I went to on of the more hidden beaches around here recently. I’ve been here a few times before, but never remember seeing this stop sign in the surf. There’s a whole section of beach closed for some dang birds, the snowy plover. There were ropes and other trespassing signs, but this stop sign seemed out of place.
Shot with camera+. Edited with XnSketch.
I woke up before sunrise again today, but my warm bed won over going out for photos. Good thing too because its really foggy this morning.
I should have time to give Aquarella a proper review this week, so stay on the look out for that.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed.
Along Highway 1 heading north towards Big Sur, there are a few turnouts with signs for trails. They all look pretty nondescript. The Salmon Creek Trail actually has waterfalls just a short hike from where you park. I’d never been before and was pleasantly surprised.
No, the leaves weren’t actually red. I’ve seen other photographers change the leaves to this shade of red before, and love the effect. This was my first attempt at it, and it was quite easy with Color Efex Pro 4. The Indian Summer filter is so much simpler than trying to mess with adjustment layers, which I also tried.
There were quite a few steps in this edit, and it all began with a single RAW file turned into 5 different jpg’s and processed with Photomatix.
To see a much larger version of this, you can go to my facebook page and look at it in fullscreen. I think this is the first time ever that the fb version looks best.
Shot with my Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm lens 1 second exposure.
I’m posting from the campground in Big Sur thanks to their wifi . That’s the kind of roughing it I can handle.
I finally found one of these awesome mushrooms growing outside of an art gallery around here. The Mario theme song popped in my head when I saw it lol.
Shot with camera+ and edited with shockmypic.
It’s my 30th birthday today. That sounds weird to me. I never thought I’d live this long haha.
Isn’t this what we all picture ourselves doing during the summer? Flying a kite. Watching the sunset from the pier or the shore, with or without a camera.
I love the warm tones that the sunset provided on this day. I think this photo could easily be turned into a puzzle if I reduced the texture.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed and PhotoToaster.
A while back I downloaded an app called Textify.it because it was offered for free at the time. It looked similar to another app that looked cool, WordFoto. WordFoto is actually the only app to deny me a promo code. I don’t know if its really their fault though. They claimed to be out of them at the time and I never heard anything back. Their loss is Textify.it’s gain.
The original photo was shot here at the desk I’m currently using. Felicia has a fake flower here that looked interesting enough to be the subject of a snapshot. The real reason I was interested was because of the lines the blinds were creating on the wall.
The edited photo above is ok, but nothing special. It needed something to make it stand out. I browsed my 60 or so photo apps and saw Textify.it. I figured I’d see what I can do with this app I’ve only used a couple of times before.
I adjusted the font size, the character quantity, and even tried using different characters. The first one below was composed of RED. The one below that was a bullet point *+# and an accidental L, but it worked.
If you’re interested in Textify.it, its 0.99 in the app store.
My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize.
Before I get to this picture, I want to say something about the quote. I think some of my coolest photos are ones that I’ve visualized ahead of time. I know of other great photographers that do this as well, so there must be something to it. Before you go shoot your portraits, wedding, events, landscapes, or whatever, take some time to relax and visualize what the photos will look like before you get out there.
You should also get in the habit of seeing what your final product will look like when you’re out in the field, not what actually lies before you. I used to see things in high contrast black and white. These days I think I see more in HDR.
Now, about this image, yesterday I saw something with an interesting design on it, and instead of taking a regular picture of it, I thought I’d use Kaleidoscope camera. I boosted the contrast, saturation, and sharpened a bit. Done.
Yesterday I bought an app that was on sale and had a lot of good reviews called FX Photo Studio. After a few minutes exploring it, I felt like a sucker because its filled with 20MB of fluff. There are a lot of filters, but I found like 7 that I might actually use. There are hardly any adjustment sliders to edit your photos, so I wouldn’t call this an editor. I’m not impressed at all to be honest and I’d save your dollar if its still on sale for that price. If, however, you are a teenage girl, you might like this app because of all the cheesy butterfly or flower frames.
This image was created with the Symmetry Vertical filter. It basically copies the left half of the image and flips it to make a symmetrical image. There are 3 symmetry filters that might make for some interesting creations, but I don’t know if I’m going to keep this 20MB app on my phone just in case I want to use one of them once a month.