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Favorite Shots: Contrasting Noise

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First of all, I can’t get enough of those CS4 noise filters. And second of all, this particular noise filter mimics the block-like contrasts of black and white in this photo, which is delightful. All of it. Plus, my dear friend.



A Sasquatch Noise Experiment

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There is a very delicate intersection of well-developed musical taste and youthful indulgence. I figure I’m hitting that window, so I decided to make a go of the Sasquatch Music Festival for my vacation this year. Held at the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, the festival spans four long days and nights of the best acts anyone’s ever heard of, plus a few bogus ones. I think I saw over 35 shows, which is good, because I don’t want to blink and miss my youth, yeah?

I just figured there are only so many years one can attend a music festival before it becomes inappropriate and inconvenient. I mean, you just don’t see many adults with fabulous music taste walking around in 90s-era crop tops, taking off a whole week from work to wreck themselves sleeping on the ground, surviving on beef jerky and peanut butter cups and scrubbing last night’s mascara out of their armpits in a janky car door reflection.

I did see some kids there, and a few old people. I don’t know man, I don’t know. Anyway, enjoy these shots of Sasquatch. It was quite a ride. Mostly the only quality pics are from our campsite, as I wasn’t about to take my DSLR into the venue, lest it be burned, stolen or otherwise wrecked, which is why there are less music shots/more vanity shots.

So basically, I discovered gradient layers in CS4, and now I can’t stop. It’s actually embarrassing how many pictures I had to cut from this post because I edited so many with an added noise filter. There are just endless options.

Incidentally, this type of editing is just perfect for my trip out to Washington, as  it was full of sun, cows and people who may or may not have been sober.

Ever your,


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Favorite Shot: Too Original

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I was looking through my drive the other day and came across this photo. How the ha-eck did I edit this? I forgot, and now I’m frustrated because I want to edit all my photos this way. It’s dreamy.

But hey, I guess this makes it, like, true art, or something? I can’t ever go back and recreate it. It is inimitable. Original.

I just keep saying words, sorry. Enjoy these flowers.


Pipe Dream #185: To Fake Taste? – Cake Batter Pancakes

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These pancakes tasted average, so I messed with the photo edits to make them Pinterest-appropriate. I was trying to  make up for their lack of flavor by making them visually appealing. The idea of putting cake batter in pancakes is nice, but I just wasn’t into these.

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Don’t get me wrong. I ate them, and I kind of liked them. They are pancakes, after all.

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They were just super saccharine, but kind of bland at the same time. Try adding more vanilla, and maybe use a different glaze? Or just add more sprinkles for joy’s sake. Pretty makes up for taste sometimes?

Nah, I retract that.  Tastefulness always wins over pretty.

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Tastelessly pancaking,


Cake Batter Pancakes

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist)

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups milk


Stir together the dry ingredients minus the sprinkles in a bowl. Add 1 cup of milk, the eggs and the vanilla extract and stir until just combined. It’s ok if it is a tad lumpy. Add more milk if the batter seems too thick.

Preheat a skillet on medium-low heat. Fold in a bunch of sprinkles into the batter, then pour the batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto a lightly greased skillet. Cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve immediately with a vanilla glaze. Recipe follows below.
1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

assorted sprinkles

Mix milk, extract and powdered sugar until glaze forms, adding more milk if necessary to thin out the glaze. Mix more sprinkles into the glaze and drizzle on the pancakes.

Favorite Shots: Obsessed

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“I am obsessed with this cake.”

A phrase I said several times after instagramming this cake once but nearly instagramming it three times. I restrained myself.

This shot is the closest I have come to an instagrammed look in CS4. Cool.

I seriously love how this cake looked.

Ok. Get over yourself, Lauren. Ok. And get over this cake. No. Ok.


Inimitable Heather & Polaroids

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This is my friend, Heather, and she came to visit me once, and it was the best weekend of my life, probably. We took a couple pics on my camera, as you can see, but the coolest pictures were on her little mini Polaroid camera. It is a freakin’ sweet little camera, and makes everything look sweet.

I’ve tried to imitate its effects below, but to no avail. No one could imitate Heather, either. She’s too sweet awesome and beauteous and far more chill than your average American. Obviously.


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False Favorite Shots: The Fourth Dimension

This is not actually a particularly favorite shot, but I just wanted to show you the cool filter I discovered. It is like I am being pulled into the fourth dimension or something. It’s like Star Trek.

Also, hooray for 60 degree days in November. Whatta life.


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