Creative Photography Post-#4 - Poconos

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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This week I am submitting a shot that I have creatively enhanced using Adobe Photoshop.

I took the original scene, shot in the Pocono Mountains during the fall. I enhanced the colors to give more contrast to the shot.

Then I went into the filters area of Photoshop and played some.

Below is the result...Hope you like it:
(All should enlarge when clicked on - including the one from yesterday)

My Submission:

This is the original shot:

This is the original after I added contrast, so you can see the difference:

Now, about yesterdays RUBY TUESDAY submission. A couple of people said they say the 'dog'...many did not...So, I have gone in and traced where I see the dog barking...

Now do you see it, or am I still one peanut shy of a box of Cracker Jacks?

As of this writing, no one commented on the Pink Floyd song from yesterday. this scares me! LOL Was it that the song scared you or that you just thought I was totally losing my marbles?

(Finally, Dana spoke up! WOOOOO)

So, today we will go with something more 'conventional'...

From THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 album which was released in October 1996. It is special as it includes rarities and alternative tracks from the final two years of the band.

It ranges from the initial sessions for the THE WHITE ALBUM through the last sessions for LET IT BE and ABBEY ROAD in 1969.

A third John Lennon solo demo entitled "Now and Then", patched up by the three surviving Beatles, was supposed to be released on the album, but was deleted at the last second because of a buzzing noise which could not be removed from the recording.

Two for you...the brilliant George Harrison composition "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", this is a mellower version of the song compared to the version they released. Personally, I have always enjoyed this one more. Strangely, this was the "Demo" version of the song, which George recorded to allow the other band members to hear.

Then, a song I always loved because it showed the band's 'fun' side. When the song was recorded, some felt this was Paul's parody of the Dylan album JOHN WESLEY HARDING. Hey...anyone that can write a song about a raccoon has to be feeling 'creative'.... hehee

This is labeled as "Take 8" and you will notice a difference in the lyrics from the final version...

"Rocky Raccoon"...

35 Of Your Sparks

  1. j Says:
  2. I LOVE conventional! The Beatles are "history" for me. They take me back. I don't have the right words to express it, I just love them whole heartedly. That version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is really good but the released version is so FAMILIAR to's the one I embrace. And it always seemed to me that the White Album made fun of various genres of music. Which is a cool way to poke fun.

    Oh, and your Photography submission was fantastic.


  3. katherine. Says:
  4. I'd never heard this version of "gently weeps" before...thanks.

    and I saw a completely different head in that tree....

  5. Dana Says:
  6. Love the fall foliage pic - especially with the filter effects.

    I was a bit surprised that no one commented on the music feature yesterday. I can see that it might be a love it or hate it kind of piece, but I found it far more creative than Rocky Raccoon!

    Just sayin ...

  7. Kb Says:
  8. Why Bond, I think you are the contemporary Impressionist --like Monet! I love that effect.

  9. DrillerAA Says:
  10. Oh, that dog.
    Very nice PhotoShop. It almost looks like a watercolor.
    Have a good one.

  11. RW Says:
  12. Vin thank you for your Creative Photography Submission, nice effects.

    Ha I love that you mapped out your Ruby Tuesday dog lol!

  13. Very well done. I haven't figured out all of the good parts of Photoshop yet ... but maybe one day.

    The Floyd song was great. My sincerest apologies for failing to acknowledge that.

  14. Oh. I do see the dog now.

  15. Dianne Says:
  16. I saw an alligator - that's my story and I'm stickin' with it lol

    I love your photo and I really appreciate that you explain what you did - makes me want to try even more effects - thanks!

    it was a great shot on its own and you just made it even better in edit

  17. JENNIFER: Funny, I got in my car today and the first thing I heard was "While My Guitar..." Glad you enjoyed the music and the photo.

    KATHERINE: Glad you enjoyed that version...and where was your head????

    DANA: And I agree with your 'just sayin''...I have always loved that tune by Floyd...

