Note 8, Snapseed, Photoshop Mix, and Pixlr Pastiche

I take a lot of photos with my Samsung Note 8 but despite my best intentions, I’m way behind in sharing them. This post attempts to make up for some of that . . . except you won’t see the actual photos. 

Instead, these offerings are modified versions of the photos; modified either by editing or by combining them with other photos. There is a SmugMug gallery HERE but I’m not sure how useful it is as far as seeing “more” given these are occasionally highly modified. Note: not all the photos presented below are in the gallery. Variations presented here might not have a SmugMug counterpart. 

Also, not presented in chronological order.

From a local garden shop

Interesting that one of my better photos of those flowers comes from a garden center in Illinois . . . I have a few decent shots from Hawaiʻi but this one at least equals them. 

This is another tropical-looking plant . . . 

From the same garden shop

I tried playing with it some more but it resulted in the opposite of improvement. 

modified in Pixlr

As long as I’m there, let’s continue with the flowers . . . 

striking, ain’t it?

The problem with making large modifications to a photo is that when you “tweak” it, it looks pretty much the same.

stuff changed but it looks the same . . .

Meaning, after a big change, you need an even bigger change for it to be noticeable . . .

Amazing, no? OK, OK, it’s not even the same flowers . . .

. . . but, I had you going there for a second, no?

One of my go-to Pixlr effects is that of rays of light fanning in from off-frame . . . for instance. 

It’s a subtle effect . . . for instance, take this photo shot at an antique shop:

It looks nice — hence why I shot the photo. The above is already modified from the original but add some light rays and . . . 

Maybe it’s just me, but it appears to me as if there’s a bit of an extra kick to the second version. 

Getting back to flowers . . . some can be modified a fair amount and still look as they might appear in real life . . .  

If the flowers are “weird” enough to begin with, you can push the process a bit more.

Also, if you’re dealing with an already striking specimen, you can push it a lot and it’s not all that noticeable. 

But if you take a more ordinary shot and push it the same amount, it’s evident it has been modified.

The grasshopper was on there and an added bonus for the photo looking “odd”.

I mentioned we often go to antique stores and thrift shops. This next series of processed photos originated at the local Pier 1

I’m not sure what salespeople think about me as I walk around snapping photos. They probably assume I’m shopping.

In fact, I imagined that trio performing on an imaginary stage of old, complete with pyrotechnics. 

That same store had — to my surprise — a number of Hawaiʻian-themed merchandise. 

I’m not sure if these are Hawaiʻian tiki idols or if they’re the cast to Angry Birds.

They also had this piece . . . if I had a huge house with a huge screened-in porch overlooking a bay, I’d get this piece in a heartbeat. 

I thought this would lend itself to various Topaz plugins . . . but that will wait for another time as this is all about the Note 8 and Android apps. 

I mentioned before pareidolia is strong in me . . . for instance, take this toilet paper holder . . . 

If you make even a small effort, you can see a number of possible faces. Let me show you just one. 

Angry man with folded arms and a pot-belly.

Or, it could be this guy:

Let me show you a few combinations . . . 

This photo . . . 

A piece of granite at the Home Depot.

. . . and this photo . . . 

A painting at a Chinese buffet in Mt. Zion, Illinois.

. . . can net you this . . . 

Or, the picture of the bamboo and of the bird gets you this . . . 

Or, take the granite, the bamboo, and Big Foot and you get . . . 

Or, granite, bamboo, and a photo of nested glass bowls merged and blended with the “difference option” nets you . . . 

There’s a point where stuff gets too busy . . . so let’s go back to bamboo and a graphic from the JWildfire Mini app nets you this . . . 

Some imagine you need the “right” subject to do this stuff (or, they might imagine I’m strange beyond comprehension . . . in which case, here’s more proof) but all one needs is an eye for the different or interesting or both. 

I was painting a room earlier this week and opened a new can of paint. The tint has separated from the base and it formed an interesting pattern . . . 

Yes, I played with it, but that’s the design that was on the surface of the paint. All I did is change contrast and saturation and brightness, etc. I removed the handle of the paint because I thought it detracted/pulled attention from the pattern. 

Now, take the above photo and combine it with the photo of the ship . . . 

One final photo before I have to hit the sack (going to the gym in the early morning and I need my 5-6 hours of sleep).

Although Halloween is 6-7 weeks away, stores like T. J. Maxx are already showcasing Halloween merchandise . . . 

. . . hmm . . . I think he might look better in B&G&W

OK, I’m done. No profound thoughts today; just weird photos. Here’s the gallery of the above.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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About disperser

Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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4 Responses to Note 8, Snapseed, Photoshop Mix, and Pixlr Pastiche

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Quite a mixed bag of colorful goodies here. I really like that sailboat and the nested glass bowls blended photo makes a wonderful abstract! Thumbs up for those.

    Liked by 1 person

    • disperser says:

      Thanks; I often play with something and the trick is to not go too far (on some of those, I did).

      You do need to visualize the end result but even there you can get different results than what you expect and two photos you think would go well together might not (and vice versa).

      I try to keep an open mind and not discount combinations that at first glance don’t look promising.

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  2. These are so eye-catching and then they draw me in! So cool!
    Some so beautiful! Others fun! Others different! (Love the angry man AND the bone-y man!)
    Your original photos are art and then you produce more art by your ability to create! Great work, Emilio!
    HUGS and Happy Whee-kend!!! :-)

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