Just a quick post with a few photos — and variations thereof — from my Samsung Note 8. On average, I snap roughly two to three photos a day using my phone. The majority never see the light of blog unless I take the time to play with them.
What do I mean by that? Well, take this photo, for example . . .
I saw that flower on my way to getting the mail, and I stopped to snap a photo. That might have been it, the photo languishing in the phone’s memory to eventually be archived . . . except that I happened to be editing some other photos and decided to play with the above as well.
By “playing with it” I mean editing it in Snapseed and then pushing it to Pixlr to finally end up with this . . .
Is that a good photo or rendition of a photo? I don’t know. I found it interesting, but many might not like it.
Of course, I don’t always play with photos . . . this next photo is presented as is. What’s interesting about it is that this was taken on Valentine’s Day. When I cook eggs, I don’t break the yolks until the white of the egg is nearly fully cooked. On this day, a rare thing happened . . . one of the eggs must have hit a corner of a bacon piece and it broke . . . resulting in a heart shape. Imagine that, a heart shape on Valentine’s Day. I grabbed the phone and snapped a photo.
Unfortunately, by the time I brought the phone to bear the yolk had run a bit, and the heart was less perfect than at first.
Occasionally, the grounds outside the condo sport new decorations.
I snapped this photo thinking I would do an artsy version using Topaz’s Impression plugin. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a filter that looked substantially different from the original.
I mean, yes, if you look closely, but if you step back a bit, it looks pretty much like the original. Weird that. I guess macro shots are not suited for the plugin. So, I changed it to B&W.
I didn’t make the same mistake with this decoration . . .
Rather than try a painting effect, I changed the colors.
Again, I don’t know that it’s “better” but I do know it’s “different”.
For the above shot, I cheated a bit . . . I used a mister to deposit water on the cobweb to make it visible. I assume the spider was not amused.
I created the B&W version just to see if the web would still be visible. I’d say that’s a “yes”.
It was breezy at the time, and I had to reach way over the railing to get these shots, so a number of them ended up out of focus . . . like this next one. Not that you’d know it because I used the Topaz Glow filter to give me this . . .
I did end up with a few decent shots . . .
Note that is the same location, same spider, but two days apart. In between, we had a fairly severe thunderstorm with high winds and torrential rain . . . the above was taken the morning after an active weather night. Honest, I don’t know how they string the web up so fast; I’m confident the old one must have been destroyed.
Here’s another version (and there’s an additional B&W in the gallery) . . .
. . . and once again I tried an artistic rendition . . .
That’s supposed to be a painting or a pencil drawing, I don’t remember exactly, but unless you click on it for a larger view, it doesn’t look much different from the original.
Here’s a B&W version . . .
This next one — with the corresponding B&W version — is probably the best shot I got of the web and spider.
I previously mentioned I was happy with the phone’s ability to capture sunsets . . .
Why, they even look good in B&W.
Well, it’s 1:15 am and if Melisa wakes up before I get to bed, I’m sure to get a lecture on why I should get more sleep, so I better wrap this up. Here’s the gallery.
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