Nightmare on Jack's street
30/10/11 11:54 Filed in: iPhone iPad
For an image to play with in SpookyPIc, I pulled a 2010 image of Jack antenna ball posed in the jaws of a dinosaur along Interstate 10 in Arizona.
When I first started playing with this image, I found SpookyPic filters would add density — rapidly darkening the image. Normally this is good for dark and stormy night Halloween images, but I was trying to add several effects. Jack went jet black.
So back to photogene. I lightened a lot with opening up shadows and using curves. Back in SpookyPic I used a color reversal filter, texture cracks, hand and small flames. But then it was back into photogene to lighten again.
Once back SpookyPic I added the lightning bolt, fingerprints and tree.
My iOS flickr Sep./Oct. 2011 pics of the day.
Buster the skating rooster
26/10/11 11:48 Filed in: From the Archive
Yesterday on the LA Times From the Archive blog I posted the story of Buster the skating rooster. I first heard the Buster story during a 1983 UCLA Extension photography class taught by Leigh Wiener.
Wiener's approach to photography was keep the technology simple, concentrate on knowing a lot about your subject. During the first class session, he covered all the tech stuff–film speeds, depth of field , etc. The rest of the course was stories on how he approached different types of assignments and subjects.
One of the stories was on Buster the skating rooster. Fortunately for me, Wiener wrote down many of his stories in his 1982 book, "How Do You Photograph People."
Funny, the book title was also the name of the UCLA.
The photo below is of Leigh Wiener during that 1983 UCLA class. I must have been going through one of those hands-of-god burn down the edges phases when I made this black and white print.
24/10/11 11:48 Filed in: iPhone iPad
One week till Halloween. Time to use SpookyPic, a 99 cent app on the iTunes store. For the photo above I started with 2009 image of a witch in downtown Tehachapi, California. I first used DynaLight HD mysterious light. Then going into SpookyPic I used filter 8, texture 2, the lightening bolt and flames.
My iOS pics of the day Sep./Oct. flickr set.
Free Apps! Free Apps!
I throw my loose change into a tin can. Then when half full, its off to CoinStar, convert into iTunes money, and buy some apps.
But lately I've gone one step better — free apps.
Sure, many of the iOS photo apps are free, but many of the developers also have free days, weekends, etc. You just have to know about them.
I check these two web sites daily, iPhoneography and Life in LoFi. Besides all the great info, app reviews, etc, these two sites often announce apps on sale or FREE!
Tonight a new app, Steampunk PhotoTada! is free. So I grabbed. Another day I will try out.
Steampunk PhotoTada! is another grunge look app, but with a cool science-fiction/alternate universe sales pitch. One way to grab attention in the crowed iOS photo app world.
This reflection image started as a street scene in the small town of Shaniko, Oregon. After the normal prep in DynaLightHD - open up shadows - I used PhotoStudioHD. First I used black and white grain, then dirty picture 33%. Staying in PhotoStudio HD I used symmetry horizontal which only left the top of city hall and the tower.
My Sep./Oct. Flickr iOS photo of the day set.
1910 bombing of Los Angeles Times
One hundred and one years ago today, a bomb at the Los Angeles Times killed 20 co-workers. About 100 were injured. For Friday's Los Angeles Times From the Archive blog, I put together this 24 photo gallery of the bombing, funeral and trial.
Today I remember my co-workers, even if a century apart.