I started this week’s series of pictures with the posterization effect and I figured I’d finish it with the black and white posterization. I shot these swim goggles as they sat on the table by the pool. It was in the evening so I used a flashlight which is why there is a circle of light in the picture.
I really liked shooting with the various effects for this week’s theme. I know they can be done in Photoshop and some people consider things like this a waste when you can just “do it in post”, but I don’t agree with that. I will agree it can be done in post-processing and can probably get better results since you’ve got more control over the effects and the original picture. The thing is if I’m standing in front of the Eiffel Tower I can try some of these effects in a matter of minutes and use up very little memory space. Those pictures can be used as a visual note to remind myself that maybe I should try to make that effect on the regular picture or it can just be used to save me from having to spend a lot of time in Photoshop messing around with an image to create a look. I don’t want to go on vacation and have to edit 1,000 pictures if I can help it, much less try and figure out which ones I’ll want to make more unique with these kinds of effects. This can just be used to make things easier which isn’t always a bad thing.
I took today’s photo with the Toy Camera effect. It creates the look of a toy camera with shaded corners and pronounced colors. It’s fun to quote things sometimes. Basically it’s a type of old camera filter similar to Holgas and Lomos. This one doesn’t have much in the way of shaded corners, but it definitely has increased color.
Today’s photo uses the partial color effect that only shows the color blue. I turned on Anakin’s lightsaber and tried to focus on various parts of the saber and on him and liked this one with his face in focus and the saber “glowing”. I like the saber effect since it looks like the Ralph McQuarrie concept drawings of Star Wars lightsabers.
I wanted to give the new effects a try at night and see how they might work. I grabbed the tripod and headed out on my bike to the main street corner and figured I might be able to get some cars lights passing through. On my ride over I remembered the effects put the camera into full auto it seems since you can only control the exposure compensation and have no shutter, aperture, or ISO controls. I worried it might not allow enough light in to make the effects work, but I forget this camera can use a much higher ISO than my old Canon. I had also grabbed my 50mm lens which is an older Minolta MD lens and has the aperture controls on the lens and the camera doesn’t control it anyway. This allowed me to stop the aperture down to get a slower shutter speed to make the car’s lights streak. This was taken with the Pop effect which makes a “more vivid color by emphasizing color tones”. I liked how it made the neon lights pop which I think is perfect for the lights and the style of building.
I had lunch at this great little place on the border of Chandler & Ahwatukee called Sandella’s Flatbread, and decided to go check out South Mountain to see if I wanted to shoot anything. The conditions weren’t the best since it was mid-day, so that meant harsh bright lighting and heat; lots of heat. I didn’t really plan to go there so I didn’t have provisions really and wasn’t about to go too far from the parking lot without water. This was taken on the main trail from the parking lot with the high contrast monochrome effect, which makes a black and white picture with a wide range between the blacks and whites. This can make your black and whites more interesting since the contrast is what makes converting a color picture to black and white worthwhile. I wanted to capture the trail going off in the distance and there’s a bit of mystery there with the bend.
This week I’ve actually got a theme to try and shoot. On Monday, Sony released a firmware update for my camera, it added a cool new way to use manual focus, some more white balance options, and a handful of picture effects. So this week to try it out, I’ve decided to shoot only with the new effects to give them a whirl. I did what I normally do with a new photo toy, I went in the backyard and shot some basic shots of the pool.
This is the posterization effect. It can create some cool looks and can be changed quite dramatically be simply adjusting the exposure composition.
I noticed this ray of light from the fading sun this afternoon in the bathroom. Thought it could look cool and took the photo. The difference in color wasn’t very pronounced in the photo, so I upped the saturation and vibrancy some to make the colors pop more.