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30 Days of Gratitude : #17

#17: What knowledge are you grateful for?

I suppose this would have to be my knowledge of iPhoneography and Androidography aka my mad mobile photography skills 😄.

I started out late 2010 on an iPhone 3, testing out Lomography Apps. Then I got a 2nd hand iPhone 4, and more Apps, and widened my range of photo editing apps, joined a couple of forums and online iPhoneography communities. 

I was such an enthusiast of iPhoneography that I shot and edited anything and everything, from trees, swamps, flowers, sceneries, animals, architecture, landscapes…

Then in 2011 I organised and set up Perth City’s (and Western Australia’s) 1st ever iPhoneography exhibition and workshop. By the end of the year, I’d self-published 2 photo books, one on the Maylands swamplands near where I lived, the other a collection of my personal favourite photos.

In 2013, I grew tired of trying to keep up with Apple’s yearly “newest” iPhone, I mean, if it’s That good, why can’t its software just get updated yearly, instead of having to buy a completely new phone every year? The last straw was in September 2012, when I chanced to be in Perth and just so happened to come across the queue of people waiting to get into the Apple Store, just so they could buy the newest iPhone. The queue snaked round the block and nearly back to itself, like some ouroboros. 

I switched to a Samsung Galaxy S3 in late 2013, and haven’t looked back since. And now I’m grateful for having the knowledge and skills of both platforms, the best of both worlds, as it were.

Some of my photography artwork is licensed with Kess InHouse Designs, and I also have some on Society 6, Etsy and eBay. I also have a dozen Lenormand card decks of my own designs, available on eBay and Etsy. And no, I’m not rolling in Money…not yet anyway 😉. But it’ll come, it’s coming in when I least expect it, and I know the dribble will become a steady trickle soon enough, and then watch out for the flood! 

So yeah, I’m grateful for the journey my mobile photography has taken me on, these last 6 years. And I’ll continue to hone my photography skills, and work on new art and designs, doing what I’m passionate about, and loving every minute.

Finspirations

Just some rather fishy digital artwork I did while experimenting with some Apps and clipart. I was contemplating creating a new Series called “Finspirations”, but then other creative ideas arrived and took over. I might come back to this at a later time, but first I must follow my Muse…😄.

What I love about this form of Art is that it requires absolutely no paints, canvasses, easels, brushes etc. And better yet, there’s no cleaning up to do, ever! 

Anyway, enjoy! I hope you like them! 

Take 2 Teacups and Saucers…

A long time ago, well 3 years ago, I created over 100 photo images of stacked vintage teacups and saucers, a set inspired by Alice in Wonderland and appropriately titled “The Madhatter’s Teaparty”.

A company in Estonia approached me recently to license one of my images from that Series, for an embroidery kit. They are the sole distributor in Europe for DMC embroidery threads and kits, so it was an honour to be aproached by them.

The company wanted to see what other images I had, in case they wished to produce more embroidery kits. So I dug through my computer’s hard drive for the Madhatter’s Teaparty images, and as I looked through them I wondered if I could reproduce the same effects as from all those years ago.

I’m so happy that I haven’t lost my touch with the mobile photography art. Today’s project was a real off-the cuff thing as I’d fully intended to crack on with some sewing after having a cuppa coffee in one of my teacups (yes, very insouciant of me), but as I was putting my washed cup and saucer away (yes, I had a couple of biscuits with my tea), my gaze lingered on my collection residing in the display cabinet right behind ny sewing machine workstation (aka the kitchen table), and I just couldn’t resist.

I took just one photo of 2 of my vintage cups and saucers stacked up for this. Here it is, unedited:

I ran it through the App PicsArt for this vignetting effect:

Now here’s where the fun starts. Using the above as my template, and just the Apps PicsArt, Photo Editor and Snapseed, I produced these:

Hope you enjoyed these! 

I just might do a second series of Madhatter teacups in this vein. If anyone’s wondering what I’d like for Christmas, a vintage teacup and saucer set will do very nicely, thank you 😉! Teacups make me happy! 

Food Porn – Macarons

I love macarons, but try as I might I’ve never been able to successfully get them to look like in those glossy food magazines. My macarons run all over the baking tray and end up looking like tiles off a roof. 

But hey, for every failed macaron baker there are dozens of successful ones out there. And for every successful macaron baker there are dozens of talented food photographers who make viewers drool over the page.

These days I buy my maracons from the shops…but writing this short post has started me thinking about getting some store-bought macarons and setting up a photoshoot of them. I’m kicking myself for not having considered this before now. Maybe it’s because I so terribly wanted to show off my photography and also be able to claim that I actually made the macarons myself?

Well, then…I’ve an idea now to marry 2 of my favourite things in one photography project – macarons and my collection of vintage and not-so-vintage-but-quirky teacups. Actually, make that 3 of my favourite things…I get to eat all the evidence when I’m done. 😄

Meanwhile, however, here are just some of my favourite macaron photos, curated from my Pinterest board funnily enough named “Macarons – Food Porn”. I’m aiming for the same pastel shades. It’s all in the presentation, of course. And the eating. Ahem.

These are just the photos that inspire me. Quite probably most of these were taken using high-end professional DSLR cameras, but no matter, I have my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and a whole lotta Apps I can use to produce similar effects.

