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Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

What I do for fun

When and if I have the time, I like to play around with the photographs I have by combining two or three into a montage. I am not very good at it as I am not a graphics expert, but I do enjoy the results. Enjoy!!











42 comments:

Andrea said...

Interesting.
I like very much the zebra (it seems a dream),the cheetah and the elephant.

troutbirder said...

Very clever Joan. I like them.

Diane AZ said...

These are fun and convincing. My faves are the giraffe, hippo, leopard and squirrel. :D

Gaelyn said...

I love this, especially the hippo, zebra and cheeta. I used to play like this more often. Wonder what software you use?

Becky said...

I think they turned out really well! Good job!

Rambling Woods said...

Hey..I'm impressed..They look really great Joan..I have just started to play with paint shop after giving up on photo shop elements. I will sit and look at a photo and tilt my head from left to right and hubby asks me what I am doing..LOL.....Michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Andrea. I liked the way the zebra came out too, like a spirit.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks TB. I wish I had more time to do things like this now. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. It is very time consuming to do these things but they turn out pretty good.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am using part of Corel Draw Gaelyn. I find one program does not do all I want it to. So have to keep on switching to others.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. A great way to pass the time...when I have any to spare that is. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Michelle. It can be fun and frustrating learning a new program. Don't worry, I will bet hubby just shakes his head and walks away. :) Our spouses always think we are nuts. LOL!!

Natural Moments said...

These are awesome Joan! Very very creative. My favourites here are the lion in the tree, the giraffe, and the cheetah at the center of the flower. You can certainly market this kind of art.

Although your work is different, it reminds me of the layering work done by Solange.

http://deliciousinspirations.blogspot.com/

She alters and combines perspectives and changes colour schemes, etc. to create something brand new. This niche can certainly be done with wildlife and nature too.

dowhatyoulove said...

A very cute and creative past time! Its a great way to create new perspectives.

Mingfei said...

Long time no see Joan. What did you mean by saying: TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE!!! "

Firefly said...

I don't have Photoshop so I haven't done much with my pic other than slight changes. I must really look into getting it. (Although I have said that many times before as well)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Bernie. I certainly enjoy combining photographs like this but it does take hours to do.

I tried to go to Solange's sit but it would not connect so I will try it later. Thanks for the link.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Stacey. I do enjoy doing something like this.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am SO happy to hear from you again Mingfei. Just this weekend I thought you were not coming back and took off the link to your blog. I was going to send you an e-mail to find out how things are with you. Please let me know how it is going.

Love your butterfly blog!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I don't have Photoshop either Jonker and use Corel Draw which is more of a graphics program.

WR said...

Ah, a bit of photographic fun going on here these days! Some pretty interesting ideas :)

mar guerra said...

¡Divertidas composiciones!. La primera genial. Un saludo.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello WR. Long time no see!! :) What have you been up to? Is it getting warmer by you?

Thanks. I am capable of getting up to all kinds of mischief when people are not looking. LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Gracias Mar. Es interesante de hacer este tipo de cosas.

Craver Vii said...

¿Hablas espaƱol?

These pics are so much fun! What a neat idea. I don't have the tools to do that yet, but I hope to be getting a green screen kit soon. I can hardly wait!!

Picture Imperfect said...

These are great, Joan! I LOL at the first one of the giraffe, how adorable!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

No sorry Craver. :) I just know a few words here and ther in a couple of languages so I need to use a translator. :)

This kind of thing is really fun if you have the time to do it. Most of there are a combination of two photographs but the leopard in the tree is three pics.

What are you going to be doing with the green screen? Mostly it is used in film making?

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Penny. That has to be a tall flower to fit a giraffe into. :)

Craver Vii said...

I would be doing things similar to what you have done here, but with portraits. I'm thinking of using it as a treat for some parents at my church, so that they have fun photos of their little ones with amusing backgrounds. The program you are using looks like it is much more versatile.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That sound really great Craver, a lovely idea!! I am mostly using Corel Draw for these. It is more a graphics design program and totally different to Photoshop.

Becky and Gary said...

Oh Joan, these are wonderful. You have done a fantastic job. Do you have a special program for this?
I love each of them!
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. It is just a normal graphics design program. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: Some fun results for sure.

Mary said...

What fun...I'm not clever enough to do things like this!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Tom. They turned out pretty neat. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Mary. I will not believe that for one minute!! Look at all those fantastic quilts you do!! How can you say that? I could not do those quilts and I am more than willing to bet if someone showed you how to do this, you could and easily at that!! Like qulting this takes a lot of patience. :)

Gaelyn said...

I haven't used Corel much. Every time I change computers I have to learn new software to manipulate photos. Haven't really worked much on that in over a year. Did download free Gimp, but not sure how it works. Oh Well. It is fun to make these montages, and very time consuming.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Gaelyn. I tend to keep on using the same software as I am to lazy to learn anything new. :) There are probably other programs which do these montages faster but I am used to Corel.

Anna said...

Joan excellent and entertaining results, and what are you talking about not being good, you are! Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Anna, it is sweet of you to say so. I think someone who does graphic designing could do a better job but this was fun anyway. :)

JM said...

LOL! Pretty funny!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Just shows what one can get up to when you are bored or have nothing better to do. :)