...the reason for this strange behavior? (Yes, I'll admit it. I am a Duran Duran fan, and that's a line from their song "Skin Trade." I think they have plenty of genuinely good, fun stuff, and "Rio" remains one of my all-time favorite albums. Anyhoo!)
Recently, Will posted an excellent entry on Magic Smoke about editing photos on the web. I was checking out Picnik, since it's one I'd heard of, and playing around with a sample photo. I thought it was really cool, and lots of fun to play with. Then it struck me...I'VE got photo editing software! (I got some cheapo software, Photo Explosion. Works for me!) Does it include this kind of stuff? Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, it sure do! I've just used it for resizing and cropping pictures, but there are all kinds of neat effects you can apply, including borders, artistic effects, etc. So why the heck haven't I played with this before?! I'll mess around with it some more, but I was very pleased with my water color effect on a picture I took of a windflower. Here are before and after shots, and you know, you could print out some really neat shots like this on high quality paper, and end up with something quite nice. Perhaps even frame-able.
Kinda cool, huh? I wish I could paint like that, but I can't, so I'll just digitally enhance photos and pretend. I really do like the muted effect of this, the way it sort of pops out of the background. I might have to put a digital frame around it...good grief, something else to occupy my time!