Monday, December 28, 2009
I'm refining my technique on how to alter somebody's images. The first image was originally from a museum brochure. I use a holga splitzer to get the faux double exposure effect. then I imported the digital image to Elements and added some noise to mask the grain from the brochure.
In here, I added some noise and texture, which seems to add character to Mr. Music Monkey.
This was from a TV ad. I positioned the camera on an angle to get that skewed perspective. I could not get rid of the texture from the TV screen -- so i decided to enhance it. It's similar to how I learned to play blues and jazz -- if you make a mistake, repeat it. In this case, I enhanced the aberration by pushing the contrast and the levels.
All taken with Rose's Canon a590is set to BW iso 80.
Friday, December 04, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
i'm so excited about this holga. it's a cheap toy camera... ridiculously lo-fi. the brackets and cover plate began falling apart when i got it brand new. i had to tape them up to prevent light leaks on the exposed film. yes, it's a film camera. you remember what a film is, don't you? to advance the film you have to wind it manually, and you need to make sure you advance it far enough for the next shot -- otherwise you'll get an overlap or a double exposure, which could be cool too.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
taken using polaroid
and it's not even my bicycle
but i love it... actually i just love the picture
because it's a polaroid
and because i took it
[polaroid 600 film at $2 a pop, old town pasadena, while waiting for my wife's car from the shop]
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Last Monday was Labor day here at the States. Rose and I brought Mimi to the beach -- Laguna Beach to be exact. I was able to play around with my Holga and the converted Canon a590is, which I used to shoot this scene -- a bunch of suave young volleyball nerfs playing at the court. Okay, that was not fair... I shouldn't call them nerfs. They were merely bums. How's that?
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Strawman was one of the first pictures I posted on this blog. Sometime ago, I decided to texturize the photo. This was before I've heard of the technique using Photoshop or some other computer software. It might have already been done but I was just not aware of it. So I did the texturizing the old way. Yes, I painted on the printed photo using acrylic paints.
When a computer graphic artist saw this displayed in my house, he asked what kind of software I used. LOL... When I told him that I didn't use any, he couldn't believe it.
Goes to show that old-school approach still rocks.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
i'm not sure if i posted this before. if i have, then i apologize for the redundancy.
don't know what the botanical name for this. rose, mimi and i were up the hill behind our lot, and rose found this. i did multiple shots of it using a canon a590is point and shoot, and rendered the jpeg images (the camera can only shoot jpeg) on picturenaut as an hdr image. the final image was tone-mapped to get that blue saturation.
the photo is not tack sharp because the images would not align perfectly. i think it's still a good shot. don't you think? hey, are you still there?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Mimi would like to hear from you :)
Monday, August 17, 2009
the original photo ofthe cat was taken with the nikon fe. later on scanned and exported to PS Elements. the concrete andthe big ben cloack were added during post-processing. does h think he's cool?
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here's another using my modified semi-fish eye set up. About a quarter of the image was cropped -- so you can say that this is a 3/4 shot :)
I really like the way this came out -- kinda like a post-modern still life -- you know like how the great photographers would capture a chair and call the image art. I know mine does not compare well but if you use your imagination you'll know what I mean. No? Okay I tired. But you have to admit that this little image is cool. Right?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Art for Art's Sake has been renamed to Observations. I decided to change it because everytime I google Art for Art's Sake, I get million hits... none of them about this blog. The direction too somewhat changed.
I started this blog to showcase my artwork (mostly photographic, although there are some other mediums I have also used). The intent was for friends and family to see what I was up to concerning new art projects. I think that has not changed. But lately I have this desire to reach out to more people -- maybe artists like me. Frustrated, disappointed, sometimes manic, other times depressed, fascinated about the arts, happy and sad, sometimes encouraged, but always looking forward for better days.
The extent I now want is to blog ideas. Not just techniques. But iDeas. This is a quantum leap in terms of epistemology. [For those who may not know this big word, it's only a hi-fuh for "why we think the way we think?"] I plan to elaborate more on this later. Perhaps, at the end of the day, all we are saying is "give peace a chance."
Friday, August 07, 2009
2. Take a picture of that concrete you are standing on. You will need this later on for texture.
3. Download the pictures on your PC or Mac. Open pictures in your Photo Editor (I still use the original version of Adobe Photoshop Elements because I refuse to upgrade – but that’s another story.)
4. Layer the two pictures together. Choose “Normal” for the image you wish to be the postcard. Choose “Overlay” for the image of the concrete. Play around with the slider until it starts to look like a texture. Make sure you’re happy with the result. Flatten the layers and save as either tiff or jpeg. This is now your postcard image composite.
5. Wait we’re not done. Scan an old photo with a border. It does not matter what it is as long as it has a border. Grandpa’s graduation photo that has been gathering dust and cobweb would make a good one. Download that old photo and open it in the same Photo Editor.
6. Resize this image so it’s a bit larger than the postcard image. All you need is the border.
7. Copy the composite postcard image that you just saved and paste it as a layer on the old photo. Re-align the image until it covers Grandpa’s face. Make sure you don’t cover the borders.
8. Flatten the image, save and you’re done. Print the image and send it to Grandpa. Tell him that his portrait is underneath the postcard :)
[Canon 5d, LBC, f4]
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The images are from my cubicle's wall at the office.
Lately, I discovered I could use my LensBaby Wide Angle extension Lens on Rose's Canon a590is Point and Shoot. The lens converts everything to 0.6x. It works effectively on this camera if I don't use the zoom. I beleieve the corresponding focal length drops down to about 18mm -- very close to fisheye. Hence, this collage will show semi-fisheye quality. Pretty cool, I think. I'll be posting some more uisng this set-up soon.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
One commentator pointed out the ZP is definitely a tool for hiding the flaws, however, its effect gets applied across the entire image wiping off the desired details. For some images it does not work. For this particular image the details on her eyes are washed out. Hence there is a caveat. As in all cases, one would need a very good capture of the original image to begin with. Sometimes, that’s not the case with the older photos. Even with convention method, decent copying of photos that have degraded through time is very difficult as the result could be too much unwanted information. Oh, well :o
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering okay this is wild but “what’s the point?” I realized as I’m typing away that not everybody who visits this site owns a ZP lens let alone knows how to take a photo. Well, you can send me your old photos, and I’ll copy them using the ZP. I promise I’ll send back the original but I can’t promise that you will like the copied version. My compensation is negotiable.