Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Theme Thursday: Change






One of the great things about photography is that it can freeze time.  A photographer can capture an event, an expression, a moment that can never be repeated.  In many ways, photography is about subverting change, grabbing a piece of life before it morphs into something new.  However, the opposite is also true.  Once the photograph is captured on film or digital card, it is the embodiment of change; it can be turned into so many things.  Even in the early days of photography, artists could change the look of their photographs in the darkroom.  Now, in the world of computers, it is even easier to create change after the picture has been taken.  

Early last year, when it was still in beta, I discovered Picnik.  I used it regularly and thrilled every time they added a new feature.  Alas for cheap-o me, they launched officially this past Autumn and all the cool editing features went under the "Premium" heading: you had to pay for them.  Needless to say, I bid adieu to Picnik.  

Imagine my delight this past week when I discovered they have launched an ad-supported Picnik with all the cool tools for FREE again -- whoo-hoo!  Yes, I do have PS Elements, but on Picnik, the cool Lomo, Holga, and cross-processing tools (to name a few) are one stop shopping...and did I mention that they are once again FREE?  

For those of you who have never ventured there, I've posted samples above of a few of the cool processing tools you can use.
Who said change is bad?  

8 comments:

Head Gaggler said...

Very cool, I love Picnik!

Windows Wide Open said...

Great guitar shot to play with!

Picnik does rock, I agree!

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Christina said...

I love your discussion on now photography is an effort to subvert change. I also love all your renderings of this photo. Since I have Elements I've never played with Picnik - but now I'm thinking maybe I should!!

carrie said...

sweet - i love the little hands on the guitar. beautiful.

Maggie said...

What a fantastic way to use this week's theme! I love the shot - in all the ways you showed!

Stacy said...

I love your take on the theme! Very cool way of processing, and it is so fun how a change in that can completely change the mood of the shot.

Thanks for the compliments on my photos today, too...makes me feel good. :)

Mandaroo said...

That's awesome! I'm glad they went free. I love the black & white. I also really like your BSM in the last post and what you did with it.

Arizaphale said...

Interesting treatments and great to know picnik is now free!!!!