I'm waiting for a tram on St. Kilda Road in Melbourne in July 2013 and notice this rather splendid reflection, which I shot with the 6X6 app.
The image is converted to b&w using Snapseed. I used the 'Contrast' preset. I don't quite know why I chose this direction, as the original had some nice colours in it. Sometimes, you just do things.
Into Phototoaster next. I used the 'Clarify' preset, but again I'm not really sure why. Just following my nose.
Then, I decided to bring some colour back into the image. From the 'BwFx' menu in Iris, I chose 'Golden'...
...and I added a vignette, also with Iris.
Here's how this image was edited.
The original image was shot with the iPhone native camera. I got down low to shoot, lending an 'early morning' feel to the image.
I do my cropping and other basic adjustments in Snapseed. I don't know that I did much else than crop the image. I also don't know why by this stage I had an image size that was less than my ideal 2000x2000. Anyway, the next stage was a re-size in Filterstorm to those dimensions.
Then, I used Phototoaster to get a little detail back in the leaves. Tuneup was the preset that I used. Like that one a lot, although as I get better with Snapseed, I am returning to Phototoaster less frequently now.
Back in July 2013, when this image was shot and processed, I was using Iris a lot. This next step was done using the 'fluorescent' option in Auto-adjust.
Finally, the image was imported into DistressedFX, where I used the 'Charm' effect.
The summer school holiday is coming to its end and time is running out before the working routine kicks back in. Maybe that's why the compulsion to work at photo editing has been so strong.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening refining this technique. It arose from work I did the day before, going back to the paintings of Turner. That particular avenue led to an unsatisfying dead end. A second attempt yesterday afternoon also ended in emptiness.
In the evening, just to keep myself awake, I went back to the earlier failure and streamlined it, carefully noting what I did. This was the result, which I took heart in. Three hours work.
From there, the process got refined a little and the rest of the evening was magic.
Art of Mob. Painterly Mobile Art #21.
Firstly today, some uninspiring results from the Queensland images. Sometimes what you start with is just a dog and that's what you end up with at the end. With other images, like the forest snail ("Round Midnight") you can't go wrong and every step works. I stuck with the frogs and got somewhere by eventually combining two different attempts at editing the same photo. Then this photo jumped up at me - why hadn't I noticed it before? It took several attempts to get the signpost right - just dropping a grunged signpost in made some difference and then the inspiration to take the final version back into iColorama was genius.
You should celebrate the small things...
Below, the image that I think I may submit to the camera club exhibition. Theme; W.A.
I shoot for fun, with a Sony A7II, a Mavic Pro and my trusty iPhone 6s.