Grab Bag Visuals, March 2013

Recently ordered a Canon 60D and wanted to compile a quick retrospective of recent shots/creations taken/made with with my first DSLR, the Canon Rebel XS. Excited for what’s to come once I get that new hardware in my hands! (Also, I miss self-hosting my images; lots get to my Flickr and Instagram, but sometimes it’s nice to be in charge with your bytes, y’know?)

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Blends 10 – Portraits

My first foray into human subjects being featured in my digital compositions. I always calls these types of works “blends”, because at their core is the mashing of pixels, layering one image on top of another, and telling the software how to take a variety of RGB inputs and spit out just one pixular output.

Here are some of my friends & family. The raw material for each piece came from things (and people) I photographed in or around San Francisco. I enjoyed this process so much that there’s guaranteed to be more to come!

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Older Blends series (sans humans):

Blends 8 & 9
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Blends 5

Blends 8 + 9

After a bit of a break, I started to pool and sift through my photographs once again with the aim of creating some new blends, some new mixes, some new tasty treats. The aim, as usual, was to bring about some textures, some colors, some forms that would never see the light of day otherwise.

Though I do do this out of my own love, I put in a little extra effort because so many of my friends and family express their mutual pleasure. So thanks to your continued support and encouragement! One day I hope to balance the medium of output over to prints, even large-scale ones, with much of the same techniques.

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The large majority of these are from a visit to Portland earlier this year, documented here.

Some of the others are from culled from here and here.

Some previous Blends: here, here, and here.

I tend to offer a quick note about how I create these, as at its core it’s fairly simple: choose two or three photographs, and adjust the algorithm (via Photoshop, usually) that determines how their pixel values mash together. The hard part is the painstaking trial and error, the perfectionist drive within me to accept those that truly jump out at me, and the choosing of which to keep and which to toss. On average, the ones I choose to display are about 30% of the total items that I created per batch.