Playing with DistressedFX

I don’t much go for distressed filters these days, but I quite like Distressed FX.

Distressed FX offers 19 color/treatment filters (plus Birds!) and 17 scratch layers (plus the ability to create custom scratch designs), and the ability to tune the intensity of the filters.

It’s also possible to make simple tweaks to color, brightness, and contrast.

It saves images to a maximum dimension of 2048 (2048×2048 for square images; 2048×1536 for 4×3 images from the iPhone camera), and this is plenty for social media.

Fun times.


7/52-32 Holga!

*when reading the above title, it may be helpful to imagine Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

A week with the Holga 60mm f/8 has been on my list for quite some time, and I finally did it. With some more time, I think this cheap hunk of plastic has some possibilities, but I think I’ll go back to conventional (or conventional-ish) lenses for awhile.

To be honest, the 7/52 was mostly an afterthought this week. I’m very busy with work and life, but neither are any real excuse. If I really wanted to be serious about this shooting thing, I would’ve found the time, but to be honest, I might have only gained maybe 30 minutes the entire week. I’m just very busy.

One indication of this lack of real effort is the inclusion of no less than 3 (three!) pictures of cats. For shame, for shame.

Is it time to publicize all the busy-ness? or shall I wait until the big things have already happened… I don’t know.

D7000. Holga 60mm f/8. All shot in Aperture Priority mode; EXIF should be in the lightbox if you care. Processing in Lightroom 5 was minimal.

7/52-17 Cats! (and not cats…)

AKA One of these is not like the other

Another week of not-really-focusing-on-shooting, and with very, very good reason that I’ll share sooner or later.

I did manage to break off an hour or so on Wednesday, and another 15 minutes yesterday in order to make some pictures, and I’m thankful I got 7 that I found interesting enough to share. It  would perhaps be better if there was a continuous theme (ie just cats, with no ‘not cats’ or, conversely, ‘not cats’ with no cats), but it is what it is.

Not much else to say, and I’m running a bit behind this morning, so…

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, maybe). EXIF in the lightbox (too lazy to look it up…). Mild-to-nonexistent post work in Lightroom.

Phoneography Friday #3

Olive AbstractI had an idea to create a process post, with examples from every stage of a few minutes of app play, but then I ended up liking the original image far more than anything that came after… Maybe next week.

Cortex Camera takes a dozen or so images and smashes them down into a single shot. I don’t recall all of the details, so I won’t make this a review or anything, but I think it’s intended to reduce noise while preserving detail. If you wave the phone around while it’s exposing, though, you can end up with some interesting shots, like this one of Olive. If you want more information, clicky the link above.


365.367 Olive

Well, I shot a bunch earlier today—went by the old apartment to take loads of pictures of how nice and clean it is for when the former landlords try to charge me for cleaning it…—and kind of had to force myself to find something to shoot this afternoon.

Luckily, cats are always around. Unfortunately, this apartment is just as dark as the last one…

Fortunately, I’ve been wanting to try some impressionist photography, though I would prefer to do it consciously, rather than have it (or something like it) occur largely by chance…

But I like this picture anyway, and it’s loads more interesting and fun than all the ones I made this morning.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, maybe), in Macro mode. ISO800, 1.6 seconds (AP mode), f/3.5. About 45 seconds of processing in Aperture.

365.340 Olive

I haven’t posted a picture of one or another of the cats of late, so I thought today’s I’mreallynotquitefeelingit picture could remedy that.

It’s not quite in focus, but I doubt Olive minds much, and sof-focus techniques tend to work rather well for such beautiful subjects.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron, maybe), in Macro mode. ISO800, 1/5th, f/3.5, -1EV. About 30 seconds of slider play in Aperture.