Holy crapola……did the bottom ever fall out of the thermometer last night here in Florida! I think we bottomed out at or near freezing in the park. We knew it was going to cool off for a couple of days but this one was a bit of a shocker after seeing daytime temp in the 80sF and over night only down into the 50sF pretty well since the New Year. We needed sweaters for our evening stroll with Teddy last night and on this morning’s before breakfast walk I could have used socks as well as sweat pants. There’s a cold wind blowing today as well. Pretty sure we won’t even see 50F today but that won’t last too long….maybe a day or two.
Chris & I met up with Dave & Debbie and Tom & Connie for a little pickleball on Saturday afternoon. The wind was blowing pretty well so it was an adventure on the courts for sure but also a lot of fun. I always refer to the wind as the ‘great equalizer’ in pickleball because often times you just never know what effect the wind will have on play. Yesterday, the wind would move the ball 6-8 ft sideways on a serve at times, assuming of course that we could even get the ball over the net. It was a lot of fun trying to cope with the unexpected. We are all getting together again on Monday afternoon, so hoping the wind will have abated somewhat by then.
Given the chilly weather we are having, I’ve had a chance to play around with Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom again on some of the photos I took during our recent visit to see the retired battleship USS Alabama. I also chanced upon a 70% discount offer for OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 6. I’d tried a trial version of it’s predecessor a year or so ago but couldn’t justify spending the money for this Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 plugin. Prices seem to have dropped since last year and with the additional special discount offer, I decided to give it another go and bought it. It was a hefty download and over 2 GB in size but I downloaded it overnight without any problems. I’ve already posted all of today’s photos on Facebook but thought I’d include them in a blog post as well as they seem to render a bit better in WordPress than on Facebook for some reason, at least on my Mac Book Pro’s matte screen.
The first three photos use Frame Shop which I discovered a week or so ago and have had great fun exploring. I think the frame and digital matting actually sets off the pictures very nicely and gives a different look to the usual frameless photos posted on many blogs. Not saying frameless isn’t alright, just saying I like the framed shots better in some instances. Different eye appeal perhaps.
The last two shots feature some of the many framing presets offered inside Perfect Photo Suite 6 and there are a ton of presets included in the main download, as well as other presets that are available from OnOne’s website at no cost. I’ll be playing with these for months to come for sure. They definitely offer another look. The suite functions very well as a plugin inside of both Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 but it also runs nicely as a stand alone program too. Using it from within Lightroom, I really liked that once the final version of my work is saved in the plugin, my work is automatically added back into Lightroom into the same directory where I pulled the original photo from. I’ve used other plugins with Lightroom, Nik Software come to mind, and I usually wind having to manually import an edited shot back into the same Lightroom directory. Not sure why this is and it doesn’t happen all the time either which is also very odd.
Anyway, there you have it. It’s still pretty brisk outside so I can’t see trying to finish Dri-Washing our motorhome today. Maybe I’ll just putter around with a few more photos and watch a little golf this afternoon. I hear a Tiger may be lurking at Pebble Beach!