Sunday, July 03, 2011

Digital Painting

As I think I mentioned in the last post, this is my new thing to explore. There are so many different ways to be creative with digital painting, and I have barely brushed (haha) the surface of it. Later today I will watch the DVD that came with an instruction book and hopefully learn a lot more.

But in the meantime, I have been playing with it. I decided to apply some painting effects to a photo I took of a friend kayaking in a lake in the mountains. It seemed that a very simple treatment worked well on this. I actually think I like the way this looks better than the original photograph.


I'll be back here later when I have more painting attempts to show. DH is on vacation this week, so we may go somewhere that will yield photo ops as well.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Fun In Photoshop

It's still hot here, so entertainment is still limited to indoor activities. Such as Photoshop.

I want to learn digital painting and have ordered a program that will work with Photoshop for that. It's not installed yet so I was playing with what I have and came up with this for the first attempt, using a photo I had on hand, taken in Cedar Key a few years ago.


More painting attempts (!) will be showing up again soon.

I downloaded a free triptych action a couple of days ago and have been playing with that. First I used it on a beach photo from St. George Island.


Almost looks like a view out a window. Then I decided to get a bit fancier with it and used a photo taken near Hendersonville, NC a while ago, and added a title.


So that was fun! If the new program will install (I have found that most programs that worked fine in Windows Vista balk at being put into Windows 7, some of them failing completely...), I'll be back with some results from that.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Something to do when it's too hot to go outside...

I've been wanting to play with photographing water drops for a long time and today was an ideal day to finally get around to it. I needed a clear glass bowl and I have actually been shopping the discount stores to see if I could pick up a cheap one (after all, it's just for this experiment). No luck so I decided to use the only clear glass one I have, which has etched ridges all around it.

I finally, after some trial and error and quite a bit of errant water, got myself set up. I put a piece of stationery under the bowl that was a mottled light blue and white. And I started snapping.



I like this next one because the etching shows up in the drop (as it does in many of these).



This activity is very addictive and hard to quit once you get going. I ended up with 65 photos, which I finally culled down to the ones I am posting here. Anyway, after lots of blue ones, I took that paper out and put one that was black with a green graphic on it underneath the bowl.



I call this next one Birth of a Drop, because of the way it is just emerging from the surface. Note the stripes caused by the etching.



Next I decided to try it with just a white paper under the bowl, to make the water look like, well, water.



I love the way the two drops in that one above look like they are connected by that orange reflection. If you look closely at this next tower of a drop, you will see a little tiny drop inside the top of it!



I was on a real roll now. I went to our spice cupboard and started flinging stuff out of it looking for some old food dye that I was pretty sure was still in there somewhere. I found it, it was green (probably to make frozen daiquiris more festive looking...). First I tried just putting a little where the water drops were falling, but that didn't do much. So I just dumped a whole lot of it in at once. That was dramatic.



After that one, I stirred it up a bit to make the color more evenly distributed. I finally got one with the crown effect.



I got a second, similar one later, with the drops flying farther out from the center.



One last one before I tore myself away to start processing them.



I have several things I want to try, but I wanted to get these posted today. I want to get a bigger bowl and experiment with dropping larger things into some liquid. I also want to experiment with inserting images into the drops--I've seen that done and would like to try it. I can use these images to practice with. I'll be back if I have any luck with that!

Taking these photos was very fun--if you like photography, you really have to try this!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

More From the Yard

I hope to get to a nearby gardens soon to play more with the new lens, but in the meantime I took it outside the other day to our needle cactus, which is blooming. While I did get a photo of a flower from a reasonable distance (I'm sure such a photo will show up here soon), I actually liked this one of the petals best:



On my way back to the house to see how that came out, I snapped this one of some red flowers we have in a hanging pot near the water garden:

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Around the Yard

I decided to take some photos around the yard, now that things are in bloom.

First, every year we get a lot of caterpillars on our fennel plant, swallowtail butterflies to-be. We have only once been lucky enough to find a crysalis and see it open.



I took this one of a gardenia....the photo itself was kind of boring so of course I had to tinker with it. It's now either dramatic or still boring, depending on how you see it...



And then to the needle cactus, which will be bursting with yellow flowers soon.



And the gerber daisies...



...and finally, the hydrangea.



I hope your spring is going well!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dog Agility Trials 2011 -- Part One

We went to a dog show recently and of course watched the agility trials (after surrounding ourselves with the 45 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that were entered in the show, naturally...we were in heaven!). I took many photos, which I pared down to the ones posted here. The dogs were all beautiful and fun. This is always such a happy event to attend.

These two were checking each other out on the grass before the trials started.



As always, I want to start with the Cavalier that was entered. This may have been Scout, who was pictured in the posts from last years trials.



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The Papillion that was at last year's events was also here, looking as adorable as ever.



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Another dog I want to tell you about is this white miniature poodle. Once this dog got started on the run, its feet barely ever touched the ground, and it was a blur as it ran through the track. I was astounded that any of my photos came out!



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They were all special. Here are the other photos I wanted to share with you:



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Another Papillion:



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Almost out of the tunnel...



And out!



Having a great time!



This was a very cool dog--



We are planning to attend another agility trial this weekend, and hopefully get some more photos!