Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 7

My entry this week is a little different.  I couldn't really come up with an idea..but, I got to thinking about when I began with MM and how much I've learned since then.  So, this weeks post is to encourage new members.
First, I have my very first entry to MM.  It's a shot I took at the beach.  All I did was a crop and color changed.  This was the extent of my knowledge at the time.  LOL
With this entry, I played around with spot color.  As you can see, I still had a lot to learn.  But, the learning has been so much fun.  First is my original shot, I changed it to black and white, then brought back some of the green of the leaves.  I also cropped this image.
Next, I have another entry that's a color change, but I was also able to save a photo of Morticia that was blown out and over exposed.  What I did with this was crop it in, go up on the contrast and saturation, and change it to black and white.  This actually turned out to be one of my favorite photo's of Morticia.  Aunt Shirley liked it too.
And now we move on to layers.  Once again...Morticia.  She's a great model.  LOL  At this point I had never used layers.  For the following photos I used lunapic.com. http://www88.lunapic.com/editor/

   You choose the photos and the program automatically blends them for you.
Now, we have one of my first attempts at layering with PS.  I took my original shot, added a midnight blue filter.  Loved this filter.  I added a moon shot, played around with color, saturation, and opacity.  This is the result...
I have to say, if it hadn't been for the Gator, and his patience with my endless questions and inquiry's,(which I still do to this day), I would have never progressed as far as I have. He's been a constant source of encouragement.  And, now I'm going to school to get a BA in photography.  So, in honor of the Gator....this is an entry from the first anniversary of MM and MM plus.
And in ending, to all of you who are just beginning, you're in for an exciting and fun journey into photo editing.  This group is the best place to be for that.  There are many artist here to help you and answer any questions you have. 
I hope you all enjoy my little trek down memory lane.  LOL  I look forward to viewing the entries.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 6

My entry this week is just a simple color change (and it's late).  I've been shooting RAW for my class.  I love it.  I'm still trying to figure out a lot of stuff, lightroom 2 included. (I have an A right now).  The following picture was used for one of my classes.  I played around with the contrast, went up on the blacks, and softned it a bit.  Then I changed it to black and white.  Again, I played around with tones and contrast.  This is the results....
And on a side note....Gator when you shoot, do you use AP, SP, or manual settings?  I've been playing around with these...required by the class.  I think I like the AP better.  Anyone else have any thoughs on the subject?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 5

Okay my Muse is off playing somewhere....creativity has gone out the window...but, here's my entry.  Couldn't get the effect I wanted....


Monday, October 4, 2010

Mono Monday Plus....The Gathering 4

Some of you already know what I've been working on this week.  I'm still not happy with it and I'll continue working on it.  It's a picture of Mitzi and Alyssa, both in Mitzi's wedding gown.  I like this picture, but when I tried to print it, Alyssa had a red hue.  Not sure how I'm going to fix it, but I'm still trying.  My brother wants this picture and I want it to be perfect for him and Alyssa.  So here's my plus entry...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

PIcture Perfect~~~The Sound of Music

My picture was taken today, at the Scotland County Highland Games.  This fine fellow, Dave McKenzie is with the group "Gael Warning".  Tyler loves this band, and he loves the bagpipes.  As do I.