Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Texture Tuesday : Old Barn

I've been wanting to try my hand at iPhonography, so I used one of my Barns-of-Wisconsin pics.  First I worked it up in Photoshop Elements,  with basic edits, repairs, cropped, adding a number of textures.  Then I moved it over to my iPhone and iPad respectively, using a number of different Apps.  Let's hope the metadata gets transferred when I send them back to my laptop! (Unfortunately, the only one that sent meta-data was Waterlogue.)

My first thought was to use Waterlogue on a Red Barn, so indicative of the Wisconsin rural landscape. Yup--You can tell it's farm country even in this rendition.

Then I took the same base photo and ran it through a few other Apps, like SnapSeed and Distressed FX, PicTapGo, and 100 Cameras.    These filters in the Photo Apps are not unlike the Actions in PhotoShop.  I feel like when I find an effect I like, I could deconstruct it -- do it manually, so to speak.  Like this one :

It appears to have upped the contrast and downed the saturation.  Why didn't I think of that?  I think this is my favorite treatment.  It might have been in Snapseed?  I was hoping that the metadata would transfer when I saved them to my laptop, but none of that came along, and I was having too much fun to take good notes on the process.  So much of it is trial and error--playing until you see something you like enough to save.  This one makes it look more like a November sky.

Here's the photo I started with.  One from my "drive-by" series of Wisconsin Barns.  Because we were in motion, the foreground is a little blurry and out of focus.   It's an effect that works for this scene.

As an aside, I regret doing that drive-by series now.  Many barns fell down under the weight of last winter's excessive snow and extreme Polar vortex temperatures.  These barns deserved more time and attention than a sloppy drive-by photograph.   I started the series because I knew these barns would no longer be part of the WI landscape one day.  That day has come sooner than I thought.  So for Labor Day, my husband and I went for a drive around Lake Winnebago with the express notion of taking some decent barn pictures--where we actually stopped the car, and got out to shoot.   Calumet County has some magnificent barns : It is farm country, meaning people actually still make their livings off the land, and so they keep their barns in working condition.  I have quite a few new pics in the stock files now!

Here's the base photo I worked up in PSE, with the recipe :

Layer 1) Background image
Layer 2) Copy layer 1 - erase crappy tree and crop
Layer 3) Copy Layer 2 - Multiply blend mode at 13% opacity
Layer 4) Kim Klassen's Stained Texture - Darken at 77%
Layer 5) Kim Klassen's Partings Texture - Multiply 21%
Layer 6) Kim Klassen's Stained Texture (again) - Screen at 5%
Layer 7) Kim Klassen's Revolution Texture - Multiply at 53%

After that, I added a graduated tint in Picassa to subdue the sky.

Here are a few more versions :  Sorry, I can't tell you what app they cycled through :

I think it was 100 cameras with some amusing and interesting names for their filters.   I think the last one had something about ghosts in the title.   The emulsion texture layer kind of does look like ghosts floating through the image ...   It's amazing how the various textures and treatments change the mood of the image.

I've been looking at this online iPhonography class, thinking about taking it ...  but the last 2 classes I've signed up for, I haven't been good about doing the lessons for various reasons--too much content, no time, too many professionals in the class and I just can't compare my stuff with theirs [Yeah--maybe a few personal demons rearing their ugly heads here, too) ...  I'm afraid I might waste the money again ...  I did find the guy's book at my local public library.  I will study that ...  At the same time, I'm really enjoying the weekly Texture Tuesday challenges which are pretty wide open as far as what to submit.  I know enough to be productive without having to go through a lesson.  It feels good!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Texture Tuesday : Magnificent Grunge Work Horse

Magnificent Grunge Work Horse
[Click on the image for a larger view.]

This magnificent piece of sculpture stands in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  This huge rusty draft horse is made entirely of recycled metal parts.  Gears, chains, wire, shovel heads ...  It's amazing!  The longer we looked it, we discovered new things incorporated into it.  It's a beauty to behold!  We were mesmerized by it.  It also says a lot about horses being replaced by "iron mules" when tractors came into use.  My dad even talks about what a revolution that was in farming.  You didn't have to feed a tractor through Winter, or stop working when it was tired.   Still, there's a beauty and a nostalgia about horses -- even work horses.  Maybe that's why we think of the winter sleigh ride with the neighbor's Clydesdales as such a treat!

