Day 94-Anybody Want To Buy A Pine Cone

If you are looking to buy some pine cones, I have them by the bucket-full: Our yard is full of pine trees, Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda if you speak Latin)  to be exact. All these trees generate a tone of pine cones. I spend a fair amount of time picking them up out of our yard. So, if you need a few thousand pine cones for some reason, let me know. I'll make you a great deal on them :-)

By the way, this is one of the 1st images I captured with my new to me Canon EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 lens. I haven't had too much time to use it yet but so far I'm impressed. I'll be doing a lot more shooting with it in the next couple of weeks and then I should be able to do a proper review of it. Stay tuned...


What Dogs Do

For day 48 of my project 365 I  thought I'd have a little fun with the photographs title. The answer to the title is the subject of the photograph: The answer is pretty easy, It's bark on a tree (I think an Oak). The thing that is interesting about this photo is the tiny amount of green moss that's on the bark(near the center). I barely saw it at 1st but now that I noticed it I can't NOT see it :-)

Low Key Tree

I decided to play around a bit with my editing software: I took a basic picture of a tree against the gray sky and played around with it in Paintshop Pro. I first converted it to B&W  and then opened up the Topaz Adjust plugin and applied the "Lowkey II" preset to get this final image. The final result looks a little foreboding and dark. I think it looks pretty good but it could probably be tweaked some more. I'm looking forward to learning more about all of the image editing features that are available to me.