Ipswich Quay – Sunrise

Behind the camera is me – walking along Ipswich Quay at sunrise – as you do.

Ipswich Quay

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Leave Nothing as Nothing

Sometimes I genuinely have nothing to say. Well, actually, I have loads of things to say, but I know that they’re just the thoughts that enter my head, sidle across the stage and leave. They are my own internal news feed (shoulders ache from too many push-ups, taking the day off to write, almost finished The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, I want to continue a drawing I started last week, a project I have at work is going well, I need to clean the filter in the washing machine, I ate a pear this morning et cetera). As you can see there’s nothing there that I need to bother you with.

So I thought I’d show you this photograph I took last week in Oxford instead:

Oxford Sunset

Manipulating Images using GIMP

Today I learnt a new thing. I learnt how to make a Sun sandwich with GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

Here’s what I did.

I found myself an image of Earth from space, opened it in GIMP, selected the earth, duplicated the layer, removed the earth from one layer, switched to the other layer, reversed the selection and removed the space from that layer.

I made the mistake of taking the extra step of adding an Alpha Channel to the first layer, not realising that this would automatically be created as soon as I added a second layer. Still, we live and learn.

Then I found myself a Portable Network Graphic (png) of the sun with an Alpha Channel around it (to create the transparency) and inserted this as a third layer in my original image. I offset the sun from the earth and switched around the layers until the sun was peeking out from behind the sun. In effect, I made a Sun sandwich.

You can see the image on my previous post: Night-time is a Solar Eclipse. I think it came out rather well considering it was my first attempt at something like this. It took me a couple of hours, but I guess I could do it again in about ten minutes.

I wonder what else I can do with GIMP.