Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get the NEW Facebook TimeLine Profile NOW!

How To Get the NEW
Facebook "TimeLine" Profile
You have probably heard about Facebook’s New "Timeline" Profile that will be launched in the near future. Maybe you also heard that some folks (like your's truly (-;) have somehow gotten a Sneek Peek at this new Feature, and even have it installed on their FB Profile, even though it hasn’t been launched yet ... you want to get it for yourself???

Here is how you can set it up now too!

My FB TimeLine Profile First you might want to take a look at this screen shot of my FB Time-Line Enabled Profile so you can get an idea of what this is all about. (I'd send you to my FB profile to see it live, but TL profiles are only visible to registered members of the FB Dev group at this time, oh! but if you follow the steps below you'll be part of that too!)

Just like the "New Twitter" full launch this summer, eventually the Facebook Timeline will be forced onto all members ... so regardless if you love it or hate it ... it is coming sooner or later to a FB-profile near you! So why not get ahead of the curve, avoid the rush, and get the TimeLine profile installed now. You will have to play in the Developer Group’s area of Facebook's site, but that is not big deal, no real "programming" involved - just type a couple words and some clicks -  and I'll guide you through it!

Now you got your NEW Timeline Profile!My Timeline Profile

Monday, August 8, 2011

Quail Crazy School!

Quail fledglings getting ready to make the big jump!
Quail Crazy School! Got a couple families of quail on the fence and roof. The adults have flown onto the back fence and are now clucking/chirping at the fledgelings to jump off the roof to the fence and then hop along the fence and go over into the schoolyard out back ...
Quail don't fly real well!
... lots of flapping and squawking and mostly just plummeting towards the ground (especially the youngsters!). Ooops! One made the fence ... two over-shot the fence and are stuck in the neighbor's yard ... and OUCH! three took off together and smacked into the fence! They're now hiding under the juniper while their flock leader sits on the fence above them squawking, clucking and scolding them.
... maybe they'll make it to school ... maybe they won't!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Bouquet of Columbines

A Bouquet of Columbines

Colorado Columbine
deceiving delicate appearance,
yet strong and hardy
it more than survives,
it thrives,
in extreme alpine regions...
bell-shaped petals
match the mountain sky
trailing sweet nectar-filled crescent spurs,
shoulders a mantel of snow white inner petals
crowned with gold stamens
a Colorado Columbine ...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

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How To Make A Photo Montage

How I Make Photo Montages (collages)
Several people have commented and emailed about the photo montages I have created and displayed recently on the web. With a little patience photo montages or collages are fairly easy to create.
I use a very simple photo editor that comes as part of MS-Office Pro - Microsoft Photo Editor (they may be including it in some versions of Windows too). I have been using this app for many years because it's simple and easy to use and it's there. You do not need to have this particular application, the procedures should be about the same with any other types of photo editing software.

For this discussion I will use the 3-image montage I created this morning of Loveland Pass in Colorado. This is a seamless collection of three images to create a single image. After covering the basic techniques I will cover another type of montage I like to create.
Outline of steps to create a seamless photo montage:
  1. Select images.
  2. Adjust exposure and contrast of the selected photos.
  3. Re-size photos to fit into montage.
  4. Open a new/blank image.
  5. Copy and position 2 selected photos on the blank new image.
  6. Crop to remove excess margins.
  7. Re-size top image combo.
  8. Open another new/blank image.
  9. Copy new combo top photo, and then bottom photo to blank image.
  10. Crop to remove any excess margins.
  11. Re-size the image combo.
  12. Save it! You just created your first montage!!! first thing to do is look at potential photos you wish to combine to make a montage or collage. Come up with a theme, and select photos you might want to use. Open those photos and review them in your editor window. My editor allows me to easily resize the viewable size of the photos with the scroll wheel on my mouse. I resize and test positions of the photos, and visualize possible croppings of photos to achieve the combinations I want to display in my finished montage. For the Loveland Pass montage I selected just three photos to use in the final image.
Once you think you have the photos you want for your montage, you should edit to adjust exposure and contrast of the selected photos. Then begin resizing the photos to fit into montage.
Open a new/blank image. It should be a little larger than the finished new image and I use a plain white background when creating seamless montages. Keep in mind what size display area your blog or online community, some are full-screen widths while others, particularly at online communities, have limited display areas that may be as narrow as 500 pixels wide. new blank image is the canvas that will become the top image of the finished montage.
Copy and position 2 of your selected photos on the new blank image. After copying the second image, I like to enlarge the "blank" image to 200% so I can position the second image flush with the first image and eliminate any gap or seam between the images.
Crop to remove excess margins.
Then resize your top image combo to match the width of your bottom image, i.e. 600 pixels wide. If you think you want to save this combined image for later use, you should save it now.

Next we begin creating the final montage image using the top-combined image we just created and adding the selected bottom image.
Open another new/blank image. The blank image should be a little larger than the width of the images to be placed in it, and a little larger than the combined height of the combined top image + the bottom image.
Copy the new combo top photo to the blank image. Then as we did before, copy and position bottom photo to blank image so there is no gap or seam between the images.
Crop the new combined image to remove any excess margins.
Re-size the final image combination for display on your blog or favourite web community.
Now Save It!
!!! You just created your
first Photo Montage !!!

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