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Christmas is in a week.  So from now till then, I am going to try and just put up Christmas photos.  I hope you don’t mind.  I find it nice to find the Christmas Cheer around me.  Christmas in Australia is so different to other places, I think because it is summer, the lights only happen late at night, so you have to be up late to see them.  During the day the decorations don’t really stand out, so it seems like any time of the year.  You really have to go looking for Christmas.

Royal Arcade 1This is one of the nicest Arcades in Melbourne, The Royal Arcade.  I have shown photos of it before.  I was so happy when I walked into it on Sunday and saw all the decorations.  They have gone to a lot of trouble.  I really liked what they did.

All the images today are HDR images that were processed with 3 images in Photomatix Pro, then further processing was done in Photoshop CS6, though not a great deal of processing was done.  I did add the white gradient, I like the effect of the snow.  Funny, because it never snows here at Christmas, actually it never snows here ever.

Royal Arcade 2Here is a self portrait, of sorts.  Can you see me?  These were very large gold balls hanging up and I like the way they reflected everything.  I couldn’t do it without me, so you have me taking a photo in it.  I have my Tamrac Bag on my back.

Royal Arcade 3I have put this photo in again, but it isn’t the same as yesterdays shot, well it is, but this is a HDR of the same shot.  I like the HDR more, but you should decide what you think.

Yesterday

The video, seemed to be regarded quite well.  I am sorry about the resolution, I was experimenting and didn’t save it properly.  I need to do more experimenting.  I did enjoy doing it and doing the screencast was so much easier to do than writing them out.  It is so much faster as well.  Of course, there are things I need to work on.

Another Rant, so switch off now if you aren’t interested.

Thank you first for mostly supportive comments, a couple were not what I was expecting, and I wish that if people can’t be nice they would just butt out.  I was always taught if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.  Some people obviously missed that lesson.

Can I just say, this is not a hobby, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts that needs to be paid for.  I have also spent another year studying prior to the degree. I am simply trying to find my place in the world.  Sometimes it gets frustrating.

I thought I had it with the cycling, then a heap of crap happened, and I am not comfortable in that world right now.  It is not something I can go into, but it means that I now I have to find something else.  It is hard, and I am too impatient.  I will keep going.  I know I can do this.  I just need to learn how to sell myself, that has always been my problem.

Can I just add that I was told also that I can’t expect people to pay for my services when I all I do is play with images and run a couple of presets, this has made me very angry.  I have put a lot of time and effort into learning Photoshop, GIMP and now PSE11, but apparently I don’t know what I am doing.  I feel I have a lot to learn, but I also feel I have learned a lot.  I can’t believe that people think all I do is use presets.

I do use presets when I am using Silver Efex and Colour Efex, then I adjust them to my liking, isn’t that what you are supposed to do?  I don’t mind saying I am absolutely gutted by these two comments, talk about kicking a person when they are down.

I really do appreciate most of the suggestions that I received, and love the support I get from almost everyone.  Thank you so much.  Without you, this blog would be nothing.  

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