Monday, 26 January 2015

Manipulation Monday, 2

I have long been a keen but entirely amateur photographer and while I take a lot of photos with a bridge camera and also use a small point and shoot, I do tend to use my phone day to day to snap away whenever and at whatever takes my fancy.

I'm also drawn, irresistibly, to the huge amount of photo editing apps available which can turn even the most pedestrian photo into a breathtaking work of art. But being from Yorkshire, where making something better than it should be heralds the accusation of being all fur coat and no knickers, such photo manipulation could be considered cheating, a bit,

So I've started a new feature where that shame can be celebrated. Rejoice in the fur coat (faux of course) and don't worry about the knickers. I'll be publishing my favourite one or two photo-apped snaps every Monday sure in the knowledge that everyone is fully aware that each and every photo has been filtered, framed and fettled to look it's very, very (or the best I can manage) best ....



This week, we're all about using Snapseed in the city and unexpectedly, I'm showing my knickers before putting on the fur coat or, if you prefer, showing the before and after Snapseed shots...


Before

After

Before

After

I like that you can layer different filters on one shot on Snapseed, both of these have been cropped, given a bit of Drama and a small dose of HDR Scape. You can tweak the filter strength, brightness, saturation etc settings until you're happy with the end result.
The second photo, of Wakefield Council's offices, has just a soupcon of Tilt Shift added. Never has local government looked so glamorous.





            Photos were taken on iPhone 5c. All apps used are free and available in the iTunes Store App store


Friday, 23 January 2015

The Alphabet Project: B is for ...


... Boat





The REAL 36 Questions To Ask Before Falling In Love..

Probably.
In 1997 social psychologist Arthur Aron came up with 36 questions that are said to lead to total strangers falling in love with each other. Last week a New York Times writer claimed in her article To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This that, having carried out Aron's experiment she had, indeed, fallen in love.

But I've seen the 36 questions in, um, question. They include such incisive gems as: 'Would you like to be famous and in what way?' 'Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die' 'What does friendship mean to you' and 'How do you feel about your relationship with your mother.'

There's no way on this planet, or any other, that I would base the choosing of a life partner on whether or not they want to go on X Factor or the wrenching guilt they feel because their mum still washes their smalls.

Choosing a life partner is serious stuff. Namby-pambying around sharing each other's most embarrassing moments or happy childhoods doesn't get to the essential nitty gritty of what really makes you want to share your life with that someone.

And so, helpfully I have devised my own 36 questions to divine if that person is the one special person you should spend the rest of eternity shackled to entwined with:

The REAL 36 Questions to Ask Before Falling in Love


1: Toilet seats: Up or down upon departure?

2: Do you snore?

3: Do you mind if I snore?

4: Can you cook at least three different meals from scratch?

5: Would you interrupt a TV programme I was watching in to tell me something or would you wait until the ad break?

6: There are strange noises downstairs in the middle of the night. Would you
 A: Fearlessly go investigate?
 B: Send me to investigate?
 C: Hide in the wardrobe?

7: Are 'trumps' something to be:
 A: Revelled in, celebrated and shared?
 B: Surreptitiously wafted away and politely ignored?

8: Used and empty boxes/packets/ jars/ bottles: In the bin or back on the shelf?

9: If I were to do something hugely embarrassing but unwittingly hilarious. Would you
 A: Share it on social media immediately. With photos and video footage.
 B: Maintain a dignified silence in public but never stop taking the piss in private.
 C: Never mention it again?

10: If Robbie Williams asked me on a date, would you let me go?

11: Dirty pants? Bedroom floor or washing basket?

12: Do you play the guitar?

13: If I asked you how I looked before going out, would you:
 A: Not really look and say: 'You always look gorgeous to me'?
 B: Actually look and say what I want you to say?
 C: Really look and say what you actually think?

14: My best friend is having a hard time with her boyfriend and is visiting us. Would you:
 A: Be sympathetic, understanding and supportive (so she's really jealous)?
 B: Run off to the pub with your mates?
 C: Run off with my best friend?

15: Toast in bed in the morning? Yes or no.

16: Cheese before bedtime? Yes or no
.
17: Can you find your own keys?

