On my way home across the continent last week, I stopped off at the Balladonia roadhouse for breakfast. There's a big chunk of Skylab in the roadhouse museum! I remember when it fell out of orbit in 1979, bringing ephemeral fame to Balladonia. I photographed every inch of it, plus the press clippings on the wall. I am such a nerd. This is what I did with them. Seven different composite images in all, with no particular stand-out. This one is number three. I have used Snapseed and Superimpose for the edit.
I don't often set out to produce a wildly colourful abstract, but they so frequently turn out that way. I started with this picture, shot with iPhone, of spent poppy flowers in a display cabinet in a museum in Tasmania.
Then, I cropped it in Snapseed and increased the ambience slightly. I also played with the 'details' feature a little. I wanted to give it a more graphical feel.
Then, I opened image 3 in iColorama, aiming to further develop the graphic feel. I'm feeling that this image wants to be less a photo of poppies and more a picture of them. I put the image through 'Flow' (option 1) in the Effects menu. Then, from the Tone menu, I chose one of the tint options - 36/54. I love this feature of iColorama.
Now, I'm getting somewhere, as I have a nice 'pop art' feel happening. Next, I open the image in Decim8 and try random combinations of effects. Sometimes this process just doesn't work and sometimes it does. I usually save several different versions, once I've found a combination of effects that work for me. I chose to proceed with the one below.
Now, I have introduced some pleasing new elements to the image, but it is clearly unbalanced now. So, it is back to Snapseed for another crop. Then, I take the cropped image into Glaze and process it using what I refer to as the 'Sunset 2' option.
This doesn't represent an improvement, but that's not what this version is for. Now, I use this image as the background and image 5 as the foreground in a composite created with Superimpose. I've used multiply mode.
The final edit is done in Snapseed - I've had a look at what 'Auto Correct' does to the image, and reduced the value to 25 and also added a centre focus adjustment (Portrait 1).
The last hour of daylight of my last day in Kununurra was spent photographing.....old tyres on a dump, what else?
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.
Camera club assignment gone wrong/right.
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.
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.
This week has been all about abstraction. I have a set of three edits of a shot I took in 2012 in Muscat, of the rather splendid Royal Opera House. This is my favourite edit. It uses Snapseed here and there (regular contrast edits) plus iColorama, Glaze and Superimpose. I have a good, defined workflow which is doing it for me right now!
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.
I shoot for fun, with a Sony A7II, a Mavic Pro and my trusty iPhone 6s.