Saw these guys last weekend. Got this photo. What a gig. One of my favorite bands ever.
I’ve been meaning to document this doorway for a while. I ride by it at least a few dozen times every month. So it only felt right to work it into a montage. I snapped an image of it using Hipstamatic one day while waiting at a traffic light. Later, I realized it would be more interesting with the door part obscured and replaced with an image of a tree. I snapped the tree photo in the moment, especially for this image. But it still needed at least one more element, so I browsed through my repository of unfettered originals from here and there, and found the perfect complement in this outdoor light from a bar, Single Brothers, a few blocks up from where the door exists.
So, I mix all this together in Photoforge2 with masks, a border, varying levels of curves/levels/clarification adjustments, and here we are: an image to accurately represent my creative vision that also represents a part of my city. There’s even more of Winston-Salem, on Instagram, courtesy the good folks at Airtype and their Winstagram project.
What do you think? Ever seen any interesting doorways in your city? What would you create in a photomontage? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Belief in the One True Power: Foto Fridays (rsmithing.com)
- At Sunset in November… (benjiinteriors.wordpress.com)
- Woodpecker, blackbird on balcony (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Hipstamatic Urban Astoria (batribune.wordpress.com)
- Traffic (mildlymixed.wordpress.com)
- Hipstamatic Haiku Sunday (blissfuladventurer.wordpress.com)
Photo taken at breakfast, Cloverdale Kitchen, Winston-Salem, NC.
- Poinsettias Make the Perfect Holiday Gift (prweb.com)
- How much do you know about poinsettias? (csmonitor.com)
- How to buy and care for your poinsettia (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- At Sunset in November… (benjiinteriors.wordpress.com)
- Mom’s Poinsettias (hakescafe.com)
- Reynolda House offering candlelight tours (myfox8.com)
- Swingle Bells concert preview in Winston-Salem [Video] (myfox8.com)
- Are Poinsettias Really Poisonous? The Truth Behind These Holiday Flowers (proflowers.com)
I met this fellow last week. He is actually a fireman. And he was friendly enough to let me take his picture. I explained that it would end up in a wild edit and showed him some examples on the spot with my phone. He was cool with that. And here we are. Check out more like this at my Pinterest, Flickr, iPhoneArt, Instagram, or 500px collections.
What do you think? Ever met someone randomly and asked if you could take their picture? How’d that go? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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In honor of public relations for the Halloween season, here are some snapshots using Hipstamatic of my favorite Disneyworld Magic Kingdom attraction, The Haunted Mansion. I snapped these photos with my phone while waiting in line and did a quick post on a bus between parks with the WordPress app. I’ve been here the last couple of days (the park, not just the mansion) and it’s been excellent.
What do you think? Ever been to The Haunted Mansion? What’s your favorite Disney or other amusement park attraction? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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- Nina Dobrev: Haunted Mansion at Disney’s Magic Kingdom! (justjared.com)
- Creepy Disneyland Horror Short Based on Haunted Mansion Urban Legend (geektyrant.com)
Belief in the One True Power
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Here’s a photomontage I did recently using my iPhone and some choice apps. I was visiting the Grove Arcade in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago and noticed the sunlight looking interesting around this stairwell, so I snapped a black & white with Hipstamatic. Later in the week a gnarled tree trunk in my neighborhood caught my attention, so I snapped that.
I knew I wanted to do something with the tree and the stairwell, but it looked incomplete when editing just those in Photoforge2, so I snapped a candle that happened to be burning when I was working on this. Finally, I added some texture with the TtV Photo Studio app, then some magic from the universe… and there we go.
But What Does it Mean?
The title of this image is from a lyric in a song by one of my favorite bands, The Deftones, titled, “Pink Cellphone.” It’s an airy, dark, and experimental-sounding track – qualities also applicable to this image, so I thought it was an appropriate fit. It’s not my intent to promote any belief an any kind of power whatsoever. I just like the sound of the song and the pairing with the image.
