Thursday, May 21, 2009

Comparison SOOC & LAB mode editing

NEWSFLASH: I got very good, although sparse, news today. My son says that now the Navy is NOT sending him to Afghanistan! I don't know anything other than this note, as in whether he is still an alternate, whether he has to train in Kuwait. But I foresee another night of tears, this time those of relief.

But this was a very sobering experience for me. The war in Afghanistan and Iraq stir up all kinds of feelings, including a sense of patriotism and support for our troops, (regardless of political positions), but it was so easy to have this "at a distance". It doesn't feel so abstract to me any more. The book I started to read, "Mom's Guide to Military Deployments" has some wonderful suggestions for real, tangible support.

I think I'm going to search out someone deployed in Afghanistan, who doesn't get much mail, to "adopt" with care packages. A small gesture, but this really should be more "real" for all of us is if this is where we sent the sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of Someone.

Are you sick of a) My London photos from February; and b) my singing the praises of LAB mode editing yet?

Well, here's another SOOC that I almost deleted:


And then I thought I'd do a little LAB mode editing, and liked how it turned out:

11 comments:

Sharon said...

Great news about your son.

I like the warmer, richer tones in the LAB one.

Margaret said...

I haven't posted on POTD for a few days, so I hadn't read about your son until today. What good news for you (and him)! I am in total support of our armed forces, but how incredibly hard it would be see one of my own children going to war.

I absolutely LOVE the LAB processing of that shot. Wow!!!

And as for what you asked about my son on his mission...yes it is hard having him be so young and so far away, but we are also so proud of him. I don't know what I would do without e-mail! He has been gone 8 months. He will be gone until September 2010. Yeah, we still have a ways to go, but I can hardly believe how quickly the 8 months since he left have gone by.

Okay...do I take a prize for leaving you the longest comment ever? :)

Stephanie said...

Thats great news about your son!

I love your LAB edit!

Jeanne said...

A great big WHEW about your son. I know this was so hard for you and I think your idea of supporting someone there is fantastic. Hugs.

I love the second LAB version of your photo. I think the term is it looks warmer? I dunno...I just like it better.

Jess said...

Oh wow, what relieving news! Coming from a military family myself (my dad and BIL) I know how scary the world is, especially nowadays! I'll keep your son in my prayers...

Reds said...

So happy you got some good news!! And love what you did with your photo of London!

Bobbi said...

That is so awesome about your son, makes me too happy. And I think that is a great idea to "adopt" a troop.

I could never get sick of pictures from London either, btw.

Nicki, said...

Angela, I am so happy for your good news. I completely agree that we too often approach this war as an abstract event. Unlike the Gulf War and especially the Vietnam War, we do not get daily clips of what is going on; but instead only what the media happens to be in the mood to promote/highlight (which I feel is more and more an agenda item for them rather than what is necessarily happening in the news). It is very generous and conscious of you to adopt a soldier. Many of our churches do that locally. (but still not enough).
BTW - never tired of your London and LAB posts - this one almost looks like the topaz action everyone was posting about recently. I like it!

shirley said...

What great news about your son. A big relief, I'm sure.
I really like the LAB mode - very saturated and looks more "old" like London is!

Beth said...

What a welcome relief about your son! I love the editing you did.

Maria said...

Please do post the results of your research for adopting a soldier in Afghanistan who doesn't get a lot of mail. I might want to join you. Love both shots. The first one has a misty, ethereal quality to it. This is how I envision Conan Doyle's London. The second one is so alive!