Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaleidoscopes Part 3 - Fall Colors

fall sumac shrubs by Jeanne Selep
Maple Leaf on Black Kaleidoscope
I have been sharing kaleidoscopes made with my photos, today and in my last two posts.  The image above uses leaf scans from previous years arranged to create one of my favorite kaleidoscopes to date.
  
fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries Fall Foliage, Oct 2013
The next several kaleidoscopes use my autumn berry photo (above) as the source.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 1 Kaleidoscope Art
As I play and experiment, several thoughts occur to me.
free background kaleidoscope
Autumn Berries 2 - Free desktop background Kaleidoscope
These results are fun but not as beautiful as God's original creation.  Sometimes the kaleidoscopes results are even creepy.  (I'm not sharing the creepy ones).
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 3 Kaleidoscope
Portions of the kaleidoscopes take on insect like qualities.  Maybe that is how God came up with insects - symmetry play.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Berries 4 Kaleidoscope
The centers of the kaleidoscopes almost never resemble anything from the original image.

autumn fall foliage free desktop background
Maple Fall Foliage - Free desktop background
I used the maple tree photo (above) to create the next two images.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Red Maple Tree 1 Kaleidoscope Art
Where did that amoeba-like center appear from?
free background kaleidoscope
Red Maple Tree 2 - Free desktop background Kaleidoscope

This yellow tree was used for the next three kaleidoscopes.
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Fall Foliage - Yellow Tree and branches
The gnarled branches of the tree creates interesting shapes and line art in the kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 1 Kaleidoscope
The swirling pattern below looks more striking when magnified.
(Yes, you can see these images even larger!  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum).
Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 2 Kaleidoscope
I included this one to show how slight differences can really change the look of the kaleidoscope.
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Yellow Tree 3 Kaleidoscope

Finally, I wanted to show you with the first image shown with a white background instead of a black background.  I'd love to hear which images are your favorites - my favorites might just be the original photographs...  Either way, enjoy the photos and enjoy your own personal autumn!
autumn fall foliage by Jeanne Selep
Maple Leaf on White Kaleidoscope
Click on the images to see them enlarged.(Yes, you can see these images even larger!  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum).

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Peacock Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope Part 1
Kaleidoscope Part 2









I am linking to these parties:
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 136 (Entry 51 of 157.)
Green Willow Pond: What We Accomplished Wed 63 (Entry 28)
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 5 of 86.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 189 (Entry 167 of 325.) *
Good North Coast: Reconnect with Nature (Entry 3 of 7.)
Gotta Create: Wildly Original 124 (Entry 32 of 166.)
Creative Princess: Party 178 (Entry 1 of 96.)
ABC Wednesday: L for ABC Wednesday (Entry 55 of 70.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 120 (Entry 1 of 130.)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur (Entry 43 of 126.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 175 (Entry 34 of 137.) 
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 189 (Entry 6 of 136.) *  I was featured!
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 17 of 279.) *
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery (Entry 82 of 241.)
Redoux Interiors: Handmade Hangout 15 (Entry 108 of 335.)
Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 25 of 212.) *
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry 11 of 180.)
Natasha in Oz: Say G'day Sat 107 (Entry 182 of 372.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 199 (Entry 25 of 75)
StephanieLynn: Sunday Showcase 262 (Entry 5 of 210)
Dedicted House: Make it Pretty Monday 116 (Entry 63 of 270)
Uncommon Design: Monday Funday (Entry 199 of 695.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 170 (Entry 24 of 65)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry x) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 231 (Entry 38)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tue 237 (Entry 278)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 28  (Entry 254) 
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 137)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 139 (Entry 337)
Knick of Time: Vintage Inspiration 157 (Entry 100) 
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 91 (Entry )
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wed 174 (Entry )
Kent Weakley: Sweet Shot Tue (Entry 34 of 39.)
Beautiful World 365: Week 66 (Entry 5 of 7.)
Communal Global: Wed Around the World (Entry 36 of 40.)
Snap: Show and Tell Wed 134 (Entry 25 of 235)  
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 110 of 837.)
Inspiration Avenue: Weekly Art Challenge (Entry 5 of 8)  
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kaleidoscope Part 2 - Sumac in fall

Sumac plants are one of my favorite shrubs.  In fall, the leaves change to beautiful colors glowing like jewels against the green background.
fall sumac shrubs by Jeanne Selep
Fall Sumac Foliage, Oct 16, 2013
I used the photo above to make the kaleidoscope images below.
The photo above can be saved as a free desktop background.  Last week I made Kaleidoscopes with spring photos, (see post here) this week I wanted to use more seasonally appropriate fall images.

Kaleidoscope Photo Art sumac by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 1 Kaleidoscope Art
The resulting Kaleidoscopes are far removed from the original image.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art sumac by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 2 Kaleidoscope

Even the colors seem to change, from the oranges and reds to pinks.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art sumac by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 3 Kaleidoscope
The next three rectangle images can also be saved and used as free desktop backgrounds.

