As neglectful as I’ve been with this blog lately, I figure I should take a little bit of time from my Getting Published efforts and acknowledge what my readers mean to me.
I have three short stories and last year’s NaNoWriMo novel submitted. In addition, I’m composing queries letters to agents (easier to break into traditional publishing if you can land an agent), and it’s you, my readers, who encouraged me to put my stuff out there. You may be few in numbers, but the time you spend reading my stuff and/or looking at my photos is much appreciated. Regardless if anyone publishes what I write, the fact a few people read it here is of value to me.
Well, enough soppy stuff . . . time for some Holiday Greetings. I came across a few actions (free to registered members) by PanosFX that are perfect for the holidays. The only problem I encountered was coming up with the right photos to use.
Initially, I was not going to put much effort into it . . . I had taken a couple of photos from 2013 and scribbled stuff on them:
I mean, I did make the effort to actually write something by hand, so I felt pretty good about it.
Then, the PanosFX actions crossed my path. Well, crap! Now I need to find appropriate photos, preferably of Christmas scenes or things that evoke Christmas scenes. Now, I could use the photos of our 2011 Christmas meal . . .
Heck, I can even play with some of my new Topaz Plugins . . .
Here’s the output for one of the Panos actions using the above:
But, no. I wanted an outdoor scene . . . so I looked at what I had as far as outdoor scenes.
Let me see how that looks . . .
I mean, it looks nice, but . . . maybe if I turned it into night . . .
“Wait just a cotton picking blue minute!” I hear you exclaim in indignation. “How is that night!?”
That’s what I say when I see movies using blue filters to simulate nighttime when I can plainly see it’s shot in the daytime. But, you know what? Treat it a bit with the Impression Plugin . . .
. . . add some stars and solar flares using the Topaz Star Plugin . . .
. . . and it done do look like some of them X-Mas postcards people buy for $3 a pop.
The thing is, it’s a bit busy. How about I take this photo . . .
. . . and run a similar processing on it?
How would that look?
Still, those are in portrait mode . . . perhaps a landscape shot would work better.
. . . maybe some solar flares . . .
I might have something there. Let me see what that looks like in the globes.
You know, it sure would be nice if Panos had some free snow falling actions I could run on the photos. Perhaps, I could then grab some Creative Commons Christmas Music from INCOMPETECH and blend it all into movies . . .
Not bad . . . let me see how the other ones look . . .
I like those . . . but, I really wanted a combination of all that . . . globes, photos, animation, music . . . and one of the actions from PanosFX lets me do that . . .
To all my readers, my sincere wishes for a joyous celebration of the season with family and good friends.
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