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January 3, 2014

New Snow, New Things

Filed under: Joy — Karma @ 9:23 am
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It is snow day number two of the 2013-14 school year. We were supposed to head back to school from the holiday break yesterday, January 2nd, but the timing of slow-paced winter storm Hercules conspired to extend our break by two days. Normally I prefer to go to school and get out earlier in June, but for these couple days I like staying home. It just feels like an uninterrupted vacation. Since the hubbub of Christmas has passed, I’m enjoying the lazy morning routine of breakfast and coffee at the computer. I’m exercising without worrying about what time I have to get a meal on the table. When she’s actually home, I’m enjoying Meghan’s company (her break from school lasts another week). For day 3 of the new year, that’s a good amount of enjoying so far.

The winter storm that caused these extra days off really has not been that bad. I’m guessing there is somewhere in the ball park of 6 inches out there.
backyard view

It is frigidly cold so the snow is very light and fluffy.
brrrrr

The leaves of the rhododendron-azalea have been curled tight.
cold rhododendron

As much as Teddy would love for me to come outside and play, it is a bit too cold for me to want to venture out.
collie profile with snow

I’ve been puttering inside, with some new things to puzzle out.

As some of you know, we purchased a new lap top to replace our slowly dying 5-year-old one a few days ago. I love the quick responsiveness of this new machine, but I’m also having to learn the ways of Windows 8. It hasn’t been too bad so far, but some things have surprised me. Some things are not as intuitive or automatic as I would have expected them to be. After owning a Kindle Fire for the last year and as a new iPhone 5 user, I feel like everything should be so easy to navigate!
New things

Another new thing in that photo is Adobe Lightroom 5 – new photo editing software I was given for Christmas. I know absolutely nothing about Lightroom. If anyone knows some good resources you would like to point me in the direction of, please do so. I’m thinking I may purchase Scott Kelby’s book about it – he has been an excellent resource in the past.

I’m still trying to decide about a new theme for this blog as well. Would you share your opinions with me about how it looks to you? I’m not as crazy about this theme on my new 17″ screen, and I’ve had it for a while now anyway. Maybe it is time for another change! If you are so inclined, tell me in the comments what size computer screen or mobile device you usually do your blog reading on, and whether there is a lot of visible empty space on this blog.

Changes and joy – they continue!

May 6, 2011

Hummingbird Help?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 10:14 pm
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Hi everyone.  I haven’t been around much this week.  I’m not even really sure why.  Just been one of those weeks playing catch-up, it seems.  And the blogging muse didn’t have much to say, I guess.  But that’s okay right?  Because I blog when I feel like it?  I even got a little mention over at Kathy’s place on Wednesday and didn’t see it until tonight.

Even though I haven’t been typing as much this week, I have still had my camera handy.  My little hummingbird has made a repeat appearance and I am reaching out for some advice.  In my zeal to capture the little one at a high shutter speed, I forgot to account for the fading light when I saw the little cutie at my “rhodo-azaeleas” and I got this picture:

I love the composition of this shot, but as you can see, it is wayyyyyyy underexposed.  In Photoshop Elements, I attempted to lighten the shot, but ended up with far too much noise:

Okay friends, give me the truth, is there hope for this shot?  Can anything be done to save it?  Anyone able to give me some advice on what to try to fix it?  Anyone want to take a shot at fixing it themselves?  If anyone can answer “yes” to any of these questions, I like this shot too:

Thanks for any thoughts or advice you may be able to leave me in the comments.

ETA:  I played a little more in PSE this morning with the second shot.  I brightened, added a noise reduction filter and a layer of gaussian blur around the bird:

hummingbird edit

I’d still be interested in any other editing thoughts folks might have! Thanks again.