Here we go down Cambridge Street in Judy’s van. This picture was created in Photoshop using some instructions I found on the web:
We wanted to spend the day exploring some little towns near Ottawa. First we went to Carp, but we didn’t see anything there except for these cows and the Diefenbunker. Definitely no carp.
The cows are pretty much straight out of the camera, except that they all ran away when I jumped out of the van to take their picture, so the photo is cropped quite a bit from the original fisheye.
After that we went to Fitzroy Harbour, but we didn’t see anything there either. I apologize if you live in one of these places or you’re from there, but there isn’t anything there. If there is a main street with the post office and a cafe on it there weren’t any signs telling us where it was, so we didn’t find it.
Then we went to Pakenham, a much bigger place.
Somewhere in there I remembered something I have always known but keep forgetting: distances are way farther when you’re driving them than when you’re looking at them on the map. It was a long way to Pakenham but they had ice cream there, so we stopped and had some.
We also stopped at the stone bridge, which was great.
This picture and the last one were created using a fisheye lens and the Nikon in-camera Color Sketch effect. Then I changed the colours in Lightroom. I find the Color Sketch colours are way too bright and pastellish, right out of the camera.
On the road again, heading for Almonte. Someone once told me that Almonte was named for a Spanish general, so I always call it Al-Mon-tay. But the people of Almonte call it Al-Mont.
If you want to know the story of the Spanish general you will have to google it. This is a Nikon Color Sketch fisheye pic, colours altered in Lightroom.
At Almonte we went to the Barley Mow and had lunch. Although Barley Mow is a chain of pubs and we could have gone to a Barley Mow in Ottawa and had the same food, the one in Almonte has a fantastic location beside a dam and a stone bridge and some waterfalls. We sat on the patio and had lunch and a Beau’s.
This is a cement wall with some graffiti on it. These two pictures are fisheye Color Sketch.
There was a heron fishing in the waters beside the patio. I love to see a heron. The picture is up top of this post. It’s just a picture taken with a zoom lens, not much processing. It’s a bit fuzzy, sorry. I made it bigger anyway so it can be the pic of the day.
Then we went home, and that was it for the Sunday drive.
I think I like those ones done in Photoshop better than the Nikon Color Sketch ones, so I guess I’ll have to get more involved with layers in Photoshop. I’m sure it’s for the best. Bye for now!
A year ago today:
July 10, 2010
Two years ago:
July 10, 2009