Monday, May 21, 2012

One Photo - Three Ways

I've spent some time this evening playing with a photo I took a few days ago with my iPhone.  I have a fabulous new Nikon that I got for Christmas, but my iPhone is always with me and so it seems some of those unexpected shots are captured when I have no intention of taking any pictures.  Thank goodness the iPhone has a decent camera!

The one problem I find with the iPhone camera is that often when the flash goes off the photo ends up being very foggy looking.  However, this particular shot resulted in a crisp, bright centre and the dark edges that I quite liked.  I added Kim Klassen's new texture 'epiphany' and a bit of a subtle border, but it really didn't need much processing.

On this next image, I decided to play with some filters and then I made multiple copies, each time 'grabbing' the corners and transposing them to create this abstract version.












This final image is my favourite.  I was playing with several of Nancy Donaldson's textures, layering them and playing with the blend modes and opacity.  I also experimented with adding a hue/saturation layer in which I changed the colours from the original.  Finally, I added one of Jerry Jone's textures which included some text.  I love the text that subtly shows through as well as the vibrant colours.  I think this would make an amazing substrate for journalling or perhaps some hand stitching and beading in a fibre art piece.  I suspect you will be seeing this piece again, in one form or another.

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  1. Neat effects here. I love my new camera, but it is a load to carry around especially with the lenses. I really should get a phone with a good camera on it - but I so rarely use a cell phone, I'm not sure it's worth it just to take pictures ;-0

    I'm shooting in RAW now and my head is....

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    1. Thank you. Have you seen the Lowpro Passport Sling camera bag. I got one a couple of months ago and I love it. Here's a link if you're interested:

      http://www.lowepro.com/passportsling

      Happy shooting!

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  2. wonderful layering on the photo with these textures!

    btw: i love your blog background!

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    1. Thanks Johanna. It's always fun playing in Photoshop and seeing what can be done with altered photography. The background is a close-up of a hand embroidered and beaded silk fusion piece I did a couple of years ago. It's still one of my favourites.

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  3. Lovely shots and have to agree that the phone is very handy and lots of fun to process the photos.

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    1. Thanks Jeanne. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. WOW! Linda, you are amazingly talented!! I see how you have carried over into photography and software your quilting eye! These are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing how you worked through the elements of transformation.

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    1. Thank you Beverly. It was certainly a fun process.

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  5. Such lovely effects and processing! I also love my iphone...the camera apps are so much fun.

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    1. Thanks Sherri. I haven't tried any of the photo processing apps on my iPhone. I download the photos to my laptop and process them in Photoshop Elements. Perhaps I'll have to try some of the apps some time.

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  6. very creative. love the results.

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    1. Thanks John. it was a lot of fun to play with the different textures, etc.

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  7. Very cool effects! Textures and editing can be quite fun...thanks for sharing with us.

    Capture Life!
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I agree that the processing is as much (or more fun) than the original photo shoot!

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  8. One fantastic picture you made there, you tell about it very detailed which is so great, I thank you for that. I am in awe to see what you have done out of "only" an iPhone camera - I found out THAT camera is pretty good as my daughter has one and I can resize the picture to 4600 pixel without it is loosing the quality. Very well done miss Linda Kittmer ;) Love to see your art over and over.

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    1. Thank you so much Mariane. I really should carry my Nikon more, but when I'm just out walking the dog it seems silly and yet I end up finding lots of interesting things to photography. Thank goodness I've always got the iPhone with me.

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  9. Oh my gosh these turned out fabulously. I clicked to enlarge and oh the detail was amazing. I like them both but I think my favorite was the Yellow/Green version. All those layers/angles were just so interesting.

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  10. I have found that there are some amazing textures available to use and so generously free. That makes for lots of fun processing photos. I love the processing that you have done on yours. Valerie

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    1. Thanks so much Valerie. As you say, it's a lot of fun!

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  11. Lovely work. I really like the second edit!

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    1. Thanks Pat. It's kind of edgy and fun isn't it.

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    1. Thanks. Have a wonderfully creative weekend!

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  13. Love that first one especially Linda. Thanks for sharing with PAF!

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