I tried to find out who the artist was--there was no title card near it on the street.  Anyone out there in blogland know the sculpture artist?

I love-love-love the way this turned out! : No wonder with my love affair with grunge and rust.   This feels so much more comfortable for me than the flowers posted last week.  If I have a personal style, this is probably it.
Photo Processing on this Image:
Layer 1 : Background Image
Layer 2 : Copy Background Image - remove Security Camera in Right upper corner
Layer 3: Copy Layer 2 - Soft Light Blend Mode - 50% opacity
Layer 4 :  Kerstin Frank Texture - Multiply - 48% - masked off of horse
Layer 5 : 2LO Junkyard2 28 Texture - Multiply - 52% - masked off horse
Layer 6 : Polaroid 5 - Screen - 78% (added last as a frame)
Layer 7 : Kim Klassen Beekeeper Texture - Soft Light - 74%
Layer 8 : Copy Layer 7 - Multiply - 63%
Layer 9 : 2LO Relic 17 Texture - Soft Light - 45%

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Texture Tuesday A Dream is a Wish ...

I've had this photo for a few years now, not quite sure what to do with it--until now!  I woke up with this old Disney princess song in my head., and it suddenly clicked with this pic ...  and then the flourishes -- Obsidian Dawn and Kim Klassen's original Flourish and the subtle magic texture.

Photo Processing Recipe
Layer 1) Background - cropped
Layer 2) Copy Layer 1 - Screen blend mode - 19% opacity
Layer 3) Text - Tangerine Font
Layer 4) Obsidian Dawn Brush Flourish under text
Layer 5) Kim Klassen's Flourish Texture - Flipped - Multiply 27%
Layer 6) Kim Klassen's Flourish Magic Texture - Screen 16%
Layer 7) Color Fill Frame - Soft Light - 38%

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Texture Tuesday : Spinning Out of Nothingness

The obligatory summer carnival pic ...   All those centripetal and centrifugal forces of the rides made doing physics story problems fun, back in high school and college.   You could actually FEEL the forces and see farther than you could on the ground.   Oh to be young and feeling all those new experiences!  Not to mention practical applications for math.

The spinning motion of this ride made me think of this Rumi quote ...  the process of being born, in motion, shiny and new.  Creation is not for the faint of heart : It is active work!

Click on the image to see a larger version.  Details get lost when it's small-ified = Disappointing.  The original BIG version is really neat, especially with the added texture.   Bluer and more textured. 

Photo Processing Recipe:
1) Background image
2) Coffee Shop Vignette Action (added after Vintagram 2 below)
3) Coffee Shop Vintagram 2 Action (tweaked settings)
4) Kim Klassen's Oceanside Texture - Multiply blend mode at 39% opacity
5) Text - Rumi quote with Tangarine Font

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Texture Tuesday : French Country Breakfast Still Life

This is one that seems to have lost a lot in the process of re-sizing for the Web.  The original looks so much richer, textured and much more interesting.

In France on this last trip, we stayed in a small country hotel for a few days.   We were there for a family wedding, and this part of France was not known for tourism.  Just real everyday people/everyday scenes in France.   The woman who ran/owned the hotel was also the town mayor, and the person who did civil marriage ceremonies.  She did not do the Church wedding ceremony, however.  It was a small town, and she had a lot of jobs there.  

This is the scene that greeted us one morning at breakfast.  Some scenes just present themselves ...  Glad I had my camera along!

For what it's worth, here's the recipe :
Layer 1) Background image
Layer 2) "15" Texture by ??? ; Multiply Blend Mode at 35% opacity
Layer 3) Golden Contralto Texture ; Soft Light 85%
Layer 4) 2LO 1(4) Texture ; Soft Light 24%
Layer 5) My own Sweet Leaf Texture France 9891 ; Soft Light 65%
Layer 6) Kim Klassen Chalk Magic Texture ; Screen 20%
Layer 7) Hue Saturation adjustment (to tone down the too bright green of the leaves)

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Texture Tuesday : Good Night Iguana

Good Night Iguana : Lyon Lizard 3
Layer 1) Background image
Layer 2) An old Free Texture Friday Texture from StockVault - Multiply 85%
Copied the layer mask from version 2 (below)
Layer 3) Copy Layer 2 - Soft Light 30%
Layer 4) Color Fill Frame - Soft Light 61%

I think this is my favorite one of the three.  It makes Mr Lizard look like he has a sky full of stars behind him.  Oh what a difference a texture makes!

