Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hardware... Photo Art Friday 25 January 2013



I'm going to tell you something straightaway here... I woke up at 3-something this morning with my brain scanning whatever to DO with this notion of Hardware.

I know... odd the things that will wake one up so abruptly!!!

Anyhow, I had a day today. I went into it with my eyes wide open and my attitude adjusted accordingly as I spent the better part of 6 hours on the bus or waiting for a bus or taking care of things at 4 places I needed to DO things today.

I sort of thought I'd arrive home this afternoon, earlier than it turns out I did, and write a funny little post about what my 3AM brain decided. But... I am just too tired.

So without further ado...

My "hardware" that allows me to digitally fiddle includes 2 very important things:

My Casio Exilim camera and my HP Photosmart that scans. These two are second nature to me Now, which makes me laugh a little as I thought about them a few times on the bus or while walking. [which I did several miles of]




I didn't understand scanning for the longest time and even when I BEgan to grasp it I still didn't DO much more than "DOing" a scan.

Little by slowly, largely BEcause of fun things like Photo Art Friday, I have discovered its Magic Carpet alter ego.

My camera, though it does NOT get so strenuous a workout anymore, is a replacement for one I got in 2008. Same camera, more pizzaz... But I have so many photographs to work with that I don't spend a lot of my time taking pictures, just making them dance or sing or play well with others.

I played awhile this morning with 2 photos, one of my camera, the other of my scanner bed. I started in Picasa and moved into Pixlr Express and this is what happened...



And Now to a lovely glass of wine and a bit of supper and off to sleepyland for me.

Photo Art Friday

27 comments:

Kim Stevens said...

What fun, love it! And I am almost sure I was already following you?

smiles, Sharon said...

Hi...I think your "hardware" is very unique and original. Both scanner and camera are fun. YOu will have to clue me into why a scanner (which I do use) is a Magic Carpet. I surely missed something somewhere. I am just grateful to have it....even every once in awhile clean the glass!!!

I hope you rest well...we were both up before the birds, which means a dragging evening. But actually I am taking a webinar this evening on textures with painted backgrounds. I woke up early thinking I probably will do something "stupid" and not get on the broadcast. It has happened before. I will have to let you know. Anyway...great work....smiles: sharon

Stephanie said...

Your idea for hardware was totally genius!

Marilyn said...

Amazing what a little "fiddling" digitally will do. Your camera is a beauty.

A Garden of Threads said...

Nice job, some of best work is done while I am sleepy. For me that part of my brain that will criticize is to sleepy to make a comment:) Sleep well.

Bonnie said...

I'd love to hear more about the 'magic carpet' qualities of your scanner! Love your interpretation and edit for the theme of hardware.

It's good that you share this example of the effort and challenge to create for this PAF meme. So many of us are creating in circumstances and conditions that are not ideal and it is good to know we are not alone.

I so appreciate your participation in Photo Art Friday, Currie.

Edna B said...

Amazing. Now how come I didn't think of taking a photo of my camera? I use it constantly! I love what you did with your photos.

My very first digital camera was Casio's first one. I had so much fun with that camera. That's what got me into seriously playing with my photos.

I'm at work now, so gotta get busy here. You have a great night. Hugs, Edna B.

momphotographer said...

wonderful, Currie!

Birgitta said...

Cool and great photoart!

eljaygee said...

phew Currie - all that thinking suggests a lot of neurone hardwiring! Love the fact that your hardware was right in view - there would be no PAF without them

Maboe said...

I like!

Emily S said...

Enjoy sleepyland!!! I love your hardware, you did great!

Leovi said...

Wonderful camera ... Fantastic compositions, I like the tones and textures. Greetings.

Miriam said...

Great out of the box thinking Currie. I hope you have a longer sleep tonight.

foxysue said...

Sleep tight until next time, you earned you glass of red!

Ida said...

I tend to lie awake at night thinking of these things rather then waking up early thinking about them. - I enjoyed your piece and the processing was very nice. It's fun to hear how your thought process worked to create your piece.

The Artful Diva said...

exciting results, Currie!

louciao said...

Such an unexpected treatment of a picture of a camera (a precious piece of hardware, indeed!). The end result reminds me of a cotton batik. Hmmm...what a fun texture/treatment that would be to try on all sorts of photos. I know what you mean about having so many photos to play with it makes you reluctant to take more.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Cool idea and great photo art. Valerie

Jan said...

Brilliant........using the piece of hardware we all need to create these images! And I do love the P & P to manipulate, too.
No wonder you couldn't sleep!

Yvonne said...

Loved your piece and the story behind it, Currie!

linda said...

I love your edits, and your words too!

NatureFootstep said...

the last one could be a pocket on a pair of jeans. :)

Sherri B. said...

What a clever take on hardware, and your processing is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us, Currie! :)

Andrea Dawn said...

I love hearing about the different processes the PAF contributors go through to create their submissions. I really like the final product here. Great work, Currie.

lorik said...

Currie, I enjoyed reading how these came about and I love the results. I also thought - "now why didn't i think of that?! " a perfect idea for "hardware" - it is OUR hardware! I hope you enjoyed the wine and sleep:)

Kathy said...

I love it...what a great process, thanks for sharing. Also, thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment!

I know what you mean about strange things that wake you up, I've had a few of those myself.

Capture life.
Kathy