On blogging: Day 8 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Day 8, wasn’t going to do a report but got a new high visitor so couldn’t resist. Not doing anything strategywise though, taking a break.  Just doing prompts and challenges.

New High visitors plus I hit 20 followers! WP Likes matches yesterday New High, and the 76 comes in second to yesterday’s New High.  Google Analytics showed 8 referrals from pinterest (GA new pinterest high), wordpress shows 0 for pinterest. And wordpress stats showed 15 people coming over from WordPress Reader — YAY!
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Digital Imaging: color to black and white

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There are a number of different ways of making a color into a black and white picture in Photoshop CC.  This one uses calculations and blend modes. If you’re used to using blend modes on layers, you will love this.

I am planning to enter Cee’s black and white challenge and this time it is hallways so I asked Midnight to model for me.  He reluctantly agreed. This won’t win any awards but I think Midnight is an awesome cat so I don’t mind.

Now the fastest way to make a photo black and white is to change the mode to grayscale (Top menu: Image: Mode: Grayscale).  You have no control and you get whatever you get.  In Midnight’s case, I got this:

Actually I’m ok with that picture as it has a nice range but I like to see if I can do better.  What I like to do is go to Channels and look through them one by one to see if anything grabs my eye.

So first the Red Channel.  On the Channel palette, I keep the Red Channel eye on but turn off all the others and got this.

On the red channel, the floor comes out a lot lighter.  It also seems to bring out more texture in Midnight’s fur.  If you’re happy with this, you can delete the other channels (green and blue) and then go to Menu: Image: Mode and change to Grayscale.

However, let’s check out what happens on the other channels. Next up is the green channel. The green channel looks a lot like the default picture when you go to Image: Mode: Grayscale without doing anything at all.

Now the blue channel. The floor is a lot darker on the blue channel.  It brings out the texture more in the flooring but because Midnight is black, the darkness blends in more with him.

So what does this information tell me? I like Red because there is good contrast between the floor and Midnight but it feels a little blown out to me.  So what I want is something between the Red and the Green channels.  I reject Blue entirely because in this case it is too dark.

So now we are going to Calculations.  Go to the Menu: Image: Calculations.  What Calculations does is let you layer channels on top of each other and use the blend mode between them.

I want my main layer to be the Red channel. It is closest to what I have in mind. Just like you would do with layers and blend modes, you want the man layer to be beneath. My bottom layer is Red so I set that as the channel in Src 2 as that is the basis of my image.

My top layer is Green so that’s the layer in Src 1. This is the layer I am going to use to darken my image just a little.

If you use blend modes, you already know you can use “Multiply” to have an upper layer darken a lower layer.  So under “Blending”, select “Multiply”  Now the Opacity in the Blend Mode is like setting the opacity of the top layer.  This is just like using layers except you’re doing it with two channels.  If you set the Opacity at 0%, you will see the bottom layer–in this case the Red Channel.

I am darkening the red channel a little so I am moving the Opacity to 30%.  It darkens the floors a little but not quite up to the level of the Green by itself.

Once I click ok, it creates a new channel called alpha.  I trash the other channels. When you delete the first channel, it will ask you “flatten layers”. I say ok. Then I continue deleting the other two channels.

Once that’s done, I go to the Menu: Image: Mode: Grayscale. It changes the image to a grayscale image and the channel will now read Gray.

You’re done.

Experiment around with the blend mode.  I usually use “multiply” to darken and “softlight” or “overlay” to lighten but you may have your own favorites.  In this case, I ended up with this. Not as contrasty as if I’d just gone with the red channel but a better contrast I feel than if I had gone straight to the grayscale mode.

(Yeah, I’m going to take out the highlight on the stepstool in the kithcne behind him but that’s not part of this tutorial, lol.)

Most of the time I find one of  the channels is a great black and white photo.  When I want to finetune, Calculations with it’s blend modes gets me there.

