It has been raining and blowing on resent days. Weather service will not promise anything better. It has become warmer and it means we have a lot of mosquitoes now. I have a good reason to stay at home and beyond the table and write the next blog.
Photographing has been my hoppy very long time. The most creative period of my hobby was about ten or fifteen years ago. Taken photos presented people, children and nature. I tried to catch a moment and insert a message. I tried to impress something with perspective, details, shadows and rhythms of objects. I had (still have) a system camera (Nikon 601) and smaller pocket camera. I used DX code films (25, 50, 100, 200, 1000), slide films and black-and-white films. The system camera was for the main situations and the pocket camera was for occasional purposes. The first problem to develop photos was with B/W photos. I have not my own laboratory and I used a photography shops laboratory. The quality of handmade photos was good but it was extremely expensive. After a while the developing fee had degreased but the quality was poor. The photos were made with the same development process machines as the color photos were done. There were not gray scale separation. I concentrated to color photos wholly and developed my skills to create fiction and sort of self-made reality. I had extra objectives and a tripod to help work. Then something happened and I lost my creativity and interest in photographing.
Two years ago I bought a new digital system camera (Nikon 80D) and Adobes programs to process photos. On the web graphic course I learned the technique and some tips to process the photos. It should be careful with one thing. It is eagerness to using Photoshop program instead of looking a photo. What do you think about following pictures? Have I done too much or not? What kind of purpose they will fit best in your mind?
The background layer is a back side of a wooden puzzle. I had some photos of our journey to Northernmost Lapland and made from them by vector graphic puzzle forms. Added shadow with red tinge and color glide with outer glow upper part of picture. The gray background color is for readable colors of letters.
The islet on Lake Rahajärvi (Money) pictured in the middle of the night and on the early morning. We were in Inari in Northernmost Lapland some years ago and spend Mid Night Festival there. As you see the sun did not go down at mid night at all it shines behind the islet and made the Islet black. The topmost layer is made by the pattern which is one to three black white.
The colors of the texts should be in a balance with another part of photo. The colors are fixed with the parts of flower here. You can also see the difference to use shadow or not with a text.
Lady’s Slipper orchid is a protected plant here in Finland. It grows in our village forests.
And the same with Beverly emboss.
This is made by vector graphic. The parts of Northernmost Lapland and Lake Inari are made with color glides. The lines are effected with shadow.
Ice sculptures were quite light and not very visible at the origin picture. Blue color changes the spirit of sculptures.
It is a real blue moment. I was coming back from Muonio and Olostunturi (Fjell Olos) to Rovaniemi on February. Just before the sun fell down I drove a car beside the road and took this. I have not done anything to this photo just and the text.
Two layers and Beverly emboss cone. Nice harmony colors on later autumn.
As I told I had taken a lot of details. This chain is actually a chain of a tractor wheel. The wheels are covered with iron chains to drive on a slippery road and ground. Anyway the chain can be taken where ever. The chain has a shadow which is the same item but it is turn to black and is situated to another back side layer. The ground layer is a color glide and the upper layer is made with pattern.
This world is very visual. We are more and more targets of visual messages. Marketing consists in visual commercials. This is an informal part of learning photographic process. I don’t do this often but for me it is a way of learning something new by looking commercials. How they are made? What kind of colors they use? What kind of effect they have? If it is something very impressing I will try to create similar.
For those who are interested in photos and processing them there is made a lot of books and web sites. You may search free programs and tutorials from internet if you just get addicted with it. This is a good hobby and takes all of your extra free time.
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