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Feeling Accomplished.

I'm starting to learn a few things about myself.

1) I like being busy.
2) I work better under pressure from myself than pressure from others.

Lately, I've been picking up more work, most volunteer, but there has been some paying work here and there, and that's been nice. But with work being pretty sparse over the past few months, I've found myself getting pretty lethargic. But, when it does get busier, I seem to get a real boost out of the pressure of self imposed deadlines.

It's a nice feeling, to have a job, and to finish it in a timely fashion - and to be pleased by the result.

For instance, I've been helping out some friends of our family who are dealing with a devastating illness, as they have been developing and putting together a tribute slideshow for the man fighting said illness. Mostly I've been working on the audio side of things, but I was given the opportunity to flex my Photoshop skills this past weekend, and, I'm so proud of the results, I had to share them.

When your dealing with someone whose life has spanned decades, you no doubt come across photos that have seen better days. So, when asked if repair is possible without finding negatives and getting prints, I stepped right in, and was able to do some pretty easy, as well as some pretty difficult repairs to damaged prints.

All I have to say is, Thank God for the Clone Stamp Tool. And for Jim Downer's Photoshop class at MCC. It was an amazing asset for this task.

On the left of these photos are the pictures before, on the right, the after. (click to enlarge)

Now, obviously the second photo was a much more difficult task, and I'll admit, there's some mottling in areas of the photo that were unavoidable. HOWEVER - I'm still very proud of my work here. It feels nice to get something that, just 24 hours ago seemed daunting, finished.

In other news, I finished my first website design gig. And by finished, I mean, I finally got the site uploaded and live.

Click here to check it out. I admit, I used a template, but I did some tweaking to it (adding live buttons for audio was something new for me, and I was glad it worked), and I didn't do it for profit. I'm just hoping that there are some young drum students looking for a teacher in the Rochester Area. Bobby is a phenomenal percussionist, and a great teacher.

My biggest hurdle, past the design aspect, was figuring out what to upload and how. But I'm taking every job as a learning experience, and with this (and other projects) I've learned a lot. And I'm sure there's more to learn as time goes on. I have to remain open to that....

I've got a few other things in the hopper too, and I'm hoping to get more work as time progresses. We'll see where it takes me though. Regardless - I LOVE WORKING. I just need more work. :)


Kneon Transitt said…
Once you get "in the mode" the work just flows. When I do graphics work I just pop in some earbuds and the next thing you know, 6 or 8 hours have passed.

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