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Can I just tell you how exhausted I am? Last night we went out on an early Valentine’s date. We don’t usually go out, so anything past 8 p.m. is seriously partying for us. We really did it up too–dinner and  a comedy show. We like to watch stand-up comedy on Netflix so why not go to a live show? Completely different experience, firstly you aren’t wearing your husbands over-sized college sweatshirt (and looking so sexy, hah) or tucked in a bed with sheets so soft they should be illegal, surrounded by little fur monkey puppies that can’t get enough of your goodness. Being in high heels, make-up and in cramped quarters on a super stiff chair watching the lukewarm comedian’s before the ‘start’ arrives was a little painful. I am happy being a homebody unless my husband would like to travel to Italy or the Maldives, totally count me in. Late night club atmosphere, thank you, but no thank you.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

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11:57 p.m., I got this up just under the wire! I have had to use the loo for this entire edit but didn’t want to post this after midnight, which would be cheating and I wouldn’t do that. I must be a masochist. I picked these anemones up today on a lark. I thought the color was so striking even though I tend to prefer lighter hues for my abode, these jewel tones were mouth watering delicious. I was practicing shooting on a dark background, it’s a lot harder than you might think. Once I get it down I will be happy to share, in the interim my trusty Photoshop is going to have to give me a helping hand.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

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I am early today, no late night editing sessions in bed with my cortisol levels at a peak and cold sweat dripping down my face. Nope. Today, is already shaping up to be tremendous, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and I have made at least a dozen scratch offs on my to-do list. Timing myself has become something that actually works for me, who knew?  I tried to make this edit look like it was shot with film, I did a whole week here dedicated to film photography so if that doesn’t make you believe I am ‘into’ it, I don’t know what will.  I used some of my Christmas gift certificate  the other day to buy a new book.  My husband was a little miffed as the gift certificate was to be used towards books for the Kindle he got me (I love this thing and want to marry it). I used part of the gift certificate to get a subscription to Smithsonian magazine, which I was so excited about until I found out that each new issue delete’s the issue prior to it. WHAT?  I can’t read an issue of Smithsonian magazine that fast, who can?  There’s National Geographic issues from 1977 that I still haven’t gotten through, sheesh. After this discovery, I felt safer buying a ‘real’ book. Besides this book is pretty gorgeous and it needs to be held and flipped through at one’s leisure.  I am now the ecstatic owner of Jonathan Canlas ‘Film is not Dead’ book and I love it more with each page turn.  If you are interested in film photography I highly recommend it.

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So, this is my do-over of my jellyfish from yesterday.  I probably would have been better off working on another image as my expectations for this were high. It’s not as good of an edit as the one I lost, but I tried. I almost forgot to post this evening, must have been the glass of wine I had with dinner.  I have a very low alcohol tolerance, actually I think it’s a low sugar tolerance. I have a glass or two of vino and it effects me like I imagine would be the equivalent of another person being locked for three days in an opium den. Not that I have any opium den experience, but I do have a pretty active imagination.  I have much to tell, but for now I am going to sleep off my sugar high.
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more… 

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I had another edit that I had finished earlier this evening that I really liked, but somehow from the time I sat down for dinner, walked the dogs, cleaned the kitchen and came back to the computer it had disappeared–poof! The original edit was a jellyfish and even though it was black and white the water looked deep and inky to to me. I was a little annoyed (okay, the top of my head popped off and steam came out).  This edit although a bit less spectacular actually fits the mood of the day. It was dark, gloomy and a tad ominous. This feels a little ‘Poe’ to me even though this bird is less foreboding than a crow. I think it’s a Titmouse which has got to be the worse name ever. If your name is Titmouse and I just offended you my apologies.
I used a new action from my friend Bill at The Photo Argus (one of my fave photography resource sites). Bill launched Union Actions and this is his Toy Camera  Photoshop action (completely editable). I’ll let you know more about them soon, but let’s suffice to say that Bill and his Union actions saved the day and kept me from playing in traffic for one more evening, phew!

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here. Read more… 

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