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12:38 friday. by- adventureclubviral

same time different day friday


12:38- friday afternoon: i had just unloaded my backpack of new library books and was beginning to flip through them. it’s a very obsessive routine for me when i get new books, borrowed or bought- i will flip through each book, cover to cover, pausing only to read the names of chapters or glance at a picture or two. i will not allow myself to do more than browse. then i will stack them in order of how i would like to read them. today at the library i was in a coffee table book sort of mood. from 12:38 on i have much to peruse about gardening, yoga, diy body care recipes, travel through the middle east and central america and an older version of photoshop than the one i have.

scavenger hunt- bouquet.

scavenger bouquet copy

bouquet. by- adventureclubviral

a photo of the materials for a bouquet of flowers. i drove a bit out of my way in my hunt for a “bouquet” photographic opportunity. i have felt many times the strong, adventurous determination to find everything on the list for this assignment. in this case- stopped in perfect position at a red light- i took to rolling down the passenger window and zooming in on the roadside flower stand, certain of the mark i could check on the list… when i got home i realized that my ambitions lacked achievement. to the traffic onlooker, a passing glance at flora in buckets might bring to mind bouquets… but really they’re just flowers that need arranging. sadly still, the quality of the picture i took was poor. nonetheless, i decided not to give up on the gatherings of my hunt and i took the time to play doctor on photoshop. (which is a horrible overstatement because let’s face it- combining photoshop with me with any expertise at all- is a joke. if you remember from prior posts- i just got the software…) and so on. i hope it counts.


bouquet. by- theStephALA

sometimes i think that these flowers are more interesting with the netting on.  beauty should never  be caged nor contained.  beauty should be shared.  yet, without this obstruction, these are just another bunch of white flowers that I’ve seen many times before- commonplace and mundane.  i suppose the struggle is intriguing and will make the final reveal that much more exquisite.  survive the squish!  continue to blossom!  you too okay?

challenging Photoshop


regarding the adventureclubinteractive featured challenge: learn something new about your camera… i have undertaken the overwhelming. this week i became the proud owner of Photoshop CS5 software but when i load it up i have absolutely no idea where to start. i am using a Nikon Coolpix S8200 and have been happy to the brim with its superior point and shoot qualities. always, when i sit down to upload my pictures i easily navigate and efficiently manipulate my photos with the nikon software but ultimately i feel limited by the editing software i have been using in the past. i checked out a Photoshop CS5 book at the library and am determined to read my way to success. but at the end of the week (though i did not expect instant success) i still know nothing. so hear my cry- adventure seekers, bloggers, photographers and Photo-shoppers everywhere:

what is your best advice for a Photoshop beginner?