A Year Ago on ISBAA

rob Paine painted flower

I remember the first time I started playing with a flower photo in Photoshop. It was easy to lose myself at the computer using all the different adjustments to create abstract images. Now I can do the same thing on an iPad or iPhone anywhere on Earth, a far cry from my formative photography years standing over a Beseler black and white enlarger for hours at a time in my darkroom in the basement of my parents’ house. Who knew?

Incidentally, I love modern technology but I also really miss my black and white darkroom. It was magic for me to look into a tray of Kodak Dektol and watch my photos develop onto a blank piece of white photo paper. As hard as I try, I have not yet been able to duplicate the tonal values in my black and white work using my computer that I could achieve in a wet darkroom.

Today’s photos are a result of such electronic tinkering. (please see below for second photo and more text)

I took the top photo in a garden outside the Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Prince William County Va. This effect was achieved with minimal adjustments using the paint daubs filter in Photoshop.

The second photo below was taken outside a friend’s house in Deep Creek Lake, MD. The flowers reminded me of starlight mints and I thought their patterns worked well for a photo. For this image, I used a substantially higher amount of adjustments again with the paint daubs filter in Photoshop.

While both these pieces were created on a Mac, I do a lot of work on an iPad as well. My two favorite iPad apps for editing areiPhoto and Adobe PS Touch in that order. For me, iPhoto for Ipad is even better than its sister version for Macs.

It has some incredible features. For instance, if you want to sharpen, lighten or darken a specific section of a photo, once the effect is chosen, all you need to do is rub your finger tip or stylus over the area you want to alter until the desired level of change is achieved. The iPhoto app tends to be a little more intuitive than PS Touch based on my experience.

Rob Paine Starlight flowers

Do you edit photos on your PDA or tablet? What is your favorite photo software.

Thanks for dropping in. Please be here tomorrow for what is to be my 100th consecutive day of posting on this blog. Have a great day, Rob.


  1. I’m using Photoshop elements at the moment but plan to jump soon to Lightroom. I just got my first iPad and as I figure out how I want to use it, I welcomed your comments on the software that you use with your iPad.


    1. Hi MIke, sorry for the late reply. iPhoto for Ipad, PS Touch and Camera + are my three favorites. They are easy to use, offer a lot of options and work well between each other. I would also highly recommend buying an Ipad photo adapter which will allow you to download photos straight to your iPad when you are on the road. Have fun! Rob


  2. Interesting article! Congrats in tomorrow’s 100 (I will be out of town, not checking in). I don’t edit, other than clicking the auto fix button in some. Never learned & no time now. Ur photos are great!!


Please feel free to leave a reply. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback, Rob

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s