Sunday, July 6, 2008

Timesuck!

Many knitters lament about the huge timesuck that is Ravelry. I haven't really been drawn in that far, I usually just use the pattern browser. I discovered something far worse for me.

My camera came with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. I don't use it much, mostly just for cropping and resizing photos, sometimes brightening and boosting the contrast. I should say, I didn't use it much. I've been reading the Pioneer Woman's photography section, following along as she explains Photoshop, doing step by step before and after shots. When I have played around with it, I usually end up back at the straight out of the camera shot, because I think, "but that isn't what it looked like." I guess I get hung up on showing an accurate portrayal of what things look like around here.



So I was playing around with the Filters that Elements has. There is one called Poster Edges. I am in love. I started out with the many flower shots I have taken over the years. I think it makes them look like botanical drawings, which I have always loved. I have been known to buy seeds for the drawings on the seed packet, rather than the seeds themselves. Yep, I'm a sucker for a botanical drawing.




Most of these have been featured in their original form already somewhere on the blog.
















Then I discovered what it does to landscapes.






Those last two are the lunar eclipse from March of 06.






This one was from the threshing bee at a friends farm. It reminds me of a Van Gogh painting.


Then of course are the animals.






Please send help. I have three years of digital photos to play with.

10 comments:

Cinnamin said...

Cool! I'm waiting to see the rest of the three years' photos after you play with them! :)

rilera said...

I love the effects! I especially liked the clover shot and the animal shots. I like PW's photo tips too. She is so talented. I want to get a digital SLR camera after reading her blog. Have fun with Photoshop!

Joy said...

Oh dear - thanks *so* much for sharing another black hole ;) I can imagine several of these framed and displayed on a wall.

Olga said...

Your comment that it looked like a Van Gogh painting got me to thinking, do you suppose he saw the world like that and so thats how he painted? food for thought...

Turtle said...

very cool results!

flintysooner said...

You are an artist and so is your mom.

Cindy said...

Oh, damn. You're lost. I think that is so cool and gives such a different look to each photo. Amazing. Just remember, you will have to come up for air;-)

Adriana said...

You should really sell some of these photos on etsy.

Tara Smith said...

Very cool! I haven't used the poster edge effect on anything yet, but I have some close-ups of my crepe myrtle blooms that would look really cool that way!

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