Rain Leads to Post Processing Photos

When the weather turns soggy I make soup. Get my pot of Butternut Squash with Apple Soup going, and add a grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich for the perfect dinner. Finish it up with a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven. I didn’t actually bake from scratch this time. My granddaughter’s fundraiser was frozen Famous Amos cookies that I have in the freezer for just such times. Perfect.

My laundry is in the garage. Not fun to do when the weather is too hot or too cold. Task done. House cleaned enough not to be embarrassed by unexpected company.

Now I can sit down and review my photographs. My new laptop is slowly becoming fully functional. Lightroom and Photoshop CC installed easy enough. Added Topaz filters, Nik software, and Photomatrix Pro 4. Today I installed my calibration software, Spyder Pro 4.

Have not figured out how to work in Lightroom on one computer, export the catalog and then import the catalog on the other computer. For the second night I was not successful. I will look at another tutorial. Must be missing something.

Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to using Lightroom CC. When I first started using LR, I thought of it as an organizing tool. This fit in with my library experience and my system works for me. Keyboarding, rating my photos and creating Smart Collections lead to an easy system to organize my library.  LR developed into a powerful editing program. Today I learned how to use Masking when working with LR Detail tab. This helps to select the area to be sharpened. I also learned how to use some of the key strokes to make the editing process faster.

While visiting Port Costa, Ca. last week this friendly, beautiful Maine Coon cat followed me around. I used some of the techniques to improve this  photo.

Looking for a friend (or a free meal) in Port Costa

The rain has past, and the next two days will be busy. Shopped for my Dad, and will visit parents tomorrow after a visit to my doctor. (Just a tune-up) LOL.


Organization and Exercise

Mail on January always starts off with the predictable envelop from my accountant. Just finishing off the bottle of champagne, and I am reminded of April 15th. The newspaper shrinks with all the advertisements gone. Now I am flooded with sales on exercise equipment, gym memberships, and information about what to eat and what to avoid eating.

Been eating my vegetables

Colorful Peppers

and salads, cooking chicken soup with kale, carrots, and celery, and enjoying a few desserts with my coffee.

Truckee Pizzaria
Wonderful smells draws you into this candy shop
Watch as the chocolate is transformed into yummy goodness!

From department stores to supermarkets candy hearts replace candy canes.   Calendars make a brief appearance. Has the “smart phone” replaced calendars?  I know that I rely more on my phone when I make appointments. Stores bring out organizers of all kinds. I like containers, but I never had a collection of Tupperware. I keep most of my large glass jars to store food stuff. Not too many items come in glass anymore. Plastic bins keep my yarn organized. I use baskets for my camera equipment. My one magazine title finds a home in a basket, but this year the magazine goes digital. Too bad.   I replaced the space for a computer tower with three baskets for desk storage. I try to be organized, yet by the time I get around to my personal space I run out of minutes in the day. So my desk often suffers.  Furniture and household items from my parents downsize now have a useful place in my home. More ways to get organized. Best of all, my car now fits in the garage again. I missed pulling my car in to the garage with the wet, cold weather.

My most important organizing task falls to my new laptop.  I just upgraded to Lightroom and Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). I want to keep my photographs on a portable lhard drive and be able to work both at home and when I am away. I have been using both programs, and so now is a good time for this change. I need to add my filters, plug-ins and a couple of additional programs. I will report my progress, and explain how I made the leap. Not sure about the “cloud” thing yet.