At the corner across the road…

…is a small triangle of garden where I have photographed many times.  As Autumn has set in, the flowers and grasses have begun to dry and pale.  This image was taken earlier this afternoon:

Street Corner Garden-Original

As usual, I took the image into Photoshop (TM), because, as usual again, I wasn’t satisfied.  I cropped and stared, then went into Image/Adjustments/Selective Color and began to remove the greens…then took it into Lens Correction/Distortion at -18 and added Vignette at -27 and Darken at 27.  I wanted a ‘drier’ look to things, but did not want full Sepia toning (please…don’t think I am trying to make Winter come faster!).

Next, I added a Deep Yellow Photo Filter at 9%, then a Warm 85 at 18%…and began lowering Saturation and adjusting Levels until I felt it looked ‘ripe’ enough to add the Omni in Lighting Effects filter.  I handle lighting effects very subtly, often added them twice, in small increments to get the effect I want…guess that comes from my years as a Stage and Video Lighting Designer, and also from many more years as a Fine Arts painter and Scenic Artist.

This is my ‘finished’ image…I hope you enjoy it, and do some experimenting on your own in whatever photo program you may have.  Sometimes, lovely things happen!

Street Corner Garden–Final Image

I spent a lot of time in a darkroom…

…over 30 years ago, learning to develop and print.  Being me, I got courageous, and also learned to withstand the smell of making sepia prints (Oh, and isn’t it so easy now…with just a click or two?).

I photographed my younger son Erik’s feet (he ‘hated’ me for a long time for doing that), and while printing, overlaid a piece of what was known then as light Pellon (TM), a stiffener used in sewing.

The result was this, of which I remain very proud…and because he has passed, I can still look at those cute young toes!

Erik’s Young Feet  Copyright c. 1977

Making old look older

Great Lake Tree  Copyright 2012

This marvelous tree grows right above the Lake Michigan shore.  I’m certain it is at least 100+ years old.  With a lot of Photoshop (TM) and several grunge apps, the phot looks as if it may have been taken almost that long ago…doesn’t it?

City Fog

City Fog  (Taken behind the Chicago History Museum in May ’06)  Copyright 2012

Over thirty years ago, I began to process some of my B/W shots, turning them to sepias in the darkroom.  It was a ghastly process, though the outcome was very beautiful, with a time stamp (almost) to it.

These days, I Photoshop (TM), and avoid the poisonous chemistry of the darkroom…a bit healthier, but I’m not so certain of environmental impact…especially if YOU, the reader, does not care for the shot and comments harshly about it.