By rights I should still be in bed at 15:00 hrs yesterday as I had been working the night shift, but I thought "Oh what the heck!". I took these photo's in my back garden as I hadn't the inclination to do anything more like being out and about.. The plant lives in our little rockery at the edge of our garden and I haven't a clue as to it's name. I just recall buying it from a garden centre as I liked the look of the flowers.
soft focus.jpg Close and soft..
sepia.jpg With grain effect.
...and just to add a little more interest to this story I have added a couple of shots that have been modified with P/S CS4's Photomerge and HDR merge features.
Original.jpg Untouched in any way! Apart from close cropping..
HDR merge.jpg Photoshop's HDR feature is not quite the way I would like it to turn out.
Photomerge.jpg I think this is a much better result! .. However I do believe I could have achieved the same results in Bridge with much less fussing!.. I used 7 copies of the same image, all slightly differing in hue, saturation, , contrast, exposure, etc. Then P/S merged the images together. The identical same images were used for HDR merge and Photomerge.
...To make it a little easier to compare them I added this:- All three images together...jpg
...Silhouette enhancement!... Photoshop project!...
I know this project isn't strictly photography or in fact photography by any means, but the end product is hung on a wall and I worked with them as JPEG images. This is more of a Photoshop project. Hope it's ok!
I very recently decided to surprise my mother for for her 68th birthday! I mean, what do you buy a woman who has everything that she needs! She has very few favourite possessions but I knew for sure that this little scissor cut silhouette was one of them! I managed borrow it off her for a short time without letting her know why I needed it (long story). She was 6 years old when the original was cut while she was on holiday in Blackpool. The man did not sketch the silhouette but cut it directly with scissors! My granddad was fascinated watching this very talented artistic man. I was going to make her a large wall mounted copy which is easy to look at from a distance, the original measures only four inches high by two and a half inches wide! It is also somewhat the worse for wear!
The original scanned image. The image was scanned at 4800dpi. The silhouette is mounted on scruffy white card and then a blue fabric background and mounted in a plastic oval frame. It looks terrible when it's on the wall!
Trimmed silhouette with background. Using Photoshop I erased everything except the silhouette profile then mounted the image on a white background!
Trimmed silhouette with over colour. After saving a couple of layers I filled the silhouette with pure deep black!
Poor detail in original. There are creases and scratches on the original!
Silhouette pencil layer. This is where my artistic talent came in handy! The problem is I am not artistically inclined in any way what so ever! Using one of the saved layers I drew over the remaining detail of the original image trying to pick out every detail. I know it could be better!
(5).The final silhouette..jpg This is it, the final finished project. An A4 printed version now hangs on my mums wall, with a suitable oval frame. I know it will never replace the sentimental value of the seaside memories of the original!
Was my mum pleased?............. Priceless!!!
I know, I know. PS is BS
But I can't help it. When I get bored at work and this place is being slow as well I have to occupy my time somewhat efficiently. So I hone my PS skills. Recently I decided to try making a fuzzy framed border as instructed by one of our own a couple of years ago. It was difficult finding a brush in CS4 that made an equivalent fuzzy line as in the tutorial. But I played around, made a few and then picked out some images I thought might look good with a border.
Here's my Photoshop Bullsh!t ;-)
Thanks for looking. Comments, critiques and criticism are always taken with a smile :-D
*on a side note, 3 & 4 differ from the tutorial in that I used Hard light instead of Soft light as the blending mode. I accidently clicked it and I liked the way it looked.*
This monday we had the most spectacular sunset I've seen in a long while. Michael and I have a very nice view from our backyard and while we were working in the garden and the sun was slowly sinking I could just tell it was going to be a good one. I ran inside and grabbed my D200 and snapped away. I will say that I overexposed some shots (for foreground detail) and then did a slight underexposed shot for glorious sky color. I then place one on top of the other in photoshop and used a mask to bring the best attributes of the picture on bottom.
