March 12, 2007 by desperatehorsewife
Pink Rose from a wedding bouquet.
I’ve become quite envious of some of the photos I’ve been seeing out in blogland of late, so tonight I attempted to play a bit with Adobe Photo Shop a bit more. I’ve come to a conclusion…I ought to just hire it done! There is such a huge margin between what I’d like to do and what I do, that I get frustrated.
Okay, so I’ve only been at this photo shop thing a couple of weeks. But I’ve been looking at the loveliest photos of horses, and their manes are simply floating in front of a black background. Now, that background wasn’t black to being with, so someone had to come along and do the whole editing and layering thing.
Inspired, I pulled up a photo of Quiet Storm. She has this annoying habit of sticking her nose into my camera lens whenever it passes by. So, being the sort to make lemonade when I’m handed lemons, I decided tonight to fiddle with one of the famous eyeball shots.
Here’s the first shot. Her nose is right alongside the lens, no doubt wondering why I haven’t brought her a treat. She refuses to stand even two feet from the camera. Some wild horse she’s turned out to be!
Below is my shoddy attempt at deleting the yucky barnyard background and putting in a sophisticated black. Um…yeah…well, it could use some work. I like that long eyelash that comes down beneath her eye; I managed not to botch that one up so bad. But there’s still something not quite right, and I’m not liking the hair up near the ear. Perhaps I’ll take the black in a little closer to the eye and see how that looks…but not tonight, as I’m half blind just from this.
Another one I’ve been working on tonight is of Sunny. This has been twitched in a couple of different ways… It’s been cropped way down, I changed out the background and then created a painted look using a tool called ‘dry brush.’ I also played with the lighting angle. Actually, I rather like this one. Giving it the painted look covers up a multitude of photo shop sins!
Well, that’s it for now. Darling isn’t feeling so well tonight; she’s got a migraine. It used to be she’d get them all the time, but we got this little blue wonder pill for her. Her pediatrician gave us three refills, but since they hadn’t come very often the past few years, it took her three years to use up that one bottle.
Now she’s out, and the pharmacy won’t refill it because it’s been so long. And to make things more difficult, her pediatrician retired! We tried last month to get a refill, but even though it was the same clinic, no one would call us back. So tomorrow I’m going to call the naturalpath and have him do it for us. I’m guessing Darling won’t be going to school; she used to get terribly sick with these headaches. (Amazing how the headaches stopped when she started homeschooling, and now they’ve started again when she’s back in school…coincidence? Guess we’ll find out as time goes on!)