The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
I was coming back home after dropping one of my sons at the shop to pick up his car.
It was the blue hour in Bridgeport and traffic was very heavy.
Coming out of the highway, I was standing in line waiting for the light to change when I happened to look to my left. I quickly unplugged my phone from its charger and snapped a quick one from my window.
The view of St. Augustine Cathedral backlit with the setting sun and the trees was calling out to me; some will say…
I edited the photo using a combination of Snapseed, distressed effects and Stackables.
There is a long tradition of stories about Salem in New England. The stories were about the battle between the church and what was believe to be witchcraft. Lots of women were hung from trees for some puritanical bullshit.
The image of the tree and the church reminded me of that, hence the title…
One day, you'll look To see I've gone. But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun. Someday, you'll know I was the one. But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun.
I am trying to be proactive and take more pictures.
As part of that effort, I decided to take part in a challenge.
Is not really one of those 365 day challenges, although it can turn into that.
Photo a Day
It is called Photo A Day.
It is organized by Chantelle, the blogger behind Fat Mum Slim (fatmumslim.com.au) and she publishes a list for every month of the year with prompts that try to motivate you to go out and take more photos (interior photos are fine as well).
The idea been that the words will make you think on how you interpret the prompts and along the way find some inspiration.
I though this might turn into a burden but so far I have done it for four days and seem to be getting out to the funk I have been in lately.
This was the photo for Day 6 with the topic Skyline.
Well, no, this was not the photo that I'd published or the photo that I took. The actual photo is this one:
As you can see, a boring and uninteresting sky. It's a skyline but in reality doesn't say much more than that.
So the image above, is a composite. I was updating the apps on my phone and saw that the application Skylab Photo Editor had an update and wanted to check it out so I started manipulating the photo.
I added the clouds, the birds and changed the overall temperature of the photo using a Warming filter; all within the Skylab Photo Editor App.
A much better photo that to me speaks volumes and has a more nostalgic feeling. I wish I had posted the composite to the Instagram as part of the challenge...
Go check out the Photo a Day Challenge. You don't have to commit to a whole month and who knows, you might find the will and the inspiration to take more photos.
Behind the arch of glory sets the day;The river lies in curves of silver light, The fields Elysian glitter in a spray Of golden dust; the gilded dome is bright,….
Well, here it comes!! I promised myself that I was going to start posting more to the blog, so let us call this one my first salvo.
The truth is, that with everything that is happening in the world is hard to feel inspired. One tends to worry about where we are going and if the ending is actually coming faster than we think.
I have not taken too many pictures. I am in what we photographers and artist call "Been stuck in a rut”.
I was watching this video by the photographer Ed Verosky on Finding Inspiration and he is absolutely right...
The minute I went to look at other people’s photos/work I felt motivated to go out and produce some images.
This one, right outside my house on a cold winter afternoon on our way to having some lunch with the family and my son’s girlfriend.
The poem on the beginning (which I thought was appropriate) is called Paris by Willa Cather.
Little Thai Kitchen
We had planned to go to this Thai restaurant in the city of Darien called **Little Thai Kitchen**.
We had visited the place before, but we wanted to take my son’s girlfriend out to a nice place.
We took advantage of the holiday (it was Martin Luther King Day yesterday) and decided to go down to Darien around 1:00 PM.
It was a cold day (temperature was around 28ºF/ -2º C) and cloudy, but the drive was very pleasant. A little bit of traffic with people coming back from the long weekend, but nothing too bad.
We got to the restaurant and there were a couple of occupied tables but we got to sit right away. The place is indeed a “Little Thai Kitchen” and by the time we sat down the tables were all full. I guess other people had the same idea as us. :-)
I ordered one of the best Thai Ice Teas I have ever had and Carlos, my son, decided to copy me.
The restaurant has a Lunch Special where for $10 you get an appetizer and an entrée. I decided to get the Minced Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Drunken Noodles with Shrimp as my entrée.
The food was absolutely fabulous as always. The lettuce wraps were very delectable and the drunken noodles were very fulfilling. My wife ordered the Chicken Pad Thai and she could not finish it.
These are not your ordinary lunch specials where you get a smaller plate. These are very delicious stomach filling plates!!
All five of us (my oldest could not come as he was working) ate for around $60. A real bargain!
I fully recommend the **Little Thai Kitchen** in Darien CT.
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- Supports Apple Pencil for pressure-sensitive application of enhancements
- Improved user interface designed specifically for iPad
- Direct control to adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening
- Support for latest cameras and lenses found in the ACR 9.12 release (the full list of cameras and lenses supported by Lightroom can be found at http://www.adobe.com/go/supported_cameras)
- General stability improvements
The also added two new features to the camera in Lightroom Mobile:
- Show Highlight Clippings (Zebra)
- Haptic Feedback (for the phones that support it) with the leveling function.
You can go to the Apple Store to download the new version of the applications.
These updates bring Lightroom Mobile to almost the same level of the desktop version.
What do you think of the new version? Is this enough? Are you using Lightroom Mobile on your workflow?
Leave your opinions and comments below.
If you are new to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or if you are in-between photo editors and you are considering using Lightroom as your asset management software, there is an incredibly useful article over at the Cole's Classroom Website, titled: 25 Reasons Why You Should Use Lightroom to Edit Your Photos.
Lately, a lot of people have taken to the web and the social networks to bash Adobe and their deaf-ear approach to the user's claims of issues and slowness. It's refreshing to see that there are still worthwhile reasons why everyone should consider using Lightroom.