I was trying to make the spines on his back stand out a bit more, but I couldn't quite do it.  The brushes are round, and the magic wand tool, kept taking more than I wanted.  Hard to follow the outline of the spines, so I finally gave up on that. 

Lyon Lizard - Version 1
Layer 1) Background Image
Layer 2) KK Sissy Texture - Multiply Blend Mode; 89% opacity
50% brushed off the Lizard's face
Layer 3) Color Fill Frame ; Soft Light - 61%

Lyon Lizard - Version 2
Layer 1) Background Image
Layer 2) 2LO Junkyard 14 Texture (smoothed out a bit) - 
Multiply Blend Mode; 100% opacity
50% brushed off the Lizard's face
Layer 3) Color Fill Frame ; Soft Light - 61%
I tried layering these textures but they both wanted to dominate, so I did each one separately.  
I couldn't decide which one I liked better so I'm presenting all three.

"Here's lookin' at you, Kid!"
Here's the original Lizard pic.  

Christian's cousin has a wonderful old stone apartment in Lyon, France,  along the river with shade trees on the terrace outside their windows.  This building must have been there in the Middle Ages, or earlier.  There is wonderful reflected light all over the city -- even with the buildings so close together, you'd think it would be dark and miserable.  On the contrary, it's a warm and inviting light.

Their apartment has all kinds of very interesting decor -- like this Iguana lizard statue. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Texture Tuesday - Stitch in Time in LaCanourgue, France

Here's another one of the historic street signs in La Canourgue, France.   This one is for a seamstress/tailor shop with a wooden spool and metal needle and thread.  I considered removing the wire above the spool, but it lined up parallel to the needle, and I decided to leave it for the sake of repetition and pattern.

Image Processing Recipe :
Layer 1 ) Background, cropped.
Layer 2) 2 Little Owls Artisan Texture 3(5) ; Multiply Blend Mode at 96% opacity
Layer 3) Copy Layer 2 ; Soft Light  96%
Layer 4) 2LO 3; Soft Light 51%
Layer 5) Kim Klassen's Sonnet 2 Overlay Texture ; Overlay 63%
Layer 6) Text - Aquiline 2 Font

Here's the original photo pretty much SOOC:

It just amazes me how textures can turn a blah picture into something much more interesting and artsy.  Thank you, Texture-makers of the world!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday - LaCanourge Hair Dresser

When we visit France, we sometimes get to visit with old family friends at their "country house" in La Canourgue.  The town is old European old - Medieval Old - Old World Old.  Lots of history there, and they've kept it up, by restoring many of the old buildings.  I LOVE some of the old shop signs in town, like this one.  I added a few textures to enhance it.

Image Processing
Layer 1) Background Image
Layer 2) Kim Klassen's Lola Texture - Soft Light Blend Mode at 64%
Layer 3) 2 Lil Owls Junkyard 2 28 Texture - Multiply 62%
Layer 4) Levels Adjustment to brighten and increase contrast - Normal 66%
Layer 5) Vignette - Soft Light 70%

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Friday, July 18, 2014

A Few More Waterlogued Travel Pics

 Breakfast in France.
Nothing like a buttery, crispy croissant!
We weren't actually at THE Notre Dame in Paris.  There is another Notre Dame Cathedral (Hec--There's a bunch of them all over France) in a tiny village called Orcival, where there's a tiny little Hotel Notre Dame with really good food.  ;-)
Used the Travelogue Preset in Waterlogue.

Yup!  Still playing with the Waterlogue App for iPad.

This photo was taken in Fairbanks, Alaska.  I didn't quite know what to do with the image -
an old enamel saucer and cup on the shelf of a dimly lit cabin.  
But the Waterlogue treatment was very good to it.
Used the Natural Preset in Waterlogue.

 Spectacular Wildflowers in Banff, Canada.
Actually, these were outside our lodge, so probably not wildflowers, but they were spectacular!
Used the Travelogue Preset in Waterlogue.

