The Door is a Jar

Dedicated to seeing the lighter and slightly skewed side of life

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It’s not always so color. Sometimes it’s black and white!

This week, for the first time ev-er, there will be several black and white photos included on Featured Foto Friday. It’s exciting isn’t it? It’s so cool to part of history…even if it’s just your blog’s history….maybe it’s just exciting for me.

I imagine many of you are wondering “How do you decide if a picture should be black and white?” Exxxccelllent question. The answer is….I don’t know. There are definitely a series of steps that I go thru after I import pictures from my camera into Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  What seems to happen is that I find that I like the subject, but not the colors.  Here is a pic of my cat Cooper taken when he was a kitten.

I actually love this pic just the way it is.  He’s such a cuuutie!  But, what I noticed is that there is a great contrast of texture between Cooper’s fur and the white towel, but you have to really look for it.  I also thought it might be more universally appealing to other cat owners if it wasn’t so specific in color.  Here is the same pic in black and white.

If you click on the picture to get a better look, the difference will be easier to see.  I found that I looked at Cooper’s face more now than when he’s orange.  Somehow, his features become more prominent.  I also think the towel looks whiter which draws your eyes to his face.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  This is all personal preference stuff.  After all, sometimes one does want a hint of color!

 Nathan Lane in The Birdcage

So true, Nathan.  Oh so true.  For instance, a trick that you sometimes see is having one item in color while the rest of the pic is black and white.  Someday, I will do a write up on how to do that.  Here is an example of how that looks.

Here is the same pic in full color.

There is so much green in this pic that it took away from the origami crane.  But if the pic was just black and white, the crane wouldn’t stand out either.  Sometimes, you can manipulate the scene while you are taking the picture.  For example, if this had been my Christmas Tree, I would have removed the other green ornament.  Unfortunately, this tree belonged to Longwood Gardens.  They are not really into you manipulating the scene so much.  It’s more of a “Hands Off!  This Means You!” policy.  That’s ok.  I think it turned out just fine.

You may have noticed some format changes to this blog.  I am experimenting with different themes, trying to find the best one for my “look”.  It has not been easy.  If you have any feedback about these changes, feel free to post!  Would love to know what you think.



Dolce, The Little Dude

While most days, this blog is intended to be dedicated to seeing the lighter side of things, today will be a bit on the heavier side.  On Wed. 2/29, my hubbie and I had to say goodbye to one of our beloved pets, Dolce.  Dolce was a young 2 year old male.  Up until Wed night, he appeared to be a healthy, happy boy who loved to play, especially with his bf Cooper.  Unfortunately, it turns out he had heart disease which resulted in a paralysing blood clot and respiratory failure.  Even though it was not easy to let him go, I try to take comfort in the fact that we were there to help him right away and I know we made the right decision.  As much as I am feeling this loss for myself, I am also feeling it for Cooper.  Cooper came to us in November.  He and Dolce bonded immediately, played together every day and often slept next to each other.

Dolce was my first male cat and for that reason, I will always think of him as my little dude.  We will miss you!

Dolce, the little dude

Dolce, The Little Dude.


Cooper wants a cheezburger


"Cooper wants a cheezburger"

Cooper wants a cheezburger


This is my submission for ds106 visual assignment “What’s the Meme?”.  I call it “Cooper wants a cheezburger”.  I am a huge fan of lolcats and thought why not get my own pets into the action?  While I was trying to complete yesterday’s Daily Create, Cooper decided he wanted to help out…and help he did!  I cropped and added text to the photo in Photoshop Elements.  In case you don’t know how to get the font right, let me share what I learned today.  The font is called Impact.  The black outline is created by:

1)Selecting the “Layer” menu option

2)Selecting “Layer Style”

3)Selecting “Style Settings”

4)Choosing the “Stroke” option

Once you have selected “Stroke”, you can make the outline thicker by increasing the px size.  There are websites where you can do the same thing, but I wanted to know how to do it myself!

Might have to get Cooper that cheezburger, although I think he might prefer chikin 🙂