Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Slow Shutter and .... Darth Kitty!

Digital Dude here. What do to with the iPhone when you are shooting water? As you can't control the shutter speed or the ISO, the answer is.... not much. Most shots turn out like the one below with a speed not quite fast enough to freeze the action and not quite slow enough to make a nice blur out of it.

There are no neutral density filters for the iPhone to help slow the shutter speed, but the is an app called SlowShutter. It doesn't reduce the ISO but takes many multiple exposure over a given period of time. If the subject moves or if you move the camera, the result is a delightful blurring effect. So, in the middle of the day, without any filters, you can turn the above shot into the one below. Frankly, unbelievable!

One more thing. As my dear wife keeps putting up her ToonPaint pixs --- and as I found the app first (no competition here) -- I had to post one too. Meet "Darth Kitty"! Straight shot of our cat; mirrored the image in Symmetry; cartooned it and painted the eyes in ToonPaint; brought back his color in DXP.

You'll be seeing him in the next Star Wars movie.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Livin' in Those Little Latitudes

Digital Diva here and life is heating up in the tropics as I keep playing on my iPhone with Toonpaint, and combining images with the originals in DXP. Here's three more images.

Something fishy is going on here. Oh yeah, the blend mode is difference!

Hula dancing at the seashore on Moloka`i.

Anthurium and ferns.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tooning Up With Color in Toonpaint

Hi all. Digital Diva back as promised with color added to iPhone Toonpaint images. My favorite method is to use DXP, a double exposure app, and combine the original color image with the Toonpaint black and white. I like using DXP because it has multiple blend modes, which can change the color added from vibrant like the sunflower below...

to just a hint of color as in this pale pink freesia...

to a more half and half blend as in this torch ginger...

to a totally "unreal" but wonderful color image like this inverted vase and flowers using the Difference blend mode in DXP. Just experiment and find out what blend modes work best with with images for you.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

At-Tooned to Animals

Digital Diva here. My sister diva, Robin Robertis, introduced me to this cool iPhone app called Toonpaint. And I cannot believe the images it turns out. I shot this insect (large tropical, praying mantis lookalike) at our post office here in Hoolehua, Moloka`i, Hawai`i. It was hanging out in the middle of all the little metal PO Boxes - note numbers next to him/her.

I went on to photograph my pets and get them in Toon. This is our young, handsome chat noir, Frankie, posed on the window sill.

And here is our newest family member, Mele, taking a snooze on the porch. She's what we call a poi dog here in the islands, meaning mixed breed of unknown variety.

Finally, I photographed our "Queen" Po. Po is short for Pomaika`i, which means lucky or blessed in Hawai`ian. Dewitt aka Digital Dude, found her starving and near death on our driveway. As you can see, she's not gone hungry since.

In my next entry, I'll actually show some of the Paint portion of ToonPaint. Wait for it..............
(If you're like me and can't wait, be sure to check out Robin's newest images on my Digital Diva blogsite at iphonediva.com.)