Just when I was going to post a couple of manipulated images I read a blog about being a purist when capturing images. Little or no work being done to the original. So, I was feeling a little guilty until I said to myself, Self, you are not a great a photographer. Sure, I have photos of events published almost annually in a biker magazine, even a cover shot. I call them my lucky shots. Trust me, I marvel at photographers who are so talented to get it right. They are truly creative. I just do what I do.
My vision is not great, around 20/400 in my right eye, thankfully not too bad in the left. But, I am nearsighted in one and farsighted in the other. Then there’s the problem of depth perception. Hiking on a trail I may see a slight incline as being, as my husband calls it, the hill from hell. Although, the ascent is much easier for me than the, ‘oops’ on the descent. . My vision has never been good – add astigmatism and life can be a bit blurry. Even walking downstairs can look dicey – but one compensates when one can.
Surgery, unfortunately is not an option. But, if I was granted one wish – to change anything about me physically, it would be to have 20/20 vision. At least I am not color-blind.
I was playing with the gradient tool in PSE, fiddled around and stopped when I saw something I liked. If you ask me how I did this, I couldn’t tell you. Stuff just happens.
It’s a little like someone asking me how I make my pasta sauce from scratch. Well, you get lots of garlic, an eggplant, olive oil, salt, red wine, beef starter, tomato sauce, oregano, brown sugar, cinnamon, oregano, basil – a pork chop, beef bone or a chicken breast, or some links of Italian Sausage. I might have forgotten something, but you get the picture. After hours of simmering, and adding homemade meatballs (that’s another story) you have something worthy of being eaten. Again and again – since you will have plenty to freeze or entertain the family.