25 May 2009

Spiders Translated

Sorry - I thought I should have translated it, but didn't in the end. Spiders are fizzy drinks with ice-cream. Maybe you call them "ice-cream sodas" or as Tracy suggested, perhaps some sort of "float"? Sarsaparilla is our favourite, and that's what they're having here.

The colour effect is really simple - it's the "Focal B&W" effect in Picasa. Sometimes for a richer effect I put a little saturation in the colours first, then with Focal B&W I can pick the coloured focal point, and Picasa fades the surrounding bits to B&W.

I also love this effect - I tint the whole picture in Sepia first, then use the focal B&W so that the focal point is sepia, with B&W around the edges:

I also am using Picasa to do my photo collages these days - much quicker than uploading them into the Mosaic Maker in Flikr.

Thanks for all your kind comments. I'd love to sit around having sarsaparilla spiders with you all!


Swift Jan said...

it is a very cool effect!! Must annoy Swift Jim to get Picasa!

Hairline Fracture said...

Lovely picture!

I wouldn't have known what "spiders" were either. I wonder how the drinks got that name.

Jen said...

Your kids are just darling. I love Picasa!

Schmoochiepoo said...

Fabulous photo!

I just got Picasa and now have to try that!

We call Spiders 'floats' but my kid might actually try them if we called it a Spider. Hmmm....

CynthiaK said...

Yep, we call them floats here, too. Rootbeer is our fave but it's been eons since we've had any!

Now why would they be called spiders? Where did that come from?

Wonderful photo. That's one cute fam you've got there.

Sassy Britches said...

Okay, is it creepy that I think your little ones' lips are adorable? They're all little-child poofy and shiny, and it's too cute!

Hippomanic Jen said...

Spiders are a favourite for me, and red 'screaming soda' is the best, if it is Kirks. If not, I'm with you on Sars.