Retirement has afforded me the time to enjoy daily exercise, to pursue my hobby of photography and to continue learning about both photography and photo editing.

Towards the end of yesterday morning’s power walk, I noticed this group of three pine cones on the ground. The sunlight seemed to be hitting them just right and they were laying there naturally, in a perfect odd number grouping.

I stopped to take a quick photo and then finished my walk at an overall good average pace that was in my goal range.

The problem with quick photo stops is that I usually don’t take the time to set up the shot. If I’d have been out for a leisurely stroll for the sole purpose of getting some photos, I’d have noticed and taken the time to remove the distracting pieces of grass (in the original photo on the left).

Enter photo editing tools. Touch Retouch is one of my favourite editing apps. Sometimes it takes a fair amount of time to correct a problem in a photo. At other times, like this one, it’s only a couple of quick edits and the distracting pieces of grass are gone.

“The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It’s like going to get all the ingredients together, and you’ve got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake – or not.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman