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Finally after 30 years I got old enough that they stopped expecting me to change my mind about not having kids and took me seriously and I have been accepted by the public system to have surgery and it appears I am severe enough to do it fairly quickly.

Good news is I have 8 weeks sick leave up my sleeve and doing it in Dec means I also get to relax over Xmas and Jan which is traditionally a very quiet month, and I will take ALL the time I need to feel 100% before going back to work cos I can, dammit!

Understandably not looking forward to the recovery period (have had two laps before so I have a fair idea of the unpleasantness and this will be 10x worse than those Im sure for the first week or so)

Cant drive for 4 weeks, but we have online supermarket deliveries and im stocking up on Ready to Eat meals so I wont starve.

THANK FUCKING GOD - I have a few years grace between now and menopause to actually enjoy life for a change!
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30th-Sep-2015 03:38 pm - More fun with Photoshop
I continue to spend most of my spare time on my computer, playing with photoshop and studying my photoshop courses. I like to think it is paying off, I can certainly do LOTS more with it now than I could at Xmas time when I first started studying. I am home sick today with a cold and realised its been a while since my last update :)

One pic to tempt you and the rest under the cut

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This was a composite of background, dancer image, elements, some texture layers and brushes and a LOT OF FAFFING ABOUT :)

This is classwork for Session 6 of my Awake course - Im not sure if its as done as it needs to be but after 3 hrs of work yesterday its as done as it can be right now :)

The Lady In The Lamp

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I was good today and sat down and ruthlessly edited the files in my Tasmania folder - got it down from around 1900 to 1662 and then processed all the images for my Tessellated Pavement blog post - this was an amazing natural feature and I was incredibly lucky to get there at low tide with no planning on my behalf - I didn't realise it was right on the shore. Much fun was had with long exposures and ultra wide lenses and all the details with many more pix is here - Lensaddiction Blog

This now accounts for about half of Day 6 of my Great Tasmanian Roadtrip being processed and accounted for - a couple more posts for this day and then on to the next one!

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A dear friend moved SEVEN HOURS DRIVE away to the stunningly gorgeous Lake Te Anau. I don't really mind because now it gives me an excuse to go visit even if it will probably only be once a year or so. Last weekend drove down on the Friday and back on the Monday - took another friend who is mates with her husband and it was nice to share the driving.

The weather for the first two days was awful, cold overcast and raining a bit but the second two days were glorious! One pic to whet your appetite and the rest under the cut - if you thought the LOTR movie scenery was amazing then check these out - I was in the area :)

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5th-Aug-2015 08:57 pm - Shit happens sometimes, all at once!
Its been an expensive couple of weeks, I had to pay $2300 for my CPIT course last week, and then my car needed a service at $335 and then ants needed to be killed at $325.

And my ipod died, I was going to get a refurb unit but through a series of fuckups I ended up getting a new one but got it for a slightly cheaper price than new and its all slurped its music over except for the stuff on my HD thats missing the original files and I have all the CD so I need to copy them over and then all will be good.

Im going away in a couple of weeks and have had to find a cheaper cat management options than the luxury cattery they usually go to but there is a pet sitter service for $19 a visit and once a day should be OK.

Please Universe, have mercy!
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A new women’s photography digital magazine has been started by a friend in Melbourne and she asked me to contribute and so I have an article in it! Mine is on being in the great outdoors ALONE!

The magazine was published yesterday and my article and photos are in it – its $5 AUD should you be really interested

Dynamic Range Magazine

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My editing process is blogged here at Lensaddiction

I wasn't overly happy with my first go, and this is still not as good as my fantail but improved in different ways and more importantly was a good learning experience. I am getting better about judging the effect of textures and much more aware of the impact both color and TONE have when combining images. This one was more fun to do :)

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24th-Jul-2015 03:50 pm - AWAKE URBAN RAIN Take #2 Fantail

Trying out the same techniques as my previous swan image, there is better colour varation and contrast in this image and Im a bit happier with it.

Fantail image is mine and the backgrounds is course content and the swirl and accents are various brushes I collected along the way.
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18th-Jul-2015 09:44 pm - AWAKE Session 1 - swans
So I have posted images from my Photoshop Artistry course on and off here, recently the advanced AWAKE course opened up for a mid year intake and I was lucky enough to get a spot.

Because of the freezing cold weather here I have not been able to spend much time on my big computer in my bedroom that I use for Photoshop and have been itching to get in and try the new stuff I have been learning.

In Session 1 they break down a professional image called Urban Rain and show you how it is created - its AWESOME for learning new concepts and so this is my variation using some of the techniques covered

Pic below and the full blog post with the post processing details link is here AWAKE session 1 - swans

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