Photography has been a big part of my life since I can remember. Somehow I got Photography Editor for my high school yearbook. That brings back some memories. It was my first experience with a 35 mm camera. I haven’t looked back. My kids always refereed to me as the paparazzi, but they loved seeing photos of themselves and their friends. Now they are all gone and I traipse around looking for unusual sites to frame and capture.
I also like to play with photos using special effects and filters. The following photographs show what I have done using Photoshop Elements and a photo editor called PhotoScape, which can be downloaded from the Internet for free.
I started with this photograph taken at the old Purdue farm. I loved the shapes and textures of this building. Using Elements I lightened it a little so that all the different textures and patterns would stand out. I then pulled it into PhotoScape.
I used a couple of the filters to create more of a drawing or sketch look and then used one of the frame techniques and voila! It focuses the eye on the most dramatic part of the photo. I printed them as note cards.
That same day I took the photo below. It has a few filters, but not as dramatic of a change.
It was worth all the bug bites and scratches from climbing around an old abandoned farm.