Me going under cover

I love masquerades …… i.e. on my computer I mean.

And I love flowers; our garden exhibits a year round floral display of succulent plants from around the globe. And ….. I love our village (Stanford, South Africa; I can’t emphasize that enough… I even maintain a blog about our experiences here). I also love birds …. In fact I am jealous with them for birds have an extra dimension in moving around.

The mainframe picture of the sunset is made at Stanford Valley and the rest are all elements sourced from our library (see previous posting). Sooner or later I want to create a landscape solely consisting of flower elements.

The Honeymoon

Yesterday I published some pictures of flowers, shot the day before. Of 3 of these flowers I used elements in this portrait of the honeymoon of Xolile and Matrone. No; I’m not doing wedding photography but this was a special occasion as you can read in the link.

African Renaissance

All pictures in this blog are ‘imaginary’ and this one is no exception; it’s my own interpretation of ‘African Renaissance‘. I’ve kept it to our own environment here in Stanford, South Africa. Though on first sight ‘dull’; come to live the life here to discover a wonderful and inspirational village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The mainframe picture I’ve used before. It’s the original entrance of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate along the R43 that connects us with both mentioned towns. I changed the surface of the road into more authentic gravel from the nearby Papiesvlei Road. The sculptures are ‘borrowed’ from Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson and the rest (birds -Stanford = ‘bird capital’ in South Africa-, flowers, etc.) all from our own garden.

Matjiesfontein in one portrait of a village

Remember our recent road trip off the beaten track  (‘the real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town’). One of the places we (me and Yvonne) visited was Matjiesfontein and the most valuable memories we’ve composed in one portrait of a village. Most impressive for us were the wind pump and the entertaining family on the station. But also local guide Geert Jan Teunissen on the piano in the local pub is in our hearts. Matjiesfontein is a museum village build, in the 1880-thies around a train station along the railway that connects Cape Town with Pretoria. The present owner has conserved the village and surrounding farms to the way it was a 100 years ago. All pictures taken and processed with the equipment as described in the ‘gear-page’ of this blog.

Portrait of a Cat ready for Battle

A cat has many characteristics and this picture tries to tell about one of these. The cat is from Matjiesfontein and the rest is all from our garden and the rest of Stanford, South Africa.

Portrait of a Hottentots God

This nice poem about the Hottentots God inspired me last week to picture one but than if you search it takes long so I took my chance and did the search like a Capetonian (very, very, laid back) and yes it worked (this time….). The insect suddenly landed on my hand and I had to hand-over to Yvonne’s hand for the picturing. After some photoshopping and adding some elements this came out of it. The featured one is with Clarissa. ‘Clarissa wants to have a ride’. Personally I go for the second one below (with bird) and the bottom one also is a nice composition. And for the rest; see for yourself. Fascinating insects; ET was modeled after it.

And yes; still practicing to master the equipment and especially the Adobe software. We’re out for a few days. See you back this Friday!!!

Reflections (2)

Referring to yesterdays posting herewith another self-reflection. The thumbnails below tell you how this picture was compiled. Simple but with severe troubles with inverse/refine to get it exactly right. From left (mainframe) to right (last addition) how I fitted it all together. For the colour edition of the cropped self-portrait I had to choose first the layer of the mainframe picture before I could ‘hide’ it a bit.

 

And with the second thumbnail from the right as mainframe added with a inversed/refined picture of a bird in the water (see thumbnail at the bottom) plus the same bird picture filtered plus inversed/refined resulted in this ‘quicky’:

Reflections

The last few days I’ve been experimenting with reflections and this came out of it. The mainframe of the featured picture is the bathroom sliding-door (shot from our outdoor shower -brag, brag, brag….) added with me and the camera (inversed, refined mirrored and filtered/polarisation).

The one below is similar but than without the addition of the polarised eyes.

For the next one  I used the sky as mainframe and a mirrored (+inversed, refined) B&W self-portrait in front of the bathroom door. As usual all pictured with a Sony A77 VQ (this time with 16-50mm lens) and processed with photoshop Cs6.

Bottom picture consists of the bathroom door as mainframe with inversed/refined/filtered ‘fillings’ of a b&W self-portrait, my left hand, flowers from our garden, bathroom mirror, wooden bathroom floor, my hands holding the camera (twirled in center and the very same as in the top 2 pictures) and polarized drink glasses. Fairly complicated and mind bogging…. but than discoveries of possibilities surface. The only problem I have with Adobe photoshop are the tutorials on their website. These are incomplete and could, with the same effort, far more sufficient.

Next week we go back to the elements again (see first posts). Photography and photo-manipulation are one big challenge and we still have a long path to walk.