few of them to my Megashot Travel France, also.
 This is my newest teddybear, from Valentines Day.  It is a Godiva Chocolates bear. 
 Close up of Godiva's foot for the J B Footography account on Megashot.  Just Beatly primarily shoots teddy bears.
 I found this lizard in Butterfly Gardens.  I was there for a couple of hours a week ago Sunday and have some ok butterfly photos to process for the Megashot Butterflies are Free Community.  We are getting a fine collection of butterflies in the pool and some good information.  Butterfly Gardens is listed in the side panel.  They import butterfly larvaes from all over the world.  They also have some birds, some reptiles, including poisonous frogs.  These critters are in a glass tower and so the photo might look a bit like I forgot to clean my lens.
This is a Giant Swallowtail.  I have more butterflies and a few flowers from the Butterfly Gardens to process yet.

We had a balmy day today.  The temperature got up to 15 degrees.  I managed to get a couple of hours out in the garden to do more clean up of the perennials at the back.  I clipped down the michaelmas daisies, and sheared the germander.  I took off a few high branches of the firesthorn and clipped it back to its proper size to fit in its space.    We are having a 'pineapple express' to warm up the air.  It was an overcast day, and now ... 8:00 pm... we are having a light rain.    I don't think it will last too much longer.
The crocuses are up all over the garden in every color.  The white ones really show up on a grey day like today.  The crocus field in the front is about half in blloom... more to come as the older ones fade away.  The primulas and anemones (wind flower) are starting to come out, and the daffodils are in bud.  The camillia has a few flowers open.