This is a natural shape I found in a leaf in the garden, don’t know what the plant is but it has pink flowers which can been seen through the hole:
Okay, so here’s the result of me messing around with some black tea and a camera. The photos look as if they’re in sepia tone because the tea fooled the white balance of the camera, should have really set it manually, oh well – a lesson for next time. Also tried playing around with them in Photoshop to try and ‘fix’ the colours but I wasn’t happy with the results so left it as it is.
I realise that it’s been a while since I posted anything. This (academic) year I will try and actually try and post on a regular and reasonable basis. I think one a day might be a little bit too much so I’ve set myself an easy target to get started: post at least one photo a week.
I was messing around with water droplets. I’ll publish a small series of images soon to show the result. The image below isn’t one from the series but is one of the first I took as an experiment/test.
It shows water dropping in a bowl of black tea (yes bowl). The colours have been darkened:
[ooh la - the kooks]
Last weekend I was in London to see Shady Bard, a band from Birmingham who were headlining at The Spitz (a nice bistro/music place). It was their debut album release thingy and there were 2 other bands playing, the first we missed completely and the other (can’t remember their names but I think it had the word ‘monkey’ in it…) didn’t really sound appealing to me. Anyway Shady Bard were pretty good and I’ve started to quite enjoy their music. As I say they’ve got an album out (From The Ground Up) and in the past have released various EPs. I really do recommend you listen to their music (Penguins and Bobby are my favs off the album ), I think you can get the album from HMV/Amazon/iTunes. I’m in the process of getting one myself (as soon as I get some money!).
Ok so about the photo: first just messing around with the brightness/contrast to give it kind of a negative effect (I think I also converted it B&W first), then used the ‘history brush’ to get the colour. Lawrence, the bleached guy on vocals and acoustic guitar, in this photo reminds me of Spike out of Cowboy Bebop and Gene Starwind out of Outlaw Star but thats probably because I’ve been watch those a fair bit recently!
[cosmik debris - frank zappa]
Just playing around, nice little break from revision.
Tip: most of the time its a good idea to dodge/burn b&w to give better tone + contrast; also try the same with colours, makes them more saturated = better contrast.
[Bist Du Nicht Müde - Wir Sind Helden]
p.s. wir sind helden are a fantastic german band, listen to them! i have two of their albums (“Die Reklamation”, “Von Hier an Blind”) and every single track is 5 starred on media player! …really, they are that good!