A couple inspired by a recent trip north of Toronto. I spent most of it "under the weather". Didn't shoot too many photos, and wasn't too taken with what I shot. So I thought I'd spend some time at the computer.
I had done some experimenting with blends and texture a while back, inspired by some of Mark Tucker's work (his Salton Sea series) but put it aside after a while.
This thread got me inspired again.
This is the state capitol building in Albany, New York. Shot one evening last summer with the Panasonic G1 and Lensbaby composer. The texture is scanned, black matboard that I scored with sandpaper.
However this shot really does it for me. The end result is a somewhat eerie but very effective use of the technique. It has inspired me to attempt some blending shots on my own.
Rocky Schenck look.
Thanks for all the kind comments.
I would have thought that many of the images in these blending threads would have given you inspiration. Maybe you have not seen them all? Looking forward to seeing yours.
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Prague Castle, double exposure
Prague Castle with Lensbaby
Hoo, boy! This old dog is having fun learning new tricks. But it's certainly not straightforward. Every time I think I might predict how a blend will go, I find I'm wrong. Of course, being wrong can lead to some interesting new experiences.
Milkweed Pods in Winter (original colour shots are in the 45mm Macro field test thread):
GH1 + 14-140mm: Andy Goldsworthy "River" at Stanford blended with beach sand
Wow! Can't leave you folks for a minute can I? I've been away just for a day and a half and I come back to find all this wealth of creativity! I'm glad to see more contributors on board too. The synergy's indeed beginning to work ...
Thanks for the compliments, Diane, Uwe and Mike. I'm still a "photographer" at heart, but I took up the hobby as a means of visual expression. So while I'm a real newbie at this kind of manipulation, I'm enjoying the creative aspect of the work, and I'm really taken by the images that everyone is posting.
Me too. The interesting fact is that I find the blends most of the time more interesting.
Here is an image that I don't want to blend at all. I think the clean shiny look works fine.
This image looks also clean in original (sky and pyramid). It is so clean that it is borderline boring. The blend makes it way more interesting (not sure I have the optimal texture yet, textures that fit best are also hard to find).
G1 + 45-200mm
One of my favorites from you Uwe.
OT--I've spent time on your site, known your posts on a number of forums for many years---but I'm still not sure how to pronounce your first name. When I think of you, I'd love to think of you with correct pronounciation LOL.
Some pronounce my name like "Hoover", this is way off . 50% of my life here in the US I need to explain the pronunciation of my three letter first name. I hardly can pronounce it myself in proper German anymore (Bettina helps me then ).
"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."
Hmmm. I still say this is harder than it looks. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you cross the line into typical grunge-style stuff. I'm finding the monochromatic images easier to handle.
I posted this on the fun with 4/3 thread, but I think it really belongs here. I used Alien Skin Bokeh to get the focus where I wanted it. Lots of blending but no texture added.
EP-1 with 17mm prime
Thanks to everyone for their compliments and especially their inspiration. I've got to get off my butt soon and get out shooting some more.
OK, just one more... then I really must stop for a while, reflect, and attend to life in general.
GH! + 14-140mm (Photo and Texture same walk in Monterey, 1/14/2010)