Happy Halloween, Twenty Fifteen

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Halloween Boat Cat
Yup, Floating On A Ghost Ship
Has Risen Again

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This photo was of me sitting on top of the settee cushion at window level on our boat Minstrel as we were leaving our marina, but the background scene in the window was of an ugly oil refinery, so we were very pleased with how a little cropping and a couple of photo effect apps totally blotted that aspect out. First we uploaded the iphone photo into PHO.TO and selected the Realistic Photomontage-> Catoptromancy effect. It needed a bit of a frame finish so then we uploaded it Pixlr.com and applied the Wave effect and Tiny Frame.

And I couldn’t resist a quick Halloween Haiku to go with it. Happy Halloween 2015!!

A shout out in honour of Penelope, The Cat From Hell who designed this pumpkin for me last year!
Thanks again Nellie!

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Magic Monday – Mobile Photography Editing & Processing

The magic of instant effect generators takes a ho-hum or flawed photo and transforms it into something unexpected and unusual. What I like about these types of apps is that at each tap of your pad (or human finger), effects, overlays and borders randomly apply themselves. Instantly. Right on your phone. Meowee, over 2 million possible combinations can make it a real challenge to like just one. So for Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge this week, we used the same photo with two different outcomes. There are several apps that do this but the one we’ve been using is called Pixlr-o-matic, and is free to download to your iPhone, and probably Android too but we don’t use them to know fur shore. Hipstamatic is another as is Snapseed.

iphoneartoriginalI must have tapped about a hundred times until I decided on the looks I liked best for this photo. You can also makes minor tweaks to change any element of the combo. This ho-hum photo is of meow sitting on the stern rail where the prawn puller gets attached. I was trying to give the humans a hint. Turns out i didn’t have to try too hard; they managed to haul up almost 500 of them overall this cruise. Behind me is doggy-doo island in Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island that the humans took me to play on. As my nickname for it implied you had to be careful where you stepped and that didn’t impress meow much, and I just wanted to go back to Minstrel. The camera focused more on the island than meow so I’m a little blurry. A little insta-magic editing made the save.

In the first photo, the effect is called “Greg“. All the effects have people’s names and they are supposed to set the mood of the photo. The overlay is called “Rain“. It was actually was raining that day. Thirdly the frame is called “Sloppy“. The result? Kind of a pop artish look don’t you think?

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For the next photo, a few more taps and we have the “Lucas” effect, “Morning” overlay, and “Sand” frame. Seems to give it a bit of a washed out retro feel.

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So many looks, so little time. What phone photo editing apps are you using?

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A Feline Alone

Photography 101, Day 5: Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone. As you frame your shot, apply the tried-and-true Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition. Divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts. Place your subject at the intersections of these lines, or along them. 


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Anchored in Bedwell Bay, BC

 

Thoughts find themselves in solitude,

And flourish in the quietude,

Over a sea of calm they float.

 

From the brow I stare and ponder,

What adventures lie out yonder,

On coastal shores somewhere remote.

 

Finding bays in isolation,

By celestial navigation,

My journey will travel by boat.

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For November we are trying the Nove Otto poetry form. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine“) when January and February were added. The Nove Otto poetry form was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine-lined poem with 8 syllables per line (isosyllabic). The rhyme scheme is as follows: aacbbcddc.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/minimalist/

 

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

This post is a double feature, maybe even a triple. A Lens and Pens photo challenge, and a Writing 101 exercise. Today is day one of WordPress’s Writing 101 20 day course, and we’re asked to free-write for 20 minutes, about anything. Since today is also black & white iPhoneography Monday, I decided to write about the photo I chose for that. Continue reading

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Architecture and Reflections)

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I decided that it might be fun & educational to enter some of our old and new photos we have into various photo contests & challenges and thought this would be a good one to start with. It’s a photo in a collection of photos my mom takes called “Reflections of Boating“. She was cruising past the sandy beach overlooking Burrard Inlet at Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby BC, Canada aboard our boat the MV Minstrel when she captured the reflection of the starboard side view in the windows with a Fujifilm Finepix F410 digital camera. It is originally in color but she edited it in Windows Live Photo Gallery to make it Black & White. This is also a good hands on exercise to learn ones way around the various features probably common to most photo editing software (she’s a bit of a newbie at this).

This photo challenge is put on by Lens and Pens by Sally where you can see other entries and even join in the fun yourself. =^,,^=