Monday, December 30, 2013

Some Favourite Pics From 2013

Well this blog started out as a photo a day but sadly morphed into a once a week, sometimes even once every 3 or 5 weeks.  I was terribly enthusiastic to start with then the novelty kind of wore off, not the pic taking, just the sitting down and uploading photos with a description. Hopefully I’ll be a bit more conscientious in 2014.
Anyway I thought I’d go through my photos for the last 12 months and single out a few that I really liked and was particularly happy with.
I really like this photo, it was taken in the Botanical Gardens in Adelaide in the autumn.
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This was one of my first attempts at collage using Procreate and layers.
Photo 19-10-2013 8 07 48 pm
Trees figured prominently in my photos this year, especially during winter when they had lost their leaves and became very sculptural.
Photo 15-07-13 11 01 35 AM
My beautiful daughter even posed for some photos for me.
Made with Repix (
Fell in love with lots of painterly apps……..
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………and blending apps.
Photo 21-12-2013 4 52 18 pm
Photo 18-05-13 3 17 20 PM
Hoping to gain a bit more confidence with street photography.
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And maybe someone may even read my humble little blog.
Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The App Hoarding Continues


Waterlogue a fun new painting app just released in the app store. Quite a basic app with easy to use interface but I though it was a little pricey for what it is. But app whore that I am I bought it anyway.

This is a photo I took the other day and it just piqued my odd sense of humour. A garden bed planted with 4 x 2’s and I just pictured how freaked out the owners would be if they started to sprout.


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So I put it through a couple of different filters in the Waterlogure app and here’s how it looks.


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And another  shot of fake flowers I took in a store using Hipstamatic and put through Waterlogue


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I think the flower below was Hipstamatic and then I played around in Camera Bag after downloading some more of their filters.

Made with Repix (


The fun NEVER ends!


Friday, December 6, 2013

A Calendar For Next Year


Every year I like to buy a calendar with interesting pictures, but by the time I get around to looking for one all the good ones are usually gone and all that's left are the daggy ones, you know the ones with pics of barely dressed models splayed over muscle cars, or Justin Beiber, or One Direction……..not really my cup of tea. So this year I decided to use my own images and have one printed.


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A couple of things I’d do differently is have a white background instead of the patterned one I chose and maybe next time instead of one large image use several images on the one page.


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This was my workflow for designing the calendar. I went through my camera roll on my ipad and chose 14 images. I then uploaded them to an app called Big Photo and increased the resolution to about 2000 x 2000 so they could be printed at a larger size.

I then sent them all to Dropbox and opened them up on my poor neglected laptop. It was just easier to organize the images in the calendar software on the laptop. I used Harvey Norman’s photo service here in Australia and opted to pick up the calendar in store rather than have it delivered, figured at this time of the year Australia Post would be overloaded and I didn't want it to get lost.

In case your wondering why 14 images as there are only 12 months in a year, one image for the front cover and one on the back, although there was a slight hiccup with the back image…..they printed it upside down! So that's a phone call tomorrow to see if that can be rectified.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Amazing Apps

I have a rather large amount of apps on my iPad and I seem to use the same ones most of the time, Snapseed being my most used app. So I’m trying to break out of my app inertia and try different ones.
Decosketch is one I’ve had for a while and not used much. It’s a little complicated (well for me anyway) with a wealth of different brushes, colours and styles that can be used. So I broke it out yesterday and started to play.
Chose a square canvas and then a background colour, picked out a couple of brushes and a colour and just starting making strokes, for some reason the colour of the brush kept changing on its own from grey to black and a deep red. Liked it anyway so I just kept going.
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I then uploaded this to Glaze, another app I don't use often enough. Glaze gives photos a painterly look.

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Then I uploaded to Alayer a relatively new app in the app store which I’m liking a lot.

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Next into DistressedFX  a definite favourite of mine.

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Blender was my next choice.  Added some text with different blending modes.

