Archive for the ‘photography’ Category


An Album Cover

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

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First, go here: The title of the article is now the name of your band. Next, go here: Go to the bottom of the page. The last four to five words of the last quote are the title of your first album Lastly, go here: Select the 3rd image. It is the picture for your album cover. Manipulate the picture, resize it, add some other color, whatever. Do the same with the band name and album title, put them over top. However you wanna do it. Make it look cool.

Not usually one for the visual assignments, I saw Jeff McClucken’s effort to capture the essence of his new band, Swiss Emigration to Russia, and succinct breakdown of how to create the album cover and went through the brief process of creating a band and finding an image.

After being introduced to the Dactyloceras lucina – a species of moth of the Brahmaeidae family found in central and west Africa – I went a little further with the image search, consulting Flickr’s the Commons under the search tag for Interesting and found my base layer, which I then uploaded into, an online photo editor that let me add text and diffuse the picture to give it the grainy/painting effect.

Other than not creating a square image – as I believe is one of the requirements – I also think I could have done a better job capturing the essence of my randomly generated quotation, which I’ll share in full here as a fond greeting to my camp and bunkmates, but also an acknowledgment of Camp Macguffin’s initial honeymoon period (I mean, not in Bunk X, but for the other campers):

The only thing that lasts longer than a friend’s love is the stupidity that keeps us from knowing any better.

Randy K. Milholland

Shared Vision

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

This Spring 2012 term, I have been taking Introduction to Digital Photography here at Lane CC from Richard Lennox, who is an excellent teacher. Our capstone project was to create a “photo essay.” This was a perfect excuse to do a project I’ve long had on my mind–something to showcase my father’s photography.

My dad left behind thousands of slides, and all of them are in a closet, as you’ll see in the video. I chose a mere 125 of them to have digitized at Photo Magic. Then I chose some of his, some of mine, wrote a story, and rewrote and rewrote….well, these projects take time!

It was created in i Movie on the i Pad 3.


River, Path, Memory

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

A Larkspur Path by Alsea River

On Memorial Day Weekend 2012, Peter and I headed for a weekend at Waldport. We drove up to Philomath, then drove down the Alsea River. We made a pit stop at Clemens Park and stayed a while as the larkspur was in bloom, and the river brought back memories to Peter.

I put this together like a journal entry, trying to capture the rhythm of a mind, a set of eyes, and an interaction with another person’s memory. Audio turned out rougher than I would have liked, but maybe next time I’ll get it right!

Visual Assignment: Pippin a la Warhol

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Warhol Something: Andy Warhol was an iconic pop art mastermind. Now you can be one too! Take a photograph, or use an existing one, and create a piece of pop art.

Pippin a la Warhol

Son of a Took!

Click here to see this image on Flickr.

I’d wanted to do this assignment for a while, and since graduating, I’ve had a bit of time on my hands. I began with a photo I’d taken about a year ago of my boyfriend’s dog, Pippin, and followed the very useful tutorial provided by the assignment’s creator. The process was more complicated than I thought, and I had to bite down the urge to go off on my own. I’m glad I chose to stick with the directions, because I learned several new things, like creating sets/groups, texturizing, and the “load selection” ability, which wowed me.

I’m happy with the way it turned out, and I may even print it off at Kinko’s!

One thing the tutorial suggested that I couldn’t do was attached a signature. I may end up pulling out ye olde clunky scanner and digitizing my John Hancock, since I thought that was a neat idea. I might as well “own” my creations. I’ve been really surprised by my skill for this stuff.

Ready to Rough It

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Lee este artículo en Español aquí.

To get ready for Camp Magic MacGuffin, I’ve given my blog’s appearance a bit of a face-lift!

I changed all my headers as well as the background image. I’m considering messing with the color scheme, and maybe even browsing for some new themes.

Pencil Vs Camera 41 - Lonely

"Pencil Vs Camera 41" by Ben Heines

Click here to view this image on Flickr.

I added an Attribution page to the header menu so that the owners of the original images I manipulated for my headers can get the credit they are due. Thank you, everyone who chooses to license their work under Creative Commons. It makes the web a much more dynamic place.

Visual Assignment: My Cabin at Camp Magic MacGuffin

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Pitch a Tent in Camp Magic MacGuffin: Help create Camp Magic MacGuffin! Visualize the tent or cabin you’re staying in; show us what Lake MacGuffin looks like!

My Cabin at Camp Magic MacGuffin

Feelin' Rustic!

Click here to see it on Flickr.

I was really excited about Camp Magic MacGuffin, and I wanted to set up at my cabin right away! I threw together a quick little shelter inspired by a trip to Mexico I took several years ago. Then, with the help of Photoshop (a popular place to visit), I crafted a sign to warn paserbys that things might get crazy while I’m at work. I pulled out my laptop (on loan from katsushiro on Flickr), proudly erected the Camp flag, and called it a day. Wooh!

Art: Blues and Yellows

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I was feeling creative and messing around with Photoshop when I created this a couple days ago. I rather like it. The making was extraordinarily simple, just a matter of a couple layers, the bucket, and setting a filter or two.

Self in Blue and Yellows

Self in Blue and Yellows

Click here to see it on Flickr.