Cuppa's birthday week has concluded, except for the finishing of the birthday cake and the enjoyment of gifts and memories. Yesterday was the actual birthday, and it was another fine day. The weather cooperated rather wonderfully in the last few days; we didn't have to bundle up very much and were able to enjoy spring, which was very much in the air.
I will leave most of the telling to her, but I would like to share these two photos with you to illustrate one of my interests — working with photographs. They are actually the same picture: the rectory of the big Catholic church in Pakenham. The first version (above) is the adjusted version. I have also included the original (below).
I rather enjoy adjusting a photo to the way that I would like it to look. Yesterday was somewhat cloudy, but I think the adjusted version has a bright and sunny look to it, which is what I wanted to achieve in this photo. Sometimes, a few little tweaks can improve a photo quite a lot; at other times, improvements are more difficult to attain. In most cases, I don't want to alter the photo drastically by doing impressionistic and avant-garde modifications, but I do find that most photos can be improved a little, even if only by moderate cropping, which is part of what I did to this photo.