23 Dec 11. Since this is the last mailing prior to Christmas day, I wanted to do something in the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, but found I really didn't having anything appropriate to the season, and as we didn't get a tree this year I was in a bit of a quandary as to what I might share. Then the thought came to mind that a nice fountain display with red and green lights shining on it might just be the ticket. Only problem was that I was lacking that also. Then I remembered having taken a couple of shots of a small fountain display in front of the Space Needle earlier in the year, soooooo, we take the fountain image, dupe the layer, grab a bi-color digital filter (akin to what used to be placed in front of the lens at capture time) select red and green as the two (bi-) colors, and put the effect on the duped layer; adjust the angle to have it split vertically 50-50. Now it is a red half and green half, split down the middle image, and not exactly what one might find appealing. We now have to do a bit of reduction on the opacity to get the colors affecting the geyser part of the water looking correct, and then mask the layer to remove the colors from the pond portion of the water. With a little bit of work, and a fair amount of imagination, we have our red and green symbolic Christmas shot. Unfortunately, when I was taking the original I didn't have this final outcome in mind, so it wasn't shot for either a stop action or a totally silky smooth look, but somewhere in between, so the top of the water is something mid way and has a little bit of a strange appearance. Hope you enjoy, and to each of you, regardless of how you view the Christmas season, I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.