Friday, January 12, 2007

Photo Hunters: Technology

Originally uploaded by meeyauw.

I made this banner for my blog from a photo I took in 2003. The web was on my cedar clothesline posts. The full photo has my barn and shed in the back and growth from the encroaching woods.

I love my spiderweb shot. I have been unable to successfully enlarge it so I can see the details of it the way I want.

I read directions on BlogU for using The GIMP for Mac because I love making amazing circles and can't afford Photoshop. Since I wanted my blog to be my blog and not the blog of the creator of the template (but thank you for such a delightful template! I could have never put the colors together so well!), I decided to try making my own banner this past week. I had the photo already: my spider web!

I don't follow directions well, but after several failures I finally conceeded to the wisdom and knowledge of Annie at BlogU. Now I have my banner! Now that I know this technique for photographs, I have many ideas for using it (but so far none of my ideas have worked!).

So with my beautiful, magnificent MacBook, my Kodak digital camera, and my free GIMP software I can spend a lot of time learning new skills. I enjoy doing this because it is relaxing after an exhausting, fulfilling day teaching mathematics.

This is the original photo (click on the photo to see it in the original size on flickr):


  1. Beautiful interpretation of the word !

  2. Very cool shot and you made a pefect header out of it! Great post for this week, too. =)

  3. I love your spider web picture. Aren't digital cameras the coolest. I just love to take the picture and download it right away. I do print the ones I like.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend :)

  4. Beautiful photo! You converted it into a lovely banner. Great choice for the theme. :)

    Have a good weekend. :)

  5. A neat photo. A good post for the hunt.

  6. Very cool! Aren't spider webs amazing??!!

    Mine's up too :)

  7. awesome work.

    Mine's posted. Drop by if you can.

  8. Now that's a really cool interpretation of this week's theme! Although I ABHOR spiders, I love the designs of their webs. Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Great use of photoediting technology - very nicely done!

    Nice interpretation...

  10. OOoo. I like your take on the theme--and your web picture!

    Thanks for providing the links so people like me can go learn something new!

    Happy Saturday! Mine's up!

  11. Wow - I could never do something like that, I can't even do Photoshop!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Beautiful banner! Mom wants to put a picture up on mine, but we haven't yet figured it out! Maybe there's hope.

  13. You did a fantastic job. I love your header and that you made it yourself is all the better.

    Great post for the theme this week!

  14. Awesome job, I can't look at it, but you did an awesome job with it.
    Technology in any form is awesome.
    Too bad you missed the deer photo!

    Thanks for stopping at my blog!

  15. Great photo! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Just replying to your question on my blog regarding the Garmin Forerunner 305 (GPS running watch). Yes, it does work with bikes! There's a strap attachment to attach it to a bike, and you can buy a separate cadence counter for it as well for cycling. Many of my triathlete friends use their Forerunners for all three disciplines, or for the biking and running portions.

  17. i STILL haven't figured how to do a banner. anyway, that's a beautiful shot!

  18. Beautiful shot -- spiderwebs are difficult to shoot with the best of cameras.


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