The Mister and I made 3 trips to Hollyhock, Cortes Island, B.C. Two trips were to take Jim Kerwin’s go workshop and 1 trip was for a week away from it all. All three trips were before I picked up my Canon Rebel, which, in hindsight, is a bummer.  As much as I love my little Powershot S50, the photo quality is ok and no raw. With my Gimp skill level, only so much can be done with these photos.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’m not a technical photographer. Oh, sure, I understand some aspects of the mechanics of photography, but as with my mixed media art, I create from a tactile, spontaneous place, capturing what catches my eye in the moment. Sometimes it work out, sometimes not.

I have hundreds of Hollyhock photos, all taken with my wee Powershot. This is one of my favorite Hollyhock photos.  I wandered down to the beach one afternoon to sunbathe, where I found this scene. It was a very bright July day and must have been 80 degrees. I love the boat and the water and sunlight reflecting on the rocks below the surface. But the sky was washed out and this has always bothered me.

This photo was includes a Make Wonderful layer, plasma layer, and selected areas brightened and darkened. Very technical, right? I’m not completely happy with the result. This is the third or fourth time I’ve fiddled with the photo. I come back to it as I learn new Gimp techniques, in the hope that, someday, I’ll have all the Gimp skill to make the sky I want.

If you’ve got some Gimp tips to share, I’d love to hear from you.