Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Istanbul Greenhouse filters

I really liked this structure, and still having fun with filters.

Now, with cropping!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pattern Design at Mass Art

I took a pattern design class at Mass Art this semester to understand fabric better. It was very useful.

Here's my final project.

The wire forming the bottom part of the skirt definitely need to be stiffer, but the only other wire I had that was suitable was way too stiff and thick to work comfortably with the fabric.

At the very end of the project the piece managed to discover a pen in my office. I could either patch it or go with it -- I went with it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Photoshop Blend Modes

I just started The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop by Scott Valentine.

One of his first suggestions was to just duplicate your base layer and try different blend modes to see the results.

I found the results fascinating and thought I'd share.


Color Dodge



Soft Light

Linear Burn

Full Size Original

Cropped Original


Hard Light

Monday, November 19, 2012

Istanbul at Night

I'm still enamored with the multiple filter thing.

This is with a three different shots of the same scene.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Masking Tiffen Filters

After watching a few of their webcasts I was finally motivated to learn how to use the masking mechanism for the Tiffen filters.

It takes a few minutes of futzing to get them right: sometimes the masks need to be generated, sometimes their just there, and for the path mask, the path has to be closed for it to appear.

Once you're past that (again a few minutes, not a much longer than that -- but they're certainly not immediately intuitive) you're in possession of a quick, easy to use masking system that makes a tremendous difference.

Here's an example




Pretty dramatic: the original is meh, the unmasked is unusable and the masked is interesting.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Multiple filters: Istanbul "Greenhouse Restaurant"

Here's the multiple filter treatment of some photos of an abandoned greenhouse restaurant I came upon in a park in Istanbul.

The "original" for each is the first one of the group.




Monday, October 8, 2012

Suiting Sculpture Complete

Finished my suiting sculpture, reasonably happy with the results

It was a long process.

Starting with the shape

How to mount it

Finally deciding on cast polyurethane

with tiles to get the "square bulge"

and a cut away section for the stone

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Istanbul Serpent Column ---

Multiple takes on a few images