Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New York State of Mind

Wow, can't believe it's been a month since I posted anything...just file me under "L" for lame. Does anyone else go through spells where you just can't relate to a computer? Usually I check my email at least once a day, read through my favorite blogs, google something, etc. Lately, I can barely find the power switch on this thing. Anyway, maybe this post will get me back in the swing of things. I wish I could say that at least I've been off being crafty but nope, barely a crafty thing has appeared around here. Well, new supplies have arrived but I haven't made anything since the Spring Fling Swap last month. One creative thing I did was some twiddling around on Photoshop. I have a few photos of NYC from my cruise in 2005 that weren't the best. So...I played with them and tried out some effects.

On the left is the somewhat retouched original shot which I like but didn't find visually interesting. After several rounds of color editing and using cool lighting effects and filters, the result on the right emerged. What do you think of the finished image?

Also, does anyone know what buildings are shown here and what street we are looking at? I took this at dawn with Manhattan to the east of the ship and was trying to catch the light coming across the island on one of the streets. Not being from NYC, I am clueless as to what we're looking at here!!!

I do absolutely LOVE New York and have been dying to visit for ages. Of course, life gets in the way of my travels but I always feel so alive when I'm there. In 2005, it just about killed me that we went straight from the airport to the port, boarded the ship and promptly sailed out of town. One of these days..............yep, I'm in a New York State of Mind :) I would just die for a hard roll, a good Jewish deli (pastrami on rye with a kosher dill pickle--a nice green one that's barely pickled!), GOOD Chinese food (not available in North Carolina in case you were wondering), a Broadway show and some killer shopping! Oh, the torment.................

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Blogger Handi Dandi Mandi said...

I'm a bit of a photoshop geek myself. I think the original photo was great to begin with but the touch ups are great too!

5/31/07, 11:00 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Welcome back! I was wondering where you've been. I just got back from NY too(a work trip but I did some crafty shopping). but sorry I don't know what those buildings are. I was just a tourist too. Where was your boat going?

6/2/07, 6:58 AM  
Blogger Mizfixit said...

We took a 7 day Canada/New England cruise that stopped in Halifax, St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston & Newport before returning to NYC. Hope your trip was wonderful! I haven't gone anywhere in almost 2 years and the travel bug is calling me! My suitcases claim they're lonely and need to get out more! LOL

6/2/07, 9:07 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Glad to see your back in the saddle! I was wondering where you've been, too! Heck, I've barely seen you at work lately come to think of it! This month has gotten the best of all of us.

I've been to NYC many many many times (I spent two years of college just north of the city) but I have no clue what street it is. Maybe Wall Street...LOL? I'm just saying that because I remember going down to the pier close to Wall street for Friday nite happy hour and remember lots of ships departing there. I think. I had beer in me..so don't quite remember, plus that was ohhhh a good 17 years ago..GASP!!

6/3/07, 10:13 PM  

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