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And that's the finished picture, I may add some more to it over the next few days, it looks a little unfinished to me.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I love collages, I was never all that good making them but now with Procreate I find it so much easier. No paint, brushes, glue, paper, scissors were used in the making of this collage.
Using Procreate and photos of different ephemera I have I was able to put this together using layers. I just kept adding layers, tweaking them, blending, adding a paint stroke here and there and then taking the final image into Pixlromatic for some texture.

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Here's a couple more using Procreate to create some abstracts, another media I love.

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Photo 22-10-2013 6 52 29 pm

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Self Portraits and a Tutorial


Like a lot of people I hate having my photo taken, so selfies are a good way to control the outcome. Lots of blur and grunge and I’m happy.

The two photos below were apped to the nth degree using various photo editing apps and I thought I’d do a little run through of how I arrived at the end result of the photo with the birds. It’s not exactly like the bird pic below but it gives you an idea of the steps I took with some screen shots.


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I started by taking the original photo into BlurFX and blurred everything but my eyes. Now since ios7 BlurFX keeps crashing on my ipad, but luckily I was able to save this pic before it closed down, I'm guessing they are aware of the problem and are working on a fix.


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Then I took this into Scratchcam and just kept hitting the random button until I saw something I liked.


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Into Snapseed to convert to Black and White.


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Then into Repix, one of my favourite apps. I used  Hollywood to lightly smudge my eye area and arrived at the blue/yellow slightly jaundiced look.  


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Then I chose Hatching to smudge around the edges of the pic and through the middle where the black area is.


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Raven was the next one I chose. Just lightly moved my stylus from the corner of my eye and outwards.


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So it didnt look like birds were flying right out of my eye, I used Undoer and smudged out a few birds.


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I tried out all the different filters but in the end decided not to used any. Repix is a fabulous app, although some of the “brushes” are a bit sparkly for my taste.


Thursday, October 3, 2013


Ive been absent because I’m trying to get my head around Procreate, a painting and layering app. Not having a great deal of experience with programmes like Photoshop (well if you can call 2 lessons at a local college and being completely bamboozled and bewildered by the whole thing, experience) I’m finding it somewhat perplexing. But I’ll persevere, each time I open the app and play around I learn a little more, it’s retaining the information that's my problem.
Anyway here's a few shots I’ve taken over the last week or so (none have been edited in Procreate I might add) I’ve mainly used Snapseed and trying my hand at silhouettes.
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Photo 26-09-2013 9 53 01 am

Photo 2-10-2013 10 46 42 am

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Digital Art

I'm currently doing Traci Bautista's digital canvas e-course and learning how to use Procreate, Artrage and Noteshelf apps. Apps that confuse me somewhat, not having a photoshop background I find them  a little baffling to say the least. Anyway one of the tips Traci imparted is to utilize your own artwork in your photos, so today I got out my mixed media art journals and photographed a stack of pages.
Using Blender, Snapseed and a texture from Dan Marcolino this is what I came up with. 

The above photo was taken in the city last week. I think I used snapseed and photocopier, sometimes I can't remember which apps I used. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Several Different Styles




I love all different styles of iphoneography, black and white, abstract, vintage, graphic, painterly. So hard to develop a style when you love it all.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


The app Repix had an update today, so I've been playing with it and going a bit overboard.
On this photo I think I used just about every brush.

It's almost spring here and my garden is full of Freesias, they smell so good. 

And here's my daughter, she was on a photo shoot for her restyle blog. I can't take credit for the photo, just the apping.

Friday, August 23, 2013


This is a photo I took a few months ago whilst on holiday in my home town. I've been trying out some new apps I downloaded, one of them being an app called Layover. Layover enables you to blend up to five images with quite a few blend modes, so it's a lot fun, the hard part is choosing which pics to use. Here I've used a background I made using Distressed FX and blended it over the bandstand. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Mixed Selection


Here's a few different shots I’ve taken lately and used varying apps, mainly snapseed, it seems to be my go to app of late.

Saturday shopping.

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A drive through Subiaco.

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Still Life.

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Ibis flying across the sky.

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Some of these photos I’ve chosen for a photo book to be printed through Blurb. It’s quite an easy site to use although the next book I do I’ll probably change quite a few things and perhaps put more than one photo on each page and add some text. When it arrives I’ll take some shots.


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