Category: photograph

Stretch As Far As You Can

This is another edit I did in iColorama. The beautiful dancer is from Pixabay. There are roses and trees in here that I shot. The purple flowers are from freepng.

I’m having a lot of fun in iColorama. My skills are building on themselves.

On Instagram, this piece has been my most popular piece so far.

But I have this nagging question. Is it my work or the work of this dancer that is touching people? I really believe it is mostly the latter. She is on her bare feet and on her toes in a perfect stance. Yes, I did good edit work. But without her, the piece would be lacking.

I am very critical of people on Instagram who get beautiful photos from Unsplash and put them together in an edit and then somehow think they have done something marvelous. When in fact, it is the photography that is carrying the edit.

It is a tight line we walk when we use other people’s work in our edits.

I’m not entirely comfortable with this. I’m new to doing this and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing this.

I’m going to have to think this over.

Due to health constraints, I don’t get out much to photograph. So I’m stuck using copyright free photos by others.

Anyway, this edit is about stretching yourself as far as you can. Because you never know what you’ll find when you do.

If you look close, you’ll see our dancer has found a beautiful bird that is bringing her happiness and a smile!

Have a great day!

Kino Glitch A New App

This last week a new app was released for iPhone and iPad. It’s called Kino Glitch. $1.99 at the App Store.

For those of you unfamiliar with Glitch apps, they’re meant to pretty much destroy your photo or drawing.

But this app is different. You have quite a bit of control over it. It’s different from any Glitch app I’ve ever used.

You choose the type of grid you want. Then you can adjust the size of the grid and how much Glitch effect comes through the grid. I chose none for this.

Then you can add a background and overlay.

You can also take your fingers and start moving the piece around. This is proving to be great fun.

The developer seems responsive to problems.

For anyone interested, I own a page on Instagram that features all kinds of photography, edits and art. If you would like to be featured, just tag to #BPA_Arts.

Enjoy your day!

Roses

This is an image that was done on my iPad using a great app called iColorama. It is also available for the iPhone. It is difficult to fully explain this app. It works in layers but I think only two at a time. I’m currently taking a class to better understand it. It has tons of effects that you can’t even begin to wrap your head around. Then it has brushes. It’s possibilities are unlimited. But in many ways it is not, to me intuitive. At least not coming from Painter, Photoshop and Lightroom, Plus there is no manual. A really odd thing in my opinion. Previously, the app has left me in tears of frustration.

So this class is proving extremely helpful.

After I got done with this in iColorama, I did put it in Procreate and paint the light areas on the yellow petals.

To be honest, this was a pretty crummy photo. I’m amazed it turned out so well. The upper left was completely blown out. To fix that I did take the piece into an app called Touch Retouch which is an all time favorite app of mine. I cloned the blue background on the upper left. I love technology.

Have a great evening.

Log From the Beach

Hi everybody! It’s a new year filled with possibilities! I wish you all a great 2018.

Over Christmas Warren and I went to the Washington coast to Copalis Beach and stayed at an awesome place called Iron Springs. It’s several cabins on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Totally awesome.

I haven’t been feeling well, so it was nice to get out of Seattle for a week. Christmas can be a difficult time. For me, sometimes family makes it even more challenging. So my solution now is a quiet time at the ocean.

The two enhanced photos above are of an interesting log that had been washed up on the beach.

I used several various spps to get the effects. I’m a total app junkie and I’ve been letting most of them just sit on my iPad and iPhone. There are just a very few I usually use. Now, I’m branching out.

Last year I had hoped to take my photography to a step further in an abstract way. But we had our house remodeled. It took over six months and threw my life and ultimately my health in a tailspin.

Dealing with a general contractor and an interior designer that I fought with constantly was horrible. The interior designer could draw up plans, but had different taste than me. I think designers are used to just shoving their ideas and colors down the customer’s throats. I had very specific color ideas and design ideas. So we fought over colors, over floor coverings, everything.

