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Longer Boats

Where No Man Has Gone Before

This was definitely the most intriguing thing I saw during my trip. I have no idea what the U.S.S. Enterprise was doing in a boat along the Venice Canals.

Remember how I told you they had drained the canals? I was very disappointed to see all the little boats sitting forlornly beached. That’s probably okay because it kept me from taking so many photos of them.

What??? You believed that? πŸ™‚

Two Ships

Technically one is a boat and they’re not passing in the night. But whose keeping track, right?

Parenthetical Post (or Embarcadero At Night)

One of my favorite bloggers is Reena at missing moments – for a couple of reasons, really. One is that she, like me, loves the beach. It doesn’t matter if it’s the coast of Maine or Florida, she shares wonderful photos that she takes when she’s there (which is way more often than I am there). The other reason is that she is a bit of a geek like me (sorry Reena). We are “appaholics”, we love to try out different photo editing apps and programs. She is much more creative and better at using them than I am, but when I saw what she had done using Topaz Star Effects I immediately knew I had a photo I wanted to try with this. It was taken a couple of years ago on our trip to San Francisco from our hotel room overlooking the Embarcadero area. I had taken my tripod along in anticipation of trying out some HDR photography, but on this evening it came in handy to experiment with night time photography.

Thank you, Reena, for being an enabler! Isn’t blogging wonderful (and addictive)?

Please visit Reena and take a look at her marvelously artistic photos.


“It’s not far down to paradise
At least it’s not for me”

Look, I’m An “Artist”!

So here I am messing around again. Having a little time off has given me the opportunity to tinker around with more photo editing software and the chance to practice using the iPad for blogging. This was produced with an iPhone/iPad app called Mobile Monet which allows you to turn a photo into a painting with the swipe of your finger. The iPad has literally thousands of photography apps and offers unique and creative things to do with photos.

A Monster Unleashed

My latest inspiration comes from Tricia at Bluff Area Daily. Recently I visited her blog and found she had done some amazing things with photos that turned out looking just like paintings. I sat right out to Google this technique to find out how it was done (I love The Google!). One thing you should know is that I have resisted shelling out the $$ for Photoshop so my goal was to replicate this technique using Open Source software available for free on the Internet. I also got a little friendly advice from Tricia. I picked out one of my favorite photos and this is what I ended up with. This came out kind of “paint by numbers” like. Looks like I have some experimenting to do!

Here is the original photo that I had taken below.

Thanks, Tricia, for the inspiration! Please check out her Barn Charm theme when you get a chance.

ADDENDUM: Kathy reminded me I forgot to mention the software I use to edit my photos. Most of the time I use Picnik (h/t to Kathy). I also use an open source software called GIMP which is very similar to Photoshop (so I have been told) but FREE!

If You Like Pina Coladas

I can’t look at this photo without thinking about the song by Rupert Holmes.