I don’t like Photoshop effects that make a photo look unreal, unless the effect that the “photographer” is going for is something other than real. I do use it for my photos – specifically curves and levels – to change the contrast, but I try to avoid the bulk of what Photoshop offers me.
I also avoid self-portraits, or, truth be told, any photographs of me. I’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Those two bits of info make this photo unique. I shot this photo of myself, then processed it by layering me on top of the background, then Gaussian blurred the background layer and switched it to black and white. Then I played with the top layer, me, a little be lowering the saturation level. Plus, it’s a photo of me.
I got my hair cut today as well, so I figured today was a good day to “shoot myself”, as it were.
I took this shot at the Taman Sari Bali resort in North-western Bali. I got up hoping for a beautiful sunrise. What I got was this…not what I was looking for, but still kind of pretty. A little illumination from the sliver of sunlight.
I was texting my wife while my feet were up on my desk in my office at work. She asked me how my day was going. I believe I answered something like, “Craptastic.” She asked why and I explained that there had been a snafu regarding thirty of my English 11 exams and that there was a steady stream of other craptacular things happening. She suggested I do something about this, and I answered her, in a text, with the following:
“The past cannot be undone. Only through how we handle the present will we show our true character. Whether we help those in front of us, deal with the situation we are currently facing – these are the things that determine our direction for the future.”
And isn’t that what hope is? Believing that the outcome of present circumstances will be positive. So don’t dwell on the past. Don’t spend your day dreaming of the future. Believe that your circumstances will turn out positively and then put your hope into action.
And then? Put your feet up.
WordPress’ Photo Challenge this week is “Hope“.
Thank you WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and Photo Friday for picking topics this week that could fit into one photo for me. Wordpress chose “Texture” and Photo Friday chose “Near”. I think this works for both. This was shot almost two months ago at the Alexandria Bridge in the Fraser Canyon of BC. I hope you like it.
I had the privilege to escort five students to a National Student Leadership Conference last September. The conference was in Quebec, Montreal specifically, but we did a three day tour of Quebec City and Montreal before the conference. I loved “la belle province” and had a great time. It seemed that no matter where I went in the old city of Quebec I ran into history. When the WordPress Photo Challenge came up this week with “Path” this was the first photo I thought of. It’s a path laid down by men a couple of centuries ago. A little path to history.