Sunset, Unretouched

I’ve joined the micro 4/3rds fan club recently, with the acquisition of an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and I’ve been busy testing it out with a variety of lenses.
Last weekend we were treated to a glorious twilight – the heavy clouds that had moved off to the east reflected the pinks and golds of the setting sun, creating an effect that was akin to having two sunsets! I had the camera with me so as soon as I could, I pulled over into a parking garage (not the most inspiring location, but I live in a town of mostly 1 and 2-story buildings and lots of trees) and began shooting. This image is as shot, no Photoshopping, so as to represent the true tonal range and image clarity. I’d exhausted my husband’s patience for being my model, so I snuck this one in on the sly!

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I may be addicted to Waterlogue

A few days ago I came across a mention of an app that transforms your photos into watercolors. The writer was pretty enthusiastic, the price was minimal, and here I am, hours later trying it out on all the photos on my iPad while I’m supposed to be getting some shut-eye.

What’s fun about Waterlogue is the way it “paints” your image, starting with the preliminary pencil or ink sketch and then layering in the color, just as you would doing the real deal.

Some images work better than others; people in particular can turn out fairly scary, but when it succeeds it’s quite impressive. It’s a toss-up whether I like the “It’s technical” or bold setting best; the experimentation is half the fun.

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