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Travel Planning Insane Brain

Travel Planning

Travel Planning

I love to travel and even though I really haven’t done much, it has always been a big dream of mine. Over the last five years I have been in a position where travel was more feasible and so travel planning I have undergone.

Places like San Francisco, Ruidoso, Los Angeles, Turner Falls and Estes Park to name a few, are places I’ve planned trips to.  Nothing extensive or exotic so far, but still a bit of intense planning was necessary.  Maybe only necessary because I wanted to be cost efficient and time considerate, which I would think 85% of travelers have to be.  So it makes me wonder how those 85% handle the insane amount of time it takes to do all the research and the brain melt it creates to constantly be second guessing pricing, locations, schedules etc.  Or maybe I’m just OCD and the insanity only happens to me.

Here is how I see it, you have four main categories to wrestle with: flights, hotel/lodging, car rental/transportation and sight seeing/activities. And within each category you have questions to be answered but, as you will see below, most of the questions can’t be answered until you answer other questions, which can’t be answered until you answer other questions.  Half of the time it is a big cluster fuck.

Travel Planning Insanity

Travel Planning Insanity

Those are just three questions that I quickly came up with, and that is assuming I already know where we are going, when we are traveling and for how long.  Imagine the above loop times ten, and then picture my brain leaking out of my ears.  I know, first world problems, and I agree.

Lately I have been working on our vacation for July and trying to ease up on the OCD strings a bit with this trip.  Just committing to one solution for one of the category gets me closer to breaking the insanity circuit, but sometimes that isn’t easy for this list making, itinerary planning, type A person, but i’m going to figure it out.  I’m no longer willing to put aside my dreams because they are too far fetched or going to take too much sacrifice and effort.  My future and dreams are worth the work.

Side note:  The graphic at the top of this post was made with the Canva application on my phone.  Super easy and fun!  The second graphic I made in my notes application, then screenshot, cropped, marked-up and saved as a picture all on my iPad Pro.  Love, love loving my new toys!

Yay for ME!

Photoshop in the Mix

Photoshop Mix Meme

Photoshop Mix Meme

My creativity is on fire!  Well my attempts at being creative have doubled at least, my actual creativity is about the same, luke warm.

Since getting my new toys at Christmas, I have been intentionally trying to take time and find ways to be creative, whether it is just taking a picture or learning how to use the graphics apps I have on my phone.  So today, I was thinking about what I would do and I looked at my phone and noticed an app I had downloaded about a year ago, but hadn’t used, Photoshop Mix.

I have used the full computer version of Photoshop but many, many years ago. I was by no means an expert, however I grasped the concept of layers and basic functions in the program. The full version is not an easy-user friendly program, so I was a little wary of how hard this pared down phone app version would be, but I opened it up and started on my first graphic.

Photoshop Mix Creative

Photoshop Mix Creative

I am not even kidding, the above graphic took me about five minutes to complete.  Now, I know it is nothing to write home about, but I did use four layers of individual items that were independently editable, one being a stock photo from Adobe.  Within the program I was able to cut out just the blocks spelling out “Creative”, delete the rest of the picture and then position what remained how I wanted it in my project.

Five Year Anniversary Pictures

You can use your own photos as well. In the above graphic I was able to cut my husband and me out of one picture from our five year anniversary trip and place us into another photo taken on that trip.

The edges might not be the smoothest, but keep in mind this was done on my phone in mere minutes and done by me, who is decidedly not a graphic artist.  So all things considered, this little program is not only powerful but super easy to use.

I can see more Photoshop Mix in my 2018 year of creativity.

Sadie Dog

Sadie Dog

Yay for ME!

Reflections On the Train


Trains Passing

Trains Passing

It was cold, foggy and dark outside on my train ride into work this morning.  The train was about as full as it normally is at this time of day and I was able to get my preferred seat by the window.  The train departed and went to the next stop, where more people got on and I was about to fall into the same habit of staring into my phone, when the reflections in the window caught my eye.

That would be an interesting picture, I thought.  I almost dismissed the idea, forgetting my vow to be more creative this year, but something stopped me.  Having my phone out already, I quickly switched to the camera and snapped a few shots, then got my Canon out and snapped a few more.

Train Reflections

Train Reflections In and Out

The red coats worn by two of the passengers in front of me were what really caught my eye in the reflections.  The contrast against the darkness outside of the train made it pop.  The images caught by both cameras were interesting, specifically in how they captured the reflection of the passengers inside the car and the action and landscape outside the car.

Tran Reflections Loop

Train Reflections Loop

And Live Photo effects on the iPhone…what can I say, I’m still digging this!

Not only am I excited to be learning and creating with my new toys this year, I am happy to be getting out of my own head and being present in the moments.

Yay for ME!

Live Photo Effects

iPhone Live Photo

Live Photo

Having had an iPhone 6 for about a year now, I have had the “Live Photo” option, where for a split second they are animated, for a while. I thought they were pretty neat, and liked the animation on my iWatch, but never really knew how to do anything with them, other than as a static picture.  Recently, I had heard or read somewhere about the new effects for the Live Photos with iOS 11, but I hadn’t figured out how to view them until today.  And man they are COOL!

When you take a Live Photo you also get a “Bounce”, “Loop” and “Long Exposure” option as an effect for that live photo. These effects are pretty awesome, but it wasn’t so easy for me to figure out how to share them or export them out of my photos as a GIF file. But where there is a will, there is a way.  And after a bit of cussing, a bit of research and this awesome article, I finally figured it out and voila!

Bounce Effect

Bounce effect on live photo

Loop effect on live photo

Long Exposure effect on live photo

Right now, I am thinking that my favorite effect is the bounce effect.  It makes me smile, feels cleaner and gets me excited about the new creative things I can do with it.  Really looking forward to experimenting with these effects and my live photos on iPhone.

Creative in 2018. Yay for ME!