I found myself walking through the neighborhood of Jacksonville, OR again this past weekend. It’s a nice little touristy, historical town. Lots of old buildings, wineries, art, etc. Its small, so the people are unusually friendly, and actually know each other.
I walked through the neighborhood, from my friend’s place to the main strip, and all of the houses looked perfect. I got the strangest feeling, though. There were hardly any cars on the street, and no people, even in the late afternoon. I kind of felt like I was on a movie set. I wanted to take photos of a lot of the houses, to try and capture the strange vibe. Next time…
This was edited with Snapseed, then Artista Impresso. I also took a version of the snapseed edit and edited with TangledFX. Then I took the 2 painterly versions into ImageBlender, where I masked in the TangledFX style on the tree, grass, and parts of the house. Finally, I took the merged image into iColorama, where I used some dry brushes on the tree and sky, then a flower brush on other parts of the image.
I don’t normally edit like this, but I was allowing myself to play and have some fun. I need to have some play time, after all the other work I’ve had to make a priority lately. Don’t ever let anyone tell you being a photographer is only about taking and editing photos.
I’ve got a little bit of a backlog of images, after being on the road for the holidays. In case you missed it, I was interviewed on Christmas Eve, by Geri over at Art of Mob.
I had plans to do a few posts to get some interaction going with you guys, and hopefully provide a spark to help us all reflect on 2014, and set some photography for 2015, but the first post didn’t get much interaction. Maybe now that the holidays are officially over, we can try again soon. We’ll see.
Now, about this image. I snuck out to the living room to get a shot of the calm before the storm on Christmas. I had to use my iPro super wide angle lens to even capture all the gifts with the tree. I decided to go with a painterly edit, so I used TangledFX. Then I took the TangledFX version and combined it with the original image in ImageBlender, to let the xmas lights shine through the painterly effect. I liked it much better than the swirls of color they’d become.
I believe I shot this last summer, with my iPro macro lens. I haven’t been able to use those lenses for a while, because part of the case went missing. Lucky for me, they were kind enough to offer to send me a new case, so I’ll be able to get back into macro photography with my iPhone soon.
If you can’t figure out what this is a photo of, it’s a succulent. I decided TangledFX was the way to go with this edit, after seeing a wonderful image that Geri Centonze created on Art of Mob. I didn’t copy her workflow, in which she uses TangledFX twice, and then combines those two versions using Diana. I do like that idea, so I’ll have to play with it sometime. Instead, I started with one of my custom presets, and then fine tuned it, until I liked the result.
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.
I’ve recently talked with Cora Edwards (keep an eye out for a feature and interview soon) and Petyr Campos about creating video tutorials, so I finally thought I’d try a random video of me editing. I probably should have started doing this much sooner, but better late than never. This is my first time recording my screen as I edit. I only wish there was an icon to show when and where I tap on the screen. Oh well.
This is an image of the top of a headstone in the SF National Cemetery. There must have been an eagle on top at some point, but all that remains are the claws.
Since I didn’t add audio, I’ll let you know my thought process as I was going along. I started out doing basic adjustments to make a subtle change in the image. I wanted to see more detail pulled out, so I used the drama filter, but at a very low level. Next, I used center focus to brighten the center just a bit. I wanted more detail, so I used SimplyHDR for that. For this image, I really didn’t need much strength, otherwise it would have been overprocessed.
Next, I wanted to try a painterly app. I thought about which one to try first, and I ended up going with trusty TangledFX. I checked out how my custom settings looked on the image, and went with one of them. Then, I thought I’d try to reduce the effect, using ImageBlender. I loaded the TangledFX version and the SimplyHDR edit, then played with the slider until I was satisfied. I liked it, but thought the image could use some more contrast to make it pop. And there you have it.
What do you think about the video? Should I do some more? I hope you don’t mind me just jumping right in with no direction in mind haha. Not everyone has a clear idea of what they want to create all of the time 🙂
A couple weekends ago, I took my dad to the Pismo Beach car show. It’s been a tradition for us since the family moved to the central coast. I didn’t think I was going to make it this year, since I no longer live down there, but it happened to be going on the weekend I was visiting.
If you’ve never been, Pismo is flooded with a lot of cars and people. They shut down a few parking lots, and streets, just so theres room for all the cars. This year, there weren’t as many cars as in previous years, and the quality of them seemed to have slipped. There were still some beauties. I always like seeing the Bel Air’s and the VW buses.
I couldn’t decide which edit I liked better for this Bel Air. The first one was with TangledFX, and it is very bright and shiny, which is what the conditions were. The second edit is done with Mextures. Its got a darker, and kind of depressing vibe to it. The car looks like its being dismantled or something haha.
These old guys like to stand by their cars and watch people stare at it all day. I imagine its like showing off your first born.
Insert your favorite quote from back to the future here.
You might need to click this one to view it larger, so you can appreciate the edit. I used tangledFX, but didn’t like the effect on the whole image, so I used imageblender to mask the effect only on the yellow flower. Before I did all that, I used snapseed for minor edits and a little tilt shift, to keep the focus on the foreground.
Don’t forget, the deadline to enter the Selfy giveaway is tomorrow. If you already entered, and you want an extra entry, you still have time to make a multiple exposure self portrait, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or share the link in the comments. I’ll share the submissions when I announce the winners, on Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend!