Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Layers…

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I am going to try to explain how the shots in this image were layered together. Usually the process of creating an image like this just sweeps me along and I cannot pause for the notes. My mind races with “Can I do this?” What happens if..? The wonderful part about the iPhone and digital photography is the easy to try, easy to eliminate syndrome. I like FotoMuse app a great deal, but it has pre-set layers and when I found the DXP (Double Exposure) allowed me to superimpose everything that was my own image, I gravitated toward it.

The main image in the layers above was taken with the Hipstamatic app and started like this:

I like to use this image to sign my finished photos but found that it needed to start out as the bottom image rather than the last thing I put on like in a painting.

It is just a blank piece of inkjet printer paper where I signed my name with an ink pen. It was laying on my dining room table in a room that does not get much natural light and the iPhone I was using didn’t have a flash. So after a few false starts, I put the image into PSMobile to lighten it as much as I could without losing the ink line. (Also, I have put images into TiltShiftGenerator to blur from the center and lighten as much as I can.

I also took a shot of some hand-lettered script from a graduation certificate for my Great Aunt Ethel. She graduated from University of Rochester in 19o8. The original image had the bold word that kept ending up in unfortunate places. So it went from this:

To this:

When I realized that I was using the two images together often, I made a new image in DXP. I only have to grab it once if I want to use it.

This is what goes as the first layer in DXP. The image of the vases goes next. The composite effect in DXP is HalfMix.

I could stop there or put this image into PicGrunger and apply the creased effect.

Another one done in much the same way:

With this shot of a lightened photo of one of my texture paintings.

This one went through the LoMob app also. The script here came from an iPhone photo I took of linen fabric with writing on it. I didn’t take very good notes because I get lost in the process (I like to justify that I am keeping my retired brain active!) When it works it is an Eureka! moment. When it doesn’t work, it becomes a quest until I can get something I like. Definitely, this is not boring…

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