The first inch of what’s predicted to be several inches of precipitation to drench us this week, is coming down vigorously outside my window as I try to come up with some colorful account of journeys elsewhere. Never mind that the Weather Service announced today was the darkest December Day for us in 9 years. You get my point.
It’s easy to dream of more pleasant places I could be. And I could use one as today’s story, no problem. I can pull one out of my hat and use it to be immediately transported to another time and place; complete with sunny skies and beautiful vistas and locations that beg to be photographed.
To me, those are important items that need to checked off before I plunk down the funds to buy those plane tickets. Most importantly, a destination must be able to lure me away from a small room with a window that allows me to be reminded of how wet and miserable it often can be on the other side of the glass. Arm twisting need not be applied.
I could go out and find interesting things to shoot minutes away. But did I tell you, it’s raining? Animals are pairing up!
Sure, my cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 are “weatherized”. Meaning, if I get caught in a shower and some moisture lands on the gear it won’t be ruined. I can’t drop it in the drink off the boat or shoot for an hour in a downpour and not expect a unhappy ending. But it’s a nice added bit of protection. And they are both excellent cameras if you’re shopping for one right now.
But I still won’t take the stuff out right now because I dislike getting wet even more than the gear does. And let’s be civilized people. I don’t need to do it. There will be sun again (probably not for a while now) and I’ll be able to shoot stuff then. Unless I can travel to a place that already has the sunshine we lack. And that’s not happening soon for me. So I can recall glorious days from the past or I can have creative fun working on stuff already shot.
I enjoy using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I use both apps from Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and a delightful diversion popped up on my monitor when a Facebook friend posted a pic of some vintage laminate with these retro boomerangs all over it. love it, right?
I grabbed that pic into Photoshop as a background layer. Step one.
Next, I found a shot on my friend’s page of her and her mate standing in front of an old Pickup Truck. What a cute couple. I was beginning to get some great ideas now. and plopped this into Photoshop as the second layer. Step Two.
OK. Now the fun begins.
Step 3 I wanted to merge the couple and the truck with the boomerangs, I can do this!
Just a matter masking the second layer enough so the couple showed thru the boomerangs. Photoshop does that easily.
Everyone was pleased with the result.
And nobody got wet.
I may still get out and get some new material during this dreary spell. If not, I think I’ll manage.