Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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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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.

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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Burst mode fails to live up to expectations

bust mode photography

I was playing around with the Burst Mode on my smart phone. Burst allows you to take numerous photos rapidly. You can keep all of them or slide through the photos and pick the best one.

It's an okay feature, but they could have done much more with it. The ability to take numerous photos in rapid succession means something has to be sacrificed for speed. Image quality suffers dramatically.

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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- Albert Camus

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