Thursday, 30 October 2014

All caught up...?

No, I'm not sure what this means, especially since I'm definitely NOT all caught up...

(the baby and cowboy were real-life friends, as evidenced by the original photo, which I took when I was but a youth.)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Random Digital offerings

Because I keep churning it out, here it is.  These photo manipulations (and they are indeed all originally photographs of mine, even though some cease to look like photographs) have become my new way of doodling.  

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Yeah it's been a while.  So what?

Anyways, I've been terribly busy with work but last night I finally had a chance to do something for fun, for me-
I took this old painting:

Blue Jesus Playing a Green Sitar

And I worked on it some more.  Digitally.  I've always loved this painting and considered it one of my favourites if not my absolute favourite.  But there were a few areas that bugged me.  Not to mention that the "professional scan" I got done also had some flaws. Like that light glare over the darker green background, and glare within the black outlining.  Now that I professionally photograph artwork myself, looking back at this old digital copy makes me think I could do a much better job myself.  Which is encouraging.  Anyways, besides correcting the flaws of the scan, I also let myself digitally re-work this whole painting, and the new version, for now, is thus:

But as usual, I couldn't stop there, so I switched things up to make a few more versions:

Maybe I got carried away.  So what?

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Because Black & White

Photography is so much classier when it's black & white, so lately I've been trying to class it up with some B&W landscapes.  The kind you see on the walls in a classy hallway at your classy friends house.  I have a quite a few to post, so I'm gonna break it down geographically.  First here are some from the Boundary Bay area:

(click to enlarge)

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Monday, 19 May 2014

By the light of the HDR moon...

The Moon.   It was huge the other day.   I was driving home late at night and had to stop and get gas.  I also had to take a picture of the moon.  Luckily I had my camera and tripod in the trunk, and nobody trying to get gas drove over me and my tripod in the dark beside the gas station.   Even with just my 200mm lens I was able to get the moon with THIS much detail:

I took a few shots and made this scene:

And THAT's what it looked like.  "And now you know the REST of the story..."

 All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Eagle and the Flag

I've been seeing a lot of eagles lately.
I'm hoping to have a whole series to show at some point.  But I'm also trying to figure out what to do with some of the shots to make them more interesting.  
Like the picture I got of this cutie:


So I simplified the background, and I liked the overall image.  It looked like something one might use to decorate something.

But I could't just leave it so simple, so I started trying other things,

And then it hit me, and I made this MASTERPIECE:

Because the only thing better than an eagle is an eagle wearing a pink captain's hat.  Am I right?  Probably.  Also probably right that you probably would want this on your wall, or t-shirt, or tattooed on your chest.  Probably.

(definitely noticing the difference whatever compression is being used to upload these to blogger-  I'll make sure they look correct when I eventually post them on my eventual for real website...)

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Thursday, 10 April 2014

2 things

One:  Animated time-lapse snow sculpture?  OK!

"The Snow of Man"

Two:  A made-up fictional and also make-believe album cover?   Sure!

Sometimes I wish there was money in making fake album covers, but fake bands tend to have extremely low budgets...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Yes, I took even ANOTHER photo!

Experimenting with color-  Another random shot from the archives, with a slight color tweak...

(click to enlarge)

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Random Landscapes

This might be the last of my random scenic shots from the archives.  Other collections I might dig out at some point, or have yet to complete working on, but these are just a few that I took here and there, thither and yon.  

And in case you like rocky crags...

Studying telephone poles for a painting...

 And in case you wanted me to throw some upside-down paint in the sky...

 And lastly, if you don't mind, a little Burrard Inlet action.

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen