My friend Iris was a big fan of How I Met Your Mother, and thought it would be fun to have her friend take photos of her with a yellow umbrella. They came out ok, but she asked me if there was anything I could do with them. I ended up just playing with the photo, instead of focusing on a HIMYM theme.
First, I cut her out of her photo, using Superimpose. Then, I created the background with Frax. I took Frax into iColorama and made it more painterly, by using some of the brushes in Artist and Edged. Next, I added Iris on top of the background in iColorama. Then, I played around with some subtle painterly effect to make her blend in better. Finally, I added a tiltshift effect in Snapseed, and a shadow in PS Touch.
This is what I created in Frax to use as the background.
This was shot on a summer day in San Francisco. Hard to believe, I know. I walked down Baker Beach, looking for a good spot to get a shot of the bridge, but it was socked in. Just before I got to the spot where I took this photo, there were a couple of gentleman laying out nude. I had a feeling I wouldn’t escape SF without seeing some sort of nudity.
Anyways, I finally got around to sharing this one, and it just so happens that I’ll be heading back to the city tomorrow. I’m finally going to spend the day with my aunt and my cousin, so they can show me around some cool spots for photos. We originally planned on going July 24th. I remember the date because thats the morning that my grandma fell. We’ve been through a lot together since then. I’m looking forward to hanging out under better circumstances.
Let’s hope the fog stays away this time so I can get some sweet photos.
I forget what I used to shoot this one. Either the default camera app or camera+. I used Snapseed to make some adjustments, including a tiltshift effect to give it some depth.
I went out on an adventure to the eastern part of the county a couple of days ago. I’ve never been out that way before, so I didn’t know what to expect. First, we drove to a wildflower hotspot in Santa Margarita where there was no trace of any wildflowers being there this year. I know the peak was a month or two ago, but I thought there might at least be a few flowers and some grass. Not this time. It was all brown. All I found was a couple of tiny flowers in a dry creek bed.
After that disappointing find, we headed to Soda Lake. Before we left, I googled the lake and saw some cool pictures. When we pulled up, we were greeted by a massive salt crust in the shape of a lake. It was cool, but not what I had envisioned. The white lake bed was so bright that the camera’s sensor couldn’t handle the dynamic range of the scene. The sky ended up being very dark.
We walked out on the dried up lake because we drove all that way. Some of it was powdery and some was crunchy. I felt like I was walking on the moon. If you stood still, you sank into the ground another inch or two. It was a funny feeling.
I got some cool shots with my Nikon too. Hopefully, I’ll find some time to share those soon. I was able to capture one of the white dust devils (twisters) out on the lake.
This image was shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. I included the before image below so you can see what I started with. I had to brighten it up and straighten the horizon. I chose to use the tilt shift filter on this one to bring the focus more to the dead bush in the foreground.
Heres a tilt shift from Oso Flaco Lake last night while I was watching the sunset. I thought the tilt shift would work because the ducks were providing an interesting foreground element. You have to click on this one to do it justice.
Camera+ to take the photo and Snapseed used for the edit and tilt shift. I cropped it quite a bit for a more pleasing composition.