Continuing our visits to the archives of When a Painter Snaps, with a selection from March, 2012:

HOME IS WHERE I HANG MY HAT / iPhone 4 / PhotoToaster

This seemed a fitting image for today, as I'm busy packing for my trip to Mexico on Monday. I'm heading off to photograph the International Charro Championships in Puerto Vallarta. After that I will roam around, visiting some of my old haunts from years past. You're invited to come along. Lots of last minute things to do, then we're scheduled to fly out of Albuquerque early Monday morn. I've really never had much luck doing a running commentary when traveling, but hope to manage it this trip. Wish me luck, and buckle up.

Hasta mañana.



Now for a replay, from When a Painter Snaps, back in July, 2013:

Today, I thought it might be fun to show you how this photograph came to be. It started with this image, taken along the high road from Taos to Santa Fe:

I cropped it and worked a few simple fixes and adjustments in ACDSee on my laptop.

I liked the result, but thought it would be fun to try a vertical, eliminating a lot of the unnecessary part of the wood on the right hand side of the image, thereby bringing sharper focus to the skull. I also decided to try it in black and white to enhance the drama in the scene, along with tweaking the lighting to increase the contrast. I cropped the image, applied a subtle black vignette, then topped it off with a lightly blurred vignette.

I was almost satisfied with the result, and could well have stopped at this point, but decided to try a softened border.

Nope, that was looking a bit contrived, so I got rid of it. It was then that I decided to try re-applying color to the image and even pumping the color up a little. The image below was the result. The result I've chosen to stand by.

Well, that was then. This is now. I couldn't resist tweaking it a tiny bit more, now that it's on my iPad, using good old Snapseed.

COW SKULL PROCESS/ Camera Unknown / ACDSee / Snapseed

So. Here's the final, final. For now, anyway.

Hasta mañana.