    KB: glad you enjoyed it...that was the feel I was going for

    DRILLERAA: Thanks my friend...and YES..that dog! LOL

  18. ROGER; So NOW you see it??? huh huh???

    RWA: It just takes patience with photoshop and the knowledge you can always step backward... FINALLY people see my 'dog'!! LOL

    DIANNE: Stick with it girl....LOL Thanks on your compliment...I like to explain...I think it allows the viewer to 'see' what I was going for better.

  19. Oh Boo hoo hoo, Vinny! You called the Beatles "conventional." I love them and if I'm listening I'm listening to them... I'm terrible I have a Ipod Shuffle and all that's on there is Michael McDonald - Oh I love him!! :)

  20. MARY: I meant conventional in the use of the 4/4 beat....LOL
    Why are the Beatles not on your shuffle?????

  21. Rocky Racoon was a lullaby for me and then for my daughter =)

    That is a cool picture! I am gonna go tell RWA he needs to come check this out and go check out the contest cause he has some awesome shots as well.

  22. Vinny, I'll definitely put the Beatles on my Shuffle...

    I have a tag for you. You don't have to do it if you don't want has to do with songs and music. :)

  23. Kelly Ann Says:
  24. Two birds with one stone, how about that! I enjoyed this post. :)

  25. Sandee Says:
  26. Love the tree, LOVE The Beatles!!
    Nice submission.

  27. STARR: He was here before you...LOL But if he joins I will NEVER win..LOL

    THE TEACH/MARY: I saw the tag and will give it a try

    CHICA: Thanks...glad to have you take a seat on The Couch

    SANDEE: Thank you I appreciate it.

  28. BeckEye Says:
  29. That first pic reminds me of a Bob Ross painting, with all those happy little trees.

  30. He won't he's the shy retiring artist type ;)

  31. Liz Hill Says:
  32. LMAO@ Beckeye!!

    Love love love The Beatles

  33. Your creative photography submission looks so much like an oil painting! I think of Van Gogh textures mixed a little with Manet's style.

    Great pic!


  34. The photo is great! And there can never be enough Beatles...

  35. Fred Says:
  36. Well, I've had a few glasses of wine, and I can see the dog now. Oh, you helped me. Darn.

    I need to get Photoshop. I want to parachute me into cool places so I can create phony posts about where I've traveled.

  37. Unknown Says:
  38. Your creative photo looks like an oil painting - that's neat! Good luck *huggies*

  39. Anndi Says:
  40. Best.version.of."While my Guitar Gently weeps".EVER!

  41. Tug Says:
  42. NOW I see the dog! There's another one right above him looking to our right, too. ;-)

    Love the photo - I like the original with contrast best I think...very pretty.

  43. Travis Cody Says:
  44. I didn't get a chance to listen to the music yesterday.

    I love both of your enhancements on the photo. The first one makes it look like a painting, and the other one brings out so much bright color.

    Nice job! And thanks for the Beatles!

  45. Anonymous Says:
  46. All the different effects sparked off different feelings. It was great!

  47. I thought you were ALWAY one peanut shy *giggles and runs far, far away*


  48. Mimi Lenox Says:
  49. I saw the dog's head to begin with. And it still scares me!

  50. Patti Says:
  51. I am listening to this version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as I write this.
    Thanks. I absolutely love this song and haven't heard it in ages.

    I get tears in my eyes when I listen to almost any Beatles' song. Maybe that's why I don't listen much. ;-)

    And that red dog - he has a heckuva long tail. See it?

    I like your fall foliage shot and how you altered it. Good luck in the contest!

  52. desert rat Says:
  53. Ooh, that's a different dog than the one I saw. The one I saw is BELOW your dog and to the left. Hmmm...

    Don'cha just LOVE PhotoShop!? I could diddle with PS for hours on end!

    Great version of "Gently Weeps." Now, however, rather than Mo's "Copacabana," I am going to have "Rocky Raccoon" stuck in my head! Aaeeeiiii!

  54. Tink *~*~* Says:
  55. Hey, thanks so much for the clips from the Anthology - you're gonna make me blow my music budget for the month, arentcha? :D

    Tink *~*~*
    My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

  56. Raven Says:
  57. Whew! Lots to cover. I love your creative photography pick and your alterations to it. Cool outline of the dog... very interesting. And the Beatles... well, the Beatles are the beatles and that's a very cool jacket cover.


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