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RAW

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  Finally! I've been itching to start learning how to edit photos in RAW. I think I've mentioned it a few times here but so far just haven't had the time to sit down and learn. We had a couple of evenings of pouring rain a while ago though so I took the opportunity to really get into the DVD course I bought through Moderskeppet (Swedish only I'm afraid) almost a year ago. I sat down at my computer with a note pad, concentrated and jotted down notes like a proper student! The reason for wanting to edit in RAW if you're not familiar with it is that the image quality is superior to JPEG which is sort of the standard file format for images. As far as the blog's concerned I'm sure the JPEGs are quite adequate but I would like to start printing (or have printed) some of my images and do some more editing and may even, lo and behold, frame a few. I usually have a hard time to come to terms with my own "art" but there are some images that I took in New York back in April and a few others that I'm quite fond of and would like to edit further.     The images in this post, which you might recognize from the New York posts (here, here, here and here) are examples of stuff I'm keen to work on. These have just been edited slightly for the blog in Photoscape (to adjust brightness etc) but I'm dying to see them in a larger scale and "new" and improved when I'm done with them. The other day, via an e-mail, I came across the Saatchi Online gallery and was super inspired by some of the black and white architectural photography there and with some of what I've seen there in mind I think I'll attempt some black and white editing first. Do you edit in RAW? I've heard it's much easier to learn than Photoshop and from what I can tell so far I prefer the layout of the editor much more than the one in Photoshop which always feels so busy and cluttered to me and which is why I don't use it much and haven’t really taken it onboard.

RAW

Rosie

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Meet Rosie. I was introduced to her at the local garden center. She was in the Weekly Special aisle and I got a crush.   I think meeting her was fate. See I have this empty spot where the fence between us and our neighbor ends and I’ve been unsure of what to place there since both Mini and Bonus like to cross over there. I wanted another white rose (I have a climbing one at the front and was able to transplant a really pretty one from one of the flower beds that I dug out last year) somewhere in the back yard but I didn’t want something low and prickly in that very spot.   So good thing Rosie’s a leggy lady!   Now Mini and Bonus can just walk past her slenderness.   Rosie’s also known as Kailani. I love how she’s the perfect ending to the fence. Now I just have to make sure to read up on how to properly prepare her for winter. I remember my mom bending down and burying her tree roses over winter as I grew up. It always spooked me out because it looked like we we had freshly dug graves in our front yard, those long rectangular mounds of soil. This was back in the 70’s, not sure that method’s in use any more. Will need to investigate.

Rosie

The Office/Crafts Closet

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When I moved my clothes downstairs and later switched from the Expedit shelf to the Snow cabinets I basically just shoved all my office and craft stuff into the former closet opposite my desk. The arrangement worked temporarily but didn’t feel organized and because I’d used up two of the shelves earlier (when I didn’t need them) for a project the space wasn’t used to its full potential. A couple of weeks ago we got a bigger bed for Wille and as I ordered it online from IKEA I added a set of two shelves for the Pax closet too. Oh, and yes, the shelves ARE bowing in that photo, it’s not JUST the wide angle lens’ fault. The shelves are too long to hold the weight of the magazines.   So with the help of Miss Mini I started out by emptying out all that was in there and wiped all the shelves down. I put 95% of it back inside except for some of the vintage wallpaper we found last year which is going back into the attic with the rest of it.   After adding the two new shelves, moving the heavy magazines to the bottom and splitting up the Muji drawer units it all came together nicely. There’s still an issue with a bowing shelf but I’ll be addressing that in a separate post when I’ve fixed it. I know what to do but haven’t had the time to do it. You know how it is. Anyway, I’m pleased with the result so far. It feels tidy and organized which was what I wanted.

The Office/Crafts Closet