Jackie Link's Blog

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Too creepy

Galapagos Marine Iguanas
The skin graft on my right lower eyelid has to be kept moist with an ointment. It could be uncovered now, almost two weeks post op, but talk about creepy! Fortunately, I have to keep it protected from my glasses' nose piece with a dressing, so you won't have to see it. It's going to take another four weeks to be fully healed, not sure how long before it isn't creepy, healed or not. (I had a basal cell skin cancer removed from a least expected place, also a place one wouldn't put sunscreen, not wanting it in one's eyes---but, a place always protected by good sunglasses.)

Jill said my photo of two statues in Colma, below, is really creepy, looks like it should be used to advertise a horror film. She got that right.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Restless

This morning there were some nice cloud formations so I took my camera and a bag lunch to shoot some sky. But as I left the house it clouded over in that uniform gray way and I didn't know where to head. I wanted to get away from overhead wires and thought I'd go west, to the coast. When I got as far as Daly City, I remembered the graveyards and ended up wandering around the old section of the Italian Cemetery, where I sat in my car eating my bag lunch, hoping the sun would come back. And it did. I got a bunch of dark clouds with silver linings.

There are thousands of angels in Colma.
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I used one of the sky shots to back up the same warrior. I could have him riding out of the graveyard, but I'm quite tired of working with him. Two of these images are hard won composites. Time to move on.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mostly a waste of time


I'm building a body of technical knowledge that will eventually pay off when there's something I want to do with an image to make it better or different in some particular way, though certainly not in the way of this composite image of the city and a sculpture I shot in Tokyo at the Imperial Palace, and so I've spent the morning tortuously working at isolating the sculpture, dropping it into a blank background and then....I'll spare you the rest of the steps. But it's cold and sort of raining out, Sibyl is busy on her play shelf, and it beats doing housework.

Yeah, I can do it in color too, but what the heck. Click it to enlarge; it's better bigger, though still boring.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hits and misses


I just missed getting this shot of Sibyl stretching. I was experimenting with spot exposure in low light (amazing that at 1/15 sec. there's no motion!) from about a foot away from her (I like to remain in my easy chair as long as I can while working).

Earlier, I taped a piece of plastic over my right eye so I could take a shower and wash my hair without getting water in my dressing. It worked, a big hit. Wednesday I had a tiny basal cell lesion removed from my lower eyelid, with a graft of skin harvested from behind that ear. The ear can get wet, but not the graft. My black eye is already gone.

School is over until January and I've started an intense program to finally learn how to use Photoshop. I've been limited to trial and error for the last two years, knowing there was much to learn. But I sure do get tired of sitting in this chair all day.

I haven't ridden since Wednesday, mainly because I knew I'd have to wash my hair and hadn't worked out a way to do it until today. It was really nice outside, too. If it's still sunny tomorrow, I'm outta here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Two views of Tut

I met my art history class at the de Young Museum early this morning and was amused by the banner ads for the Tutankhamun exhibit hanging outside the museum and peeking back inside through the windows. The one above frames General Sherman.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sunday's ride

The sun was shining and I needed to pedal my brains out after all that technical reading, and so I took off around the city clockwise, heading for Twin Peaks. Instead of going up Bosworth I took Chenery, which parallels it, but when it dead-ended at Glen Canyon Park, in order to get up to the main route to O'Shaughessy, I was faced with the steepest short pitch of road I think I've ever attempted. Luckily, I was riding the touring Bike Friday with really low gears, but it was so steep that falling over backwards was a real possibility and I threw my weight over the front wheel to prevent it. Scary. And I did it without breathing hard (it was no more than 300 ft.). After that, climbing Twin Peaks, Land's End, etc., was a piece of cake. But because I'm getting so old, I didn't sleep well last night, and my recovery takes more time. That's just the way it is now.

I took time to visit the Music Concourse in the park, where I saw this lonesome balloon vendor. I was surprised that the trees still had their leaves. I'll be going back to the de Young Museum for a class field trip on Friday and will see if they have begun to change in this week's cooler weather, though I don't think it's been cold enough yet.

Anyway, I didn't ride today, but I will tomorrow.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Studying my day away

Two texts on the new version of Adobe Photoshop, CS4, came from the library this week, and today the third used text that I'd ordered arrived in the mail. (Because it has a taped cover, they also sent me a Pocket Guide for free.) I'm learning lots of good stuff to speed up things I already know how to do, but the tough stuff is buried deeper and will take lots and lots of time to delve into and learn in any meaningful, useful way. So, of course, I sidetrack myself to work on an image, even if only a shot of all my books.

When I look at the hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures I've accumulated in the last three years I don't really see a consistent interest, except I do seem to like sculptures as subjects --- maybe because I really would like to do people, but people don't hold still unless you ask them to, and that's a whole other deal.

I should go back and bring out Father Maraschi's eyes, don't you think? And what about that "tear" rolling down his cheek --- remove it? Well, I don't really need to keep this image, I used it to practice with a lasso tool to desaturate the background.