Hogsback panorama, antique painting?

Last weekend was spent at my daughter Helen’s place high in the Hogback mountains.  On Saturday evening we took the three dogs and Jeannie with the two little grandchildren up the hill for a sunset walk. It was quite a dark scene with soft light playing on the clouds above the mountains.

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The light and composition reminded me of a nineteenth century colonial painting.  I took seven images to piece together. This evening, once the power outage was over, I corrected them for brightness and then stitched them into one scene using Double Take.  Then I imported the panorama into Aperture and removed blemishes (dirt on the lens) before exporting it again and finally importing it into FX Photo Studio Pro.  The last step was to mask the photo with the ancient canvas filter and add a suitable frame so as to give the picture the antique feel I had experienced on the hillside.  You can see the result above.

Summer fun

Christmas is upon us – time for some summer fun!  Our new pool area is getting lots of use at the moment: the weather’s been lovely and we have a great forecast for the Christmas braai – 28 degrees.

Here’s some pictures from the last few days of holiday time …. Jeannie, Steve and Luke enjoying themselves.

Luke and Jeannie looking alike

I am sure every doting grandfather says to his daughter  ‘he looks just like …… at ….. when …..’ but here’s something from the photo archive.  Two photo pairs of Jeannie and Luke at just about the same age.