Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Getting my feet wet in photoshop, and the fun of a new computer

I have recently acquired photoshop and a mac computer and have been playing with some older pictures (a couple that have been posted on here earlier) and decided.... what the hell ! I`m going to post them up . I bought a mac due to peer pressure from friends and coworkers who have been hounding me nonstop as to how easy they are to use .

Literally within 8 minutes of bringing it home and taking it out of the box I was on the internet and my very hard to impress gene was utterly impressed ! Within one hour of using the computer and trying to retrieve my itunes songs and my thousands of pictures which were carried over from my pc, I had wanted to take my new trendy mac computer and drag it behind my Jeep down Anthony Henday. Black was now white , up was now down, and control, alt, delete (my favorite part of a pc) was now history! It`s been a week now and I think the new computer may be a keeper . Slowly, I will learn more about this thing. If i don`t kill it first....

Bring on photoshop, a program I have wanted for some time now. With all the picture taking while riding, and my ventures out with the camera I don`t know why it took me so long to get this hyped up program. So far it`s been frustrating (I`m blaming the mac) but I am getting the hang of the simple features.

The picture below was taken in the fall, and has been a favourite of mine from 2010 (taken near UofA)

before

And below, after playing with the saturation, and the lighting I was amazed on how much more rich the colors had become. A dull fall day looks much more alive now (and yes, a little fake).... Still very cool !

after

A shot from the farm taken in the fall of 09

before

With a feature that can make the sky bluer, and more lighting effects, this now looks like a bit more like a painting.

after

Bring on Gord, the man behind Rides, Reviews, Races and Random Thoughts and the apparent face of the lone biker on bikeblogs.com. On a ride a few days before the snow fell in November in the Terwilliger park area. I had done some very cool things with this photo but my mac won`t let me take it out of photoshop....


before

This "toned down" version took only 5 minutes, but I think it turned out pretty cool still. I find the forest looks more eerie then the usual Fall forest creepiness that you get when whizzing through the open trees.

after

taken from the mac`s onboard camera, after several unsuccessful attempts to
pull large files off of finished photoshop work. I decided to let Steve Jobs and
the rest of Apple "have it" ....

Thanks Joey

  Seriously heartbroken after hearing of the passing of Joey Moss... Bar none, best Edmontonian ever.  Rest in peace Joey. #madrespect