MMXII::05

 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.
I don’t always get the results that I aim for whilst tackling these edits. I wanted to change the colors on this image, but even with masks, selections, this/that and the other I was not able to fulfill my  end vision.  It’s day five and I am wondering what I got myself into (again) by trying to take on this project.  I won’t give up just yet. I still have many, many (eyes roll back in head) images to choose from.  I don’t think I mentioned this prior, but not all my photographs are as terrible as the ‘before’s’ I have been showing in this project.  I can and sometimes even do take pretty ‘okay’ photographs, that being said I would highly recommend to try to take a great photograph in camera (practice makes perfect). Speaking of photographs I am waiting with bated breath for a macro lens that I rented from Borrow Lenses.  Tune in next time when  I discuss how I rented a lens that I may or may not know how to use (that’s what happened on my last rental). Can you believe it’s almost the weekend?  I can’t. Hooray for the 4 day work week!

MMXII::04

 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

The before should be nice and cringe worthy just the way you like them. I don’t own a wide angle lens that opens up to let in a lot of light.  I have a small 50 mm lens and I am blessed with a sort of wobbly balance (I have small feet for my body, I think it makes me sway), when it comes to hand holding in a low light situation. I took this photograph in a room at the NYC Natural History museum that is very neglected.  I would think for a city as wealthy as New York and as invested in their museums that there would be no exhibits that needed attention. This room was a little more than an after thought–elephants stood sentry with thick layers of dust (and not exhibit planned dust either), scratched glassy eyes abounded and moth eaten fur coats were de rigeur.  This exhibit is certainly not the one you want to spend the most time in, but I did.  I wanted to make up for all the other museum goers that rushed past this room in a huff. I wish I could give you the name of the exhibit, especially since I spent a couple hours there, but all I have are my photographs.  The lighting was horrific, a naked bulb hanging from an exposed wire would have been more flattering. From the ‘before’ image you can gauge that it wasn’t the most optimum photo-op.  I liked the solitude, as I often do, crowds make my head buzz. Being alone in a room of stuffed animals felt strangely comforting. I liked that I didn’t have to push small children out of the way to get a photograph (not that I would, but I am glad that I didn’t have to). I used textures from Shadow House Creations to assist in the ‘after’ image, you’ll find it a wonderful resource for high quality free textures.

MMXII::03

 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

Okay,  I know that this may look like all I am doing is posting edits, I promise I won’t make this my edit only blog, but I think it’s a slow week in the blogosphere and I am busy outside in the ‘real’ world, so let me use the slow week rationale to not update my blog properly.  I do need to take a photograph of probably one of the most amazing gifts I have ever received (besides my pup George). It should make you so jealous, okay, maybe not.  I still can’t wait to show it off (or be a show-off). I am pretty lucky.  Did I neglect to mention that I will be announcing a Souvenir Foto School class soon? Oh yes, for those that don’t know what it is stay tuned, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
This edit wasn’t so bad, I had some powerful assistance from a trial product I downloaded from Nik Software.  I’ve always liked this photo even though there was a lot wrong with it (as you may be able to infer a lot of my photographs have a lot wrong with them). I loved that it felt so Victorian, partly because of the subject in the bell jar but also the aberrations in the glass lent it an aged appearance almost looking like tears on an old photograph.  With the Color Efex filters I was able to bring back a lot of lost detail without introducing more noise. I would think this filter alone would be worth the price, but there’s a whole slew of creative filters to play with. For a hobbyist photographer the price is out of my range, but it’s fun to play with for the next 15 days and put on my future wish list of things to buy if I one day I fall into some excess cash that doesn’t need to go to bills or savings.

MMXII::02

 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.
Don’t worry friends, I won’t just be featuring the edits, there shall be other fodder here, but I know not everyone is back to work yet (that is where you read your blogs isn’t it?, our little secret…). I hope you don’t mind that I am continuing with a theme here, let’s call it ‘Natural History’, I want to have a series of edits that have some continuity. As for new things, I do have new sets that I will be putting in the shop that I am pretty excited about (I love a good set), plus some other favorite items that I will be sharing this week.  I started exercising the other day, or should I say I went one day and the next three days that followed I felt as if I had been run over by a large vehicle. Maybe the suped up Pilates class was a little too ambitious for me?  I am renown for being too ambitious like the time I promised a future bride that I would letterpress her wedding suite free after taking one (and my only) letterpress class. Who does that? Obviously someone that is co-dependent and is aiming to please.  It back-fired, I couldn’t do her suite because of timing (I was leaving one job and starting another), although I did give her the files gratis to have her suite printed. Timing became a moot point as I got fired a couple weeks later from my job, coincidentally (or not so coincidentally?) one of her bridesmaids worked at my new job and must of read my blog post where I admitted to being sad about my new job and I got fired. So, that’s what happens when you are too ambitious and think you can do more than is physically possible.  I failed on both counts, sincere apologies to both the bride and my body.  I am going to go back this week to try again, I may bite off more than I can chew, but I don’t give up that easily.  I should probably send the bride an apology note as well. 

MMXII::01

At the beginning of 2011 I started a photo project–my goal was to go through the piles of my unedited and forgotten photos and edit one-a-day for the entire year.  I made it until day 31 and quickly abandoned ship. The project was not an easy one to conquer, many of my edits could take me hours to complete, for someone like myself with a fairly full schedule/life it was basically an impossibility. I suppose I like a challenge or perhaps I like to add undue stress to my life, either way here I am the first day of 2012 tackling the impossible.  Wish me luck my fair friends as I embark on the Everest of editing and start project MMXII-editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012. You can view the before here.
P.S. If you would like to peruse my ill fated first attempt you can see the project here.