Marilyn over at SERENDIPITY showed some of her summer photos today. But here in the southern hemisphere we are still in the depths of winter. It has been a strange winter. Our autumn was very colourful and long.
But the winter frosts did arrive earlier this year than normal – in April. But the days were reasonably warm.
Then we had some warm balmy days but then we had some freezing days with snow low on the hills around us.
Normally the snow doesn’t fall this low around us.
Then we have been having some warm balmy days, so that the spring blossoms are starting to make an appearance.
It is hard to believe that in a couple of days we will be in August. Only a month to go until we are officially into spring. Then in September we will have our blossom parade. Then we know that we are really into spring.
I live in a warmish temperate climate. Yes, it can get cold, but then it normally doesn’t last too long. This week I haven’t needed to light the fire. But then this morning I got up and it was freezing again so the fire is going strong.
The weather is such a fickle thing.
Go and check out Marilyn’s Photo Prompt for her amazing summer photos.
Disk Drive: Hybrid 1TB SATA (5400rpm) + 8G SSD cache
Optical Drive: DVD-RW
Display: 17.3″ Full HD with LED Backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Having a son who knows about computers helps a lot. So I got a $2000 computer for half the cost. So I am a happy chappy. It is a bigger screen as well which helps. When I came to editing in Lightroom I got a better response from the sliders. And Photoshop works like a dream. What is also new for me is that the keyboard lights up too. And it is lovely to type with, compared to what I was using.
So onto my One Four post this week. I cropped the image more closely to the branch and then just used the preset filter – pastel strokes and did a HDR edit as well through photoshop.
Then for something different. As everyone knows I have been going to an acrylic painting class. We have a competition on at the moment run by the Fruitgrowers Association here in the Hawke’s Bay. So I am entering it with these two paintings. I decided to combine my photography and painting. I edited the photo with Photoshop to get a brush stroke affect. I then printed the image onto a special paper which I then ironed onto the canvas. Because the canvas has an uneven surface ti didn’t quite come out as well as I wanted. Then I just painted the apples. We had to showcase our fruit. No grapes or anything to do with our wine industry was not allowed.
Robyn from Captivate Me has started of a new month of her One Four Challenge. This is great for us who love editing to get a photo and edit it a different way each week.
So for May I am going for a autumn theme. The apple trees are or were fully loaded down with apples. For my first edit I adjusted the exposure and clarity. It was underexposed and it was hard to pick out the leaves clearly.
For more information here is Robyn’s blog to check out.
Ed from Sunday Stills has come up with something rather different this week. To show photos of then and now.
So here are some acorns that are starting to break open to start to germinate.
After a about a century you get some mature oak trees such as these trees that were planted over a century ago in Oak Avenue.
I have a dental appointment today to get a tooth implant so might not be able to do much in the way of blogging. So wish me luck. I am rather nervous as it is not like what you see on TV. It takes several months from beginning to end. I have been given 3 different pain killers – ouch – that tells me this is going to be painful.
Our autumn this year has been really colourful. The lower light has been making the colours really pop out around the town. Yesterday I went to Cornwall Park to catch the golds and reds and their reflections. There are a lot of photos today. It was hard to chose to limit what to use.
These photos are my entry for Ailsa’s challenge at Where’s my backpack? which this week is rather apt for me – Trees