Can you tell I’m trying to justify my weight gain and empty wallet from this new project? 😉

(All copyright of the photos below belong to and remain with their respective photographers).

A Primer

To those of you who know me already, as “That crazy Blogger who writes every day”, Welcome! To those of you new to the Madhatter’s Teaparty with moi, Welcome and Thank You for joining us!

It’s been a while since I had the time to blog about my own personal creative projects, due to recent work commitments. All I had the energy to blog about then was doggy-related, as the brain can only take so much information in before it calls “Banana!” and turns to mush.

But now I’ve turned the corner and find myself facing a vast, unexplored landscape…which is really exciting, as it means once more I have an empty canvas upon which to splash my virtual paints and create whatever I want to be in my future. There I go again – the Queen of Metaphor 😄.

And so I thought to myself, what better way to wake up/kickstart my Muse, than to search for and unearth some earlier treasures from my archives. Here then are some examples of the kind of surreal, weird and wondrous Digital Photography Art that AlyZen Moonshadow is known for. (Copyright AlyZen Moonshadow. Please do not copy or reproduce these without seeking prior permission, thank you).

Rest assured, the Phoenix has arisen. Again.

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Flowers

I wondered what would happen if I took a background and filled it completely with flower clipart using the App “PicsArt“.

So I did it.

And then I wondered how it would turn out if I used the App “Labelbox” to stick quotes over my floral masterpiece.

So I did it.

I liked the idea, so I made up 8 different images. Easy peasy!

Like so:

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Well, that was fun. Now, feel free to download and share these to your own circles, or to your device or computer. Yes, really.

Enjoy!

App Review: Photoshop Mix

Back in the my days as a mobile photography artist, sometimes, for the heck of it, I used to cut around the outline of images in my photos, and then paste them onto different backgrounds. I never went as far as grafting cat heads onto bird bodies, however. Those I left for the Photoshop afficionados. I never could quite get my head around Photoshop, so instead I contented myself by playing with different Apps on my mobile device.

Since taking up mobile photography in 2010, I’ve gone through several mobile devices – an iPhone 3, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and my current workhorse, a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Sheesh! That’s 1 mobile device almost every year! I guess you could call me a heavy user 😄.

Anyway, I’d been happily using the App “A Thumb Cut” for all my cutting and pasting projects. Until I switched from my Note 4 to the S7 Edge…and the App refused to work. Or rather, I could still cut out my image, but for some reason I was unable to save my work. I wrote to the App developers, but never got a reply.

What’s a girl to do? I know, start searching for a substitute App that I could use instead of “A Thumb Cut”.

After a bit of searching, downloading and testing out a number of duds, I stumbled across a perfectly serviceable App called “Photoshop Mix“. It is actually by Adobe Photoshop, and it works a treat. So once again, I’m back in business, being able to cut and paste images.

Here are a few posters I’ve created for work, using “Photoshop Mix“:

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Some fun

Just some fun collages of dogs from the Refuge, that I made while testing out the App “FotoRUs”.

That App has some really good backgrounds, from dreamy florals to abstracts to places. Plus, in many instances the text can be modified too. I think I just might get some proper mileage out of this! Very impressed, so far.

Some of these may make it to the Refuge’s Social Media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Remember, you saw them here first! 😉

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Practice, practice, practice

My new job involves quite a bit of dog photography, and then making up warm fuzzy prose to go with the photos. I sometimes like to collage my photos, so people can see the same dog in different poses.

I recently rediscovered Snapseed on my mobile phone. I say rediscovered, as I hadn’t been using Snapseed much in the past year or so. It’s gone through a few updates since then, and it’s even more powerful than ever.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m hardly a newbie when it comes to photo editing. Actually, I’ve only been practising mobile photography art for the last 6 years. I started out with an iPhone 3G in 2010, then upgraded to the iPhone 4. Then I defected over to Android with a Samsung Galaxy S3, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. One thing for sure, I have no intention of going back to an iPhone.

Imagine my happiness when I realised I could flex and hone my creative, artistic muscles in my new job. Yay, happy days again! Granted, the subject matter is mostly dogs nowadays, but at least I get to scratch that itch lol.

Here are a few examples of what I’ve done to standard, unedited photos, using Snapseed. The other Apps I use a lot for editing are Pics Art, Photo Editor and Pixlr, and for collaging I use Pic Collage, Moldiv, Collage Maker. I sometimes like to dabble and test out new Apps.

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Happy Australia Day – From the Dogs

I created these 10 digital mobile photography art images on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for the Dogs’ Refuge where I’m a volunteer. The girl who normally does photography for the Refuge is still on holiday in her home country, so I suggested to the Staff that instead of trying to get our dogs to model hats, thongs (flip flops), towels etc with the theme of Australia Day, I could edit photos of the dogs instead, and add clipart and text to the images.

Not all of them might make it to the Refuge’s Facebook page, so I thought I’d share them here with you.

It was quite a feat to create them, in between walking dogs, sitting with them and distributing doggy biscuits. But I had fun doing it. It’s been a long while since I last did much digital mobile photography art, but nothing beats jumping right back on the bicycle, right?

Enjoy! Hope you like them!

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