18: You have a minor illness. Are you going to be:
 A: Stoical, self-medicating and brave.
 B: A tragedy queen of epic proportions.
 C: Just like a man (see B).

19: Justin Bieber: Bit of a lad or devil incarnate?

20: It's Election night and the Conservative, Labour and UKIP candidates walk into the pub. Who do you throw a drink over first?

21: Toothpaste: Squeeze from the bottom or from the top?

22: Does a hug always lead to sex?

23: Beards: Yes or no?

24: Budgie smugglers?

25: Have any of your previous partners died under suspicious circumstances?

26: You have something you really want to do but it clashes with my mother's birthday party. Do you choose to:
 A: Live
 B: Die.

27: It's Christmas, you have to buy me a present, Do you:
 A: Panic and buy everything and anything?
 B: Panic and buy nothing?
 C: Buy something small and meaningful. And small?
 D: Pass me your credit card?

28: Socks. The last thing you take off or the first?

29: You're drunk. It's late, dark, and you want a wee: Wardrobe or bathroom?

30: Trifle: Yes or no?

31: You will thoroughly abide by the rules that I lay down: Yes or no?

32: Should you keep eggs in the fridge?

33: Would you give me your last Rolo?

34: I say: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.' You say?

35: Do you promise to put the milk back in the fridge for ever more?

36: Do you love me? Will you love me forever? Do you need me? Will you never leave me? Will you make me so happy For the rest of my life? Will you take me away And will you make me your wife?



You're welcome.


*Waits for wedding invitations*




Disclaimer Re question no36: Meatloaf has neither endorsed or encouraged this post 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Gallery .... Trees

I'm joining in with The Gallery this week and the theme is Trees ....

Ok, so, here goes. Hi, My name is Jodie and I have a thing about trees. 

No, really, I do. For the past year, I and a few like-minded tree-loving enthusiasts have been part of our own Trees group on Facebook publishing photos of, well, trees for the each other's appreciation and edification. And I've enjoyed it enormously. No, I have.

I've made some new, if virtual, friends and can now tell an elm from a lime, probably. I've also amassed an enormous collection of photos of trees, all kinds of trees .... 


A single tree ....


Several trees ....


Lots of trees...


Trees from below , with leaves



 And without ...



Trees from far away...


And trees close up...


In close up AND silhouette


Broken trees...


Bendy trees..


Twisted trees..


Trees that can make you dizzy..


And trees that hold doors to other worlds.


Probably

Awesome trees ....


Really awesome trees...


Really, really awesome trees....


Really, really, really awesome trees...



No. Really. Awesome. Trees ...








Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Please check out everyone else's entry to The Gallery

Monday, 19 January 2015

Manipulation Monday

I have long been a keen but entirely amateur photographer and while I take a lot of photos with a bridge camera and also use a small point and shoot, I do tend to use my phone day to day to snap away whenever and at whatever takes my fancy.

I'm also drawn, irresistibly, to the huge amount of photo editing apps available which can turn even the most pedestrian photo into a breathtaking work of art. But being from Yorkshire, where making something better than it should be heralds the accusation of being all fur coat and no knickers, such photo manipulation could be considered cheating, a bit,

So I've started a new feature where that shame can be celebrated. Rejoice in the fur coat (faux of course) and don't worry about the knickers. I'll be publishing my favourite one or two photo-apped snaps every Monday sure in the knowledge that everyone is fully aware that each and every photo has been filtered, framed and fettled to look it's very, very (or the best I can manage) best with extra added dancing penguins.*

But for the first ever Manipulation Monday, where style is so much better than substance, here's a selection of my favourite photo-apped snaps. They are a result of my love affair with Instagram and my more recent dalliance with Snapseed, which I'm still trying to understand but I already adore. I have a collection of other apps to try on my phone and will endeavour to get to grips with them, just for you obvs.

Puts on the fur coat.... 


Snapseed

Instagram
For the un-Instagrammed version check out Silent Sunday

Instagram

Snapseed
 

Instagram
 

Instagram

Snapseed ...
For the un-Snapseeded version check out The Alphabet Project and yes, I did get a bit carried away 







I use the camera on my iPhone 5c for the photos. All the apps are free and available in the iTunes Store App store



*Not very many dancing penguins actually.
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