The Snow... uh oh, the Show.
This was the front-windshield view on our way to the January 20 Opening of "A Moment in Time." A rare (for 2011-2012 winter) but ill-timed snowstorm snarled rush-hour traffic, and put a damper on what promised to be a busy and lively gathering. Thank you to those who were able to make it; for those who stopped by at a later date, and for those who were kind enough to send regards. If you have not seen the exhibit, you still have time. Gallery hours are Wednesdays, 4-8pm; Thursdays and Fridays 10 am - 4 pm; and Saturdays 12 - 4 pm; through February 18.
A Moment in Time
Please join me and other local photographers at the Opening Reception of "A Moment in Time." Friday January 20, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 108 S Bloomingdale Rd. Here is a link to their website for more information: http://www.bloomingdaleparks.org/Facilities/BPD-museum/exhibitions.htm
I am a big fan of entering contests and submitting to Gallery Shows. I have had a few successes and lots of misses, but each one has been a valuable learning experience and preparation for the next step. I was very fortunate to have two of my three entries accepted for the exhibit "A Moment in Time" that is currently showing at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.
The image shown here, called "Time Warp" is the one that didn't make the cut. I thought that a straight-on image of the iconic Marshall Field's clock would be too pedestrian, so I applied some creativity and joined two very different images to achieve this artistic effect.
It is a curious experience to learn what the jurors have accepted and what they have not (notice I did not say 'rejected'). In my case, I felt this was the strongest of my three submissions. In another show, another juror, this one could have been selected. At least that is what I tell myself. That is the beauty of it all, and why I join others of my colleagues who recommend to keep on submitting.
Hope to see you at the show!
Playing with Camera+
I took advantage of our first real snow of the season, and headed out to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Center for some scenic shots. A cute little foot bridge over cold clear water and some texture in the tree to the left should do nicely. I had heard that the iPhone app Camera+ has some nice features, and I wanted to try them out on my iPhone 4s. This is the 'before' image - no special effects or post-capture processing were applied.
Retro: cyanotype effect
After capturing the image, I selected the Clarity adjustment. It may be hard to tell in these thumbnail versions, but it did sharpen things up nicely. Then I tried all of the Retro effects, all of the Color effects, and all of the Special effects. Needless to say, the options were plentiful. In general, the 'grunge' effects were interesting, but for this image I liked the cyanotype and the HDR effects the best. I added a black border to enhance the retro feel. In a future blog entry, I will compare the Camera+ cyanotype with the cyanotype preset out of LightRoom 4 beta, just for kicks.
Having already set the Clarity and the thick black border, it took only seconds and one click of a button to achieve this HDR effect. It felt kind of like 'cheating' but I like the outcome.
New Year's Resolution
I normally make it a rule to not make New Year's Resolutions. That way I won't be disappointed in myself when I break them. However, this year I did make one or two. My first one was to take at least one picture every day. Since I was given a new iPhone 4s for Christmas, I figured that would be pretty simple. Between that and my 'walking around' camera (Lumix DMC-ZS3), it should be a safe bet. So far, I'm doing well, but this little nutcracker ornament doesn't look so sure about the future. Or, maybe it was the 'in your face' flash that I hit him with. Reminder to self: don't do this to portrait clients.