And since it's a short week and everyone's been taking off here at work, I was slightly bored yesterday and have CS4 on my computer at work, so I played with the only effect I know how to use: Orton Effect.
Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated. Oh and HAPPY 4th EVERYONE!
edit: for those who want to know how to do the orton effect, here are the instructions
Lookin' for me pot o' gold
Last week, after two days of rain, the sun broke through and I got my camera out and took a shot of this beautiful rainbow.
This is a composite shot of about 8 different shots. I don't have a wide enough lens in order to get the whole rainbow into one shot so I did a composit. I had a circular polarizing filter on and used the best saturated rainbow in the shots to make up the composite. And yes, it is a double rainbow and no I didn't put it in there in photoshop. PS was only used to combine the 8 images.
Thanks for looking!
ImageMagick: Which Resize Filter Should I Use? - UPDATED
Alright folks, I've been pretty unhappy with the filter I used to make thumbnails here on Photographica. Like Photoshop, the image library used here has many different algorithms that can be used to resize an image. Photoshop has three (Bicubic, Bilinear and "None" I belive), ImageMagick has more than a dozen. Some are quicker, some look better for enlargements, some look better for reductions. When there are a dozen to pick from, selecting the right one to be used for all image reductions on Photographica is a challenge!
Bottom line? I want you guys to help me pick the best filter to use for creating thumbnails on Photographica. The filter you pick will get used to resize your originals to whatever smaller image is required. What you are looking below at is a random image I picked out of my uploads, resized to "thumbnail size" (no greater than 175x175) using a variety of filters and than saved as a JPEG. Above each thumbnail is the name of the filter and the filesize of the generated image. Inside the full story, you will find the original image uploaded to Photographica.
Note: The samples are small for a reason. They are no bigger than the thumbnails found on any of your image pages . I want to find the best filter to use for taking your "normal sized" images and shrinking them into thumbnails. I might consider using different filters depending on the size, but for now lets just look at what happens when you resize a normal image (say 800x600) to a thumbnail (175x175).
If you want more examples of the filters available for use, somebody put together a page comparing all the filters available in ImageMagick . When looking at the linked page, note that I use a "Blur" of "1". If somebody can make the case for using a blur value of less than 1, I'm open to hearing it. Looking at the thumbnails on the linked page , a value of 0.8 or so might yeild higher quality results sharper results (but larger images).
I went out the other day shooting pics of birds....came home and discovered I had really screwed up w/a setting on my camera-so dumped most but tried to salvage a couple. Needless to say everything was way over exposed. I would like you honest opinion. I used Photoshop Elements to try to salvage these and this was the best I could come up with. I personally like them because of the composition but I'm not sure if they work. Be honest, you won't hurt my feelings! If they suck, then they suck. But if you think they are ok, then good :-). Thanks for your help and opinions.
This first one is two try's in PS-one a bit darker than the other.
Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the lily's outside of where i work were fianlly open. I have been playing around a little bit with Picasa to become familiar with some of the different changes I can make. I have posted both the orignal and the edited version. Please share your comments and suggestions. Thank you
The rest are different flowers at different angles
Horse Eyes - Composition Help?
One of my favorite things to try to capture is a horse's eye, but I can never seem to get the composition quite right. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Any comments, suggestions, or critiques would be much appreciated!
I put this in photoshop and couldn't figure out what I did to make everything so wavy ie: the gunwhales
Anyway one morning in Boca, Cuba, quiet, warm and sun breaking
How to Capture Winter?
Winter in Boothbay When you live in a place where there are long months of winter, you must ask yourself how best to capture the season....glorious scenes of snow or people and pets enjoying it? White on White Or to capture key features of it like this shot of Ice Paths with footprints in melting ice. Or one could play in Photoshop (or other programs) to turn your work from color to black and white to see what turns up.Ice texture BW If you hadn't guessed, I find winter challenging photographically!