Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Two Sentence Tuesday -- Words and Pictures Edition

Most of the past week has been devoted to playing. I've been experimenting with the various colour filters available on my cameras and am torn between my enduring love for black and white and a newfound crush on sepia.
The Pentax offers a few more things to play with like colour extraction and illustration than the Olympus does. There's a lot to learn, but that's good because it's fun.

Two sentences from the Pentax K20D Operating Manual (Pentax Corporation 2008) about the illustration setting:
"Creates an image that looks as though it was drawn with a pencil. The setting cannot be adjusted."

A waterfall in Yellowstone after some playing.

I've managed a bit of writing in between the pictures. I'm rewriting my first manuscript and it's coming along slowly as I want to give it some thought and do as adequate a job as I can muster.
It may not ever be send-out-worthy, but when someone finds it languishing on the hard drive after I'm famous and gone I want it to be as unembarrassing as I can manage.

Two recast lines and and extra from The Legend of Shallal:

"Her hand was tingling. High tones sent her thoughts dancing. She felt her exhaustion racing away like a wave headed back to the ocean. "
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Laurita said...

That photo in black and white is striking. I also really like your reason for polishing your manuscript. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Laurita, thank you. It's heartening to know someone else likes my efforts and reasoning.

Tabor said...

You can be proud that you are a good editor. I think that is the hardest about any art...revisiting and being honest and seeing the problems.

Reb said...

I like the waterfall in B&W, very nice. Good reasons for editing.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Tabor. It's difficult to see when you're so close to it.

Thanks, Reb.

messymimi said...

Never be embarrassed by the early material, any more than being embarrassed about the fact that you were once a baby and couldn't walk. It's where we all start.

Love your lines.

Frank Baron said...

"...I want it to be as unembarrassing as possible."

What a fine definition of the editing process!

Well, as fine as possible without using expletives. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi.There's plenty of other stuff to cringe over.

Frank, why thank you.

Nancy said...

Is that like making sure you always have on clean underwear - just in case? LOL

Anything you write has to be good.

The picture was really interesting. I find I like black and white photographs more and more - and sepia is also fun to play with.

SY said...

I love sepia.. it reminds me of coffee

I hate coffee

CherylK said...

Ooooh, great lines! I love..."high tones sent her thoughts dancing"...

You're GOOD. And the photograph? Well, you are on a roll, girl. Another winner.

Leah J. Utas said...

Nancy, it's kinda like that. Thanks for your kind words.

Hi, Sy. I take it you like the look of coffee?

CherylK, thank you. I'm glad my words and pics are a hit.