Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Mixing it up a bit

When it comes to this blog, I pretty much stick with my photography work.  I also work with graphic design, mostly designing logos. I use Photoshop or Lightroom for my photography and Illustrator for my graphic design work.  Generally speaking I don’t mix the two.  Illustrator does have an interesting feature though called image trace. Basically you place your image into the program and it makes a likeness for you.  I’ve included the link if you would like a bit more detail, but in simple terms, there are several presets, you pick one, and it gets to work for you.  Settings include sketch options and photo options. I’ve had some luck with it the past, but I suspect that part of the reason I don’t do much with my photography in Illustrator is that I like my photograph to look like a photograph.  I can be a bit narrow minded that way.

Last week though, I was working with this photograph:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/200

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/200

This is a photo that in my opinion has some nice elements and some not so nice elements.  Because of that this is the kind of photo that I am more likely to try something a bit different with.  So I fired up Illustrator.

It was a disaster.

So bad, that I’m not going to show it to you. Mostly because I didn’t even save it.

Then I shut down Illustrator and re-opened Photoshop.  And I created this:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/200

ISO 800 4.3mm f/8.0 1/200

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan. I like the idea though, so I will probably try it again with another photo or maybe just working the filters a bit differently.

This experiment in mixing it up took at least an hour, maybe more.  On one hand it’s a bit frustrating to not have an outcome that I like, but on the other, I’ll never get any better if I don’t experiment with new ideas.  When it comes to being creative, do you like to mix it up, do you have more than one medium? do you ever mix the two? How do you feel about your creative projects that aren’t so great?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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Animals, Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Between projects and work and life in general

The theme this week at the WordPress photo challenge is between. I’ve been working on a lot of things lately, too many perhaps, and I have decided that I have to choose between a few of them and make a choice about what I am going to focus on for the rest of the summer.

I was out biking a few weeks ago, and since my point and shoot camera is always with me, I got this shot while I was taking a rest:

4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

I used the macro setting on the camera and was really pleased with the way the background was blurred, giving the field a bit of a romantic feel.

One of my work projects for this summer is learning Adobe Illustrator.  I’m taking an on-line course that you can do at your own pace.  I created this image from my original photo in Illustrator using Image Trace:

4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

I imported my .JPEG file photo into Illustrator then chose Image Trace-Low Fidelity Photo.  Then I cropped the image.

I was pleased with the result, but what do you think?  Learning Illustrator is one of the projects that I am having to decide if I want to continue.  What that means though, is that I need to decide between this blog and the Illustrator class.  Because both the blog and class require on-line hours, I feel like I can only do one or the other if I am to keep the rest of my life and work in balance. I chose the class, it was actually a hard choice for me to make, I love writing this blog. I felt in the short term that the class needed to take priority, so this blog will be on hiatus for the rest of the summer.  Since I am behind in follow-up visits to other blogs I am hoping to take a bit of time every day to visit a few.  I am hoping this will keep my in the loop and excited to resume blogging in the fall.

As always, your comments are welcome below, and I would like to thank all of you who have stopped by to take a look at my blog.

Cheers!

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