Saturday, February 18, 2012
One of my new books on photography suggested taking pictures of the things that are right around you. This photo is a section of one of the walls in our living room. Here are some of the images I took. Maybe you can pick them out in the larger picture?
These books are in the bookcase, but I turned them on their side in Photoshop.
These bottles are near a doll sitting on a rocking chair.
This one should be pretty easy to pick out!
This is a close-up detail from Serenity, the mixed media piece hanging over the fireplace.
This image is a part of the mountains in Serenity. That's cheesecloth that I glued onto the canvas. I love cheesecloth...
Lastly, a close-up of the cork in the base of the lamp on the left.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Full moon was a couple nights ago. It was cloudy that evening, but the next morning was clear and I thought I'd go to the beach to take shots of the setting moon. When I reached the beach, I could tell that the moon was going to set on land, rather than in the water. I drove back to the high rise bridge, parked at a restaurant, and walked onto the bridge to take my photos.
The 50 or so shots I took all looked pretty much like this one - lousy! So, once more, Photoshop into the breach....
The auto levels feature gave an interesting blue picture.
For this image, I used the "cutout" filter. It does give the look of paper cutouts assembled in a collage.
I may have used "soft light" on this one. Then I used the filter called "lens flare" and centered the flare over the moon. A bit on the dreamy side....
For this last image, I went to Hue/Saturation and altered the hue to get this purple effect.
By the way, I looked up the definition for "into the breach": to do work that someone else is not able or not willing to do. I think that does a good job of summing up the relationship between my photographic efforts, and the help I get from Photoshop!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I'm not sure which filter(s) I used for this image, but my best guess is "Dry Brush," found under "Artistic." Yes, really, I know I should write these things down....
This was a Texture filter called "Craquelure." Please click on the images if you want to see them enlarged.
With this image, I was working with three layers, and was experimenting with "Soft Light."
This isn't exactly the original photograph, but it seems to be the closest of those I have left! The first image at the top is my favorite from the day's work.