Photos’ Manipulation

Buttertown Homestead - Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Buttertown Homestead – Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Sunset Above the Peace River - Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Sunset Above the Peace River – Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Store Shed - St. Louis Catholic Church - Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Store Shed – St. Louis Catholic Church – Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Derelict Vehicle - A Former Time - Buttertown, Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Derelict Vehicle – A Former Time – Buttertown, Fort Vermilion, Alberta

A weeklong endeavor involving our junior high students saw Alberta’s Trickster Theater group work with them to create and perform a handful of short dramas dealing with human rights around the world. Students engaged in this learning by doing, many came out from shells they’d been cloistered into through our long, long winter; all enjoyed the fun of team performance. My role was to collect images for presentation within an Animoto slideshow. In pre-screening the slideshow the phrase photo manipulation was used favourably to refer to presenting an image in new and interesting ways to draw the viewer to the action or happening within the image or to draw the viewer into the image’s feeling, mood or atmosphere. Saturation and desaturation, focus, detail and blur, tinting, vignette and cropping – all are manipulations of the photograph allowing amplification of image narrative or feeling, mood and atmosphere. The images presented here have each received photo manipulation, the editing that follows image capture and moves them to rendering.

Listening to – Tyler Bates’ ‘Pamplona’ and ‘Ventura,’ Tyrone Wells’ ‘Time of Our Lives,’ and Rascal Flatts’ ‘My Wish.’

Quote to Inspire – “A photo is a small voice, at best, but sometimes – just sometimes – one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness. Much depends upon the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought.” – W. Eugene Smith

  8 comments for “Photos’ Manipulation

  1. June 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Oh! the colors!

    • June 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Hello, hello …

      It’s good to read that you’re enjoying the colour. Up here, the Woodland Cree word for bear is Maskwa (sounds more like Muskwa). The bear, fox, eagle and buffalo are all sacred entities in these parts. So, welcome (tanisi) … Maskwa. 😉

  2. LB
    June 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    That first photo is gorgeous!

  3. June 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The first time I got hold of a copy of Photoshop I went nuts. I try to be more judicious now. I like the derelict car today.


    • June 10, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Hi there, Jim:

      The derelict car is one I like … the greens, the sense of dark space that surrounds and perceptual depth within the shots. With photoshop, I’m getting a kick out of tinting to one colour at a time … some interesting renderings, but also I’m aware that glow seems to characterize these renderings — I’m at play … 😉

  4. June 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Every image is amazing-I particularly like the top one-the composition, the light, the color-it really has wonderful atmosphere. Wonderful work!

    • July 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Hello, hello …

      I’m liking the Buttertown house as well – the oranges, the detail, the clarity and framing … good to read that it draw you.

      Take care;)

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