The Forest Deep

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Be a gentle friend to trees and they will give you back beauty,
cool and fragrant shade, and many birds, singing.  ~ Anonymous

Door County, Wisconsin on a sunny day in June with a lovely breeze and temperatures in the mid-70s F˚. Just taking a brief trip back in time to remind me to remember and be thankful of all the gifts we receive from nature’s beauty.

A note to other photographers: Another attempt at a B/W shot, my second. I like the way the contrasts play, but my eye is untrained and I am never quite sure if it is the best I can make it with the simple post processing software I have in my camera. Am I missing out by not investing in Photoshop Elements or something else?

And another note: Also is there a way to get a line around the photo to give it a framed look against all the black background. I’m thinking of getting a simple web design specifically to address the problems (not only the framing) I have with the templates offered at WordPress, but as always, I’m not quite sure what I’m doing. I just know what I want. That’s probably a bad combination! 😉

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.

Comments

  1. I was just saying last night that I should learn to use Photoshop. I have it, but haven’t taken the time to learn how to use it. I do have Picasa (I didn’t realize you couldn’t use it on a Mac), but mostly use it to organize my stuff.

    I think the template might have something to do with framing photos on your blog, but I’m not sure.

    I’m not much help. Sorry. 🙁

  2. barbara, there is an option when you write a post to add a boarder to your photos. PS lightroom is a fab-o program and has all the tools you need to develop your photos. do you shot in RAW format?

  3. Photoshop is great but I wouldn’t edit in your camera! Your computer should have some program that came with the computer that would allow you to do some editing! Give it a try! Not really sure your question regarding wordpress but their is some code that you could include with each picture that should be able to give you that border! Depends on what kind of frame you want in the code that would be included in the picture code! I probably confused you! Would be easier to just edit the frame in with the photo editor!

    Side note, I use Photoshop CS2

  4. Thanks for commenting. I use the Olympus Master software that came with the camera, but I don’t do much. Probably because that sort of thing baffles me. I could never deal with PS -I’d get hives!

  5. suzywalker says:

    I’m not surprised you don’t like photo software if you’re using the software that came with your camera! I’ve used the Olympus, Nikon and Canon software (only one or two times before I gave up on each). I found it confusing and slow. The great thing about something like photoshop is there are so many tutorials online to help. Also, I haven’t much patience when it comes to photo editing so I’ve got some scripts set up (called actions in photoshop). Basically you can record what you do to an image once and save that as an action to replay on other images. For example. I have one to resize for the web and one to sharpen and one for black and white. One for a borader etc. Photoshp can be confusing if you try and use all the options but I’m sure if you have a couple of things you need to do, once you have set up and action to do so then processing you images take far less time and becomes far more rewarding. I run two or three of my trusty scripts on each image (perhaps tweak a few things if they have layers) but thats it.

    Mike is writing some tutorials on his blog at http://chefdude.wordpress.com/
    He helped me set up all of my scripts 🙂

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