You could wait forever to catch two trains absolutely simultaneous in the Metro, or use Photoshop to create a mirror image like this –
Today’s experiment (actually, from last night): out-of-focus lights. Done by setting the camera focus to up close, and the aperture wide open (50mm 1.4 lens) while photographing lights at a distance – here, on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Today’s experiment is taking a new photo and making it look old, by applying texture layers, experimenting with the blend modes and opacity until it looks good.
Today’s experiment is turning a photo into the look of a pencil sketch. The sketch was created with the Tiffen Dfx plugin for Photoshop. I tried a couple of other things first – the Photoshop sketch and other artistic filters, and Topaz Simplify, but none of them gave the look I wanted. I ended … Continue reading Photo experiment – day 26 of 31
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