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Abstract Eye of the Beholder

I continue to have fun using a combination of BrushStroke and Glaze to create some ‘abstract’ art. We are having record warmth for January and I was outside during lunchtime with just a light jacket on. I snapped a photo of myself. Later that evening I was playing around with it. Eventually I created something I liked.

I’ll run through the steps here. I started with a scary photo of myself. Harsh light, dark glasses, and lots of neck wrinkles showing! What can I say, I was enjoying the weather and not thinking much of the selfie.

Abstract-a

I took that photo and used Tangled FX to create an image with lots of ‘streams.’

Abstract-b

That image was loaded in BrushStroke and used one of the relatively new ‘Experimental’ painting styles. They are worth checking out. Sometimes you get some really creative views.

Abstract-c

There still wasn’t much there that was interesting to my eye, but I used Glaze to paint that image. This was the result.

Abstract-d

Suddenly something did look interesting! I zoomed in a lot and did a heavy duty crop around the glasses/nose/mouth region of my face. (I zoomed in using the standard photos app, and then did a screen capture on my iPad – so the image was still large in terms of pixels.)

Abstract-e

Can you see where I’m going with this? I used Camera+ to flip the image and enhance the color, and added the frame (Camera+ is one of the rare apps that let’s you put a frame on the outside of your image, not overlapping the edges).

Abstract-f

At this point I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with the ‘harsh’ look from Glaze, or a smoother painted look from BrushStroke. I went with the latter, so I opened the image using BrushStroke. For the final image I used TouchRetouch to remove what was once my nose and create a single fish ‘leaping’ over the noise of the day.

Leap by R. Pfaff, 2015

Leap by R. Pfaff, 2015

You never really know what you’ll find when you start playing with a pointless photo in your spare time.


Apps mentioned in the post:

BrushStroke is $2.99 [link]
Glaze is free, with in-app purchases [link]
Camera+ is $2.99 [link]
TouchRetouch is $0.99 [link]

And over on Flickr I put a larger version of the final image.

Back from the Big Apple

Wow. Every single time I go up to NYC I love it. I had great weather and got to crash in a great hotel room right in Times Square. I had a great time, and for the first time heading up there I didn’t bring my Canon – I went with just my iPhone 5. Not the greatest camera in the world, but it’s always with me (as the saying goes). I got a few shots I really liked (haven’t actually made it through my big pile of hundreds yet!) and I’ll share them here, along with the apps I used to process them.

Busy Bridge

This one was taken as I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge as the sun was heading down. As always, there was lots of traffic. With the built in camera I used the HDR image (I always set mine to HDR and keep both images). With the HDR shot it is easy to get a bit of blur for things such as headlights of cars. I took that image and used Brushstroke to create the virtual painting.

Staten Seagulls

On this shot I used a standard B&W filter in Camera+ (they have a wide variety of presets). The app is one of the few where the frames go on the outside of your image and don’t cover part of the original image. I’m a big fan of that since I often don’t want to lose anything in the shot. This image was taken on Staten Island. I’d taken the ferry (which is free) from the southern end of Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal). The ferry passes by the Statue of Liberty, so many many tourists ride it on the weekend. Just like me. 🙂

Brooklyn To Manhattan

This image was another one taken on the Brooklyn Bridge. I used the built in panorama feature to take the photo, and the processed the image using Snapseed. I gave it a bit of the HDR filter and converted it to B&W. I like that you can see Brooklyn on the left side of the shot, and Manhattan on the right. Along with all those tourists. [You can see a much larger version on Flickr.]

Two Strangers?

This image was taken from The High Line. This raised train track in Manhattan was recently converted to a mile long park. It’s great for walking (or jogging) while at the same time getting a different viewpoint on the city. At one point I walked past a group of about 15 people that were taking a photography class. I would have stuck around for a bit, but had to catch my train home in a few hours. I used Snapseed to edit this one. I also did a quick perspective correction in Lightroom just before I uploaded it to Flickr. I could have used Persepective Correct on my iPhone/iPad, but since I already had the photo in Lightroom I just did it there.

Overall a great trip. I’m sure I’ll post a few more shots as I get around to looking through my big pile. If of course I find a bit of time. I’m in the midst of being a project manager for a multi-million dollar project (and I’m not getting the millions). I’m not a fan of anything that has the word management in it. I’m a physicist, not a manager!

PS. Speaking of some great shots in NYC, Ron liked one of my NY images so I checked out his Flickr page. Superb.

Watercolor and Paint, Great Sale on Both

I just got back from a week in Boston and had a great time. A beautiful city. I’ll talk more about my visit to the Apple Store in a future post (got a replacement iPhone), and I’ll post a few photos I took, but for today I just wanted to mention some great sale prices.

Waterlogue is one of my favorite apps (I really want to do a full review soon). My sister is a giant fan and she is a real artist! It creates amazingly realistic watercolor images. It’s on sale for just $1. If you are even slightly interested grab it now. This snowy scene was created with Waterlogue. [Click on it for a full view on Flickr.]

Two paths.

Brushstroke is an app that I just recently started using and it gets great reviews. It has a few little quirks (hopefully I’ll do a review soon), but it can create some really nice ‘paintings’ using a variety of styles. It’s also on sale for $1 right now. This was the very first thing I created with Brushstroke.

Red Train

Both Waterlogue and Brushstroke are Universal apps that will create some amazing art.

Although those sales are amazing (seriously), it seems there are a number of other great apps that are on sale.

Fragment is just $1
Handy Photo is just $1
Photo Motion (by East Coast Pixels) is free.
Stackables for iPhone is $1.
LetterGlow for the iPhone is $1
Halftone 2 is just $1.
Mextures for the iPhone is $1.
Waterlogue is $1.
Brushstroke is $1.

Amazing sales. If you are interested in any of these apps, get them while you can at these prices.