This image began with a photo that I took today in Wellesley Hills, MA. I had an appointment to keep, but I saw some beautiful day lilies outside the building, so I took a quick photo or two with my iPhone camera. The appointment couldn't have gone better; in fact, it was perfect. However, my photo was not! Tonight, when I got the image into my computer, I could see that the focus was soft, so I decided to open the image in Painter and posterize it. I liked the result, so I then used iPhoto to crop it to get this composition. I also used Painter to create a digital woodcut, which I will publish here tomorrow.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took last night during a sunset walk at a local park. I liked the colors reflected in the water, so I took some pictures. Tonight I used Painter to posterize the image to heighten the colors and shapes, and the posterizing has the added benefit of making the houses less recognizable. You see a lot of waterfront houses around here, and I really like the way they look.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Yesterday I published a photograph that I took at Beverly's Farmers' Market of red and orange beets, posterized with my Painter software. Last night I also used Painter to create a digital woodcut from the same photo, and here it is.
Monday, June 27, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took today at the Farmers' Market here in Beverly, MA. It was a busy day, and I only had a few minutes to look around, but I saw the red and orange beets on display and took a quick picture with my iPhone camera. Later, I used Painter to posterize the image, and then cropped it in iPhoto to get this composition. I also created a digital woodcut, to be posted here tomorrow.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took during my recent stay in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the "Tropical Ravine", part of the botanical gardens at Queen's University. Finding images of tropical plants among my photos from Belfast might seem surprising, but actually this wasn't my first visit, so I already knew that you can see lots of beautiful plants on campus in the greenhouses, no matter what the weather. But still, it was surprising to suddenly see a pond full of bright orange fish! (I love this kind of surprise, especially on a trip.) I was interested in the way the brick wall and window were reflected in the water, so I took a picture. Tonight I used Painter to posterize the image, and then I cropped it to get this composition.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The clematis in my back yard has been opening up over the past few days, but it has been hard to find time to take photos, especially with the rainy weather. But I managed to get a few photos between storms. I love the colors and subtle patterns, so I got up close with my iPhone camera. Later, I did an even closer crop in iPhoto.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Today I bought a birthday bouquet of pink roses. I put the bouquet down on the counter for a minute, and the roses looked so good that I took a picture with my iPhone camera. Tonight I cropped the original photo to get this composition.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Yesterday's post was a photo that I took on my last day in Paris, La Fontaine Saint Michel. I took the photo not only because this Paris icon was a landmark for the Metro stop for the Latin Quarter, but because I loved the way the light was shining on the structure. Tonight I used Painter to posterize the photo to emphasize the play of light and dark. That's one of the best things about taking pictures of your travels: you can always go back for one last look.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
It was certainly hard to leave Portugal, but it was time to fly back to Paris for the last two days of the trip. We stayed at a hotel near the airport (to catch an early flight), but there was still time to take the train into Paris for one last day. This is the view near the Metro stop in the Latin Quarter, which is where most of that day was spent. I loved the way the light looked on the statue, so I took some pictures. This is the best of them. I did a tiny bit of retouching of some marks on the statue, but apart from that, this is just as it came out of the camera. So the end of the trip came too fast, but I have many, many photos and lots of great memories.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I have so many wonderful memories of my trip to Portugal, and this is one of them: looking out at the Douro River from the rose garden at the Solar do Vinho do Porto. If you want to sit in the garden, you are required to drink port. I sipped a port cocktail with orange juice, and mint, while I watched the late afternoon light. Of course, I took pictures, too. The original version of this photograph came out of the camera in pretty good shape. I just adjusted the exposure a little bit, and used some cut-and-paste to get rid of some distractions in the foreground. Apart from that, the photo has not been changed. It was really this beautiful there.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Here is one of the many, many pictures I took during my short visit to Portugal. I love the old buildings and alleys of Porto in the old area near the river. I saw stairways that serve as streets (or alleys), like the ones I had seen in Lisbon's Alfama area during one of my earlier visits to Portugal. As we walked around Porto, I noticed the red door and the ochre wall, so I took a picture. Tonight I edited the original version in Painter, using some cut-and-paste and digital airbrush to eliminate some distractions. Then I did a final crop in iPhoto and here it is, a little glimpse of Porto.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Well, it is Father's Day, so of course my dad has been on my mind. This image began with one of my favorite family photos, taken by my uncle, Ike Fitterman. (My uncle was a professional photographer who worked under the name Jay Phillips, and he took many wonderful pictures of our family.) Tonight I used my iPhone camera to snap a quick picture of the original photo that is hanging on my wall. Once I got the image into my computer, I cropped it to get this composition, and then used color overlays and then posterized it, experimenting until I got the level of posterized effect that I wanted. I got the image back into iPhoto and did one more crop to get this final image, which is very much a collaboration with my Uncle Ike. And working on this image gives me a way to spend a little time with my dad on Father's Day, because I am still my Daddy's girl.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This image began with one of the many photos that I took during a boat ride in Porto. It was wonderful, start to finish, and a beautiful way to see the city. The tour boat goes under six bridges of Porto. This is a view of the most famous of the bridges, the Ponte Dom Luis. Tonight I cropped this image out of one of my photos, and used Painter to posterize it.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I flew from Paris to Porto to spend a few days. The visit was too short but it was wonderful to be there. This is the view at sundown the evening I arrived, seen from a restaurant near the Arrabida Bridge. The scene was spectacular, so I took some pictures. Tonight I used Painter to do some cut-and-paste to conceal some highway lamps in the original photo. Then I posterized the image, and cropped it to get this composition.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took on the second day in Paris. The hotel was near the Gare du Nord. I looked at the map and saw that Montmartre was not too far, so I decided to walk there. The basilica looks just like all the iconic pictures of it, but I was surprised to see so many tourists, souvenir stands, and the carousel! I liked the juxtaposition of the merry-go-round with the rest of the scene, so I decided to take a picture despite the crowds. The original version of this photo had lots of tourists in the foreground, but I opened the image in Painter and used some cropping, some cut-and-paste, and some digital airbrush to get a somewhat quieter scene. Then I posterized the result, and cropped one more time to get this composition.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This image began with a photo that I took a few weeks ago, during a little tour boat ride down the Seine. The boat ride was a relaxing way to start the visit to Paris and I took lots of photographs. Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower seems like such a cliche, but I took pictures of it anyway, lots of them. And it is actually kind of tricky to find a composition that works. This composition was one of the best of the lot. But I wanted to punch it up a bit, so tonight I used Painter to add pink overlays to the sky and the tower, and then posterized the image, and here it is, a little daydream from my trip to Paris.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Yesterday I posted a digital sketch that I drew as the Eurostar train emerged from the tunnel in France. I didn't have a chance to recharge my iPhone so I couldn't take a picture of the scene. So I used the Brushes app on my iPad to draw the sun setting over the fields of France. This is the stroke-by-stroke video captured by Brushes as I drew. The little video seemed to stall out before completion when I downloaded it, so I used iMovie to add a still of the final drawing.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This is a digital sketch that I made on my iPad with Brushes. I was on the Eurostar train from London to Paris, and when the train emerged from the tunnel, I saw a beautiful view of France as the sun was going down. At that point, I had no functioning camera. During the ride from Glasgow to London and the mad rush to change trains in London, there was no time to charge my iPhone. So I got out my iPad and sketched the scene instead.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Yesterday I posted a digital sketch that I made on my iPad with the Brushes app, a view of Darlington, England, seen from the train. The Brushes App captures a stroke-by-stroke video as you draw, so tonight I am posting the stroke-by-stroke video of my sketch of Darlington. The drawing is a little rough, but keep in mind that I was on a moving train. I used iMovie to create the final video, and added a still shot at the end.
Friday, June 10, 2011
During the train ride from Glasgow to London, I made this digital sketch on my iPad with the Brushes app. When the train stopped at Darlington, I had a view looking down on the town from a railroad bridge. At that point, my iPhone camera had low battery, so instead of taking a photo, I pulled out my iPad and started to sketch. I kept going long after the train left the Darlington station.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
After spending the night in a hotel two blocks from Glasgow's train station, we turned in our rental car early the next morning and caught a ride back to our hotel from the rental car folks. I took this picture of the train station as the driver was stopped a red light. A few minutes later, he dropped us off at the hotel, where we checked out, collected our bags, and returned to this train station to catch the train to London. From there we would transfer to the Eurostar train to Paris. I took this photo partly because I was excited about the train trip and Paris, but also because I love train stations. In this photo you can see the beautiful 19th century ceiling and windows of Central Station, juxtaposed with modern traffic lights and advertisements. You can also catch some reflections on the car window. Today I used iPhoto to edit the image, and also used Painter to posterize it, trying to heighten the colors to match the excitement I felt that day.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
The return trip to Scotland from Belfast was on a vehicle ferry (Stena line) to Stranraer. The plan was to drive to Glasgow to spend the night, so from Stranraer we drove north on the A77 towards Ayr. (I was the navigator on this trip, so I remember the road number, but I did check on Google tonight to be sure.) I had been on that stretch of road before during a previous trip, so I knew that it would be beautiful, and I wasn't disappointed. It is a coast road with amazing views of the ocean and surprises at every turn. It was still breathtaking even though I had seen it before. Even though the light was fading, I took lots of pictures from the passenger side of the car. This is one of the best of the set. Once I got home, I edited the original version in iPhoto to get this composition.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
I took this photograph from the Stena line ferry, heading back to Stranraer, Scotland. I was taking pictures with my iPhone camera as the boat approached Scotland. The light was beautiful and the composition kept changing as the boat moved. This is one of the best photos that I took that day.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Today I spent some time editing more photos from my recent travels, and the batch I worked on today included the drive north from England to Stranraer, Scotland, to catch the vehicle ferry to Belfast. Although many of the photos I edited today were more colorful or more appealing, I think this photo is the strongest of the bunch, so I am posting it here. I took this photograph from the Stena Line Ferry as the boat was approaching Belfast. I like the luminosity of the water, the cloud formations, and the strong diagonal created by the small boat in the foreground. I used iPhoto to straighten and crop just a bit, adjust the exposure, and retouch a couple of marks caused by streaks on the window of the boat..
Saturday, June 04, 2011
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Friday, June 03, 2011
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Thursday, June 02, 2011
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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Between Manchester and Sheffield
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