September 5, 2020. The Bureau of Land Management did not shut down access to the Black Rock Desert, so I took a trip to the playa because I could.
Bridgeport, California was one of the few rural communities to put on their annual fireworks show this year.
I live in a geologic area know as “Walker Lane”. The link below is an article on the area.
I was out near the epicenter in April shooting some old mining buildings. These buildings were built in the late 1800’s and I was curious to see the damage they sustained.
Here are the before and after pictures.
Self quarantine from the house, to the truck, to the ghost town of Candelaria, Nevada. Just me, the dog, and the ghost of miners of days gone by watching Venus conjoining with the Seven Sisters.
Project #4 – Putting a woman (something) under/in glass.
For this composite image, I went back to last summer’s vacation photos.
This is Rachel. She lives at the Alien Research Center, Crystal Springs, NV. Now that tourism is shut down, Rachel decide to go back home.
This is Groom Road, just off Highway 375. This road leads into the infamous Area 51 – Groom Lake.
I wanted a night sky for my composite image. I shot this one not too far from home.
For the project, I need an image of a glass. Keeping it simple, I just took a picture with my iPhone and did a basic shot in my closet studio.
The trick to making this composite is getting the images in the proper order and using the correct blend mode and a mask on the glass layer to make the background show through. A light filter gives the beaming up effect.
I got an email from Jeremy at 7th Seasons Studios, a graphics design studio, to join an Affinity Photo editing challenge. He, like the rest of us, is trying to find new ways to stay social and keep learning. This challenge is free and open to anyone.
Assignment: Making a “Grunge” textured overlay.
Step 1 – Take an image of some dirty glass on a black background.
This proved a bit difficult because the only dirty glass in my house are the windows, the only thing that I have NOT cleaned since this began.
I set my camera up on the tripod, facing the dirty window and my back yard. I set the camera on auto everything and start the timer to take an image every 6 seconds. I then walk outside with my black foam board and hold it up to the window for a few shots. Check my images, epic fail – lots of black or the tree in the yard.
I reset the camera, turning off auto focus and manually focus on a white spot on the glass, manual technique of 1/60, 5.6 f/s, ISO 100 and then rest the timer and try again. No go, lots of black, however, the images with the tree has a nice background bokay effect with the dirty glass in focus. That may work, but I try one more round with a white foam board, but that turns out not so good either.
This is the image I picked to turn into a texture.
Step 2 – Take the image and turn it into a texture. This is where Jeremy comes in and tells me how to do this since I am a newbie to post processing.
The only thing I did different, was a black and white adjustment to create the same effect with a color image and I fliped it 180.
Step 3 – Find a stock image to use as a background.
I live in rural Nevada, so “social distancing” is a way of life here due to the fact that there are not many people who live here. I am still taking my dog out for a daily walk. This time I took my camera and the dog was waiting on me for a change. I took a few shots of a run down farm house and shed to use as my background image.
Step 4 – Overlay the texture over the background and make adjustments.
Again, after watching Jermey, I played around with adjustments and added a Light Filter. I was going for the “Walking Dead” creepy grunge look. Would you go in that shed?