MMXII::11::EDITING A PHOTO A DAY IN 2012

MMXII::11::AFTER
I know, I know, you are thinking sheesh Miss B., you promised not to just have all your posts be about this insane project, blurgh!  Yes, I promised and I will keep my promise, it’s just that the last couple weeks have been monopolized by taking product photographs, editing for this project, getting ready for the Souvenir Foto School announcement, designing an updated blog and oh yeah, plenty of real work in there as well. In a word, I have been busy.  I also haven’t been in the best of health, nothing contagious (for all those clients I have been packing parcels for), I just have had a bad bout of vertigo, it’s the worse ever, it’s like you are on a very rocky boat at sea except you are sitting in your living room.  I don’t wish it upon anyone amongst you, ever. It’s a little bit hard for me to be creative and come up with new ideas for you here when I am seasick in the studio. This has happened a few times prior and passed after a couple of weeks, not what I would consider a good time. You know what’s good though?  I got in some new prints that I am actually happy with!  I just need to style + shoot them in frames and then I will add to the shop, of course I will be giving away framed versions here, so I hope that some of you need new artwork for your walls.
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.
P.S. I used one of these FREE Photoshop actions to assist with the edit!

MMXII::10::EDITING A PHOTO A DAY IN 2012

This was a really hard edit, because I couldn’t get rid of the window glare on the left side of the image. I would usually clone that out but there was no detail that would match.  I tried my paint with light action which basically is a non-destructive way to dodge and burn in Photoshop.  It’s probably my most used action (I gave it away for free the last Souvenir Foto School class). I tried creating a vignette effect to darken the glare but no luck.  The more I played the more this started to look like a paint-by-number portrait to me.   I decided to run with that and replicate the vintage color scheme and some paint strokes. It’s not my favorite edit but I am happy I tried it.  If you aren’t checking out the ‘before’ images you really should, it will make you feel like Annie Liebowitz.
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.

MMXII::09::EDITING A PHOTO A DAY IN 2012

This is the first edit that I am ‘OK’ with.  I am really hard on myself and look at my edits and want to do more, more, more. I learned a few things with this-how to create a fog effect, it took me awhile until I got it right and then I found the Nik Color Efex has it available in one click on their new filter offerings.  I am always doing things the hard way. Live and learn, right?  
In other news, I was able to play with the 100mm macro lens I rented.  I both hate and love renting lenses, I love it because I can try something I can’t afford to buy and I hate it because I often fall in love with a lens and to give it back is such sweet sorrow.  It’s how I feel about this lens.  I don’t have any experience with macro lenses so I was under the very wrong assumption that this lens would only be good for close-ups, but it’s a great portrait lens as well! It stops down to f/2.8 so you can get a lot of light in and it’s very sharp.  If I had the money I would be adding this lens to my kit–yesterday.  To take my product shots I had to stand on a ladder and my tip toes to get everything in the shot, it’s like a mini zoom.  I plan to show you some of the close-ups soon and we both can swoon over this lens.  Have any of you tried it or are lucky enough to own a macro lens?

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.

MMXII::08

This is an iphone snap that I took while window shopping. The little model plane reminds me of The Little Prince, there’s something very sweet about it. Did you know The Little Prince was penned in New York?  There’s even a tour of New York authors that includes Antoine de Saint-Euxpery. That’s your little bit of trivia for the day, hope you liked that tidbit.
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.

MMXII::07

San Francisco is one of my favorite American cities, I adore it. We went a few times this past summer and each time we weren’t able to visit Alcatraz island because of the tours being booked months in advance. This is a shot from across the bay at the spot of the aforementioned sold out tickets. I’ve never been to Alcatraz but I think it would be an interesting tour.  The thing that surprised me the most about its history when I was doing a little pre-tour research is that people (other than inmates) lived on the island, families. How odd it must of been to grow up on an island that was home to the most reviled criminals of the era.
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.

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