This is a straight picture of the Mouse Couple, two funny little rusty metal sculptures, One of them has a bow-tie, which you can see in the first panel of the quilt. I liked the way they seemed to be relating to each other with several different moods. The picture file for the matrix is large, so it might take a while to load. However, it's cut way down for this blog from the original humongous file.
PowerCam in Action
This is a matrix of photos taken with the PowerCam app, which shows the filter or special effect in action as you take the picture. This is quite helpful in composing the shot, which I generally do by squinting at the screen until all I can see is the value pattern. Since many filters affect the color values, they can influence the balance and compositional choices. Each filter seemed to call for a slightly different approach to framing the shot.
The app is easy to understand and navigate, and has a nice selection of effects. Most are color based, but a few are distortion of various kinds. You can zoom as you compose, turn the flash on or off, and touch focus, but there were no controls for the effects. The filters also work while in video mode, which is very exciting.
This is a great start, well designed, and I look forward to the upgrades. On my wish list would be higher resolution, and some kind of controls for the effects.
The Mouse Couple at Home uses many, but not all of the filters, so it's a sort of sampler. Of course, I also wanted to create real art, so although I tried out all the filters, I chose images that worked well together compositionally and psychologically. I did use two of the more colorful effects twice, for balance, and flow, and because I'm a color freak. The finished quilt is very large, and will make a dandy poster. At least I think it's finished ... I may shuffle a few of them around more a bit more, for fine tuning. It was composited on my desktop Photoshop because of the much larger real estate.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.