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Monday, December 18, 2017

Smart phone - Winter 2013 ice storm photos revisited

Winter photos

The first time I realised you could take excellent photos with a small smart phone was 2013. Prior to that, I pretty much ignored them.  When my DSL camera died a slow and grisly death that year, I pissed around debating what to purchase for months. I used a little point and shoot NIKON off and on, but I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to carting a camera around so I didn't carry it with me very often.   Well the ice storm over the 2013 Christmas holidays pretty much were a revelation.

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Playing with Photoshop filters - concrete and cutout

I've been playing with Photoshops filters a lot lately, teaching myself how to use them, after years of pretty much ignoring them. I've poked around with them  but never really taken a lot of time to understand how to use them effectively.  It's one of those features a lot of us dabble in without really appreciating the tools.  

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Film grain effect - Adobe Photoshop

I take a lot of photos, many aren't worth keeping. They'll be slightly out of focus, not well composed or just boring. I'm not a patent photographer - I grab photos on the go and hope for the best.  Usually I just delete them.  Once in awhile, I'll look at a photo and think "what a shame I didn't take time to frame that better", or more likely simply focus the camera.  A potentially good photo ruined by impatience.  Then I fire up Photoshop and run it through a few filters to see what happens. 

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Toronto - north skyline view with film grain effects

Toronto night scene facing North


Dug out my old Nikon Coolpix the other day and had some fun on the balcony. The little point and shoot camera does an admirable job with night shots. I pulled on my jacket and shivered in the cold taking numerous shots and then ran them through a couple of filters.  The photos themselves are good, but for some reason the camera always gives the dark sky an ethereal glow.

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Toronto on a rainy afternoon - King & Yonge

Toronto - Yonge & King - Dec 09 2014

Toronto on a late Dec afternoon. King @ Yonge street around 4pm.

The photo was pretty mundane, but running it through Pencil Sketch App for 8.1 transformed it.

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- Dorothea Lange

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