I had almost forgotten about this blog. It's been so long, and what with social media and whatnot this seems a bit redundant. But, if anyone is still out there, forlornly wondering why I have forsaken this outlet of personal communication, fret not. I have returned.
One might assume that I have been busily creating in the long months of my absence, but I have not, sadly. It is only recently that I have had the energy, motivation and inspiration to return to my art. Thankfully, I have found them all.
Two of the images I recently worked- The top is "Peer Pressure", It's a look into the challenges that face today's youth in terms of temptation, coercion, and doing the right thing in spite of everyone telling them that they should do the wrong one.
The second is called "Wandering Minds" and it represents a new direction I'd like to take with my art- With color and style and theme. I want to explore more of imagination within ourselves, our universe, and our ever hungry need for learning (The best principles of science began in someone's imagination!) I haven't told anyone, because I figured nobody would understand the link- but this image is a silent tribute to the late and amazing Carl Sagan.
And nextly- What am I learning these days!? OH, the places I will go.
I have recently discovered (or overcome the fear of) using stock images to practice a technique I would like to learn. DeviantArt.com has lots of wonderful stock for use, if you read and agree to the artist's terms. I have been scouring the internets for tutorials on techniques and have two new ones that I am excited to try out this year. They will fall perfectly in line with my new direction. I'll show you my practice bits, because this is a blog and because nobody will likely read this anyway. I wouldn't dream of claiming these as my original works as I haven't shot the images myself. Instead look at it like a rough draft of images to come?
Now, for whatever reason, I forgot to save this as a final image, but luckily I sent a screenshot to my friend Becky, so I have SOME record of having done this. It's a patronus!! like from Harry Potter?! How cool is that? I found the tutorial at https://joelrobisonphoto.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/patronus-tutorial/
Joel has tons of amazing tutorials on his blog. Definitely worth checking out!
The next cool thing is the light portal effect. I learned this neat trick from Robert Cornelius on his blog here http://www.robertcorneliusphotography.com/blog/9-steps-to-create-a-magic-portal-with-photoshop
I can't wait to try these new tricks out with my own models. In fact, we had an awesome location for today and we got rained out!! Oh well, there is always next week, right?
So, That's that... Unless of course you count this new piece, that i love and adore because it's my daughter, for one, but two, because it drives home a point that as photoshop wizards, we are nothing short of magicians. My friend and I were lamenting the lack of snow this season with which to shoot our snowy landscapes and wintry ideas. I brought up how there are myriad ways we can make it appear to be winter/snowing without it actually having to snow. Case and point:
and. one last image to leave you with...
I CAN GO BALD AT WILL!!!!! I finally figured it out!!!
My Fellow Fine Artists
Tammy Zurak of Z Photog Studio | Memphis, TN, USA | Fine Art/Illustrative Photography Gallery:
Pam Korman of District Photography | Philadelphia, PA, USA | Fine Art Photography:
www.bonniealrifai.com Fine art photography
Handy Andy Pandy