Sometimes, I'm not sure whether a shot is "good" or not, but I really like it all the same. I've learned that there's not a lot of point in trying to shoot images that you think someone else might regard as "good" anyway. I shoot to please myself and "good" to me might simply mean that I did a more pleasing job than I might have done 6 months ago.
I took this yesterday at a football match. I thought the warm late afternoon light looked appealing and there was an opportunity to shoot people moving randomly, which I like doing. I like the arrangement of the figures and there's a certain balance in the composition (cropping very helpful here) which makes me like this picture. It's an iPhone shot, cropped and processed in Snapseed. I also ran it through Oggl, where I was able to enhance the warmth in a pleasing way. The original shot is below.
Sunday lunch with Tom at Hillarys Boat Harbour offered a reason to venture into the screaming kiddie hell of the Aquarium of Western Australia. The tranquility of the images contrasts so jarringly with the experience.
Today I'm heading home. Lake Ballard yielded some great images yesterday. You would want that to be the case, if you walked for 3 hours across a muddy salt lake and then drove 180 km through the night at 70 km/hr.
I just started playing with an app that is new to me; Fragment. This is the second image produced this evening, using an improvised workflow.
Headed into Perth on Sunday to check out the FORM street art event. What street art? Maybe I was there too early. As luck would have it, there were early morning rehearsals for the Keep The Flame Alive dancefest in Forrest Place, which made for a much more productive time. Even got a selfie in on the way home. Oh no, that sounds wrong.
I've gone back to one of the first editing workflows that I found I loved. I've used five apps in the edit. This is the final image. I liked the leading lines in it and loved the subject.
Here's my original image, shot surreptitiously, with the Burst Mode app on iPhone 5. I needed to straighten and crop the image and then see where it led me.
There's still a few distracting elements at the side. I did the cropping and straightening with Snapseed.
Still in Snapseed, I've used the selective adjust menu to add an adjustment spot on his face and increase the brightness in that area and on his arms. I've removed the hat and filled in the little bright area on the right of the image, using ReTouch.
Next, an overall brightness increase, with Snapseed.
Next, I ran the previous image through the 'Lithograph' function in Painteresque. Painteresque can be a bit hit or miss, but I liked what it did to this image.
Next, I superimposed the Painteresque version with the Snapseed version, using Superimpose. I've also added a vignette, using Snapseed.
Finally, I imported the image into Oggl. I selected the Ray Mark II lens and Rasputin film.
The past week has been all about Oggl. I resisted getting really involved for ages, chiefly because I couldn't navigate around the app without repeating the same mistakes. I also found the seemingly endless lens and film combinations a bit too random for a brain that needs order. Nevertheless, I applied myself and now have a useful set of favourite combinations. I know my way around and I've been pleased to see that what I post gets looked at.
Some of this week's fun;
This is a DSLR shot processed firstly in Lightroom and then Oggl. Same for the images below.
I like a challenge and I like photography. Consequently, I totally get into photographic challenges. The ones set for the abstract photographers at my photo club are particularly fun, as they often involve me going places I've never been before, without having to step outside.
"An image in the style of Barnett Newman" was the instruction. I'd never heard of him before, but I know of his work now and I really like it. I haven't achieved an image in his style yet, but I do rather like what I produced here. Both the final colour image ("Zip 1") and the Oggl afterthought image ("Zip 2").
I started with a blank canvas and painted onto it with colours that were reasonably close to what I wanted for the background. I used Photo Viva for this.
Waterlogue is an app I've never used before. I ran the previous image through the "travelogue" preset.
Now, I am messing around with the 'artist' tab in the Brushes section in iColorama. I think I also blurred the image just slightly in BlurFX, as I wanted the iColorama paint "strokes" to be just a little less distinct.
I had taken a number of photos of just about every zip I could find in the house. The plastic ones abounded, but they're no good. Only the metal ones stand out. I used Superimpose to lay one zip onto the previous image. I masked out the material from alongside the zip and also used the blur function to sink the zip into the background. I knew I wanted subsequent zips to stand out progressively more, in order to create an illusion of depth, which is a hallmark of some of Barnett Newman's impressionist paintings. I've also taken it back into iColorama to add some more 'brushwork', to further place the zip into the background.
Now, I've superimposed another zip. Well, actually it's the same zip, turned upside down. I want this zip to look a little closer to the viewer, so there's very little blur added to it. I have added a little more brushwork in iColorama too, as this zip is not going to be in the foreground. Why did I place the zips where I did? They looked better against the blue than against the green.
I have added a splash over the second zip with iColorama, just to keep it in the middle ground; closer than the first zip, but further away than the next one.
Another (different) zip goes in, using Superimpose. I am thinking about balance in the image now, which is why it felt like it had to go where I put it. Now, I'm thinking I need a fourth zip though.
There's no image 8. I just can't count. The last zip is in. I don't think the vertical lines are very well balanced, but I do like the depth that the zips are bringing to the image.
Next, I have very painstakingly masked out the bits inbetween the teeth of the zip, so the background colour can be seen. Definitely worth the effort. I am basically finished with composing the image, now it just needs finishingoff, which I usually do in Snapseed.
But I didn't use Snapseed this time. I played around with Pixlromatic, using one of the colour filters ('Hagrid') and one of the masks ('Above'), which seemed to add some further depth to the image. And that was it. This is "Zips 1".
Something told me to try a square crop, and try it in Oggl. This is that crop, which uses theLowy lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film.
I just can't help myself now. "Wonder what it looks like turned sideways?". Did that in Snapseed and also turned the temperature right up, to get the sepia look. It now looks like some kind of weird desert scene with....er....zips. I think it looks really cool.
I shoot for fun, with a Sony A7II, a Mavic Pro and my trusty iPhone 6s.