There is a 2nd house down the road that looks vacant. When I opened the screen door to look inside, there was a sign with some peeling wallpaper covering part of it. I wanted to see what it said, so I lifted the wallpaper up.
“Come on in, everything else has gone wrong”
And that summed up the vibe of this place. I walked right back out. What I did see in that room was chaos. There were old car batteries strewn about, and piles of garbage. I’d love to explore this place some more, but the musty smell and the unwelcoming vibe make me hesitant.
I find these abandoned properties in Maine to be super interesting. They’re like museums for the people that used to live there. You can try to piece together a picture of who they were, or are, by finding interesting things in each room.
If I find enough of these properties to shoot, I can definitely see myself putting together a story for Stellar. Btw, are any of you using Stellar? I haven’t really been on there since they featured a few of my stories around the new year.
Shot this with my iPhone. Edited in Snapseed, Mextures, and Stackables.
Here is another shot of the woods near the cemetery in Jacksonville. The grunge look is great for making it feel a little creepy and gritty.
I feel like I haven’t been blogging, or working on photos, much lately. I decided I needed to stop writing for iPhone Photography School, while I focus on all of my other projects. I might write for them again in the future, time permitting. Right now, I’m trying to finish up my first book (there are plans for more,) building a new site to replace this one (its going to look great,) and getting things in order for some New England workshops this fall, among other things.
So if things are slow around here, its because I’m trying to get the new site up ASAP. Web design is super frustrating, but I’m fighting my way through all the issues that arise.
I’m finishing up another article today for IPS. This one is focusing on using Snapseed’s tools creatively. It forced me to use some features that I rarely use, such as grunge. That led to me trying it on a few recent images, and I thought it worked well with this one.
I have a lot of respect for people that can use textures to enhance their images. A lot of times, using textures comes across as trying to cover up a mediocre image. Don’t forget, photography comes first!
There is a local guy in Ashland, named Lewis Anderson, who creates fantastic fine art photos, with textures. I’ve talked shop with him a few times, when I saw him at the Ashland Art Center, and I found out that he uses an insane amount of textures on his images. We’re talking like 20+ layers of textures. I hesitate to share a link to his work, because it is so much better in person.
Do you need more incentive to come to Ashland? Fine. Sometimes Sean Bagshaw’s work is up right next to Lewis’s. Oh, and across the room, you’ll find Deb Harder and David Lorenz Winston’s amazing images. So much talent in the Rogue Valley!
I need to go check out some more local art this weekend 🙂
Yesterday, I felt like trying my hand at a multiple exposure self portrait. They seem to be extremely popular right now. It was actually a fun and engaging process.
I extracted my face from an image with ps touch, blended it with a tree in imageblender, and did some more edits with snapseed.
Here is another version using Fragment. It’s very different, but I kind of like it.
Looks like I’m on a self portrait kick. I’m my toughest subject to photograph, so its probably best to rise to the challenge more often this year. Also, my dating profile needed a new pic to scare the ladies off haha.
This may look heavily edited, but it wasn’t hard to create. I used Superimpose to reposition, mask, and blend the tiger over my face. I really haven’t used the app much before, so it was a challenge figuring out the controls. Not the most intuitive user interface. Once I was happy with the blend, I took the image into Snapseed, applied a vintage and grunge filter, before finishing it off with a round tilt shift effect around the face.
Somehow, I ended up in Ashland this past weekend We didn’t plan on going there, but spontaneity took us there for a few days. It was great to feel at home again, even if just briefly.
I shot this out on the side of the road up to Grizzly Peak. It wasn’t possible to get up to the trailhead because of snow on the road. We didn’t have chains for the Prius and I don’t have much experience with driving on snowy roads. That didn’t stop us from making it up to Crater Lake though. I’ll post a pic from there tomorrow.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed.
Developers like to give away apps for free around holidays. It just came to my attention that Grungetastic is also free today. Its another app from JixiPix, who make a number of apps that I’m a fan of, including PhotoArtista Oil, SimplyHDR, and Dramatic BW. Given their track record, you can expect this to be a good grunge app.
After just 5 minutes of using it, I can tell its a solid app if you’re into the grunge style. It looks better than the grunge tool in Snapseed.
Here are a few examples from the developers.