Friday, March 31, 2017

Photography Course - March

It's not always easy to get inspired pictures when the weather is either too cold, too rainy or too something.  But I guess that's where imagination needs to kick in!!

Board Games with a theme of Harmony
This really required imagination as all my games were at the cottage.  Nary a pack of cards or cribbage board in the house.  I borrowed these four from a friend and used the liquid tool in PS to distort. 

Shutter Zoom
An earlier post shows other variations of this.  It involves twisting the lens as the photo is being taken to get the streaky/blurred effect.  Robbie shoveling at the cottage

Do-Over 1
We had to do one of the techniques over.  I chose Tack Sharp which means the photo needs to be sharp from front to back.  And an item in front is required to show that you did this.  They are taking down a highway in Montreal and it's been quite fascinating watching the process as we drive by.  Not too many vantage points though to take a good picture and by the time I found this one, much of the pillars had been taken down.

Composite Montage
I have posted some pictures on an earlier post so show some other examples.   We combined a photo taken this week with a texture from a library that was available to us (ones that the class had taken).

This shot was based on my photo of a rusted iron wall on a modern building at MacDonald College in Sainte Anne de Bellevue.  I lightened it up quite a bit and then combined it with a photograph of the old mill in Pointe Claire. 

Thanks for looking, and as always, your comments are most appreciated.

Composite Montage

For this week's assignment  we learned how to merge 2 photos into one in Photoshop.  One of these photos was texture and the other provided the subject.  Both photos were edited somewhat in either or both of Lightroom and Photoshop.  And what fun! 

The texture on the left is a photo of a rusted wall.  I changed the exposure quite a bit to brighten it up.

The texture below is a photo looking into water with grasses.  I turned it into black and white and lightened it. 

And for a bit more fun I took one photo from the Shutter Zoom series and combined it with the train picture. 

Thanks for looking, and as always, comments are appreciated.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shutter Zoom

The assignment for this week in the Ricky Tim's Photography course was shutter zoom and I had so much fun with it that I thought I would share some of the other photos with you.  We used Shutter priority on the camera with f8 as a suggested starting point.  Most of these were taken in such bright light that I used f22 on some.  The idea was to focus on a subject then as the picture was being taken, the lens was twisted to make it zoom in or out.  A bit of serendipity in how this works out.
Interestingly there was an ad in the newspaper yesterday which used exactly this technique.

a poinsetta

The two below were using pictures that were on the wall at home. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photography course - February

As a bit of whimsy Ricky asked us to do something with a fork as a theme.  There were some creative shots by the others with various eating and serving forks, forks in trees, a fork (literally) on the road, and so I thought of the American Gothic painting and came up with this.

Canadian Gothic

The next theme was Black and White-  how to convert in Lightroom and play with the colour if necessary.  This is a shot taken at the McGill Arboretum the day after a good snowfall.  The original photo was almost b&w as it was such a gray day.

This week the theme is Abandoned.  I was trying to channel Edward Burtynsky but it was a very small pile of old tires. 

The last for the month is Mirror Image.  This was more of a play in Photoshop than anything else.  This is part of the course - to learn how to use both Photoshop and Lightroom.  This is a wall hanging in stainless steel and painted metal.  I turned it into B&W to hide the colour of the wall behind it.  I cropped the original picture only on one side, thereby removing the frame so it wouldn't show in the middle.  It's a West Coast  design by Jack Willoughby

Thank you for looking.  I appreciate your comments and suggestions.