Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Manipulation

This week’s challenge was inspired by, “…a recent photo challenge and a series of articles and discussions circulating about the validity of iphone photos as “real” art.” I will demonstrate how I manipulated a photograph into a featured image for a recent post.

I started with a photo from my iPhone

failed beam

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Using iPhoto, I rotated the image 90 degrees

crushed beam

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I opened the image in Snapseed where I cropped it, and adjusted the color and contrast to make the image ‘pop’

crushed beam

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

This is the tricky part, I added some texture and grunge to age to image

crushed beam

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Using Pixlr online editing software I resized and re-cropped the image to fit my Twenty Eleven theme’s Featured Image requirements: 1,000 x 288

crushed beam

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Here is the result

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Final result of image manipulation
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I hope that this inspires you to go further with your photography/iPhoneography and learn some new ways of doing the same old/same old. Check out Rubicorno’s blog for a look at truly inspired manipulation.

  11 comments for “Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Manipulation

  1. October 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I suppose it’s because of this “debate” that I tend to call my images eye candy… 😉

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  2. October 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Thanks for entering the challenge – Looks great! What a transformation – looks like a really big sculpture. Just out of curiosity, are those ripples in the original intentional or are they the result of an impact?

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    • October 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      That beam was cut out of a longer beam that was put in a press with a 2 thousand ton capacity at UC Berkeley and then compressed until it failed.

      Go here for more info: http://www.curee.org/projects/GGB/exhibits/2/index.html

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      • October 25, 2012 at 6:58 AM

        I’d like to have that in my backyard! Thanks for the link – up here Concordia University is using similar (and probably somehow linked) seismic technologies in the construction of all their new buildings – small world…

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  3. October 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Really cool, Allan…I DO love the result!

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    • October 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Thanks, it is a challenge to know how far to go and when to stop with the effects, but it was the same in the darkroom when I spent hours dodging and burning for the end result.

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      • October 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        I agree, 100%

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      • October 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        It is because of that I do not fully understand this talk about “Is this art? Is this not art?”

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        • October 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

          I am beginning to believe that the very act of putting a label, or category, on a photo stifles the appreciation of it to some degree.

          If we put a frozen pizza in the oven and warm it up, is that cooking? If we add meat & veggies to it, then heat it up, is that cooking? If we start from scratch and roll the dough, make the sauce, and assemble the ingredients just so, is that cooking? I just want a pizza and there are 3 different pizzas to choose from the way I see it.

          I think that the photo in the camera is a starting point and we may be satisfied with it as is. Perhaps we want to tweak it a bit: color, saturation, warmth, tint, contrast, shadows. It is a lot like cooking at this point and hopefully something delicious to the eyes and heart comes out of the process.

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          • October 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM

            I think it is a very good exemple…And You say “…to the eyes and to the heart” This is the point, I think: it involves not only senses, but also feelings…So, it is art, because art moves our souls..

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