and this is the sort of thing I like to do with the photos I take. http://www.pbase.com/ramseyd/image/41111938 (images not showing up -- I guess I'm doing something wrong... ) Not a huge fan of plug-ins per se, except Buzz Simplify and do most of my modifications with art history brushes and actions that very talented, caring people have shared freely. Another of my favorites is http://www.pbase.com/ramseyd/image/27716234. Just about anything is fair game in my view finder except people unless it's very small children who don't know what a camera is yet. http://www.pbase.com/ramseyd/image/34502164 As I'm a kayak enthusiast and live virtually on the water, I get to slip into places that ordinary boats can't go -- this sailboat is gone now but it was abandoned and in that location for nearly a year. Equipment I use is an old Canon G2 while out on the water or a Canon 10D DSLR. Your critique or suggestions for improvement are more than welcome.