Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coin Collage

This week for my digital art class we were required to make a Bechar-style grid of objects which are similar. I chose to use my coin collection as my subject. I have had this collection for many, many years. When I was younger I was a little bit of a pack rat, and I always thought it would be so neat to have a collection of some sort. I tried collecting stamps, photographs, post cards, candy wrappers... but the only collection I ever successfully curated was my coin collection. 

Some of these coins have stories behind them. There is a French coin in there which was given to us by a French exchange student who lived with us for a month this past summer. There is a $0.50 coin which was given to me when I was 8 or 9 years old by the barber who cut my dad's hair in the tiny Illinois town we lived in at that time. There is a canadian coin which used to be my mom's. I don't know where she got it, but it's been in our house forever. I think it must be from her grandfather because he was canadian. 

All of these pictures were taken with my ipad, which is brand new and has pretty good quality photography capabilities. I like how it turned out! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photography Slideshow!

This is a short slideshow of the all of the pictures I edited for my online digital art class. In my last post I posted my favorite one of the bunch, but in all honesty it was hard to choose between them, so I'm happy I get to share them all. 

You can hear the song, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eats World in the background, mainly because I am obsessed with that song right now, and I just downloaded it on my iTunes yesterday. 

I used Animoto, which is an online program, to make the slideshow and while I think it did a decent enough job, their watermark on the video irks me. I guess that's what I get for the free version. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Photo Editing!

I had such a hard time choosing a single, favorite picture out of the 20 I edited, but I ended up going with this one:

Before Edits 
After Edits
I saw there was a flame overlay on pixlr, so I knew I had to do something dramatic with my fire hydrant picture.

I adjusted the contrast, brightness, saturation and shadows which caused the rust spots to really show up (and look like burn spots). I added the flame overlay, and blurred the edges a bit. I think that gave it that extra hot look! :) I also really like how the house in the background has a bit of the flame effect on it. I think this picture has a lot of story behind it after making the edits.

This picture was taken with an iphone 4, which has a 5 Megapixel camera. However, I scaled these pictures down to fit my blog, so if my calculations are correct, they are .3 megapixels.