Last Friday, many of you saw that my weekly Facebook self portrait included Jake with a nasty bruise. And many of you immediately guessed that it was rugby related - you clever readers, you! But, would you have guessed that it happened at the beginning of the game and that he played the remaining 70 minutes with that eye? The man is an animal!
Maren and I were there for the game - the first one of the season for The Saints! - and saw the infamous tackle. I watched him get up from the pile of rugby players, wiping his face and blinking his eye, but he quickly ran back into the action so I assumed he was fine. The team stayed on the field for half-time, so I didn't see him until the end of the game. And when I did, my jaw dropped and I was pretty sure that he had broken half his face! How could his face be that purple, that swollen without a broken something, somewhere? He looked like Quasimodo! But, he's a doctor and assured me with comments about no "facial instability" and no "visual disturbances" and no "pain on vibration" - you know, fancy mumbo jumbo that makes you feel safe in a crappy situation.
So, here's a look back at the week. A photo a day to show the evolution of this big, bad bruise. It began puffy and light purple - a shadowy bruise that ran down from his eye along his cheek.
But by the next day, the swelling had pulled itself up into a tight ball underneath his eye and the colors deepened.
The swelling formed a soft ring around his entire eye on Saturday, forcing it almost shut and making it difficult to see. So, I took him on a 4 mile walk to the next village for a Panto. Not my best idea...
On the third day, his eye was bloodshot, it began to tear involuntarily and the swelling caused his eye to shut for part of the afternoon.
Day four, the swelling finally began to decrease and yellow appeared in the bruise color scheme.
Now, the swelling is almost gone and a lovely shade of green is beginning to emerge. Just in time for today's rugby game! Speaking of green, doesn't Jake have the best eyes? One is greenish and one is blueish - how cool. Ah, he is so handsome. And so tired of being photographed...
Do you like the frames and tapes I used in this post? A few weeks ago, I found the frames on The Coffeeshop Blog and the fabric tapes on Pugly Pixel and have been waiting for a chance to use them. Kris introduced me to the "digital darkroom" only a few months ago, so I'm still new to photo editing and all the things you can do (like adding frames and tapes). I tend to edit photos very little - just my watermark, some sharpening at times and changing from color to black and white using the Creamy Chocolate action from The CoffeeShop Blog - so the very basic editing software Photoshop Elements was perfect for me. You can do so much with it - more than I have time to learn, in fact. Do you have tips or websites that you love to use for photo editing? Feel free to share - I love finding new resources! If you've never seen anything like the frames or tapes or if you've never heard of "actions" or photo editing, head on over to The Coffeeshop Blog, Pugly Pixel or Fuzzimo to have a look around. I think it's amazing that these people share their talent with all of us for free - so generous, isn't it? If you stop by their site, leave them a comment to let them know you like their work and appreciate the freebies!
Now, wish Jake an injury free game and come back to the blog tomorrow for the next installment of my photo a week project! See you then...
PS: I'll now be posting my 'self portraits' (like the first one in this post) on this site as well as FB. I stumbled upon this project, called Embrace the Camera, and decided to participate since it captures exactly the reason I chose to start getting in front of the camera each week. Go check it out - and join up!