Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Wow. I’m posting for a second time in one day. This may be turning into a semi-habit.

Well, I’ve been getting back into a picture taking/picture editing phase. As such, I’ve decided I’ll share some of my fairly recent pics with you, because I’m just like that.

I edited these pictures on PicMonkey, Pixlr Express, Ribbet, or iPiccy. (No, I don’t have Photoshop. Woe is me.)

All rights reserved, and all that.

Butterfly 1.1 blue gritty

For this pic, I added some paint overlays and subtle effects to give it a cool look (“Cool” as in blues/greens, not “I’m so cool.”). That’s all I can remember from this edit (I did it a while ago…).

White flowerbud 1.0 burst

I only enhanced the picture for this edit. I adjusted the exposure, colors, et cetera, and then added focal soften to make the flower the only focus point. I tried to bring out the vibrant greens of the picture and give it a springtime look.

The Scene 1.2 heatmap

I pretty much only sharpened this a little and gave it heatmap. The result was surprisingly favorable. (When I edit pictures, I try out a lot of effects on the pic. You never know what will look cool–this pic is the perfect example!)

The Scene 1.1 neon

This is the same picture as above, with a neon effect. That’s pretty much it. :)

House at the end of the street 1.2 red-black

I happened to be sitting in the car parked outside this immensely creepy house and decided to take some pictures of it. A few months later, I stumbled across the pic on my computer, and decided to make it look even creepier. At some point I’m going to add text and make this my own version of the House at the End of the Street poster. (Sorry. I will never be able to forget that movie. :D)

House at the end of the street 1.1 green-black smoke

This is another version of the above picture. I went all-out here. I added a green/black/brown horror effect instead of the reddish/orange one I used above. Then I added a smoke overlays, a flame overlay, and a vignette to complete the picture.

Dragonfly 1

This is a picture, as you may have surmised, of a dragonfly which landed on the window screen one fall day. I rotated the picture, added a ton of color-affecting effects, and some grunge and retro overlays. I ended up with the above.

Playground spiral 1.2 subtle browns

This is one of those spirally thingies that you sometimes see on playgrounds. I think you’re supposed to walk around and around the spirals until you reach the bottom (When I was little, I would just use it like a ladder. I was just practical that way.) I added a hardlight paint effect to this and then gave it a brown/slightly old-looking effect. This is my “subtle browns” edit…

Playground spiral 1.0 final

…and this is my CRAZY LIGHTS AND COLOR SQUEEEEEE edit. I gave this the hardlight paint overlay, as well, and enhanced the colors. Then I started in on the extra overlays. I gave it a lot of paint and neon textures–basically everything crazy happened here. I’m the sort of person that loves explosions of color, so I took the liberty of adding many of those to this pic.

I hope you enjoyed my little gallery! In the future, as I shoot more pictures and edit them, I plan on posting more. (Not because it’s an easy post, of course not that…)

See you when I see you!

2013. Twenty-thirteen. Two-zero-one-three. The phrase doesn’t roll off your tongue like 2012 does, but this type of thing is kind of set in stone. If I had it my way, the years would not be labeled in dull numeric order. How about we name them all something original? Instead of 2013, how about we have The Year of Cupcakes and Superheroes? I think that might be a bit more appreciated, and it would certainly be a lot more interesting. But of course, it’s a sort of unchangeable thing. Ah, well.

I realize that I haven’t blogged in a while, and I also realize that trying to do this weekly blogging thing isn’t working. I generally hate schedules. So from now on, I’m blogging whenever I feel like it. How about THAT?

Anyways. It’s the new year. This means that throughout the world, people are making resolutions for the year of 2013, most of which will be broken before January 2nd dawns. Unfortunate, yes, but that’s the way we humans are. Me, I don’t do the resolutions thing. My opinion of it is that if you want to do something, for example, go for a run every day, then just do it. Who cares if you’ve “made a resolution” to do it? The only thing that matters is that you actually do run every day. All of the official stuff is completely unnecessary.

Of course, you may not agree, in which case, that’s fine. If it motivates you, make a New Year’s resolution. If it doesn’t, don’t. It’s pretty simple, actually.

All right, now that we have addressed the new year, what else has happened that’s exciting? Oh, I suppose I should mention that the world didn’t end, although many people were convinced it would do so, allegedly according to the Mayan calendar. I really don’t feel a need to fill anybody in on this, because if you have internet access, it’s more than likely you know every thing there is to know about this thingamajigger. Now, after December 21st, a lot of people felt the urge to start making snide and witty comments such as “Oh, look! We’re still alive! In your face, suckers!” or the like. And to be completely honest, it’s beginning to get tiresome. Very tiresome. I mean, every snide-and-witty person is pretty much making the same comment with a little different wording. For sure, the belief that the world was going to end on December 21st was an utterly ridiculous one, but now that it’s January 1st, everybody knows that the world didn’t end, no slimy aliens came to decimate the populace, and there was no apocalypse of any kind. So I think we should all just chill and move on in life. Dwelling on the fact that the world didn’t end will not accomplish anything whatsoever.

Ahem.

Onto lighter topics. Let’s see…all I really have left is Christmas. Yay! Christmas! Er. Yes. Christmas.

…Well, it appears I have nothing significant to say on the topic of Christmas. It was merry. Yippee.

Hmm. As you may or may not know, it has been often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I have been meaning to post some photography/graphic design-y stuff on this blog, so now will suffice, I suppose. Anyways, it will save me the trouble of writing a few thousand words.

Anyhow, here is some random photography for your viewing enjoyment. All of the editing done on these pictures was done on PicMonkey, Pixlr Express, or Ribbet. (Or all three.)

Specimen #1:

Water droplets 1.0

This is a picture of a leaf with water droplets on it, as you might have surmised. I enhanced it and added a few overlays to give it an ethereal, rainbow-ish look.

Specimen #2:

Train 1.1 leviathan

I like to call this pic “Leviathan train.” I’m not quite sure why. It kind of reminds me of something from a steampunk novel, such as Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. So I believe that is the origin of the title, though I cannot be entirely sure of that fact.

Specimen #3:

Yellow bud 1.0 bright

I only enhanced this pic, to make the colors pop and bring the flower bud into focus. But it turned out nicely–typically when I’m editing photos, I like to bring out the shadows of the image, because I’m just dark like that. But in some cases, such as this one, I wanted to make it more vibrant. So I did.

Specimen #4:

The Scat 1.2 fairyish

This pic is of an amusement park ride that ended up being perfect for editing. In this edit I added a butterfly bokeh overlay and some colorful, fairy-like overlays as well. Overall, I think of this edit as my fairy-ish edit, even though I hardly think fairies would be likely to ride any attraction at an amusement park.

Specimen #5:

The Scat 1.1 color splash

This is the same photo as above, only in this edit I went absolutely crazy. I didn’t really think, I just kept adding overlays and effects until I deemed it finished. And I ended up with a sort of techno, paint-splattery feel. I actually like it quite a bit.

And so you have reached the end of my first blog-gallery-thingy. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you didn’t, well, then, I guess you don’t need to stick around.

See you when I see you! [Virtually, of course; unless you’re one of my “real-life” friends, who I do see in person.]