Sept 25th: Let’s try this again!

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m baaaaack! Again. Since, the last time I wrote a similar post I only offered you, the reader, maybe a weeks worth of posts before I seemingly disappeared from the face of the Earth again. Oops. Sorry ’bout that.

I just finished up a long and painful house-sitting job. It was the most difficult and stressful job I have taken, and I can’t remember what I ever did with so much free time before I took this job! :D I’m sorry to be a whiner. I usually try not to talk negatively about something like this, but in this case, I just really can’t help it. I’m trying to think of something to compare the experience to, but I’m drawing a blank. The last day of the job, I was so indescribably HAPPY, just knowing it was the last time I would have to be doing the things I was doing. Mainly, cleaning up cat barf and diarrhea, as well as the occasional dog pee. Which is literally how I spent the last three weeks.

Whew! All that is behind me now, and I will try to hold on to the good memories I have from the experience. The dogs weren’t so bad, we went on some fun walks. Their owners are nice people.

In other, happier news, my dad came up recently for a weekend visit, and we packed our days FULL. We went to the Museum of Flight the first day, and though we had initially planned other activities as well, we ended up spending about 5 hours there, and we were both TIRED by the time we left. The second day we went into Seattle, and went both as high as we could go (Columbia Center Building) and as low as we could go (Underground tour)! We also went up into the Smith Tower.

This was taken from the top of Seattle, and tweaked using tilt shift and an action called Faded Ink.

Though I can’t actually promise that I will be posting daily from here-on forward, I can give my most sincere word that I will try my very best. We have settled into our new apartment, I’m no longer housesitting, and my work hours have calmed down a bit.

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Fun with Tilt-Shift

Recently I was inspired by posts on Xandre’s blog about tilt-shift.

Tilt-shift is that fun way of skewing photos to make them look as though they are in miniature.

I wanted, and still want to see if I can learn how to tweak my photos on my own to achieve this result, but in the meanwhile, I came across a really neat website that does it for you! Check it out here at: tiltshift maker all you have to do is upload a photo, and the program lets you tweak the bokeh and light in your photo!

Here is my first one:

The original

Aaaahh this is too much fun! Here are a few more:

Seattle Seahawks Football Game January 2010

From the Space Needle

Little Cottage in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland

Zion NP Valley

What do you think? Have you ever tried the tilt-shift on your photos?

Thanks Xandre for getting me interested in this! :)