Friday, June 19, 2015

New Artwork around Town

Commodore James Barron Mural

I had added more to this post before the computer froze and I lost it all. I'll be back later to repost everything.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

150 Years Ago

The terms of the surrender were recorded in a document hand written by Grant's 

adjutant Ely S. Parker, a Native-American of the Seneca tribe, and completed around 

4 p.m., April 9. Lee, upon discovering Parker to be a Seneca remarked "It is good to 

have one real American here." Parker replied, "Sir, we are all Americans."

I would have never surrendered the army if I had known how the

South would have been treated. If I had foreseen the use those

people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no

 surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I

 foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die

at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.


Robert Edward Lee.

Robert E. Lee's Surrender at Appomattox

Surrender at Appomattox, 1865

American Civil War Images to Ashokan Farewell

Inspired by Ken Burns' documentary series, "The Civil War", this video is a collection of American Civil War images set to the beautiful, stirring "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar. The rendition in this video is different from that in Burns' documentary—the copyright to the latter is held by Warner Music Group and not permitted to be part of the soundtrack for this video.

Old Train Coming - Memorial Day Civil War tribute

A video slide show of images and facts about the American Civil War, set to 'Old Train Coming', written and performed by my friend Jim Clare ( www.jimclare.org ).

American Civil War Tribute to the Fallen 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

... and it's time for stopping the snow falling ( I'll save the animation for next year ) and start posting some Spring flowers. As soon as they come alive. For some reason, they're a little late this year. (?)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Tools Rediscovered

 Editing in Corel® Paintshop Pro Photo®

New Tools Rediscovered

[ I had forgotten that I had already posted something about my recent projects. I must have short term memory loss. I knew I had on my mind to post as soon as I got a chance. Anyway, here's an update. ]

I have several editions of PSPP since I've updated the software over the years. Some of the older versions had tools, apps and scripts that were dropped to add new features such as new fonts and frames. Some of these are still available as add-ons.  Sometimes I would start using the new versions before I explored all the features of the old ones. I happened to stumble into one of the older programs, looking for one of my favorite fonts and found some things I had never tried. The Watercolor script was one of those. Some of the transformations were neat. If I can remember all the steps, I should write a tutorial. I am now using PSPP X7 which is the 17th Edition. 

It's on sale (half price) as of March 31. 

I used a feature in the 9th Edition to transform this image into a textured watercolor.

And one of City Park

I'll be happy to share any of these tips with you. Message me @ Olde Towne Photos on Facebook.
Visit my Flickr Album to see more images. Enjoy the view.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Tool Found

New Tool Found. Actually, it's and old tool, rediscovered.  I found it in an old JASC editing program from 1993 that was eliminated when Corel took it over and called it PaintShopPro.  It emulates watercolor appearance to a digital photograph. I am now using Corel PaintShopPro Photo X7 which is the 17th level of the software program. I never did much artsy stuff in the beginning and went on to the later versions without knowing what was in the earlier ones. Now I'm going through some old images and applying this treatment to see what happens. I'm getting some nice results. I've posted some on my Flickr Photostream and some here. Comments welcomed.


Cropped, showing detail
I think I'll get some printed and see how they look.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Short Cuts

Here are a few short cut links to some of the things I shared with new friends this weekend.

Enjoy !