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Thursday, 13 January 2011

No Awards Today ! :(

Have a look at this!  The original photograph was the coloured one, and I have applied all these different effects to it.  How cool is that?!  A lot of you might know  how to do this already, but I just think it is SO clever. I used the Picasa 3 programme and when you go into the Edit section, you use the Piknik button.   I'm sure I shall be using it quite a lot in my photography from now on. Who  needs special lenses etc  when this little thing does it all for you! Oh the wonders of modern technology.


I saw some good news in the media yesterday, and I thought how wonderful it was to learn about someone who is recovering from what was, originally, thought to be a very serious illness indeed.  I am talking about Michael Douglas.  He was photographed in November looking so thin and frail, whilst undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, and then, yesterday, he was photographed on holiday in Hawaii  with his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, along with his ten year old son and seven year old daughter.  What a difference a couple of months can make and doesn't it go to prove, yet again, how our bodies can go through such awful traumas and treatments, and, thankfully, in many cases, recover and go on to good health again.    Apparently, Michael will learn in the next few weeks whether or not the cancer is in remission.  Let us pray that this will be the case, and also pray for all those who are going through this dreadful disease at the moment. 
November 2010
January 2010


I'll finish off today with a poem by William Arthur Ward (American dedicated Scholar, Author, Pastor & Teacher).

May we all sing more joyful songs in this New Year, 2011!

27 comments:

Gawgus things... said...

Very clever! The photos look really good!

Donna B said...

What a positive and happy post! I think I would like to know more about this program you use to get those different looks. I am a failure with photoshop...would you mind emailing me the details and more specifics?? Thank you!!

lyndylou said...

I haven't used that programme but I have used paint.net. As for Michael Douglas, I hope he has beaten it cos you can't believe everything the doctors tell you. I was diagnosed with cancer 21 years ago and given 6 months to live but yet here I am, still getting up to mischief!!

http://lyndylou-whocares.blogspot.com

Odie Langley said...

Your technology went right over my head girl. I am glad someone knows how to do all that fancy stuff. Michael is one of my favorite actors so I do wish him well and he is married to one of the most beautiful women in the world. That was a lovely poem. Thanks for a great post today.
Odie

becca said...

beautiful poem and it was really good hearing about michael Douglas after all the bad news lately.

Facing50Blog.com said...

What a lovely poem. I had to read it two or three times. This is all in all a very nice cheery post and as it is the first one I've read today it has set me up ready to enjoy myself. Thank you. I like the effects with the photographs too - it is amazing what is out there now...no more need for funny lenses and filters!

Thisisme said...

Gawgus things - thank you. I was quite impressed, I must admit!

Donna B - will e-mail you a little later on.

lyndylou - there seem to be so many different programmes out there for editing photos. I am so pleased that you beat your cancer and lived to tell the tale!!

Odie - so pleased you enjoyed the poem.

becca - I so agree. With all that is happening at the moment, it is SO good to hear some positive good news.

Fcing50Blog.com - I'm so glad that you thought it was a cheery post. I shall look forward to your next one, because I know that I shall have a laugh!!!

Becky said...

Look at you "Techno Girl"!! I want to know how to make collages and them put them on your blog. Can you share that with me?? ~ Yes. I am so glad that Michael Douglas is doing better and I pray that he will be around for a lot longer. I agree with Odie. His wife IS so very beautiful!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

The photots look great! Very impressive.

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

Oh, what a perfect poem!

Shady Del Knight said...

That's great news about Michael Douglas. My long range plan is to stay so busy, so deeply involved with life, so filled with childlike wonder and curiosity that I actually FORGET to die!

Thisisme said...

Becky - I will have a go at writing out how to create a collage, and get back to you. Might not be until the weekend!

Tanya - thank you!

Kelly - so pleased that you enjoyed the poem!

Shady - Oh, how I smiled at your comment!! What an absolutely brilliant idea, to be so involved with life, that you forget to die!! LOL! Perhaps I shall do the same and we can age disgracefully together!

SkippyMom said...

Great pictures! I will have to look into that. .

Wallene loves doing stuff like that.

Good news on Mr. Douglas.

Can I join the "aging disgracefully" club with you and Shady. :)

Thisisme said...

SkippyMom - consider yourself an Honorary Member of our little Club!! :)

Jax said...

Great pictures! I have been using Picasa/Picnik for some time now and absolutely love it. You can view my best of 2010 pictures using all sorts of effects at http://jax9126.blogspot.com/p/latest-pictures-ive-taken_06.html

As for Michael I am so glad he is looking like his old self. Thanks for the update!!

vintch said...

love hearing about your new technology skills! and what wonderful news about micheal douglas! he looks infinitely more healthy...it's a wonder what a little time, prayer and medicine will do. happy thursday!

Thisisme said...

Jax - lovely to see you! I will certainly have a look at your pictures over the weekend.

vintch - Wasn't it wonderful about Michael Douglas. He really looks so healthy again now, as you say. The power of prayer indeed.

Annie Joy said...

What fun you are having with your photos -- and the results are quite impressive. Thanks for the very appropriate poem; I'll want to refer back to it during the coming year! Annie

Thisisme said...

Annie Joy - Glad you liked the poem. Yes, I'm sure I will have to keep referring back to it as well. Somehow life just to take over, doesn't it?!

Bouncin' Barb said...

I watched in interview with him the other night and he looks great and feels great but says he needs to gain some weight so he's eating like a pig!! God bless his determination and dedication to focusing on beating this. Love him!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

love the photos! i'm no good at the fancy photo editing software but i use paint.net quite a bit. surprisingly, i can do quite a bit in paint. whenever someone needs a screen shot editied (mostly easy stuff) they send it to me because i'll do it pixel by pixel. very time consuming.

i'll have to check out that program. i have some really great shots of isaiah that i took two summers ago. i love to do special effects with them.

Thisisme. said...

Bouncin'Barb - as you say, you really have to admire anyone dealing with this disease for their guts and determination.

Teresa - That's amazing that you edit it pixel by pixel. Phew, that must be some job!

Amy said...

Don't you love photo editing! YOu will be suprised to see all the wonderful things you can do with it once you learn the program.

I had the same thought when I saw Michael Douglas. He looked Horrible in November. My Dad died of cancer and I could see the "look" in Michael's face that my Dad had in his those last few months. I was amazed to see how great he looked. Thank heavens for modern medicine!

Have a wonderful evening.

Belle said...

I'm happy for Michael too. He does look good. I love what you did with the photos. I use Adobe Elements and enjoy it very much.

Thisisme. said...

Amy - Yes, I think I shall be using that photo editing quite a lot from now on! I'm sorry that you lost your dad. I really expected the worst when I saw those photos of Michael in November. It's quite amazing really.

Belle - Perhaps I'll have a look at Adobe Elements as well! Perhaps it will get as addictive as blogging!

caterpillar said...

I had tried Piknik once...awesome, don't you think...and I had no clue Michael Douglas was undergoing treatment...he looks so much better now...

Thisisme. said...

Hi cat! Yes, I'm sure there's lots more that I could do with Piknik. Just having the time to really get into all these things. I find that blogging is taking up SO much of my time at the moment. LOL!