21 October 2018

Power of Photoshop

 The power of Photoshop!!

Final image post processing

     This is how my photo looked before all that editing. So without stalling, lets get to how it all started.

     This was a photo I took a long time back, when I didn't know anything about a DSLR. So I just clicked with whatever setting was in that camera (it wasn't mine).
     The shot was was kinda over exposed with the sky being too flat & colorless for my liking :( 
     So I never even looked twice at this photo. 
     Recently I wanted to try some new methods in Ps using gradients, dodge & burn, smudging, color look up & what not.
     So comes this photo; the sky was a total washout, couldn't salvage anything even though the image was shot in raw.
     So I googled for some good sunset shots & found an awesome one. But the foreground in my original shot was too bright & the hue was not matching with the colorful sky. So played again with hues & contrast in the foreground. 
     It isn't a perfect finish, an experienced eye could spot a truck load of mistakes in my editing. But I kinda lost my patience to do all the finishing touches. 
     I think it came out alright for my first try with all these. Phew, who knew there was so much I could do in Photoshop.
     Well, as the saying goes, what I learnt right now is just a handful.
     Gotta keep learning. Days well spent with a constant dose of learning; medicine, photography, editing, illustration, craft & lots more. 
     So much to learn. So little time....

Original clouds photo from a "Wallpapers site"

     P.S. I don't do these kinda edits in my photos. And I don't ask for Google's help either!! This is all just for fun.

13 August 2018

Photo Story 3

     Good evening friends!!
     Today the photo story is about me trying to capture a flying insect for the first time with my DSLR. 
     The actual reason I went to my terrace was to try some bird photography but my concentration was spoilt by these wasps flying around the horseshoe vitex (Vitex negundo) tree. 

     Delta conoideum, the mason wasp.
     This is a mason wasp,so called because it builts its nest using mud. The mud nest which is a shelter for its larva is pot shaped & so it is also known as Potter wasp.

Potter wasp's nest in a citrus tree in my backyard.

     Well, long story short, I've never captured flying insects before & thought I would give a try. There were two of these wasps flying around the tree & I kept clicking, trying a panning shot when these were flying. 
     Mine is just a 120mm lens & I had to be pretty close to get a decent shot. I had to be extra careful not to get stung by those two!!
     There was a time when I got too close to one of these & it flew straight for my hand holding the camera. I got lucky & was able to step back; barely escaping a painful sting.
     I had to click lots of shots as there wasn't much light & I wasn't good at this.

     These are some of my tries in capturing these beautiful insects. I spent well over an hour chasing these around my terrace & got few good shots.
     An hour well spent & got some much needed relaxation (had some adrenaline surging moments but still).
     Time spent with nature is time spent well!!

2 August 2018

Photo Story 2

     Common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), found relaxing in my garden.

     Hello everyone, Good evening!!
     This was captured from my garden today evening. 
     Around 6PM, I was having tea with my mom & dad, relaxing in our front yard. While enjoying my dad's ginger tea, I was following this tiny one flying around my garden, finally coming to rest on my hibiscus plant. I thought it came for a tiny meal from the hibiscus flowers & will be on its way. 
We were sitting a few feet away chatting & that didn't seem to bother this beautiful bird. It looked like it came there to rest for a while.
     I stood up, went in to get my camera & tried to get near the bird to take photos since I don't have a telephoto lens.
     A brave little one; it was posing for my photographs. I was just a feet away with my scary looking camera gear & this one wasn't afraid even a bit. It was too dark, and I had to resort to using the flash to capture this one; at the same time worried that the flash might scare it. 
     And oh, it proved me wrong & it was like, "Hey girl, will you stop bothering me & let me have some peace. Can't you see that I'm trying to sleep here!!".
     Well, if you grow lots of flowering plants, keep feeding the birds & leaving them water in the harsh summer; even the wild birds might come to relax in your presence. 
     A bit of love from a tiny visitor, happy day indeed.

25 June 2018

Photo Story 1

     Hello folks!
     It has been a long time since I posted in my site. Got a bit busy with my work at the hospital. Now that I'm free, I thought of starting a series called "Photo Story".
     I feel that there is a story behind every photo; what goes on through the photographer's mind when they clicked that shot, what made them click it, was it a planned one or just a random click, events leading to the click, what happened later & it goes on...
     I wish I could try to convey at least half of that, so that my click doesn't remain just a photograph but a story in itself etching a memory forever.

Let's start with a click I shot in Adyar, Chennai.

Thiru-Vi-Ka Bridge, Adyar, Chennai
     It was a sweltering summer weekend in April, 2018,, a few weeks after I had bought my first DSLR, Nikon D750. So I thought I would go for a photo-walk; it was just me & my camera.
     My first stop was Chennai snake park, which wasn't a good choice. Maintenance could've been better, had more crocodiles than snakes. Even the crocodile enclosures weren't good, the crocodiles were lethargic & had untreated injuries. Had a few good clicks but I just wanted to get away from there.
     Next was the visit to Guindy national park which was far better maintained than the Snake park. After strolling around, I thought I would get to the Thiru-Vi-Ka bridge in Adyar to photograph sunset over the waters.
     Found the time the sun sets, timed my travel, booked a cab & started from there. One thing that I forgot to take into account was the Chennai traffic. 
     Phew, it took me forever to get there. So as you can guess, I lost the sunset but not my spirit.
     And thus the sunset photography turned into street photography with light trails. It was kinda awkward standing there alone, with my gear photographing the oncoming traffic. I got some weird stares from the passerby but it was worth it in the end. 
     Some beautiful clicks & the joy of travelling alone 

5 March 2017

"Mudra" ~ First Birthday Blog Hop ♥

     Hello and welcome to our “First Birthday Blog Hop”! 
     Yes, Mudra is one year old this month and what an amazing journey it has been so far. And this month, we want to celebrate our big milestone with you because it wouldn’t have been possible without your support. We have so many fun things lined up throughout the month with lots of chances for you to participate and win some cool prizes.