Happy Travels!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Waterlogued Travels

 I've been playing with some of my travel pics from recent trips.  I wanted to try the Waterlogue App (yet again!) on landscapes, since you often see water colored landscapes.  

This one is from Moraine Park in Banff, Canada.  
I used the Natural Preset from Waterlogue.  It's a great rendition of the original, I think. 

 Same scene at Moraine Park in Banff.  
This time with the Color Bloom preset in Waterlogue.
Another acceptable rendition!

 Here's a lovely scene from the Cullain Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Used the Travelogue Preset from Waterlogue.

The Church at Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.  Used the Travelogue Preset in Waterlogue, hoping to preserve the magnificent ever-changing skies there on Skye.
I was a little disappointed with this one.   I guess I can always run it through some other processes apps, and add textures.  

  Here's the original photo.   I was really hoping Waterlogue would pick up those magnificent skies, but I was underwhelmed.   I guess I'll try something else with this one.  Still a nice pic!

 Eileen Donan Castle in Scotland.  The most photographed castle in the entire world.
Used the Color Bloom Preset in Waterlogue.

I really do think this Waterlogue app is a good way to get my feet wet, to get used to the various watercolor styles, to see what's possible, if I ever wanted to try the real thing for myself.  I know with these being digital, I'm missing the whole watercolor paper texture levels.  Although, there are probably ways to add that via Photoshop ...

This is such a great big beautiful world we live in.  I'm so fortunate to be able to get out and SEE it with my own eyes.  If you've ever wanted to travel, let me give you a nudge to go out and DO it! 
You won't regret it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watercolor Sunflowers

Natural Preset in Waterlogue App
I think this one is my favorite, which is why it's at the top of this post. ;-)

Still playing with the Waterlogue App for iPad.   I thought I would show a number of the filters it offers on a single image.   In this case, I chose a sunflower quarter.  Most images seem to look best (to  my eyes and sensibilities)with one or two of the Waterlogue presets, but this particular image looked pretty good in just about ALL the presets Waterlogued had to offer.   This is the best $3 I've ever spent on an app! I've spent hours playing with it so far.

Bold Preset in Waterlogue App

Luminous Preset in Waterlogue App

Travelogue Preset in Waterlogue App

Color Bloom Preset in Waterlogue App

Blotted Preset in Waterlogue App

 For complete disclosure,  here's the original image that I started with.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gold Door and Scooter in Toulouse

Gold Door & Scooter in Toulouse, France - May 2014

 I was channeling my inner Kat Sloma when I took this shot.  Kat is known for capturing scooters on virtual film, especially in Europe--and they are everywhere in Europe!   (Really, Kat, this one's for you!)   As soon as I saw it walking the city streets of Toulouse,  this scene made itself!  The tall gold doors coupled with the horizontal stripes on the other garage-type door, along with the idea of movement and mobility in the scooter.   I took the shot,  added a few textures and voi la!

Image Processing in PhotoShop Elements :
1) Background image
2) Nancy Clayes Texture nc_0607 - Multiply Blend Mode at 34% opacity
3) Kim Klassen's Sissy Texture - Soft Light at 34%
4)  Kim Klassen's Rest Magic - Luminosity at 13%
5)  Shadowhouse Creations M08-2012-3 Overlay Texture - Screen at 56%
6) Added a solid color frame in black (a la Kim Klassen) - Soft Light Blend Mode at 76% opacity

Of course, I couldn't stop there ...   I had to play some more.
Here are 2 versions from the Waterlogue App on my iPad (BEFORE all the PSE work) :

Bold Color Waterlogue Preset

 Rainy Waterlogue Preset

Here's the original street scene taken in Toulouse, France last May.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Waterlogued Butterflies

Natural Preset in Waterlogue

Still playing with the Waterlogue App for iPad.  I just downloaded it for my "new" (read : inherited/used) iPhone, too.  Maybe it is a passing fad, but I sure am enjoying my time spent with this app.  I'm thinking some of these will be good enough for the Liberate Your Art Post Card Exchange next year ...  which means, I think some of them are good enough to print.  ;-)

Travelogue Preset in Waterlogue

A Butterfly in the Bee Balm.  
Here's the original photo I started with. 

Enjoy your day!