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Up With The Sun: a MobileArtistry Feature

4 Sep

The Instagram-based group, MobileArtistry, includes me in their gallery today as a featured artist. I created this montage as an example of my style for the feature and did the following writeup on my technique. My huge thanks to them for the highlight.

Up With The Sun - click to see more like this at Pinterest

Up With The Sun – click to see more like this at Pinterest

Ever since seeing a book of Jerry Uelsmann’s photomontages in college, I’ve been fascinated with the art form and have since become motivated to become a professional graphic artist, designing for over 16 years now. Manipulating reality for artistic effect in Photoshop has always been my favorite part of designing, so when I discovered iPhoneography, and especially the app Photoforge2, which is very similar to Photoshop, I was hooked. It was seeing the evocative iPhoneography of Sion Fullana that inspired me to give it a go, and Sion was even good enough to share his guidance with me on what apps to get started with.

Repost of Up With The Sun at MobileArtistry

Repost of “Up With The Sun” at MobileArtistry

How The Magic Happens

I basically take photos all the time with my iPhone 4 of whatever I find interesting. When the urge to create strikes, I’ll mix ’em up and see what happens. It’s really as simple as that. Sometimes I know exactly where I’m headed, and other times I’m just along for the ride, letting magic from the universe do the driving.

For this montage, I combined two photos I took on a Saturday in late summer: one of a wig mannequin at a beauty supply shop, and another of a rising cloud at a winery out in the country. Both were shot originally in with Hipstamatic, using the John S. lens. Wig girl was shot with Rock BW-11 film, and the cloud was shot with Blanko film. You can see the originals at my Flickr stream.

Originals for this montage - click to view at Flickr

Originals for this montage – click to view at Flickr

I brought wig girl into Dynamic Light and gave her the Solarize treatment. I also used Noir to get the right mix of monochrome highlights in the cloud scene. Next, I brought both images together in Photoforge2, each on its own layer. I set wig girl’s blending mode to Overlay, then selectively hid and revealed bits of each layer via masking. Finally, I did some minor cloning cleanup in Filterstorm, then added the copyright & signature with Phonto. I named this after a U2 song lyric in “Gone,” an expansive rising track that seemed appropriate for this composition.

What’s amazing to me is how, as I’ve become adept with a few apps, I can pull techniques from each of them almost like selecting colors on a palette. It’s like having a box of tools to achieve an artistic vision… that fits in your pocket and makes phone calls, too.

Thanks very much to MobileArtistry for featuring me – it’s an honor to be included with such beautiful, creative art. Definitely check out their great gallery for consistently innovative creations.

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Backyard Graveyard – Single Image Sundays

15 Jul

Graveyard in the Neighborhood - click to follow me on Pinterest for more like this.

At the site of a long-since-gone church is this small graveyard, now part of the neighborhood among the trees and homes. Photo taken between Lockland and Madison Avenues, Winston-Salem, NC. Shot via iPhone, edited with the Noir Photo app.

What do you think? Have you ever happened across a random graveyard? Let us hear from you in the comments!
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Eye Could Be With You – Single Image Sundays

8 Jul

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“Tonight I could be with you,
waiting in the wings…”

–Bauhaus, Spirit

Here’s a montage I created recently via iphone using the apps PhotoForge2 and Noir. See the original elements at my Flickr stream.

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Cheers With A Sleeve Tattoo – Single Image Sundays

1 Jul

Cheers - Single Image Sundays

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It just so happened that my phone was ready for a quick snapshot when I got up to the bar last night. This bartender’s ace-up-the-sleeve tattoo, literally up a sleeve (though not the typical sleeve tattoo), makes an appropriate background for a highball glass alight with a candle. Shot with an iPhone4, processed using Noir and Dynamic Light. Check out my iPhoneography board for similar stuff. Cheers.

What do you think? Ever seen a cool tattoo at an appropriate moment for a photo opportunity? Do you take photos more often with your phone or with a camera? Let us hear from you in the comments!

Real Talent: Jamie Laval

16 Nov
Jamie Laval Sitting

Jamie Laval Sitting, foot tapping, violinning. Click for full size.

It’s a funny thing, talent. For those who have it in abundance, especially in the arts, that’s about it. So, you’re a child prodigy writing symphonies as a teen? Yep, gonna’ die before 40. Brilliant painter? Yeah, cuttin’ yer ear off, no doubt.

But this past weekend, I had the unique experience of  attending a private concert at the home of friends to enjoy the music of Mr. Jamie Laval. Not only does he play a mean fiddle (or violin, depending on the style of music), but he manages to operate all four limbs in perfect sync to sound the beat. And not only does he achieve all that, but between tunes he illustrates the scene with wonderful detail, giving us a deeper appreciation of the material. And not only all that, but he also is a friendly, articulate guy who, by my humble estimation, has his act together. At least enough to wow everyone in attendance on this evening. From his official bio:

ONE OF THE premier Celtic violinists on the international music scene today, Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his intensely passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, rendered with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world. Jamie has also collaborated on numerous television, film, and CD recordings, including Dave Matthews’ Some Devil, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wild America, and recent live performances include the NBC Today Show, as well as a private appearance for Her Majesty the Queen.

Definitely get in touch with him if you own an Irish pub, appreciate four-limbed rhythm & fiddle, or if you just want a CD. Jamie is talented, and is the real deal.


Photos by me, using Hipstamatic Nashville HipstaPak & Noir post-processing 

Jamie Laval Standing

Jamie Laval Standing. Click for full size.

 

Have you ever attended a house concert? Do you play an instrument? When is the last time you heard a song and it transported you to another time and place? Let us hear from you in the comments!

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