Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Ilford makes photo paper that is a postcard.  I'm giving away one free postcard with my original black and white  photography gracing the picture side to the next ten people who join up and "follow" my blog.  There is a spot to do that just to the right of this text.  After you join, send me an email with the address you would like me to mail your postcard to. My email is bwlab@yahoo.com.  I promise to not mail you any other junk via USPS or email.  I will chose the photo from my archives.

What fun!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My girls

Thinking about my lovely daughters.  Lisa brought these old photos home from work and I scanned them.  These were taken at Camp Y-Koda when we were the caretakers there.  We guess this 1994.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More digital

I've used Photoshop and other programs to alter scans of my film based photography and my digital images. If you and I take the same image and merely click the "watercolor" option in Photoshop we will get the same image.  So, in my opinion, working an image beyond that is necessary if one is to call it "art."   " Is it "cheating" to take an image and enhance it by one or two clicks of the mouse?  Does a plein air painter cheat by finishing his or her work from a reference photo after the light has faded?

Here is another before and after comparison.  The original image is a Polaroid.  The film was outdated and that gave it the off colored look. (There is a whole group on Flickr dedicated to off color shots.  http://www.flickr.com/groups/polaroid_blue/ ) I have posted this photo there.  


The after is a combination of three layers done with Corel's software.  I'm loving the "hot wax" effect.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Been away too long.

I was going to do my taxes today but I did this instead.  Before.

And after.  Hot wax and rough edge as well as density control via Corel's PaintshopPhotoPro 3X.

Now I'll cook dinner and then do taxes.