Search this website by keyword
Monthly Archives: December 2010
It’s Christmas day and all the good behavior over the last year has finally paid off. You’ve unwrapped your presents and are basking in the afterglow of overindulgence. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to be a little naughty…go ahead. You have a whole year before the next annual payoff. But remember…he’s watching!
Festive Christmas Wishes,
I hope you all have a relaxing, joyous Christmas. Kiss the loved ones, embrace the less fortunate, and dream of all the wonderful possibilities of the new year.
All the best,
I’ve had some time off lately, so I have taken the opportunity to view some Photoshop tutorials and try to develop some new skills. One of these was a set of video lessons by Corey Barker at www.kelbytraining.com on how to use a pen tablet. As part of that lesson series he explains how to digitally paint over a digital photograph. I played around with this technique on a photo that I took in Maine. There were some things I liked about the photo, but it had some fatal issues that kept me from ever exhibiting it.
I thought it might be a good candidate for painting over, though. So I spent some time stumbling through the process of adding painting strokes to the photo. This process is a bit hard to describe unless you use Photoshop, but in short, it’s a brush technique that allows you to paint over the photo with colors and tones are already existent in the photo. It’s a bit more complicated than just “coloring book” work because the direction, pressure, and fluidity with which you perform the strokes affect the final quality of the work.
It was a lot of fun; and although there’s much room from improvement after the first attempt, I may consider this technique for some future photos.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
…and don’t forget to buy stocking stuffers.
I’m not sure why, but somehow this photo keeps attracting my eye. It’s not a typically compelling scene, or flashy, inspirational, enlightening, or striking. I guess it’s just a little slice of a moment in life. I took this photo just outside the Basilica of Bom (“good” or “holy”) Jesus in Goa, India. There were some vendors scattered about outside the Basilica and this dog was just doin’ the dog thing next to a vendor’s cart. So what do you think…compelling photo, or cheap snapshot?
Here is a photo of the front of the Basilica
The Basilica Bom Jesus was consecrated in 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. Wondering why a basilica would be in India? Goa had been a Portuguese settlement/territory since 1510. Contained within these walls are the remains of St. Francis Xavier, co-founder (along with St. Ignacius Loyola) of the order of Jesuits.
The Remains of St. Xavier
Suffice it to say that it was quite a departure from the local surroundings on the India coast of the Arabian Sea.
Speaking of which…
Another Departure from the Surrounding India
This is where I crashed every night. Yeah, I wasn’t exactly roughing it. Hey, it was a business trip…it’s not my fault.
Happy travels to all,