Saturday, October 19, 2013

DOORS, FLOORS AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROPS!
ANOTHER BEFORE AND AFTER


I haven't touched my blog in a while...sorry for that but it has been a busy summer and it seems it went by so fast! It's a good thing I love the change of the seasons and just love Autumn!
Recent changes in my photography direction has led me to seeking more vintage and antique props. It has brought me back to really appreciating objects of long ago when times were more simpler and slowed down...when things weren't thrown out but were repaired and used again. 

My quest for all things vintage led me to watching Canadian Pickers on the History channel and by chance they had come to my neck of the woods in Saint-Joseph-du-lac! What a nice surprise to know how close I was to this great Antique Shop(La Maison Théoret)and so close to me!! Last weekend with the help of my brother and the owners Paul and Armand (bringing everything back and up the stairs) I purchased 2 great doors, a window and 3 fantastic chairs full of vintage charm!! They really give the look of a quaint country kitchen without leaving my studio! The doors have an added bonus because both sides have a different look...that means it gives me 4 doors instead of 2. :)
Here is what my studio looked like set up just before the shoot. It worked very well in the small space I have and when finished everything can be placed against the wall for future shoots. I have lots of ideas for shoots in the future and can't wait to get started, lol!
Here are some images of the shoot...edited in PS and onOne Software. Happy prop hunting everyone! :)





Friday, March 01, 2013


In response to the image I posted on FB this week I decided to show the "BEFORE and AFTER" trying to show you the steps involved to the final stage! Here is the original image...it's not a bad image and certainly does serve a purpose...it leaves plenty of copy space for advertising but I wanted to create something more that told a bit of a story!
 

I created a mask layer for this image then inserted my cloud image (back of boots) in a "hard light" layer and played around with the intensity till I got it just right. I then created another layer with the second image inserting in front of the cloud image...erasing (set around 30 to 40 % opacity) some of the image at the top and bottom ...again putting it in "hard light" and adjusting the intensity.


After tweaking each layer to get the best fit and the right intensity I flattened the image and opened  onOne software Perfect Effects 4  and passed it through the Vintage filter (vintage cool) and played with the opacity...did a little sharpening and that is about it.
Here is the final Image! :)



Saturday, December 15, 2012




BOOK COVERS FOR 2012!

Very pleased so far as this is my first year creating imagery for
the book cover Industry. Here is to 2013!
Thank you Arcangel in helping me achieve this for 2012 :)
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Friday, November 09, 2012

FUN WITH POTTED ROOTS!


Winter is almost upon us...time to prepare and protect summer furniture, cut down the last of summer's flowers that have died and are brown and maybe if it's not too cold start putting outdoor decorations for the Holidays!
These are some of this week's projects to do and as always my two great sons Chris and Nick are always there to give a helping hand(actually they do most of the work), lol! :)
Some of my plants had over grown their pots and were very hard to remove. The one good thing that happened to my amazement was the incredible design of the roots against the sides of the pots and I had to take photos of them! I did various shots with different lenses...my EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and  my favorite Lensbaby with Sweet 35 for a distorted creepy look. Here is what the roots looked like unedited:

I then stuck some small doll heads in the earth for later photo manipulations. Here is an idea of the layout in Photoshop and the images used for the final image! The doll heads were cut and pasted in an overlay or luminosity layer...I used my favorite program OnOne Software Perfect Effects4 and finally added a couple of textures to give it a grungy vignette.
I know it's a little spooky, creepy but sometimes it's just fun to go and play on the dark side! ;)


Here are some final images of creepiness, lol! Have fun going to the dark side yourself...you may like it!! ;)