Surfing Dog

My dogs are cute but seem to lacking any sort of talent unless you count
sleeping on the couch. Be sure to check out the YouTube video.


Too Much Eating Out, Time for the Gym


Photographs by Robert Lachman ? 2010




I ate out way too much this week. It’s time 4 the gym. Have a great weekend. -RL

(top) Philippe The Original established in 1908 – downtown Los Angeles, CA and (bottom) Crab Cooker started 1951 – Newport Beach, CA

And yes, if you noticed a hint of HDR and FocalPoint in the process, you would be correct.



They Say It’s Your Birthday

birthdaytwowebIt’s hard to believe but it’s my birthday today. Those birthdays seems to turn the corner faster and faster every year. I picked out the Kodak Zi8 HD Movie Camera for a present. It was the best choice because of the microphone input jack included, which gives it much higher audio quality if needed. The photo, above left, is the ice cream cake I picked out for tonight and, below, is a photo of me from over 50 years ago. Did I say that, “50 years ago?” It just doesn’t seem possible. -RL

Need to Get in the Holiday Spirit

There’s nothing like a little Christmas music and a fuzzy cat to get you in the holiday spirit.

This YouTube video has over 30,000 views. None of my videos get that many. Maybe I need a cat.

Snap Art 2 Software Review


By Robert Lachman
Snap Art 2 by Alien Skin software is a Photoshop plug-in which changes your photographs into art work. If you need to turn a beautiful landscape image into an oil painting or a senior portrait into a water color it?s a perfect fit.

snapart2I tried it out with Adobe Photoshop 4, but it will work with Photoshop CS3, Element 4.0 or later for Mac and Photoshop Elements or later for Windows.

According to the developer, “Snap Art 2 expertly applies thousands of brush strokes. You simply show where you want more detail. This improved level of control makes it easy to render stunning portraits.”

The software is very easy to use. It’s simple: just open up your photo in Photoshop, click on the filter menu, roll down to Snap Art 2, and pick out the expressive style you’re looking for which include: color pencil, comics, impasto, pastel, pen and ink, pencil sketch, pointillism, stylize, and watercolor.

First, I clicked on color pen, it added some white snow to my photograph. It’s really a different looking effect. It looks like it’s snowing in the photograph, but it?s artistic. Next, I tried medium pencil, low saturation.

Since I have no idea from the title and there are no examples. I found there was a lot of clicking and trying stuff out. If you have time to experiment, it’s great but if you’re in a hurry it may be a problem.

snapart3Next on the my list was Comic. It made an interesting effect with large dots. This isn’t something I would probably have a specific use for, but maybe if you’re a graphic designer, it would be a cool way to jazz up your work and give it an imaginative style.

Pen and ink was next on my list. This turned the photograph into a black-and-white drawing look. Next up was Oil Paint and this really transformed my photo into a painting. I’m truly an artist now.

?To turn your photo into a beautiful work of art with a single click,? like the Alien skin software sites says, it will cost you $199. You can download a fully functional demo for 30-day tryout from their website.

Alien Skin?s Snap Art 2 does deliver artistic looking photos. Again, like I usually say about a lot of plug-ins, it seems a little pricey, but then, it?s a lot of work for the developer.

Steve Lopez & Nathaniel Ayers

Check out the video from the 60 Minutes segment on homeless street musician Nathaniel Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez. It?s based on stories Lopez wrote, and from his book, ?The Soloist,? which will be released as a movie in April. There?s a 15-second ad in front of this very touching and interesting story, but it?s worth the wait.

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Check here to read the stories about Mr. Ayers
by Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times.