Today’s experiment is taking an old pre-digital photo in bad shape, and adding enough grunge texture to it that the flaws get less visible among the new grunge. The grunge was added in Photoshop – actually 2 grunge texture layers were added, with varying degrees of opacity and blend modes.
Today’s experiment is faking the weather. This iPhone shot was taken in full sunlight (yes, the reflecting pool is in the process of being refilled, after two years of repairs!), and then two iPhone apps were used – one to add the lightning (AlienSky) and one to add the rain and gloom (RainyDaze). Clearly fake … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 24 of 31
Today’s experiment is a zoom burst – zooming the lens while the shutter is open. This shot was hand-held, standing in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. Different/better results can be gotten when using a tripod.
Today is experimenting with subject matter – creating The Scream out of food (carrots, blueberries, hummus, cinnamon sticks, eggplant, butter, peppercorns, dried strawberries, cocoa powder). Kind of pointless but fun. The main photographic challenge was finding a way to photograph it so that the light did not glare off the elements too much – the … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 22 of 31
Today’s experiment is using the oil paint filter in Photoshop CS6: This filter is very easy to use, with 4 sliders for brush controls and 2 for lighting controls – giving more or less detail to the strokes. It works well on this photo with simple shapes. I first tried it on a more complex … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 21 of 31
Today’s experiment is creating a microplanet. Here’s the Statue of Liberty on top of the world (glad that Photoshop knows more about polar coordinates than I remember from school) The technique is very easy (using Photoshop’s polar distort filter) but getting something that looks decent is tough. The big issue is finding a type … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 20 of 31
Today I tried to photograph smoke. New to me: buying incense (I’d heard that it smoked the best), then not being able to find matches so using a lighter for the first time (how did I make it this far in life with never figuring out how to use a lighter before?)
Trying to get a great splash shot like ones I’ve seen. Well, could have done better if I had a lot more patience, and probably had I used something thicker like cream rather than mixing water, milk, red food dye, orange juice, and V-8 juice, i.e., whatever was in the refrigerator. Also, it was one … Continue reading Photo experiment day 18 of 31
Restoring the Wye Oak The Wye Oak, Maryland’s official tree, was about 460 years old when it died in 2002. This image is from a slide I took a number of years ago, with lots of damage – streaks, stratches, dust, mildew, etc. (hey, don’t store slides in your basement), which I now restored to … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 17 of 31
Where are the tourists? At this time of year, Lafayette Square is loaded with tourists, but none are in this image: The solution is to take multiple photos, each with the tourists in slightly different places, then combine them in Photoshop. Photoshop offers an automated way to do this – using “image stack”, designed for … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 16 of 31