If there is any one true power as far as this kind of thing goes, it’s the brilliant photomontage work of Jerry Uelsmann. If you like my humble creation here, definitely check out his stuff. This piece in particular reflects my appreciation for his art.
What do you think? Ever made a photomontage? Do you see a connection between visual art and music? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Seeing Past The World View (mitlearmoments.wordpress.com)
- Up With The Sun: a MobileArtistry Feature (rsmithing.com)
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- Overcoming apathy and giving our creativity true direction and power (sixtyandsingleagain.wordpress.com)
- Friday’s Foto Fun (scottiechronicles.com)
- Foto Friday – Afternoon Walk in the Park (ericbrown.com)
- Freemason Writes Fiction Based on Secret Fraternity (prweb.com)
As I’ve mentioned previously, their music is a perfect blend of exotic Eastern sounds, modern electronica, and of course… killer beats.
Full disclosure: their PR team, The Confluence Group, emailed me asking if I’d be willing to post something about the show, which I probably would have done anyway. I’m just flattered to have been asked and am happy to promote a great act.
Click on any of these to see at full size, along with more Beats Antique photos I’ve taken.
See also: Beats Antique tour dates. Definitely a fun show worth checking out if they come near your town.
Beats Antique links: Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | YouTube | Store
What do you think? Do you take photos at concerts & edit them later? What do you think of Beats Antique? Is there a similar band worth checking out? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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The Instagram-based group, MobileArtistry, includes me in their gallery today as a featured artist. I created this montage as an example of my style for the feature and did the following writeup on my technique. My huge thanks to them for the highlight.
Ever since seeing a book of Jerry Uelsmann’s photomontages in college, I’ve been fascinated with the art form and have since become motivated to become a professional graphic artist, designing for over 16 years now. Manipulating reality for artistic effect in Photoshop has always been my favorite part of designing, so when I discovered iPhoneography, and especially the app Photoforge2, which is very similar to Photoshop, I was hooked. It was seeing the evocative iPhoneography of Sion Fullana that inspired me to give it a go, and Sion was even good enough to share his guidance with me on what apps to get started with.
How The Magic Happens
I basically take photos all the time with my iPhone 4 of whatever I find interesting. When the urge to create strikes, I’ll mix ‘em up and see what happens. It’s really as simple as that. Sometimes I know exactly where I’m headed, and other times I’m just along for the ride, letting magic from the universe do the driving.
For this montage, I combined two photos I took on a Saturday in late summer: one of a wig mannequin at a beauty supply shop, and another of a rising cloud at a winery out in the country. Both were shot originally in with Hipstamatic, using the John S. lens. Wig girl was shot with Rock BW-11 film, and the cloud was shot with Blanko film. You can see the originals at my Flickr stream.
I brought wig girl into Dynamic Light and gave her the Solarize treatment. I also used Noir to get the right mix of monochrome highlights in the cloud scene. Next, I brought both images together in Photoforge2, each on its own layer. I set wig girl’s blending mode to Overlay, then selectively hid and revealed bits of each layer via masking. Finally, I did some minor cloning cleanup in Filterstorm, then added the copyright & signature with Phonto. I named this after a U2 song lyric in “Gone,” an expansive rising track that seemed appropriate for this composition.
What’s amazing to me is how, as I’ve become adept with a few apps, I can pull techniques from each of them almost like selecting colors on a palette. It’s like having a box of tools to achieve an artistic vision… that fits in your pocket and makes phone calls, too.
Thanks very much to MobileArtistry for featuring me – it’s an honor to be included with such beautiful, creative art. Definitely check out their great gallery for consistently innovative creations.
These guys are making a furious noise in the trees here in North Carolina. Every 13 years or so, depending on the species they come around, and I was lucky enough to get some shots of one over the weekend. I believe it may be part of Brood I, but I’m not totally sure. I took this with my iPhone, using Hipstamatic and a macro attachment lens.