A dangerously time consuming hobby – Picnik


Favorite picture
Favorite picture

Random Observation/Comment #187: There will always be new hobbies that distract me from my careers, but the most important thing to remember is to choose the ones that yield the most gain of personal satisfaction with respect to time.  Throughout this past year, I’ve found that time, not money or power (or lack thereof), was the true value of my life.  Sometimes it slows down to a crawl in the most unbearable awkward silences, and other times it just breezes by no matter how much I beg for just one more minute.  As of late, I’ve been trying to control it by maintaining efficiency.  I keep considering productivity and reevaluating my world to reflect a concentrated powdery mixture of happiness.  It’s so happy that no matter how much I stir it; there will be chunks of sugary deposits at the bottom of my glass.

I love photography because of a simple fact: tens of thousands of people can take a picture of a place or a thing, and yet there will always be something in the weather, the environment, or the angle that exude a different emotion or message.  The colors, exposure, and filters all give that infinite degree of freedom to capture someone’s appreciation.  This being said, Picnik [www.picnik.com] adds the extra layer, and therefore a large dimension of possibilities, for emphasizing your unique points of view in your artwork.  It’s not a full-on Photoshop program (like Aviary, which is also free), but it allows for enough simple filters and edits that keep things simple.

Picnik just happens to be one of those applications that doesn’t take a long time, but gives this overall feeling of accomplishment.  I could spend 10 minutes on altering 1 photo (out of 26,000) that I’ve taken and see it in a new perspective.  It’s within this short amount of time that gives me this overall feeling of success.  I guess it’s the same thing with taking a picture – that one moment also becomes frozen in your mind with the rest of the emotions.  It becomes that connection to my past that bundles all those good feelings into that one image.

Although one picture may take 10 minutes, it’s difficult to stop feeding this accomplishing feeling – especially in the beginning of this journey.  It’s another addiction that can be a huge time-waster, but in moderation, it could be that creative release you’ve been searching for.  For me, it replaces ambigrams and has been added to my long list of fun times.

~See Lemons Creative

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