Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

In my pre-college days (which is beginning to feel like a long time ago) I worked in a photo developing station at a drug store in a quaint village  of northern California (that’s the PC way of saying small, rural town).  This was back in the day when the majority of people still developed their photos from real film and a select few used digital cameras.  This was also during the days when the county fair was a BIG deal.  If you didn’t go to the fair, you were truly square.  And if you didn’t enter something, anything–a rabbit, a quilt, a photo, some flowers, just something–you were almost just as square.

Back in those days, people would come in to get their photos developed for submission in the County Fair.  And there was a lot of talk behind the counter of which photos would win prizes and which wouldn’t.  Then there were the conversations about the digital photos and *scandal of all scandals* which ones had been edited!  That was my first brush with photography and for a long, long time after getting my first digital camera, I was too scared to edit my photos or at least to admit that I edited my photos.  It would be like admitting I had a nose job (which I do not have).

Things have since changed.  Most people edit their photos, and the editing has become part of the fun.  There are so many programs to help you edit your photos, and I am in the process of looking for a great one that won’t cost an arm and leg, or just an arm or just a leg for that matter.  I have no limbs to spare.

Thus far, picnik has been my editing site of choice.  It is amazing that I can take an ordinary photo like this

P1000639And turn it into this

P1000639aOr this


Take this boring old close-up as another example


It is much more appealing to the eye when it looks like this


While I am not overly impressed with my photos or the edited versions (I’m not submitting any of these to the county fair), I do think that photo editing is an art form just as taking photos and developing photos is. Perhaps I could say I am an artist in the making (and this is where I would use a smiley face I weren’t too ashamed of the nose that would show up)

If you would like to recommend a good photo-editing website or software that would allow me to retain all limbs, that would be welcome.  For now, I’ll stick with picnik and just wait until I get a Mac (that is a whoooole other post that I probably won’t write any time soon!)


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photo-shop 101

There is something about having a baby that makes you spend money.  Lots of it.  toys. diapers. cameras. clothes.

Actually, that would be camera–singular.  We bought a fancy new camera that neither of us really knew how to you, so along with it, we bought a book about using digital cameras.  I’ve been reading the book a little, looking at other people’s photos a lot, and just playing with the camera in between.

Today I took Adeline for a walk and strapped the camera to the back of the stroller–you know, just in case.  It is fall in Louisville, which means everything out of doors is featured in stunning color.  Because the clock fell back last night, the sun was already beginning to set during our walk.  As we were walking along and saluting various neighbors, a tree with some pretty little berries caught my eye.  It also caught the sun.  So I caught the camera hanging from the back of the stroller and then caught this:

berries rounded edge

And this:

berries 2 rounded edge

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Fall Fox Print by MissBrigette

Getting out of bed was extra difficult this morning because it was so cold!  I wore my jacket for the first time since April or May, and I am now pining for a pay of “fingerless” gloves to keep my hands warm as I fumble for my car keys or wait for the heater to warm up in the car!  In honor of this cold snap, and in honor of the pumpkin seller on the roadside I passed this morning, I am posting a recipe which my “mother in love” gave to me.  Please know that these are in no way healthy, and they are a delicious, albeit foreboding, way to bring in the holiday eating.  They are……… Pumpkin Squares!

For the crust, mix together 1 package yellow cake mix (save 1 cup aside for the topping), 1/2 cup butter, melted, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Mix all of the ingredients together and spread in the bottom of a lightly greased 13″x9″ pan. 

Now, go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350.

For the filling, mix 1-16 ounce can pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 2/3 cup (small can) evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Once all of these ingredients have been mixed together, pour them over the crust in the pan.

Finally, for the topping, combine together that 1 cup of yellow cake mix you saved from the crust, 1/4 stick of butter (not melted!), 1/2 c. sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.  I find that the best way to do this is with one of those round pastry things.   Crumble this mixture of top of the filling in the pan.

Now stick your pan in the oven for about 1 hour.  When the hour is up, pull it out, let it cool completely, and enjoy with or without whipped cream!

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