So what are you doing with all of your “Home Alone” time as we wrap up our second month of sheltering at home? This COVID-19 pandemic has literally brought our world to a halt and shown us that we are not truly masters of our own destiny hasn’t it? Many families have rediscovered the joy of time spent together. Since both of us are retired, my wife and I have spent a lot of time together the pasts four years, but since social distancing and shelter at home orders have severely limited our interaction with friends, we have found ourselves spending even more time with one another.
Most recently the weather has stabilized and we have spent more time in the yard. I have already mowed the lawn twice and my wife has gotten her spring flowers planted. We have plans to landscape the areas on each side of the house, but that is going to require some professional help. I will be getting bids for that work soon.
Personally, I have been taking a couple of online photo classes from Creative Live. One class focused on a DIY home studio and gear while the other was all about portrait photography. I also purchased a new photo editing program from On1 called On1 Camera Raw. It can be used as a stand alone photo editing program or it can act as a plug-in to PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements. I love some of the presets that this program has. Over the past couple of years I have posted articles that I have called “Fun With Filters” and this program is going to open up a whole new world of possibilities. This past week I photographed some of the blooms of the knockout roses in our front yard and edited them in On1 Camera Raw. Here are the results. This first image has had very little editing done.
After applying a couple of presets from On1, the image looks like this.
Once again this rose bud required almost no editing.
However, after adding a couple of presets the results look like this. Not every edit is pleasing to everyone, but I love the creative possibilities.
Okay, time for one more and this virtually unedited image is my wife’s favorite from this photo shoot.
I have to agree, I think the image above is my favorite, but I still had to add a filter just for fun.
Stay tuned. The possibilities are endless and I have just scratched the surface of my new toy. Best of all this program was on sale and extremely affordable. I mean EXTREMELY affordable.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week the theme at 4M is blogger’s choice and I am trying to come up with a fitting theme for the current state of affairs. While several states are still under strict shelter at home orders, others are beginning to loosen certain restrictions. Last Friday the state of Arkansas allowed gyms and fitness centers to open, but with the restriction of no pools, spas or showers. Some retail stores, like Hobby Lobby opened Friday as well. Wednesday restaurants can resume in-house dining with limited seating, and social distancing practices in place. Wednesday will also be haircut day for tens of thousands as barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlors will reopen with occupancy limits and social distancing guidelines. I believe that the governor will make an announcement today regarding places of assembly such as churches, movie theaters, and concert venues. I know that some folks believe this is happening too soon but I believe that we have to come out of our shells and begin to recover, we just have to be cautious. Besides, the individual still has the option to remain sheltered. For the immediate future it appears that face masks and social distancing will be the new normal for all us. Sooo… what have I decided that my personal theme for this week should be? How about “Change”. While we believe we are moving toward getting our lives back to normal, the truth is that things have changed and some of the changes will be for the better and will be permanent. Have a blessed week.