September 23, 2012

Sick of Us Yet?

This morning we went out to the trail and the field by our house because with the construction, that’s really the only outdoor space to take pictures and well…we took pictures. Or at least I did. Blake and Madison just posed. And listened to me bitch & moan that things weren’t working out as intended and “I dunno, just do something!” because I’m a horrible director. They did an outstanding job though and the results were okay.

I shot RAW for the first time and then Blake got me a converter because my camera doesn’t shoot actual RAW files, it shoots these stupid Canon files that my version of Photoshop won’t open, so the converter converts them to DNG files which are Photoshops stupid proprietary files equivalent to RAW. Got all that? It confused the hell out of me at first but now I think I get it and now that I see the control you have when shooting and editing RAW files, I think I’m in lurve.

Blake also showed me how to use the burn and dodge tools and I hope it’s not too obvious that I used the hell out of at least the burn tool to make clouds as dark as they really were when we were out there but they showed up almost white in the final product. I have a polarizing filter but Blake forgot to tell me to use it and I guess that would have helped with the sky. I think I would have preferred to use that than the burn tool. I get using Photoshop but I would prefer to use it as little as humanly possible. It still feels like cheating to me. (Blake and I argued about this in bed until 2:20am last night. I finally gave up and said I’d learn Photoshop stuff today.)

So yeah, this is what I’ve done all day. First we shot pics, then Blake made fresh ravioli (not from scratch though, but fresh) with awful sauce that I didn’t like and we will never buy again even if it’s on sale, then I edited pics and Blake showed me Photoshop stuff, then I had an english muffin with butter and the strawberry jam I bought at that veggie stand in NH which was just “okay”, then I got final approval on the pics from Madison which I then posted on Facebook and now I’m posting them here. Got all that?

We’re going to watch Doctor Who at 6pm, then I have to work from 7pm-11pm (which sucks, but whatever), then I have tomorrow off and the only “people” who are going to be around are the pets so maybe I’ll try taking pictures of them. Or maybe I’ll just fuck around on the internet. I haven’t decided yet. I hate “wasting” days off by being unproductive so I have to think of something.

Anyway, here are the pics. Lemme know what you think. Do they look over processed to you? I can’t decide.

This is probably the least processed of the bunch.
Mostly because I didn’t know what I was doing & didn’t want to over process.
Then I decided I didn’t care.

Sweater’s mine (my favourite sweater, actually), Docs are hers, skirt is mine (brand new, never worn by me yet) and she dyed her hair yesterday all by herself. It’s hard to tell in this pic but she has pink chunks at the front and purple at the back.

Gonna print this one & frame.

This is my favourite of the bunch.
I think Madison looks like a superhero.
I tried to crop Blake out but I couldn’t do that and keep the constraints printable.

Now that I’m looking at this one again, I don’t think I like it.

THE END.

As an aside, does anyone know anything about spam comments? Because mine are actually starting to concern me. Here are some examples:

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This is without doubt a site that people need to get behind. The problem is, no one wants to do a huge deal of reading and not have something else to stimulate the mind. This is the internet, after all. Maybe if you added a video or two to emphasise your point. Ill stick around, FOR SURE. But, I dont know if others will.” – also on the post We’re Home!

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So what the fuck right? Don’t these sound like legit comments to you? But here’s the thing, they all have these crazy e-mail addresses and they link to URLs that sound pretty spammy. So do these people hand-write comments and link to spam URLs? Because they seem fairly applicable to the posts they’re on. This has been happening for a long time now and I’m scared I’m marking legit comments as spam. Does anyone know anything about this kinda stuff?

Okay, now I think I’m going to convince Blake and the kids to go to the beach to take more pictures since the sun just came out and I want to try that polarizing filter.

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  1. scutterman says:

    Out of the potential spam comments you posted, 1 and 3 seem to be spam. I’m undecided about 2 and 4.

    Spam works in different ways, but I think what you’re seeing here is a common tactic where people will write two or three comments by hand, after which they generally get added to a whitelist and they set the bots loose.

    As a rule of thumb, I always block comments or posts with spammy or irrelevant links unless I am certain that the comment is genuine. If I block a genuine comment with a spammy link, I don’t loose sleep over it because they shouldn’t be using that kind of link in that situation.

    By the way, I’m not sure what version of wordpress you’re using, but let Blake know that he should be able to run the php function “nl2br” on the comment text after it gets submitted to turn newlines into html line breaks.