I have finally started sorting photos that might suit instagram and have actually managed to load one. Of course this means that I have to get my portfolio sorted out on my website too so am going to be busy. Keeping my emotions under control when selecting my best images doesn't come naturally. My partner Jim Evans, is very good at critiquing me and that helps. In the end it's my decision and, while I take on board his advice I don't always follow it. I also allow myself a bit more free rein in my photo stories.
Apart from the UTAS course I am also doing an online course with Photo Artistry - Grunge. I am learning lots of techniques for adjustment layers, masking and using textures and backgrounds. I have a very large collection of textures and background photos as well as an extensive archive of a great variety of images. I am now finally learning how to make use of them. That's where my next Self Portrait comes in. This is one I think I will put up for the UTAS course assessment. I would welcome feedback on how it can be improved. Below are the images I selected to use. I used layers, multiply as the blending mode, opacity, to reduce intensity and masks to erase through. The layers were the bark of a hoop pine tree, lights in Singapore, and Locky, a Brisbane based accoustic entertainer. Hope you like it. #smputas
Christmas Lights 7 LockyLocky (Mark Lockyear) is an acoustic rock entertainer playing most nights in some of Brisbane's most popular pubs. Locky's guitar designed and crafted by Daniel of Gowan Guitars
Self Portrait - Blended.#smputas