Superman

Twenty Five

This is one of my entries for a school photo competition run at my school. Can’t decide whether to enter it in the portrait section or enhanced as it is a bit of both.

Superman 1

Another photo using the Nikon D610. I also used a few videos on YouTube to work out how to do some of the effects. For example, the head was made a bit bigger than normal. I also added the old fashioned wallpaper. I really like the way it has come out. It took a long time to put together but worth it. And finally, the model. Well superman is my super dad!

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Broadway Polo #2

Nineteen

Well, you’ve seem a busy hat shop, now here’s a busy shirt shop. It’s the same shop as in my last post.

Broadway Polo #2

Each wall was covered with shirts. Not the best composition but, for me, a fun holiday snap.

Hats

Seventeen

One of the things on my shopping list was snap backs, or as my dad calls them base ball caps. What does he know?!

Hats

I knew what I wanted but still found it difficult to find. It was a particular Miami Heat snap back. This was one shop that was recommended to me (I can’t remember the name now). As you can see they had lots of hats. One wall was just hats and the opposite wall was just trainers. Didn’t find what I wanted but the amount of stuff was impressive and I think made for an interesting photo.

Another one with the Nikon D610.

Forest

Project 52: Week 51

Forest

Something very different today. I took a photo of some dense woodland. When I looked at the photo on the computer I thought it looked a bit boring. However, I have seen woodland photos where the trees have been blurred to give an eerie and abstract look. I found out that this can be done by smearing Vaseline on a lens. Well, I did not fancy doing this to my lens [plus I had taken the photo anyway]. My dad suggested trying motion blur. I hadn’t used this before [neither had he but just knowing about it helps!]. Anyway, that’s what I did and this is the result. Do you know, I quite like the effect.

Now that I look at it I wonder whether it would look good in black and white….

So like I said, something very different today.

Camera used: Nikon D610.

The End

Project 52: Week 48

Exitus

I was surprised to learn that this week’s photo blog would be the last in the Project 52 competition run by Photography Monthly. It’s a shame because I had a few photos planned which I hoped would show some new techniques that I have been trying to learn. However, it also means that I no longer have to think of photos to take within the week’s deadlines. This has sometimes been very hard and I haven’t always been happy with the photo that I have posted. On the other hand, sometimes I have taken a few shots that I was very happy with. But the strict rules of the blog competition stopped me posting these. Bah!

The style of photo which I have taken today is one of those which when you first do it you think WOW! I have done it a few times but probably nearly two years ago when I used to go to my old school’s photography club. I always find it easier to show than to explain how to do things with computers. Basically, you take two photos of yourself. In each nothing changes except where you are in the photo. I put the camera on a 10 second timer so that I had time to sit down before the shutter clicked. We have Photoshop Elements 9 at home which I use to edit photos. When editing open one photo with the second on top. I then simply rub out part of the top layer using the eraser tool to reveal the hidden figure in the layer below.

The theme of the photo is obvious. It’s the end of this particular project. But not of my photos nor the blog. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, it’s a shame that Project 52 didn’t go on to the end of April as we are going to New York for Easter. There will be some great opportunities for photography there.

As I have said above this project has been a challenge. But it has also challenged me to try and be better and to try new techniques that I probably would not have done. I have picked the brains of both the internet and my dad who has always encouraged me and helped me sometimes to work out how to achieve a technique. Looking at my blog I can see that I have certainly developed at a photographer. Thanks to Photography Monthly for running this competition and special thanks to Jade from PM for her encouragement. And it’s been great having some of my photos feature in the magazine.

I will certainly keep up the blog but I might not post a photo every week. Although there might be quite a few New York shots towards the end of April!

Not a Snowman…

Project 52: Week 46

Not a Snowman...

Since it is coming to the end of the Project 52 competition I decided to try something new. I had previously seen photos where a face has been transformed by making it look as if it was made of plants and other stuff like this. So I searched for YouTube videos to find out how to create this effect. This is the video that I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT_lTKxP9ck&feature=youtu.be

I watched the video on the iPad while working on the computer editing my photo. The instructions weren’t too difficult to follow but I did have to experiment a bit to make the effect work for my photo. You can look at the video yourself to find out what to do. I will say that I needed a portrait and another photo which would replace the texture of the face. For this second bit I photographed a wall and some ivy growing on our wall at the bottom of the garden as I wasn’t sure what would work the best. In the end I didn’t even use the ivy. I liked the effect with the bricks plus it took so long I had no more energy to try the ivy.

At first I thought that I would use a self-portrait but that was difficult to do. So I asked my dad [again] if he would agree. He did. Plus he had more skin area on his head… to make the effect stand out more.

I had no ideas for a title so I decided to call it “Not a Snowman”. I suppose I could have called it Brickman. Anyway, I think it’s quite a fun title so I chose it.

This week’s photo(s) was taken using a Nikon D200.