All this and then the contractor was to finish in two months and didn’t.

My art work got pushed aside.

So now I am at 2018 and ready to start exploring where I want to go. There are so many kinds of art or photography out there. I try some of the types of photography art to fit in some place. But I never feel like I click. So I need to just explore, and try to figure out what I want to do.

With photography, I feel like I’ve been trying on all kinds of dresses, but none of them fit.

Things are always changing with my painting. But I’m comfortable with that. It feels like growth to me. I feel very frustrated in photography.

Here’s to an art-filled, creative 2018.

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A Wonderful Walk

This is a photo I took while walking out in Golden Gardens last winter with Warren. 

I put it in a Reflect app, Distressed FX, Skylab App and Enlight App.  

I read an article today about Ansel Adams.  He once took one photo and enhanced it 40 different ways.  It was this particular photo that helped make him famous.  That’s what we are doing today.  We are taking one photo and changing it many different ways.  Only our dark rooms are now digital.  Ansel Adams died in 1984.  Just before computers and digital cameras.  

I’m betting from how technical he was, from all the writing he did on photography and processing that he would have loved digital cameras and digital post processing.  

Some Crocus For You! 


What is the plural for crocus! ¬†Croci? ¬†I don’t know. If so, then these are croci. My friend in South Carolina, Barbara Harris Sartell took this lovely photo and I did the edit.

I used one of my very favorite apps, Tangledfx. I don’t like the default presets that come with the app. But I love my presets. So far I have about 30 of them that I play around with.

I love to see the first crocus peek its head up because that means that Spring is very near.

Kalanchoe

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No, I didn’t just swear at you. ¬†That is what this plant is called. ¬†I’m guessing it’s a succulent. ¬†But it may be a relative to the artichoke. ¬†None of my followers on Instagram seem to know and I’m too lazy to look on the Internet.

I believe in always sharing how I process my photos.  I a, no great post processor, but I find it extremely helpful when people share how they get to the end of a journey.

I believe that the more I share, the more I will get back.  Like, what goes around,  comes around.  I have found that saying to be more than true in my time here on earth.

I also particularly love the phrase “give the person enough rope to hang themselves.” ¬†That’s another one that I have always seen come true. ¬†It takes awhile, but it happens. ¬†Usually, they don’t need all that much rope. ¬†What I have also observed, is that we don’t realize what’s going on inside that person that is making others so miserable. ¬†I have learned they are miserable inside. ¬†Like I don’t need to bother with revenge or getting back at them. ¬†I could never think up a punishment worse than what they do to themselves. ¬†Plus, if I were to bother with revenge, it would harm me. ¬†It would take me into being negative. ¬†It would poison me. ¬†Why go there? ¬†It’s not worth it. ¬†It really isn’t. ¬†It may seem so at the time. ¬†You can almost taste it. ¬†But I know now, it’s simply not. ¬†But learn for yourself. ¬†Waste your time if you want. ¬† Most people have to learn the hard way. ¬†I don’t know why that is, but they do. ¬†I did. ¬†I wish I had taken more advice. ¬†I wish I had listened a bit more to my Dad.

Ok. ¬†Back to sharing the post processing of the photo. ¬†I can’t. ¬†I found this inside Snapseed. ¬†I hadn’t saved it! ¬†I don’t have a clue what I did to it. ¬†Other than to say it was in Snapseed. ¬†I don’t use Snapseed that much for post processing anymore, so I think it was in there to crop it for Instagram. ¬†But then why wasn’t it saved? I don’t know! ¬†But I love this. ¬†It’s not straight from the camera either.

I’m grateful I found it. ¬†I think it’s one of my better photos. ¬†I’ve been trying very hard to get this effect. ¬†Very light lights and dark darks. I know people are using Stackables for this. ¬†While this is close to what I’ve been trying to get, it’s not there yet.

So, I’m going to keep trying.

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