Earth Hour after some photoshopping

Last night I posted some images I made earlier that evening during the Earth Hour celebration in our village. This morning I took a few to the ‘photoshop’ and this is the result.

Something about the history of Earth Hour in South Africa: It started all here in this little village, somewhere in nowhere between the whales (Hermanus) and the sharks (Gansbaai) in the Western Cape. A year later Cape Town followed but the difference is that in Stanford Earth Hour is celebrated in the way it should…..

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Karuna revisited 1

Sometime ago I did a photo session with Karuna, a 13 year old girl from our village. At this stage I’m redoing the portraits I made in photoshop. Just a bit of experimenting. All picture-elements shot in our garden and here in Stanford.

Today the first revisited image. Three more to follow this week.

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Garden objects

Some call it art but for me it’s just garden decoration. For years now it’s a trend to add objects in the garden. It can be anything; from an old plough to the rusty pickup truck left behind by a previous owner. The owner of this garden kept it to a few home made steel crane birds, bird feeders and a wheelbarrow.

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Sunsets and the 'Image Building Industry'

A sunset is one of the more popular subjects within the ‘image building industry’. I use this expression on purpose for most of the famous contemporary pictured sunsets have gone extensively through photo-processing software. This sunset is a genuine one made in RAW from our front door. And yes, maybe one day I’ll become famous too, so I added (photoshopped) a bird to it (and the copyright notice). Fun!!!

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Sunsets and the ‘Image Building Industry’

A sunset is one of the more popular subjects within the ‘image building industry’. I use this expression on purpose for most of the famous contemporary pictured sunsets have gone extensively through photo-processing software. This sunset is a genuine one made in RAW from our front door. And yes, maybe one day I’ll become famous too, so I added (photoshopped) a bird to it (and the copyright notice). Fun!!!

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Peruvian mask

During our travels in the past we always try to collect souvenirs. Sometimes these are just stones, sometimes genuine crafts or art. And we never went into a souvenir shop. If we bought something we had to like/love it and it had to be made by an artist on the spot. We’ve never been in Peru (South America is still largely to be discovered by us) but we met once in France an ceramist from this country working in the traditional way including wood-fired ovens scattered around his house somewhere in rural Burgondy, high in the mountains above the original French capital Cluny. And that is where we bought this mask and forgot in the meantime the meaning of it and also the name of the artist …..

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Happy Birthday Card 2

Last month we posted the Birthday Card we send to ‘likers’ (and dear friends) on our Facebook pages. I just made a new Birthday imaginary with elements from pictures I recently made in our garden added with one of the angels of the Stanford Hotel (left). The background is the sky of 6 AM this morning.

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