Mar 272013
 

 

I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the “Magic Art Filters” on the Olympus TG-1 camera.  I know, I know… Real photographers don’t need toy-like filters to produce a good photo.  Go ahead and scoff, scowl or roll your eyes.  I don’t mind.  While you’re doing that, I’ll be over here having a blast with one of my twelve in-camera filters.

Kohala Coast, Hawaii Beach - Olympus Dramatic Filter

Kohala Coast Beach – Olympus Dramatic Filter

Koro Sea, Fiji - Fragment Filter

Koro Sea, Fiji – Fragment Filter

Savusavu Hammock - Watercolor Filter

Savusavu Hammock – Watercolor Filter

Savusavu Hammock - Dramatic Filter

Savusavu Hammock – Dramatic Filter

Fiji Palms - Drawing Filter

Fiji Palms – Drawing Filter

Kona Palms - Dramatic Filter

Kona Palms – Dramatic Filter

Gazing out to Sea - Watercolor Filter

Gazing out to Sea – Watercolor Filter

Every time I look at these photos, they make me smile.  I think that’s the point of these “magic filters”.  They aren’t meant to be serious.  You wouldn’t use them on a photo you wish to submit to National Geographic (or, insert name of serious publication here).

Photography is a lot of hard work.  Sure, shooting is fun, but then you’ve got the uploading, editing (which, tedious as it can be, I actually happen to love), packing, unpacking, cataloging, downloading, sourcing, software-learning, troubleshooting, marketing and selling part of the whole business.  While I’m usually really geeked out about photography, there are moments when I find it mind-numbing.  The next time that happens, I will reach for my trusty art filters and have a little fun again.

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