Saturday, November 17, 2007

Green carnation

I was going to write something today, on the basis of the one picture/one writing balance I set out to achieve. However, in the time I had set aside to do so, a friend rang up, then the internet died on me for a while, then I had a date with Tom, Molly, the sofa, a bag of popcorn and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which DVD arrived the other day. Scoff all you wish oh Arbiters of Good Taste, ( to say nothing of Healthy Eating and the Not on the Furniture School of Doggy Discipline...), so writing will have to wait until tomorrow.

Fortunately, I had a picture I'd prepared earlier. The parasol pine as seen from our window always makes me think of a Japanese woodcut at this time of year against the evening sky. I thought I would try to enhance this effect with a bit of mucking about. This is using Photoshop 'Threshold', or 'seuil' as it's known in my French version - took me a while to work that one out - then a double dose of Picasa's graduated tint, plus a squirt of extra saturation for good measure.
Never could resist guilding the lily.

7 comments:

andy said...

Gorgeous picture!

And I have to confess, the reason I managed to post very little yesterday was largely that I spent the evening watching a certain DVD...
:-)

marja-leena said...

Lovely!

Isabelle said...

Wow, that's beautiful. Also love that quilt! And the cobwebs.

I'm trying to catch up with reading my favourite blogs but everyone's writing so much in this Na-whatever. Help!

leslee said...

That is a lovely scene. I must get Photoshop one of these days. I hear the Photoshop Elements version is pretty good. I use this pretty basic Jasc Paintshop Photo Album program for touch-ups and cropping.

Hope you enjoyed your evening on the couch - sounds wonderful to me!

meggie said...

Lovely tree profile! My first thought when I saw the colour, was, 'this is not real??'

jzr said...

Great photo!! Great "mucking about!"

Lucy said...

Thanks all.
The evening on the couch was highly enjoyable!
I often have three photoprogrammes running at once: Photoshop for shrinking, luminosity and contrast and saturation, Picasa for sharpening, straightening, graduated tint, saturation too, collages and any other little tricks I can find, and the Corel freebie that came with the computer which is nstill the quickest easiest way to crop. My Photoshop was passed on from a French friend and hence is all in French. I looked into ordering 'Elements' but was a bit shocked at the price, and there were some negative comments about installation. I understand there is a free download equivalent, but I forget its name. Picasa is worthwhile, though sometimes it seems to me the results don't look as good as the first appear...