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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sleepy Saturday


I thought I'd share with you some of the black and white images I have been playing with today. I took some shots of the two sleeping dolls I created out of some Monster High dolls. I love their serene look once they are posed as if taking a cat nap. Here is Katrina above taking a little snooze. I actually converted to a black and white infrared image with a bit of fog tossed in for good measure. It lends itself to the dreamy quality of the image.


Here is a close up view of her as she  travels through dream land.


Next we have my sleeping princess. Princess Nay Neh is dreaming of her prince to be as she takes a break from her duties. Here again I converted the image using a black and white infrared process. I like the dreamy feel.


Finally here she is in a close up. It makes me want to curl up and take a nap too. I was finally able to rehab her dress. I took off the long skirt part and added a lighter flouncy paw print organza. It's all in shades of pink to contrast her greenish skin tones. Obviously you can't see that here. The awesome thing about black and white is that it allows one to play with light, texture and contrast without dealing with colors that might not otherwise work together.

Well, that's it for now. Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Apparitions

Greetings one and all. Sorry for the delay in my weekly postings. I had been out of town for a four day weekend to Washington DC for a friends wedding. I had the opportunity to visit some interesting sights as well as national monuments. This afforded me the chance to take some images I may not get a chance to do again. However that being said, my photographic skills were certainly challenged. I forgot to take a tripod which is essential for night photography. But, despite that I had a great time and came away with some interesting images.

Now to the point of this post. I have been wanting to experiment with black and white and the idea of apparitions. I am trying out a technique using a combination of blur and blend modes to give me the effect I am trying to achieve. I wanted the image to be somewhat recognizable. Yet, ethereal in feel. I discovered that this was a great opportunity to use the blurry images that didn't turn out that great for other things. So, you be the judge.

 

This first image was taken at the Lincoln memorial. It was one that I took at night and with my cell phone. I couldn't get my expensive Nikon to get a good image. I really like the ethereal feel of this picture.


This was taken at the FDR memorial. I really find that statues really make interesting subjects. The only downside is the hard lines of the sculpture. Real people have a softness about them that lends itself to a more believable apparition..


I am not sure who these two are but, I took this at the same FDR site. I just liked this composition and the bit of text that appears in the image.


Finally this is FDR again as a younger man sitting in his study I think. I am not really sure as it was really dark and hard to read the little plaques. But, all of these images were converted to black and white and processed with a blur and blend mode. It is fun to experiment with some new ideas.

I hope your week goes well as we are headed towards the end. May you have peace, love and a whole lot of creativity grace your path.