Hi ho friends. I know the posts have been sporadic of late, I’ve been fiddling with the look of this site. The design upgrade reminded me of a project I’ve had on the back burner for far too long: re-organizing my files. I’ve owned cameras since 1982 and my first digital camera was a gift from Mr. Thompson in 2002. You’d think that for all the years I’ve taken photographs, that I’d have some brilliant filing scheme. Oddly enough, I apply my vast organizing skills at work and get home and, well, it’s the last task on the chore list.
It was scanning my paintings and converting them to art prints that finally pushed me over the edge. Virtually speaking, my files were strewn everywhere. Duplicates abounded. As with most tedious chores, I put it off as long as humanly possible.
Truthfully, though, I got as far as Stage 1: getting files into a system. I’ve chosen to group by year. Stage 2 is to make sure files have a name rather than the Canon file convention of IMG_number. Stage 1 took just long enough that Stage 2 will happen in a month or so. Stage 3 will getting my 35 mm negatives scanned and cataloged.
More photos than I expected had names. Unfortunately, a large batch of them were taken with my circa 2002 Canon PowerShot S50, which took photos at a whopping 4 megapixels!
I haven’t run prints but I can’t image the images from era will end up as stand alone photo prints. I can see using parts in photo collages, brushes, and filters. The other benefit to this file clean-up is I can reboot my From the Archives series.
First up, this charming humming nest image from 2004. The original photo was taken by my Powershot, at night. We were visiting our friends Pat & Lisa one evening. Lisa mentioned the nest and I naturally grabbed my camera to capture it. Using the flash, I knew I’d get only one chance to capture the bird. I’m surprised the photo came out as clear as it did.
The original photo is pretty standard. I cropped it because the bird was so close to the left edge of the frame. My current process is to work in layers, flatten the final image and export it to jpg for posting. For this photo, I used color enhance, neon, a layer using the airbrush tool and made blobs of green, pink, orange, and white.
I will start a new series soon called Unfinished Paintings, or UFP. I have a stack of 9×12 watercolor paintings that are in various stages of completion. I’m hoping that scanning and editing the images, plus a post about them will get the creative juices flowing.
What’s on your work table? Leave a comment and link to your latest project. I’d love to see what you’re up to.