     If you have come from Tejal Mehta-Shah you are on the right track. You can check out the complete list of participating blogs on the Mudra Blog
     I can't believe a year went by since we released the first set of stamps for Mudra. And we have come a long way from there. A short note about Mudra stamps, these are clear photo-polymer stamps & they are deep etched. They give you a crisp impression every time you stamp. And because they are deep etched, the edges of the stamp won't smudge the ink when you apply pressure while stamping. 
     And Mudra is the first ever clear stamp manufacturers in India & I'm so glad to be a stamp illustrator in this awesome team. 
     Without further ado let's hop on to my cards. A bit lengthy & picture-crazy post, but please do bear with me guys!!

Card 1

  • For my first card I decided to use a stamp from the first ever release of Mudra & the first ever stamp set I designed ~ Lotus Blooms! 
  • I decided to go with a kind of no-line water coloring for this card. Used a lotus bloom, a bud & leaf stamp from the set.
  • Used Brustro's 300gsm cold pressed water color paper & distress inks for coloring. 
  • Created a border for my watercolor panel using blue pearlescent card stock & mounted in on an A2 sized card. 

Card 2

  • This is yet another card made using a stamp set I designed ~ Eggstasy. This set is so versatile with cute images & beautiful sentiments and it can be easily used to create a card in a jiffy. 
  • I used the egg, faces & the ribbon stamps with a bit of masking to create my first water color panel.
  • For the second water color panel, I used the egg shells & the chick to create a kind of exploding egg. 
  • Then put together both of them as layers with a bit of washi tape decor to finish my card. 

Card 3

  • Used the Happy birthday stamp from Balloons stamp set to put together this shaker card. The sentiment is from Brushed Alphas stamp set. 
  • The details of how I made this card can be found in this video!!

Card 4

  • For this card I decided to use the cute images from Stay Magical stamp set. 
  • Stamped the clouds, shooting star, the castle & the flying unicorn; and reverse stamped the same unicorn & fussy cut them all. 
  • Used two A2 sized cards to create a kind of double fold card. 
  • Fussy cut the front panels to resemble clouds. And sponged distress inks using the cut part to create more clouds. 

  • Finally put them all together & stamped the sentiments to finish my card.

Card 5

  • Yet another card using the Stay Magical stamp set.
  • Stamped the images on Brustro's 300gsm cold pressed water color paper & used distress inks for coloring.
  • Created a border for my watercolor panel using blue pearlescent card stock & mounted in on an A2 sized card.

Video of all 5 cards:
     Linking below, a video of all the 5 cards I made for the blog hop!!

Stamp Sets Used: 

- Follow Mudra Blog
- Like Mudra Facebook Page
- Follow us on Instagram 
- Subscribe to your YouTube
- Visit all the designer's blog hop post and leave them some love.
- After finishing the blog hop, add your name in the Inlinkz in Mudra Blog Hop Post.

     To celebrate, Mudra is giving away a beautiful pack of crafting supplies from Mudra to 1 WINNER, selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop.  You have until Wednesday, March 15th at 11:59 PM IST to enter, and the winners will be announced here on Monday, March 20th.
     One Additional Goodie Bag to a random participant sponsored by The Craft Shop, Chennai. 

     And to sweeten the deal, some of our designers in the hop also have giveaways, so make sure to leave comments on all the blogs for a chance to win!

     Your next stop in the hop is Gayatri Viswanathan !!
     Do have fun hopping & playing along with us. 

♥♥ Dream, Create, Inspire ♥♥
Thank you so much for your visits & comments, they mean a lot to me ♥

Pon Malar.

14 August 2016

Atc, Bouquet & Canvas ♥

     Good morning my dear crafty friends.
     This is Pon Malar here today sharing a few works of mine using Mudra stamps & a few stamping and crafting tips for you.

     For the full reveal do hop on to Mudra Blog & leave some love ♥

Stamps Used: 

           This is my final post for Mudra this season; I'm taking a break from crafting & Mudra creative team for a few months as my PG exams are fast approaching & I gotta read.

     Before that I thank each & every member of our creative team for their wonderful love & support and for the truck loads of inspiration. It would have been tough without you guys!!
     And last but not the least to Varshitha, who believed in me & gave me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of MUDRA. Thank you so much dear, love & hugs.
     And thanks to all my fellow crafters for their love & inspiration.
     I will still be stamp designing for Mudra, yay :) and will definitely join the Creative team again after my exams, if given the opportunity :)

♥♥ Dream, Create, Inspire ♥♥
Thank you so much for your visits & comments, they mean a lot to me ♥

Pon Malar.

27 July 2016

Papericious & Mudra Blog Hop ~ Day 5 "Sneak Peek"

Good morning friends!!
     Pon Malar here today for the Day 5 of Papericious & Mudra Blog Hop. Don't forget to check the lovely works of our creative team as part of the blog hop & leave your love :)
     I'm happy & excited to be a part of this blog hop & to play along. And I love both Mudra stamps & Papericious collection.
     I made 6 cards using Papericious pattern papers & Mudra stamps. And here they are....

     Oh well, that's just the sneak peek ;) You can check out the cards here at Papericious blog :)

♥♥ Dream, Create, Inspire ♥♥

Thank you so much for your visits & comments, they mean a lot to me ♥

Pon Malar.