 

 

 

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On blogging: Day 7 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Day 7, we are continuing the challenge of doubling the popularity of spinoff Cactus Haiku in one month. First the chart at the top and then whatever strategies I am trying out.

New Highs!  New High Cactus Haiku Pageview, visitors and wp likes this Friday since I spunoff Cactus Haiku on September 13th! The previous high on October 9th of 54 is replaced by 77, up 42.5%. Google Analytics showed 7 referrals from pinterest, wordpress shows 0 for pinterest. For GA, 7 is a new high for pinterest referrals. Continue reading On blogging: Day 7 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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On Blogging: Tucson Writer’s Thursday Blogging Meet: Pushing Rope, a better menu, deleting pages and posts

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We meet Thursdays at the Murphy-Wilmot Library.  One person showed up today.  Since last time vjs came she signed up for WordPress and started a new blog, Pushing Rope, we just went from there. She was thrilled that she already had her first like on her nightshade post but couldn’t figure out how they even found her. Continue reading On Blogging: Tucson Writer’s Thursday Blogging Meet: Pushing Rope, a better menu, deleting pages and posts

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On blogging: Day 6 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Day 6, we are continuing the challenge of doubling the popularity of spinoff Cactus Haiku in one month. First the chart at the top and then whatever strategies I am trying out.

This Thursday pageviews, visitors, and likes is higher than last 4 Thursdays. My “other likes” were higher on September 14 but that was an unsual high.  I usually only get 1-3 as most my likes come from WordPress bloggers. WordPress stats people coming over from Facebook and WordPress is up. One was the highest before; today was 5.  Google Analytics show 6 people coming over from Pinterest and WordPress shows 0.  I’ll go with GA on that one.
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On blogging: Day 5 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Day 5, we are continuing the challenge of doubling the popularity of spinoff Cactus Haiku in one month. First the chart at the top and then whatever strategies I am trying out.

This Wednesday no spike.  Actually same as last week in pageviews.  More visitors though and likes were double any of the previous Wednesdays. 

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On blogging: Day 4 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Day 4, we are continuing the challenge of doubling the popularity of spinoff Cactus Haiku in one month. First the chart at the top and then whatever strategies I am trying out.

This Tuesday has higher pageviews, visitors and referrers than previous Tuesdays; gained two more followers and is still getting 10 likes.
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On blogging: Day 3 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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So I’m going to flip things around from now on and put the chart at the top and then whatever strategies I am trying out.

Woohoo! I got a new high pageviews today for Cactus Haiku. And I’m already half way to the goal of 108 pageview in one day.
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Tucson and California nurses volunteer in Puerto Rico, report on FB

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While Trump whines, plays the blame game and tweets to anyone who will listen his version of the story of his inability to get anything done, other people have been quietly stepping in. Food and water arrive but don’t get released.  FEMA has helped a lot of disasters quickly but in the case of Puerto Rico, they have fallen down on the job. Meantime the RN Response Network and unions get volunteers down there to help.

Eureka, Calif, nurse

Litten's donation drive for Puerto Rico relief workA Eureka, Calif. emergency nurse, Randee Litten, volunteers as part of the RN Response Network, going down to Puerto Rico.  Knowing food and supplies are needed, she set up a donation drive for folks to give money that can’t go but want to help.  Everyday she reports on facebook the things she sees, what her team spends the money on and what they have done.

Yesterday, she reported, when FEMA finally released the bottled water, the Teamsters and some of Litten’s team members went to pick up 7 truckloads of Continue reading Tucson and California nurses volunteer in Puerto Rico, report on FB

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On blogging: Day 2 Challenge increase popularity for spinoff Cactus Haiku

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Followers:

So a quick recap.  September 13, 2017, I spun off Cactus Haiku.  My first two followers followed me on September 14th and 15th but I didn’t get another one until I started this challenge. Gaining 4 on October 8th, I am now up to 9.

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