But, in the meantime, I gave myself an early retirement present -- a Canon 7D, which I'm thrilled with. I haven't had a lot of time to use it yet, but I did take a couple of snaps last evening, and this is the only one I've processed so far:
Linked to Texture Tuesday
I'm also continuing to take art classes -- the latest community college class is on collage. I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying it, but there's a kind of freedom that then allows the process feel a little like play, and if you make a goof, well, you can usually figure something out to make it right. Here's the first one I've been really happy with (we were supposed to make an abstract landscape):
If you can look closely, you'll see that some of the layers are kind of fun -- the top one is a magazine picture of a giant fingerprint, and the next one down is chocolate muffins with sugar crystals on top. I used Color Efex Pro to process the picture, and it looks dark, but 1) it was supposed to be nighttime, and 2) it was the only way I could get close to the actual colors, which are pretty vivid. Here's the photo that was my inspiration:
I love this picture, but unfortunately it's not a good one -- it was night and I didn't have my tripod, so it's really fuzzy. (And of course I should have gotten rid of the telephone pole.) It really was a beautiful scene, and I guess it will have to live on as one of the "ones that got away."
Anyway, got to run for today -- I'm seeing my son for dinner in Berkeley. Yay!