Today I went for a walk looking for something to inspire me to take photos. I had downloaded the new Exposure 6 from Alien Skin and need to take some photos to experiment with this software. I found an abundance of wildflowers and decided to do some simple still life images.
Exposure 6 is amazing! I love it already and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. It works as a filter within Photoshop or as a standalone app. While editing these images with some of the presets I had visions of new ideas that I could shoot. It’s funny how creativity works sometimes. These photos were edited with VSCO Kodak Porta VC in Adobe Camera Raw, imported into Photoshop and edited with Exposure 6 using the Polaroid 600 preset, light leaks and textures. I. Am. In. Love.
Just a quick share of my little part of the world here in lovely Lawrence, Kansas. Autumn is upon us and nature is beginning to show her colors. I took these photos while driving my trusty Jeep around on the back roads puling off to the ditch to capture the beauty. On my next adventure I want to find some proper Kansas Barns so stay tuned!
I was out on a portrait shoot this morning and after it was over I decided to snap some photos of the lovely Summer garden. The Daisies and Coneflowers were in full bloom and so pretty. This week I bit the bullet and purchased a set of presets for ACR from VSCOFilm. Today was the first day I had to experiment with them and I have to say, I am loving them! These presets are designed to give you the look and feel of classic film stocks. They do a great job don’t you think? There are 11 differnt films from Fuji, Kodak and Ilford with 4 variations of each. I had a difficlut time choosing which one to use but finally settled on Kodak Porta 400. You will see a lot of my photos edited with these presets in the near future.
It was a warmish day, about 45 degrees, which is balmy in January in Kansas. I decided to take advantage and head over to the Baker Wetlands to shoot some photos. These images were edited with Florabella’s Matte Action from her Colorplay Action Set and then textures were added using 2 Lil’ Owls Studio’s Nostalgia textures. I really love the effect. I have used textures in the past, however, lately I have been a bit more bold with them. What are your thoughts on textures? Do you like them subtle or bold? I would love to know your thoughts.
I have been wanting to photograph this dress form since my friend Erin gave it to me. Unfortunately I didn’t have any ideas on how to shoot it. Today I decided to make a tutu for it using some ribbon and tulle that I had left over from another project. Then I walked over to the park and take some images with the Lensbaby. The first shots were so boring and typical. When I propped it up on some sticks and really enhanced the blur and the images got more interesting. I am happy with the vintage washed out feel of these images. Happy Sunday!
I found these purple berries and really wanted to photograph them with some amazing bokeh behind them. I got a little carried away with the lens blur of my lensbaby, however, I think it works. I edited them images in Photoshop using RadLab, then added some texture using Chasing Dreams amazing artist textures in their Tour of Europe collection. These textures are bold, colorful and not for the faint of heart. I used the Monet, Pissaro and Delacroix textures and I love how different they are. I love how they emulate the look of film by adding that extra element to the image that gives it warmth and soul.
I just received my lockets in the mail. Super excited and wanted to share them with you. The locket measures 1.75 inches in diameter and you can add two of your own images, measuring 1.25 in diameter, on the inside. My plan is to add my images to these and then coat them with resin. I have not used resin so we shall see. I hope to have a few of these in the shop by this weekend. What would you put inside your locket? Hmm?
I scoured my Blackbird Fly group on flickr for some images to share with you. Have a lovely weekend!
This week I am featuring the Holga 135 35mm camera. I bought this little gem at Urban Outfitters. They have an amazing collection of Lomo toy cameras and film. I like that this camera is small, light weight and fits easily in your bag. It’s a fun little knock around camera that takes great photos. I was hoping that there would be a bit more vignetting in the images but oh well. The images were of some clouds a couple of weeks ago. I like how stark they are. I will scan and share a few more images throughout the week.
Here are a couple of photos I took with the CameraBag app using the Italiano filter. I like the soft sepia tones. I picked up my film today and I can’t wait to share the images with you next week.