Blue Newton

Blue Newton by Jenn Dixon, 2009

I noticed that I haven’t posted a fractal here in a while (but I am focusing more on photography, anyway), so I had some time to play in WINFRACT and came up with the above Newton fractal. I adjusted the colors in Photoshop and added my signature in there as well.

Pimping Joe

Tieradoodle by Jenn Dixon

As a note, I will be going through a few gradual formatting changes, so bear with me.

To start off, it’s been a slow day at work, so I was messing around in Tierazon and Photoshop and came up with this simple little number.

What I really want to write about is something completely non-art or photography related. I want to introduce you to my friend and co-worker Joe Sharpe. Joe is an aspiring sports writer and has started off by writing his own sports blog. Joe blogs about anything sports. He often roots for Buffalo, NY teams because that’s where he’s from. He would love some more readers, so go give him a visit! Now!

Here’s how to visit Joe on the Web:

Click on: New York Nicks Blogging Community
Click on Joe’s picture on the front page (he’s the first new Knick’s fan and is wearing a Steelers jersey). By going in this way, the site can better track Joe’s stats.

Friday Links 5


This is a photomanipulation I entered in a friend’s contest on deviantART, and I won first place. It’s called “She Came from Outer Space.” I love the Photoshop Liquify tool!

Speaking of Photoshop, here is are some great Photoshop sites I recommend.

Photoshop Cafe: You can find anything and learn about anything Photoshop and Adobe-realted here.

Tutorial Outpost: Another great site where you can learn some basic and advanced Photoshop techniques.

Phong: Very cool site with great tutorials. Also has the most interesting menu system on the main page.

Enjoy, and why not learn somethign new in Photoshop the weekend?

Anna May Wong: Vintage Photo Restoration


Got something a little different for today…sometimes I like to dabble in vintage photo restoration in Photoshop. The above example is one of the best pieces I’ve ever done. The process involves the Hue/Saturation tool for coloring, lots of saving, and lots of detailed erasing. If you want a more exact detailed process on how to do it, e-mail me.

I downloaded the original vintage picture from an online friend of mine. You can view the original picture here. This is a public domain photo.

Now about the lady in picture…that is Anna May Wong, and is the first Asian American to become an international movie star. She was also known as a fashion icon. Her breakthrough performance was with beside Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express in 1932. Read more about this amazing and trailblazing actress here.

Terraforming

This is one of my favorite pieces because of how I made it.

First, this is not and Ultra Fractal piece, but rather four fractals created in a program called Tierazon and then layered in Photoshop CS. I was extremely picky my coloring and cropping. I also desaturated layers for coloring, mixed them around, changed coloring channels, and came out with a piece that was worth the effort and was very, very proud of.

I recommend Tierazon if you are interested in dabbling in fractals. It’s not overwhelming like the powerhouse Ultra Fractal can be at first, and you can get some cool stuff right off the bat.

Also, if you want to try the layering in Photoshop, go for it! Just don’t change your fractal or your zoom. Change the colors and coloring types so you can get different layers to put together. Render everything at the same size. Once you get into Photoshop, experiment!

This is a project you can do free, actually. If you don’t have Photoshop, The GIMP works great, too.

To conclude, if you want to try this out. Here are the steps.:

  1. Get Tierazon.
  2. Make your fractals, at least three. Keep the fractal the same, keep the zoom the same, but change the colors and coloring method.
  3. Get a graphics program like Photoshop or The GIMP.
  4. Open your layers, play with the layer blending.
  5. Duplicate layers and try different coloring settings.
  6. Save and look at your masterpiece!

As a note, Amazing Seattle Fractals has some great Tierazon tutorials to show you the ins and outs of the program. And while you’re there, check out the Guest Galleries…especially here and here….

Cross-Processing

Lined Up 2
Originally uploaded by jennabee25
Cross-processing is generally a photography technique where you shoot with slide film and develop it as regular film. The end result is weird, off-the-wall colors and interesting saturation.

Now with digital photography, it’s a different process. I “cross-processed” this photo in Photoshop CS using the curves tool. Well, actually it was a custom action that someone wrote for free download. The result is above for you to see.

This effect is also prevalent in an off-shoot of photography called lomography. Lomography gets its name from the Russian Lomo cameras. These cameras were notorious for producing wacky colors like the photo above. Though they are not Russian (rather Chinese), Holga cameras are included in this branch of photography.

For more information about this cool process, check out the links below.