Kodak Brownie Film Photographs

After about a 7-day wait, I got a text notification on my phone at 3:30 am that my Kodak Brownie camera photos were ready to be downloaded! I was so excited that I got up and took a look at them. They turned out great! As I had predicted, they have a unique retrofuturistic feel. It’s like an old timey photo of a scene from the future. I absolutely love it. I’m amazed that a simple box camera made in 1950 can still take photos this good. Everything seems to be in perfect working order.

I’ve been experimenting with some of the new Neural Filters available in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop (I’m using release 22.3.0). This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out the beta “Colorize” filter. I used the default color settings and then dialed down the opacity of the layer to about 75% for a subtle hand-tinted effect. The results are unpredictable and artistic.




Mandalas in Adobe Illustrator

I’m finally getting serious about learning how to use Adobe Illustrator properly. I’ve been using it off and on for years, but never really spent the time to get good at it since it’s so vast. I’ve been watching some videos on drawing mandalas, so I decided to see if I could create one with vector shapes. It was a fun and relaxing way to spend a couple hours. Also, I feel a lot more comfortable in Illustrator now. I added some color gradients with Photoshop.


Social Share Images for Websites

I’ve been having fun designing some “social share” images for websites that I’ve recently worked on. You don’t normally see these images until someone shares a link to the website in one of their posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. It’s always a nice surprise when they pop up on my Facebook timeline.


Abstract Twirl Photos

I’ve been seeing various abstract distorted photos on social media lately. I decided to give it a try. They start out as regular photographs. Then several Photoshop filters are applied and they end up looking like colorful, abstract paintings.


Weekend Trip to Austin

Sometimes the daily grind becomes too much and I need to spend a little time away from home. It’s not that I need a big, grand adventure. I just need a nice change of scenery. For times like this, I often find myself driving south a few hours to rest and relax in my favorite Texas town. Lately, I’ve been bringing my camera along for a little photo fun.


Thanks-Giving Square Chapel

Until this morning, I never knew this amazing place existed. It’s called Thanks-Giving Square. It’s a terraced triangular park in the center of downtown Dallas. There’s a beautiful nautilus-shaped chapel with stained glass windows going up in a spiral pattern to the “glory window” at the very top. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.


Blueprints at Addison Circle Sculpture

There’s an amazing sculpture in my neighborhood right in the middle of a busy traffic roundabout. It resembles the branches of an oak tree grove. I’ve taken photographs of it many times, at various times of the day and year. It has a lot of historical references to the Town of Addison, Texas. Each section has an architectural diagram about unique places throughout the area. If you look closely, you can see diagrams of the old sawmill and water treatment facility.