One of the things I love about New York is the creativity of the store windows. Barneys has some of the best displays. This is the Barneys 500 – a race course for shoes that ran across windows in the front and side of the store.
Fiesta DC parade went down Pennsylvania Avenue this afternoon. I have taken photos of a number of parades along this route – and it remains a challenge to get good shots – crowds in the way, strong light and heavy shadows, usually costumes with hats that shade the faces, busy backgrounds, etc. So I took lots of shots but only got a few keepers. Hopefully I will keep learning how to work better under these conditions.
This month has been fun trying new things. I’m glad to be done, and glad I actually managed to stick to something for 31 days in a row. It’s been a useful way to become less hesitant about experimenting – with the daily task of trying a new technique, I haven’t worried about waiting to find the time to do anything to a more perfect state, just a good initial attempt at each technique. Some of the experiments I probably won’t try again, but some I definitely will – I want to make a better shot of a splash, and I will probably use the photo+texture often, and I am fascinated by light-painting.
Here is making a 3D look out of a couple of my photos – the acrobat is from one photo, and the sides of the box are 5 copies of one photo. The result is not yet really good but I can see how I might be able to do something like this better in the future:
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 up creating two layers with different treatments in Tiffen Dfx, one that looked good for the face and hands, and one that worked for everything else, then masking to get the results in the right areas. I also masked out the background details.