Monday, August 15, 2011

Stanford Photo Walk with Stuck in Customs and Google

On Thursday evening last week I managed to get out of work early enough to participate in the Stanford Photo Walk led by Trey Ratcliffe of Stuck in Customs fame and a number of coaches and sponsored by Google.

I've always wanted to spend some quality time on the Stanford campus taking pictures but I never scheduled it in.  This gave me a perfect reason to do so and a former Stanford student had taken care of designing a walking route. He even took us off road to see Stone River, an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture I would have never found on my own or with a map. Unfortunately, the light wasn't that great so my photo didn't turn out. After a weekend of processing I have a few that turned out though.

Here are a few HDR photos from that walk.

Stanford is full of oak trees and the late afternoon sun was gorgeous shining through them.

A little later on we hit the Rodin Sculpture Garden outside the Cantor Arts Center (where else would it be).

Here's the Student Union after dusk.

I have a few more to process and post.  More later.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011



Originally uploaded by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson

Tried out the new Snapseed app today. More expensive than most at $4.99 but love what you can do with it.

Here's what I started with:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Sum of Experiments

What happens if?

I crop it differently? If I Percolate it? If I make a line drawing in ToonPaint and merge that with the Percolated image in PhotoWizard?

What happens if I take it into FilterMania and chose Retro? or Hot Flash? What happens if I try Rays? and the Enhance automation in Filterstorm? How about adding PicGrunger effects as well as ScratchCam?

Rather than try to hit a particular target (Zones 1 through 10 properly printed), this path is about exploring what is possible. For one image, many different things are possible.

Yet, some would call this overprocessed or "tarted up". Maybe so. At the least, playing with tools increases skill. At the most, you come up with something you really like that is qualitatively different from the original image.