Monday, June 29, 2015

Image Transfer/Lift Look with Grafix Rub-onZ

I purchased 4 sheets of Grafix Rub-onZ with the intention of transferring a cone flower image to a piece of wood. I followed the directions but was surprised to find that when I put the film on the board and rubbed - nothing happened. I was trying to attached the non-sticky side to the wood. At this point, I gave up with the idea of using wood and wondered how I could make this work for paper. I coated a 5x7 matte card with Jade PVA glue and placed the film down on the paper. I rubbed with a bone folder to get as many of the air bubbles out as possible. I let it sit for a while. Then I peeled off the outer film exposing the sticky side. At this point, I thought I realized what I had done wrong. As I was peeling off the film, there were some tears and scratches - I liked the way it looked. The question was how to counter the sticky side up? I decided to try coating it with Jade PVA. This worked perfectly. The resulting image looks a lot like some of my emulsion lifts and I am happy with the results. I have repeated this process three times now. Actually, I have yet to use the Grafix Rub-onZ correctly.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Red River Paper 45lb Zeppelin SemiGloss Double Sided Inkjet Paper Review

The 45lb Zeppelin SemiGloss Double Side paper from Red River is a beautiful paper. The paper has a smooth luxurious feel. It prints very well on my Canon MG6200. I have just received this paper and I think I am going to love it for making photobooks. The paper is rather thin, but I see no bleeding from images on either side to the other. I have used only the 8.5x11 size.The paper is not super white. A very nice paper and highly recommended.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review of Panasonic Lumix Vario 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems

I had a Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens. Somehow, my camera and lens got knocked off the table. The camera was fine, the lens was not. So it was an opportunity to get a new lens! I wanted something a little wider - cause I wanted this to be my street lens. I found the Lumix 14-140mm and I really like it. First of all, it appears to be metal (unlike the Oly). Yes it is bigger and heavier, but not too bad on the OMD-EM1. I think the image quality is very good. Focus is very fast. I have used it with extenders with good results. It is an outdoor lens. Interior shots need to be well lit or use a flash. At twice the cost of the Oly 40-150mm - I think it is well worth it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some free 3D software I have found

In recent days I have been on a 3d software binge. I have been looking for ways to use 3d software in my image making. While I have not yet created any images using the various software I have found - I thought I would list it here.

Autodesk offers some freebies which are professionally done and work quite nicely. There are forums and tutorials on how to use the software. Here is what I have downloaded and installed:

1) 123D Design - Create 3D printable deigns
2) 123D Catch - Turn Iphone photo into 3D model
3) Meshmixer - Design triangle meshes
4) Memento - Turns photos into 3D objects

All of these are available for PC here.

Emulsion - A photorealistic rendering studio available here.

MeshLab - A mesh processing system available here.

DS Mechanical - a 3D mechanical design package available here.

I am only just beginning to understand the possibilities of using these programs in making images - perhaps I won't use it at all - but learning about the 3D software is incredibly interesting in itself.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Photo Mug from Shutterfly Review

I recently purchased a photo mug from Shutterfly. I choose the collage design, which I believe required 14 images. You place your images in various spots. You do not control the size of the images.  I recieved my mug within 5 days of placing the order, which I thought was pretty good service. It was packaged in a styrofoam box which protects the mug in transit. The image quality on the mug is excellent. My only complaint is that there is one photo which is out of bounds with the rest of the images. You can see that in the images below.

I decided on the collage because I couldn't determine from the available products how to make a simple white mug with one photograph.

The quality and finish are excellent.