Showing posts from October 13, 2013

Photo Retouching Tips, Techniques and Tutorials

 Nobody's perfect. Very few of us, if any I'm discovering thanks to HD television, have flawless skin. There are shadows and circles that get in the way of perfection.  Facial texture can be as rough as old concrete, full of bumps and pores.  Age and years present their challenges too. Teens have acne, grandparents have wrinkles. However, when capturing family and friends in photographs, we should be happy with the results, shouldn't we? I mean, these are the people we love — warts and all. You wouldn't change a thing about them in real life, so why do it in pictures?  Simple answer I suppose is because we can.  While I would never alter an eye colour or smooth out granny's lined but loved, visage, I have, I admit, removed a zit or two and brightened a few teeth.  If the means wasn't there I wouldn't consider it. But it is. Though I adore that relative's slightly imperfect countenance, or see the vanity in altering an image of myself, I can'

Who Doesn't Love Birthdays?

The final quarter of the year is a celebratory time around our household. Besides thinking ahead to Christmas, which by the way is just 10 Saturdays away, we also have umpteen birthdays to recognize.  I've said it before, (and I'll say it many times more) I love birthdays. If it wasn't for our 'birth' day we wouldn't be here, so if that's not a reason to celebrate in a big way, I can't think what is. Of course, as we get older, we tend to make less of a deal about them. How many times I've heard people say, "It's just another day." And as our kids grow up and move away from home finding a way to honour our babies can be challenging. For a mom who used to throw two parties for her kids — one for friends and one for family — that has been a tough reality. But, as I suspect it means more to me than to them now, I do what I can to make me happy. It begins with the early morning telephone serenade of "Happy Birthday" and co

Photos of Water in Autumn

Associating water with summer is a no brainer. There's no more perfect place when temperatures soar and sun beats than on a sandy shoreline,  a cooling breeze drifting across the glistening surface to add to the pleasure. One shouldn't, however, ignore there is wonder to be found by the water in autumn, too.  You may not feel an urge to dive in and chill out, but look around you. There is a desolate loneliness that is somehow compellingly beautiful. The vastness is awesome. You can bathe in the quiet, with only the sound of the surf to keep you company. But water isn't just a natural asset when it comes with a coastline. Think too about a forest stream or woodland waterfall, pretty amid summer greenery but glorious when dressed in fall splendour.  There is no more awesome place to be nor sight to see.  These collections of photos take you by the water in varied and lovely autumn settings: Autumn Water Photos Autumn Water Photos Acclaim

How Cute These Trick-or-Treaters Are

With the Canadian Thanksgiving behind us, thoughts now turn, at least for little ones, to Halloween.  I, on the other hand am all grown up and if I'm to be honest I'd have to say it's one celebration I can take or leave. As an adult, it means spending money on treats that most parents would agree their children shouldn't have, but they're going to come begging for and I'm going to give them anyway.  Turnout in our neighbourhood tends to be fairly good, so handing out candy comes at a fairly significant cost.  Trying to figure out what to purchase that won't make you look like the cheapest people on the block is  a challenge. Also, without the excitement of little ones under my roof talking about Ironman or Dora costumes to get the fun going, I anticipate only that I will come home from a long day of work Oct. 31, and as supper preparations begin so will the knocking.  Chopping and dicing, mixing and pouring become part of a pseudo cardio routine as I r