Thursday, July 11, 2013


Do I need to understand the technology that now rules many aspects of my life in order to take advantage of them?  For the most part, no.  Show me what button, what icon, what door to open and from there many of the gee whiz gadgets, processes and fun stuff is waiting me me to dive in. 

On occasion, .......hmm...well on more than a few occasions, I find my lack of knowledge and understanding creates some roadblocks in my progress through the digi-app maze.  I seem to be particularly prone to opening those pop up teases that entice me to foolishly once again "complete a short survey".  They suck me in with promises of $400 I-Pod, smart gadgets or $500 coupons off my next technological wonder down to Best Buy.  I keep thinking I am too smart now to get sucked in.  But no, those internet weasels are some clever.  More clever than I am, that's for sure.

Anyway, I took the above picture on my 6 year old digital camera.  A camera that is now I am guessing an antique based on how fast the digital world is moving along.  It still does the job for me, but I will say that the images it produces can be matched by the images taken on many of the new high falutin "smart phones".

So I capture this Kodak moment a few mornings ago while the dew clung heavy on anything it came to rest on.  I liked the image so much I rushed into my home office and downloaded it into my Picassa file.  Picassa is a free image program from the geniuses at Google.  It is not as sophisticated as the store bought image programs, but it has some nifty bells and whistles that a moron like me can figure out how to use. I can manipulate the images in all kinds of ways.  Crop them.  Inject text. Lighten darken, enhance, go black and white and of course reverse the colors, which is referred to on the tool bar as Inversion.  I made a copy of the original image and just to see what "Inversion" meant, I punched it.  The above image is the result.

Obviously I like this image.  Enough so I wanted to share.  I was going to make people guess what it was a picture of.  As I already have blown it with some serious hints, I offer up the original as a kind of contrasting bookend to what I started with.  It is a shot of two spider webs on the small Mug Pine I planted in the rock wall last year.

Keep it "tween the ditches..............................................


Ol'Buzzard said...

I am years behind everybody in technology. I have a cell phone, but I never turn it on. I carry it with me when I riding the bike (motorcycle) in case of an accident or emergency. I buy 100 minutes a year and so far have over 1000 banked. My computer is old and needs to be replaced. My wife bought me a GPS for x-mas and I have used it once - there is nowhere I go that I don't already know. I could unplug and it wouldn't bother me.
the Ol'Buzzard

BBC said...

Great pictures.... I still use a graphics program from 1995 for my pictures on my blogs.

Carry on...

Anonymous said...

Nice photo editing. I've never used Picassa, but the results look very impressive.

We have a cell (not smart) phone that we buy $100 worth of minutes on every year. We never use all of them ever. Technology is passing us by, and we are waving as it goes.

The Blog Fodder said...

Love the picture, not so much the inversion. My perfectly good cell phone made phone calls and stored numbers. Now I have one that takes pictures too and likely more if I signed up for internet and such on it. Bought my wife a tablet for her birthday and she uses it on vacation rather than haul a computer. I still haul my laptop.