Tuesday, 4 August 2009

This month's PSA group pic

Over Baked

It started with a fire on the moors:

The scanned foil mask was added next:

Add the eyes and blend to the fire:

'Half Baked'

Give it some glow:

'Over Baked'

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Still here and doing a bit

Doesn't time fly? Things have moved on a bit since the last post. I've shown the AV at the camera club, but really it was a waste of time - I didn't have enough images of the locals or club members, so it really wasn't a starter. Still I enjoyed making it and others seem to think it was amusing. Here's the last frame:

Anyway, we've moved on from there and now I'm concentrating on the PSA, where the photography course is helping me, along with a couple of discussion groups. There seems to be more of a willingness to explore and share things creative with them, which has disappeared at the camera club. I think I've taken the camera club as far as I can, so life moves on. And I'm enjoying the change.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Back again

It's been a while since I added anything, so here's something to be going on with:

This has been played with a bit, but the seagulls were already there. I put the lights on and added the clouds.

Shooting into the sun is a bit challenging, but worth it. I used bracketing with HDR to bring out the highlights and details in the darker areas. Whitby's a good place to be.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Back to printing

Not much done with photography for a couple of days. Blame it on the weather. At least we're getting odds and ends done outside - today's been sealing of the picnic table, ready for a new coat of paint (maybe tomorrow.

Yesterday and today are for creating print profiles before I get into my next playing session. I've still got quite a few papers to profile, from the Focus on Imaging exhibition, then I'm going to try painting / drawing on the printed images - just to see what can be done and how it looks.
Watch this space.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Monochrome Group Project

The camera club project was to produce 10 prints on a single theme, displayed together in any format, so I made a book, using the laminator and different types of paper, to provide me with a reference document. They were bound together using a Zutter binder.

Obviously you won't be able to feel the texture or see the different print effects of the papares, but the images may entertain.

Conte Cook
Conte Crayon and Sandstone texture seemed to be a good idea. I took this while waiting for the moonrise (I was an hour too early, or the moon was an hour late!!)

Late Booking
Still waiting for the moonrise, but the sunset was good too. I liked the lines of lights.

West Pier Sunset
Another sunset on another day, using a very wide lens and texturiser to bring out the sky and water textures

Wy Knot
Just a straight shot, taken for the reflections - it likes a high gloss paper.

Mary's Moon
This is what I'd been waiting for - believe it or not, it's a straight shot, using HDR

Easter Foam
Taken last year on a typical bank holiday, when you could hardly stand in the Northerly wind, never mind take a photograph. The sea had been whipped into foam - it was a good day when we got back home!!

Tate Hill Pier
Days when the clouds are like this have to be grabbed. I used HDR to bring out the textures and detail.

Chieftain Reflections
Traced and threshold were used. I really like this one.

East Side Warped
OK, so I played with this quite a lot - the abbey was added (from a different perpective) and so was the seagull. They've all been traced and blended and then warped ever so slightly. It had to have a tint, but it's still monochrome.

West Side Panorama
This panorama was made by stitching five images. The original was in colour and I used a tracing technique with a threshold layer. I think it works well in monochrome too.


Here are some meanderings you may or may not find amusing.

I've put a few images to sample - there are more on our website - and otherwise it's just some ramblings about what we're doing.

It'd be good to hear from anyone who's interested in a bit of image manipulation, or creative photography in general.