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Posts tagged “Abstract

Architectural Abstract

I attempted to create more of an abstract with this image of the “Marilyn Monroe” towers. Once again I used my 10-stop ND filter to smooth out the clouds passing between the two buildings.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Absolute Towers, Mississauga, Marilyn Monroe Towers, architecture, black and white, abstract, monochrome, long exposure

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Tiny Bubbles

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. I know that it was a long weekend in the US and here in Ontario we enjoyed a long weekend with Family Day. It was nice to have the extra day off and enjoy some downtime with my family.

Last week I got inspired to try something new. I was on Rachel Cohen’s Photography site (if you haven’t visited you really must. Just click on the link) and she created an abstract from oil and water. Rachel was actually inspired to try this when she visited Beverly Everson’s Photography site (yes definitely check out her site as well). I actually commented on Beverly’s post and asked her how she achieved this look. A few minutes later I received an email from Beverly giving me instructions. I think I need a bit more practice but here’s my first attempt of some macro photography of oil and water.

Now I’m usually pretty good at following instructions but once I got myself all set up and I filled a shallow dish with oil and added a bit of water here’s what I came up with….

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, blue

I actually liked how this came out but I thought “wow…why am I getting so many bubbles?”  Well I went back to Beverly’s instructions and I realized that I was supposed to fill a shallow dish with water first and then add a bit of oil….Duhh. For the image above I had my dish suspended over a bowl of blue and green marbles. Now for the correct mix of water and oil I placed two tulip stems under my dish and here’s what I came out with.

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Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

Tiny Bubbles, bubbles, abstract, macro, macro photography, oil and water, pastels,

It’s fun to experiment with something new.


Santa Barbara Harbour Abstraction

Before we hit LA we spent 2 days in Santa Barbara and I absolutely fell in love with the place. The beautiful harbour front, the quaint downtown area and the friendly people made me wish we were staying longer.

I took this image of the harbour from the wharf while we were waiting to be seated for lunch.

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Santa Barbara, California, harbor, sailboats, abstract, pacific ocean, surreal, wharf

Speaking of lunch, if you’re ever in Santa Barbara you must go to Brophy Bros. After checking in to our hotel we asked at the front desk if they could recommend a good local restaurant. We were sent to Brophy Bros. I have to tell you the baked clams were the best I have ever had. And the oysters. And the shrimps. Ok…I’m making myself hungry and I really want to go back.

Santa Barbara, California, restaurant, Brophy Brothers, Brophy Bros., seafood, wharf, clams, sign


Fall Reflections

In my continued quest of creating interesting abstracts I present “Fall Reflections.”

This is one image processed three different ways. The abstract effect is straight out of the camera, of a forest floor covered in leaves, and was created by panning left to right. The original RAW image was processed in Photoshop and then different color photo filters were applied to create each of the images, in the triptych, below.

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Pinch & Twirl Abstract

There are many photographers that I follow that inspire me and that I learn from on a daily basis.  I try new techniques, some work and some don’t, but I thought it would be nice to share some of these with you. A couple of months ago Denise Ippolito created a blog post called “Red, White & Blue Abstracts” where she presented two images she created using different filters in Photoshop, namely the pinch, twirl and wave filters. I loved the look so much that I wanted to give it a try with some flower pictures I had taken.

Here’s the result…

Would love to know what you think.