I'm continuing to re-work some photos from the past using these new techniques and trying to get faster at the editing and layers. What I love is how pleased I am with the new outcome of some of these photos that were so disappointing when I first saw them. The camera can capture exactly what I'm seeing, but not what I'm feeling when I'm threre. The fact that I can add back some of that feeling - - or even change it completely - through post-processing edits just thrills me. I could stay busy for weeks doing this.
Work has been challenging lately. Good, but challenging. Once home, I'm working out, catching a brief meal, and then relaxing. Lately, I've been doing that by practicing some new photography techniques. I'm using a bunch of cellphone apps to modify DSLR photos previously taken. The process and the results are surprising me. Here's last night's project - a bridge on Deer Isle (Maine) that I have taken about 100 photos of from the front on approach, but this is the only photo I ever took at this angle. And I didn't like the original, but as with the Taj photo below, the post-processing version is much more pleasing. I just can't decide which of these two I like better.
I'm also very excited that I'm about to sign up for a weekend workshop with the photographer who has inspired my attempts at these new techniques. The workshop will include creating negatives from digital images, and printing on hand-coated platinum/palladium paper. Looking forward to the experience and the results.
"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion." - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 1
". . . The future becomes the present, the present becomes the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it!" - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 5
"I didn't go to the moon, I went much further - for time is the longest distance between two places." - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 7
" . . . Other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. You're one times one! They walk all over the earth. You just stay here. They're common as - weeds, but - you - well, you're - Blue Roses!" - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 7
First two band competitions of the year are under our belt. On Saturday, we took first place out of 7 of the top bands in the Northeast. Sunday wasn't as great - only three band in our grade and we placed in the middle. But the camaraderie and kinship and all out joy both days was top notch. Also, I'm very glad my Dad and Kristen and Tarang got to enjoy the events with us on Sunday - it made it all the more special.
I was a little - OK, very - afraid to mess with this photo but I'm glad I did. The original was an interesting angle, but not a great exposure or contrast. It's quite interesting to me to see what can be done with a single photo using a combination of techniques, including a few adjustments made using android phone apps. I was happy with the results, and ordered a large canvas print of this one for my new office. This version offers the same dreamy atmosphere that I felt being there in person.