30 June 2014
I. Using FX Photo Studio and Glaze
II. Original Image
On Wednesday I took a day trip to the East Coast city that stirs the hearts and spirits of everyone that visits its eclectic and electric streets: New York. Since I grew up in the Middle Atlantic states, Manhattan was an easy jaunt.
I cannot even begin to guess the number of times that I’ve grazed there. This particular trip had a purpose: to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with my eighty-nine-year-old uncle. There will be more next month about that adventure.
Since this week’s challenge involves post-processing using the sundry of apps that are available, I felt compelled to share one image. It seems appropriate for multiple interpretations.
I adore mass transit: it’s efficiency of travel coupled with fewer cars on the road draw me to it. Please read a recent post where I talk more about this affinity. Click here.
In order to reach our destination in Lower Manhattan, we used two modes of public transportation: light rail and subway. Oh, and our feet did lots of work. Once in the city’s Penn Station we searched for the subway that would help us get closer to the bridge’s entrance.
As we stood waiting for the next R train to arrive, I did what comes natural to me: observe and watch. I’ve even discovered ways to be non-intrusive–ways to become part of the ambience and not impinge on someone’s space.
Suddenly a young woman hurriedly crossed in front of me. With a casual flare she leaned against one of the vertical support beams near the track.
As she stared in anticipation of the train’s arrival, my thoughts leaped to the universality of the moment. My iPhone ready (my DSLR on my back), I knew it was time for quick action.
In the Lens section are five images. The first four are renderings using the apps Glaze (#4) and FX Photo Studio (#1-3). The fifth is the original.
When I knew that I wanted to freeze that moment in time, instincts surfaced but so did very specific reasons for the scene’s enticements. Probably the most influential was the simplicity of the scene: the very nature of her physical confidence. She seemed a woman of bold choices. Mostly, it was the pose of the “wait.”
Since I’m always concerned about the privacy of others, the impetus for many photographs is a person’s anonymity. In this case the young woman stood fairly close with her back to me. That made it easy to take the shot.
Other influences that simultaneously compelled me: angles and lines of the track, the yellow warning, interaction of the colors, and the voyeur’s feet on the right. All-in-all the scene’s composition was packed with fascination and mystery.
I could watch passengers arriving and departing all day. It stirs my sense of wonder, imagining their stories: adventurous or mundane, repetitive or varied, stressed or tranquil.
Tip of the Week: During my decades of darkroom development I rarely did substantial editing. While that credo still applies, I do enjoy playing with the digital darkroom and its continuum of photo apps. While I remain true to the original, I am not hog-tied to it. Hence I do find the “play,” which comes with these chemical-free toys, charged with a new kind of visual language. I seem to stick with a few tried-and-true (i.e., FX Photo Studio and Glaze). But there are others sitting in the queue. I get ideas from Flipboard, which is a free “personalized” online magazine, and my nightly read before the lights are quieted. Flipboard displays images in a special iPhoneography section, and I am enticed to view each day’s gallery. Sometimes I’m intrigued to try this or that. Some disappoint, but it may be my cursory effort. I know that they have more to offer. I simply don’t go deep enough into their layers. Also I’ve noticed that many diehard app devotees use more than one photo app per image. I’ve never plunged into multiple usage. Experimentation is on my agenda. I do recommend that you try the two that I used for this post. FX Photo Studio is especially versatile with its various choices of styles. If you have an iPhone, you can get them in the iTunes App Store. Here’s the link for the Photo and Video page. Do not be overwhelmed, it shows you the variety and a long list of choices. If you try the two that I recommended, let me know if you like one more than the other or both.
View others from this week’s challenge:
If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.