Eureka Waterfront

Eureka Waterfront (click to enlarge)

Eureka Waterfront
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I was trying for a nice, symmetrical shot down the pier at the Eureka Boat Launch.  The original was marred by a large, asymmetrical boat on one side of the pier in the foreground., which I had to crop out (you can still see a wee bit of it on the right-hand side of the frame, but it doesn’t overbalance things anymore).  I had gone out to this spot to attempt to photograph a seal that was resting on the end of the pier, but it slipped off into the water before I could line up the shot.

After cropping and straightening the picture (the original was off by about 8 degrees) I used the “oilify” filter three times in succession, then increased saturation, added a canvas texture, and used “fuzzy borders” to get the edge effect.

Lonely Pebble

Pebble, Samoa Beach (click to enlarge)

Pebble, Samoa Beach
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One of the things I like to take photos of is beach detritus.  Pebbles, driftwood, logs, old cans, etc. – anything really that washes up on the beach and isn’t a) rotting or b) hazardous looking.

So I have lots and lots of photos of pebbles on the beach.  This is one of them.  It wasn’t a sterling photo, and it really isn’t a sterling photodoodle either, but that’s OK – I knew from the start of the project that they wouldn’t all be gems.

I did some cropping to get the pebble on the 1/3 line, then fooled around with some filters to get the gradient sharp.  Then I just did a quick oilify and was done.

Done in GIMP 2.6

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Baby

Infant (click to enlarge)

Infant
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As I have mentioned before, I am not much of a people photographer.  But this scene of a woman and a smiling infant that I saw at a potlatch was just too good to pass up.  The woman’s face clearly shows her love, and the infant looks so happy!

I played around with this image quite a bit.  It was hard for me to decide what to do with it.  For example, the clothing the woman is wearing is quite colorful and vibrant, and I was tempted by the colors.  But in the end I decided that they detracted from the main emphasis of the interaction between woman and child, so I went to B&W so that the colors weren’t a distraction.  I used a “pencil sketch” filter and then just played with the contrast and sharpness a bit.

Done in GIMP 2.6

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Sunset light

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This started out as a very average photo of a treetop against a background of clouds just starting to be tinged by sunset.  I never quite got a handle on the photodoodle, and played with the image for quite some time and in a number of different ways before I finally settled on this one.  I like the way the sunset tinges the bark and the clouds in the background, but aside from that I don’t think it is one of my better photodoodles.  Still, I work with the random photo I get, and this is what I got.

After a bit of cropping, white balancing, and color enhancement, I ran this through the “cubism” filter three times, each time with a slightly differing cube size, then used a mild unsharp mask on the resulting image.

Done in GIMP 2.6

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Abstract

Cliff Face, Larabee State Beach, Wa (click to enlarge)

Cliff Face, Larabee State Beach, Wa
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The original is of a cliff face at Larabee State Beach, taken with my trusty Holga (a real one, not some post-production filter).

To get the confetti effect I used GIMPressionist with a chalk brush and a “flowing” direction placement.  After a few tries to get the brush range into something I liked, I bolded up the color and added a bit of sharpening to emphasize the individual lines.

Why?  I liked the colors and the flowing pattern, and decided that I didn’t care much that it no longer looked much like a cliff face.

It’s…  um…  surrealist????  Post…  something…  something.. reacting to the… something… of… um, mortality.

And sex.  With…  someone…  or…  something… because…

…ART!

(Look, a monkey!)

Because this is so abstract, I thought I would include the original for comparison.

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Convenience

Convenience Store Front (click to enlarge)

Convenience Store Front
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This is an unusually photoish photodoodle for me.

I have always been fond of street photography.  From an early age when I used to trundle my instamatic down to San Francisco to visit my father, I have enjoyed taking pictures of street scenes, street sculptures, passing cars, and store fronts.  But only comparatively recently did I discover the work of Jindrich Styrsky.  Styrsky’s street photography, particularly his photos of store fronts, really struck me because of his efforts to be surrealist, but at a very spare, minimal level.  His photos often take advantage of small distorting effects of the camera lens to endow an otherwise realistic photo with a certain off-kilter oddness that is not immediately identifiable.

Store front windows are often surreal in nature, being filled with advertisements, a variety of products (which frequently share no more in common than the fact that they are available for sale within) and signage designed to attract the eye.  These days I try to capture that surrealism and enhance it through such techniques as using a telephoto or wide-angle lens to slightly distort the image, and trying to capture both the storefront display, the window advertisements, and reflections from the window to one degree or another.  I also often tilt the camera one or two degrees off true, and/or shoot off-center.

This was a shot that I made of a local convenience store one day while walking home from the store.

To photodoodle it, I did a bit of cropping, then used a Holga filter to add an old-fashioned (and again, slightly distorted) feel, then used a color shading filter to add a bit of red and orange to give a slightly warm, dynamic feel to the otherwise very static image.

Done in GIMP 2.6

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Looking Up

Child in a crowd (Click to enlarge)

Child in a crowd
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Really I am not a people photographer.  People really don’t interest me all that much.  But sometimes I’ll be doing street photography or be somewhere else where there are a bunch of people, and something will just leap out at me and scream for a photo.  That was the case for this photo I took of a child in a crowd at a Chinese festival I attended in Seattle.  The parent was clearly interested in the Chinese dances that were on stage.  The child’s attention was on higher things.

The original was in color, but I thought that Black and White captured the feel of the scene better.  Also, the original was grainy (it was shot at ISO 400 with low quality film) and I thought that the grain was more artistic in black & white.  After fooling around with the image for some time I finally settled on the “power toning” filter, followed by a minor sharpening of the image to make it just a bit crisper.

Done in GIMP 2.6

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