February 3rd, Day 34: more fun with photoshop

It was quite grey and overcast all day today, ending with a bit of drizzly rain at the end.

I was highly unmotivated to take my camera out, but I forced myself to do just that during a mid-day dog walk down to the lake.

This is the original image:

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Adding just a little contrasting was an improvement:

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Then I was able to experiment with different techniques in PSE. This one is my favorite:

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I tried variations of “carving” and sepia, as well as black and white. I like another with a bit of texturing, but this and that one are very similar.

Just playing around (a nearby, yet slightly different dimension, perhaps?) :

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The only thing authentically this bright in this photo is the collection of kayaks and canoes standing by for warmer weather.

May 14th, photo of the day: Lake Sammamish State Park

Spend a day out at Lake Sammamish in the sunshine today. Water was cold to wade into, but refreshing!

Some of our fellow beach-goers

An army of picnic tables, all lined up and waiting to take on the summer

A pink flower on the side of the trail

I loved the rooftop flowers

A sweet nest (?) of caterpillars

The sun really took it out of me, I’ve been sitting here zoning out on this screen for hours. Gah!

the silhouette of a duck

Here it is, my 365 day photo of the day. I’m thinking in the future I will be requiring of myself only one photo, rather than the 365 challenge and the 30 day challenge that I am currently working on. It’s hard to be creative on a daily basis anyway, let alone come up with more than one cool shot everyday!

I chose this one because I like the contrast of the ducks on the reflection of the sun on the lake.

What do you think?

Poo Poo Point

Weird name, right? It’s origins are not what you think!

They used to log in the Tiger Mountain area, and ‘poo poo’ is the sound of the steam whistle they blew before starting to haul trees through the forest. I learned all about it at issaquahpress.com.

It was a beautiful day today, very spring-like! It was about 60 degrees when we started up the trail with me looking for something blue to photograph!

Near the top we got a great view of Mount Rainier, and from the point itself, we could see down into the valley where Lake Sammamish and the town of Issaquah sit, and beyond to Mt Baker!

View from the top

 

 

I found my blue subject at the very end, with this photo of lake Sammamish and the surrounding hills down in the valley. And the sky too, of course!

 

The harbor in winter is a quiet place

The Harbor

Happy February!

Isaac and I went up to the Gas Works Park in Seattle yesterday. I’ve wanted to go check it out since I first heard of it, but the weather wasn’t so nice until yesterday. It was a bit overcast, but it wasn’t raining, and we could see across the bay to downtown Seattle.

We walked along the shore and came to this little harbor just outside the park. I liked how the boats were all different colors, all lined up in a little row.

It would be neat to live on a house boat for a while…who’s with me?

“Because ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are made for
The mind could stretch much further
But it seems that is not what our minds are trained for”

-author unknown