As much as I love photography, the photographic process – seeing something in my head and then trying to capture that idea, taking pictures, editing, interacting with people – I’ve realized that Photoshop does NOT come naturally to me. I need to work at it… a lot. And that’s totally okay – clearly I’m not built for graphic design or website creating. That being said – there’s still A TON that I can learn, some of which will (hopefully) help my own editing skills.
For now, it’s taking baby steps and starting at the beginning. As in – my first triathlon will NOT be Ironman thank-you-very-much, but instead I’ll ease into the process, figure my $hit out, and then build from there. Keeping that in mind…. my lovely homework this past week was the following:
Transfer everything outside the bowl….
To the inside:
And no, for the life of me I have NO idea what the little shell creatures are. Ironically, the giant shell in the middle was the biggest pain-in-my-ass to layer and transfer. There was some buffering, a lot of squinting at my screen, and quite a bit of cursing. I think I need a bigger screen, as my motor skills aren’t quite there yet. As for the salmon-y pink background color…? Your guess is as good as mine. It’s the one thing I couldn’t fix with a tool.
But it’s a start!
Last night’s rehearsal was MUCH better, and I feel a lot less nervous about our concert. My stand partner’s phone ringing about :45 seconds before break was classic. I tried to ignore it, but as our conductor stopped rehearsal to address the loud clanging tone, I was forced to look at Gary and give a slight shake of my head. Didn’t want anyone thinking I was the culprit. Like in grade school when someone audibly lets one rip – everyone scoots away and stares.
Naturally, I’m speaking from experience.
And finally, my friend ADC posted an image to Facebook today – and it struck me…I’ve been thinking about it all day. It’s very easy to be upset with humanity (broad term, I get it), and believe that people are only out for themselves. This past year has been challenging for me in a lot of ways – I’ve faced some difficult circumstances and trying times. My view of the world, has permanently changed – and while I still retain hope that people will do the right thing, for the right reason (even when nobody is watching) – more often than not, I’m disappointed.
But there’s still hope – even from a different era. Thank you Mr. Landmesser.