Tonight’s photo is of the sunset taken from the window at home.
I wasn’t happy with the color that was captured, but I did like the shapes of the clouds, so I decided I would make it into a black and white image. I used Nik Silver Efex Pro to create it, and applied one of the fantastic presets that they have available (I think this one is “Film Noir 2”). I then tweaked the vignette a bit and voila!
Well, it’s been a while since I have posted anything to Instagram. I wonder if it is that I just needed a break, or because I am adjusting to my summer bachelor life? Probably a bit of both. But I have been keeping up with my 366-daily-photo project which I post over on Flickr. Still going strong! 😃
I think I spend more time editing my Instagram images than I do my Flickr images, which hasn’t always been the case. I think the spirit of Instagram was originally “instant” and everyday snapshots, and I used to treat it like that. But now Flickr is that way for me. It’s funny how things change.
Below is another photo of that cloud formation, but after just a few minutes. Clouds change shapes so quickly, but it is hard to notice in real-time.
Today’s photo is of the two little monsters caught doing what they do, which is being naughty. 😄 We keep our guest slippers in a basket by the front door, and today they decided that the slippers would be fun to play with. It’s so funny that they love to play with footwear! We have a little basket that we put the kids’ clean sock into after the laundry is done, and the kitties have been grabbing a sock here and there, and bringing them downstairs to play with. At the moment, there are about 10 socks on the floor now! Thankfully, they don’t damage them. All-in-all, the kittens are not too bad, but sometimes it can be frustrating… for instance, they accidentally turned on the kitchen faucet, and when I came home from work, the water was running full-blast. 😞 Oh well…
Today I worked from home in the afternoon, and at lunchtime I was at the pool. But as you can see, the work never ends! Thankfully, the things that came up during that time did not require a lot of color-correction. 😄 That would have been difficult because of the bright sunlight and the glare it causes. 😎
Our neighborhood pool is nice, not too big, but not too small either, and there are lifeguards supervising all the action. During the week, it seems that there aren’t a lot of people there, although I did run into my neighbor and we chatted for a bit. Tomorrow (Saturday) it should be pretty crowded though, as parents are enjoying the weekend with their kids. I think I will skip the pool!
We’ve been having some bad news lately, haven’t we? The tragedy in Nice, France is shocking… two of the people who were killed are from the Austin area. As I was reading the news this morning, I felt so sad. I can’t even imagine… 😧 Life is so fragile.
Today’s photo is of a coworker playing bean-bag toss, otherwise known as “cornhole”, at the courtyard of our office. We had a BBQ for our interns after work and I was asked to take photos of the event. I really like our new office space!
The courtyard is so great. What’s nice is that, besides the barbecue grill, we are able to access the WiFi network from there so anytime you want to sit outside and work, you can. I sometimes go out there because I get really cold at my desk and need to warm up in the Texas outdoors.
Unfortunately, it’s starting to get really hot in Austin now – it got up to 97° F, with a heat index of 109° F! ☀️ And it is only mid-July… it usually gets super-hot in August/September. I really love hot weather, but this is getting ridiculous. 😓