I’ve been going through the archives, looking for more images that I think would work well with a painterly edit. This one seemed perfect. I’ve found the key to a good painterly image is a strong composition and vibrant colors.
It doesn’t even matter if the image is completely in focus. This one below of a cute chipmunk was one where the focus missed. I’d have never shared the original, but the painterly route saved it. I still liked the image because of the colors and composition, so I used an adjustment brush in lightroom to try and add sharpness, contrast, and clarity on the little guy, before using Topaz Impressions. Then I used ColorEfex Pro 4 to add a little something extra.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but there are a lot of new followers to this blog, so I’ll say it again. You can salvage your out of focus, slightly blurry, iphone photos with a painterly app. Nobody will ever know you messed up, and they’ll think you’re just being creative haha.
(Just to avoid any confusion, the photos in this post were taken with my Nikon D7000.)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with good light.
I went out exploring Oregon with a friend this weekend. We visited waterfalls a bunch of waterfalls one day and the coast the next. Though the city I live in isn’t great, its in a good location. I can do day trips to a lot of awesome spots.
I spent time exploring Boardman again, on the coast. That’s twice I’ve been in the last few weeks, and theres still more that needs to be explored. This time, I found a couple of waterfalls falling into the ocean. I don’t recall ever seeing photos of them online, so I was a little excited about that. I just wish I had more exciting light to work with.
While we were enjoying the moody fog at Whaleshead, we found a little crab. I decided to get some iPhone macro shots with my iPro macro lens. It wasn’t easy, since I had to be extremely close to the little guy. It kept scrambling away, until we finally set down a rock and a piece of driftwood to give it a bit of shelter.
I have some exciting news to share. I’m going to be helping Meri Walker teach iPhoneography to a class of 6th graders, starting this month. I think its pretty cool that this is being considered art in a public school. When I first started playing with my iPhone, I sure never thought I would be teaching iPhoneography in a school setting one day. It should be a lot of fun teaching the kids how to create art on their mobile devices, over 6 weeks time. I’m sure I’ll be sharing that experience on here, in the coming weeks.
About today’s image…
I dusted off my iPro macro lens this weekend, and stalked ants in the kitchen. I know this isn’t normal behavior, but I didn’t have anything better to do that day.
I wanted to see how much detail I could capture of an ant, and I wanted to see how big I could make them in a reasonably sized image. I ended up cropping in pretty tight on the image, but thats fine, since I had no intention of printing this.
I edited with Snapseed, and then used Circular+ to create a mirrored image.
Now, there is a real ant crawling on the screen of my iMac, right over this macro image. How confused must that guy be?
I still haven’t had much time for creativity or shooting. Last night while I was packing some stuff from the shelves, I noticed this crab shell looked interesting, because of the way the light was hitting it. I thought it looked like some kind of alien…or some creature to fuel your nightmares haha.
I move to Oregon this weekend. Then, I’ll have a few weeks to explore and shoot, before meeting up with Shannon on the east coast next month. It should be a fun fall, after a very long year.
It’s been two and a half weeks since I moved my grandmother to a memory care facility. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, btw. She’s doing just fine now, though. We didn’t tell her this was the move, but I think she’s figured it out.
I really thought I would have my freedom back, along with tons of time to create, once we went through with the move. Unfortunately, I’ve been pretty busy taking care of the house, planning a nearly 3 week trip to the east coast for October, getting ready to move to Oregon in a few weeks, and driving 200 miles for my niece and nephew’s birthdays…twice.
It may be a few more weeks before I have time to refocus on my creativity. In the meantime, I’m writing an essay on the impact having a creative outlet has on my life. Keep an eye out for a blog tour Shannon and I are hosting on this topic. We have a good number of talented people who are sharing their thoughts as well.
And now, a chicken portrait I did a few weeks back. I can’t believe I didn’t share it sooner, after going through all the trouble of editing this one. I used TangledFX, Mextures, and Snapseed for the edit.
This is Roxy. My friends in Oregon got chickens not long ago. Naturally, we had to play with them a bit, on my first day there. One of my friends grabbed Roxy and put her up on this post, which is 7 or 8 feet off the ground. It gave me a perspective that I liked, so I took a photo with my iPhone.
I remember saying she looked majestic, as I was taking the photo. They all laughed, until they saw the edited version. Then they saw what I saw and used words like “epic” to describe it haha.
Someone in Oregon told me this could be a postcard. I’m sure it could sell in the country, not so much in silicon valley. Anyways, I’ll give the file to my friend to use as his background/screensaver because he loves it and I’m sure he wants to show it off.
I edited the image with Snapseed, used a guest formula in Mextures, and used TouchRetouch to remove the wire because I found it distracting.
This is the original.
I’m out visiting my grandfather in Auburn, near Sacramento. We were playing some frisbee golf last night and as we were walking back, the sky cleared a bit, from the muggy state it had been in, and the clouds started to reflect pink, or salmon, light. Clouds can be great reflectors at times 🙂
This made for some beautifully soft light on everything around us. There were some awfully friendly Canadian geese…maybe the stereotype holds true for animals too. They were walking along with us, hoping for handouts no doubt, and a few ignored us while they did their own thing in the water.
I couldn’t decide which shot I liked better, so maybe you can help me out.
Shot with the default camera app and an iPro telephoto 2x lens. The first one was edited with Snapseed, touch retouch, and perfectly clear. The second is just Snapseed.