Reflections On a Cloudy Day

It’s been overcast nearly all day, with occasional sprinkles so I spent today playing around with this picture I took yesterday during sunnier weather. After an hour and half at the club lifting weights and practicing Tai Chi and another half hour walking Skye, I doubt I would have been up for much of a walk anyhow.

Instead, I spent most of the day playing with my new version of Photoshop CS3. After all, if you’re crazy enough to spend $200 dollars to update a piece of software every two years, you’d damn well better use it occasionally.

Since commenting visitors (my favorite visitors) liked yesterday’s swallow, which looked a lot like last year’s swallow which many people also liked, I tried create a similar effect with a barn swallow that I also shot yesterday:

Unfortunately, barn swallows are almost always found sitting on railings, not on birdhouse or in trees like tree swallows. In other words, the background is invariably much more cluttered, and there’s very little I can except try to minimize the background as I’ve done here.

4 thoughts on “Reflections On a Cloudy Day

  1. I’ve been reading on bloglines, just because I can and it’s easier, but I’m somehow less likely to comment when I do that…. Anyway I do love your pictures, and I find the effects fascinating. I keep thinking I’m going to start playing with photography one day. Hah!

    As I was visiting Dad last weekend I looked to the left while going into the gate at the beach and saw what looked suspiciously like a Prius, blue, parked in a driveway, and I wondered if it was your place. Natural wood house, I think. On the left of the road.

  2. Sounds like my place, all right. As I said, I walk down that road nearly every weekday.

    If you get over here in the summer we’ll have to have coffee at the Sandwich shop and compare blogging notes.

    I appreciate your bringing your sunshine with you; it’s been raining heavily off and on the last two days.

  3. I really like the swallow pictures, Loren. Your work is just top rate stuff.

    Once you have that new bag, you’ll be able to do even more top rate stuff.

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