Thursday, September 27, 2012

More Filter Experiments

These photos are some that I experimented with lighting filters and color filters to see what would happen.  These are the results.

The skittish cardinal came around today and I got him mid-flight.  This is the original shot, taken through my front door screen.

The following are what I did with the original.

Well, what do you think?

These next photos are of one of the many sparrows that visit my yard and bird feeder.  The difference today is that I pushed the limits on the zoom control of my digital point and shoot.  I had the zoom indicator into the red zone and took this photo through the same front screen door.
First the original, then what I did to it.


Another group of three sparrows from the same distance and pushing the zoom limits on the camera.  The original first.

It's interesting that even though the background is a city street, it looks almost like water in these edited photos.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Learning What PSP Filters Can Do

Tonight I've been experimenting with color and lighting filters on some photographs from as far back as 1986 up until this past year or so.  The older photos were with film and my Canon AE1 while the newer ones were with the digital Kodak EasyShare Z885.  I'm not saying any of these are worthy of publishing or sale.  They are basically just checking what my editing program can do.  This first set is from Lake Erie 2011, digital.

This next set is from 1986, film.  Location was Venice Beach, California.

This final set was just for fun. Digital photo from near Port Clinton, OH of the David-Besse Nuclear Power Plant and my colorful interpretation just playing around with the editing software.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Winning a Local Photo Contest

It's a first for me.  But that's because it's also the first time I have ever entered a photo contest before.  But I won a local photo contest...just a small one...but I enjoyed participating.  It gives me a bit of a boost in confidence and morale as well.  My winning photo was put in the local newspaper and online paper as well today.  The contest was last week and part of the activities of our local Camera Club.  It was my first time there.  Each month they have a theme contest and September's theme was "Hats".  Tonight I will post a few of my photos on this theme, but the photo I won with has children in it.  I did get permission to allow the photo to be published in the local newspapers and online paper but I have not discussed it with the parents for posting it here.  I'm excited about it and of course love getting to brag about it.  
October's theme is a spooky theme for Halloween.  It is "Transparency-Shadows-Ghosts" and I probably won't have anything to enter for October.  Halloween is not my thing.

Okay, so here are some of my "Hats" photos, although none of the ones I took with the kids in them, and not the winning photo.  If I get permission, I will post the winning photo here too.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Introducing...Phase Two: A New Blog

As this blog has grown and grown over the past few months, I find myself in need of more space.  Therefore, today a new blog has been born.  This new blog will continue to be a showcase for my photography and graphic designs, but it will also include designs that I do from scratch rather than all of them being from photographs.  While this blog will continue as it has been with regular posts, the new blog will speak more to what I am learning as I go along.  At least that is the goal for now.  The truth is, change happens, and as with life, we must follow those changes and make of them what we will.  The past two or three weeks especially, have been a time of change and I hope these changes are good as well as productive.

The new blog is Capirani Photography & Graphics

Friday, September 14, 2012

What God Brought To The Door

Even when I can't get out to other places to take photos, sometimes God continues to surprise me with the things He puts right at my door or in my yard.  The other day it was those cool toadstools.  Take a look at what happened today.