Kaleidoscope Photo Art sumac by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 4 Kaleidoscope

Since I am also a quilter, the centers of the kaleidoscopes  intrigue me. 

Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 5 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
The center of Sumac 5 reminds me of a feathered star.

Kaleidoscope Photo Art fall sumac by Jeanne Selep
Sumac 6 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
Some of the images have the feel of 1960's psychedelic art.  I hope you enjoyed the results of my latest batch of experiments.  Let me know what you think and which are your favorites.

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like:

Peacock Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope Part 1
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I am linking to these parties:
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 135 (Entry 44 of 136.) 
Green willow: What We Accomplished Wed 62: (Entry 78 of 78.)
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 8 of 74.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 188 (Entry 211 of 326.) *
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style (Entry x of 48.) 
Gotta Create: Wildly Original 123 (Entry 77 of 187.) 
Creative Princess: Party 177 (Entry 8 of 107.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 119 (Entry 4 of 109.)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur (Entry 20 of 131.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 174 (Entry 49 of 128.) 
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 188 (Entry 46 of 124.) *
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 88 of 243.) *
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery (Entry 47 of 236.) *
Elizabeth: Be Inspired 135 (Entry 122 of 126.)
Elizabeth: Sept Garden Party (Entry 41 of 42.) 
Redoux Interiors: Handmade Hangout 15 (Entry 75 of 317.)
Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 28 of 240.) *
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry 12 of 94.)
Pieced Pastimes GR: Saturday Sparks 82 (Entry 143 of 158.) 
Natasha in Oz: What's Scarier (Entry 109 of 152.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 195 (Entry 20 of 103.)
Under the Table: Sunday Showcase 261 (Entry 76 of 215.)
Uncommon Design: Monday Funday 21 (Entry 124 of 663.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 169 (Entry 1 of 67.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry x of 176.) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 230 (Entry 32 of 181.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 236 (Entry 82 of 260.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 27 (Entry 36 of 321.) 
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 147 of 143.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 138 (Entry 184 of 334.)
Snap: Show and Tell Wed 133 (Entry 144 of 204.)

Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tue 90 (Entry ) 
Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 91 (Entry )
Glimpse inside: Catch a Glimpse 134 (Entry )
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wed 174 (Entry )x

Dedicted House: Make it Pretty Monday 53 (Entry )
Carolyn: The Inspiration Board (Entry )
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry )

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kaleidoscope Photoart

Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Tulip 1 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
I have loved Kaleidoscopes and the views seen inside them since I was little.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Tulip 2 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
A little twist of the barrel and the image can entirely change.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Tulip 3 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
Back as far as 2008 I used Photoshop to create Kaleidoscopes images with my photos, but the work involved was time consuming and therefore infrequent.  (See Peacock blog post here.)
Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Spring 1 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
Recently, however, I was happy to find a software program able to let me explore kaleidoscope images again.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Spring 2 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
I'll be doing more with Kaleidoscope effects and my photos.
Kaleidoscope Photo Art Tulips by Jeanne Selep
Spring 3 Kaleidoscope Photo Art
The images above came from the two photographs shown below. 

Spring Tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Source photo for Kaleidoscope Art
I took both of these photos at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Spring Tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Source photo for Kaleidoscope Art

I hope to be sharing more Kaleidoscope photos with you.  

P.S. Sorry for the spring images in the middle of fall, but these images were the first ones I experimented with!

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking to these parties:
Girlish Whims: Your Whims Wed 180 (Entry 82 of 188.)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 134 (Entry 43 of 180.) 
Family Home: Wow us Wed (Entry 19 of 70.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 187 (Entry 10 of 302.) *  I was featured here!
Lavender Garden: Cottage Style (Entry x of 49)*
Gotta Create: Wildly Original (Entry 73 of 171) 
Creative Princess: Party 176 (Entry 45 of 102.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 173 (Entry 120 of 128.) 
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 187 (Entry 11 of 128.) *
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 67 of 273.) *
Brambleberry: Time Travel Thur 212 (Entry 47 of 65.)
* Romantic Home: Show and Tell 212 (Entry 70 of 224.) *
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 224 (Entry 58 of 178.)
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 108 of 228.)
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 340 of 830. crashes)
Maleviks Rose: Saturday Show Off (Entry 22 of 50.)
Be Diff: Show and Tell Sat (Entry 66 of 208.)
Natasha in Oz: Say G'day Sat 105 (Entry 162 of 335.) 
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 194 (Entry 6 of 67.)
Stephanie Lynn: Sunday Showcase 260 (Entry 83 of 149.)
Mod Vintage: Mod Mix Mon 168 (Entry 13 of 70.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 295 (Entry x of 170.) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 229 (Entry 102 of 201.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 235 (Entry 112 of 278.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 26  (Entry 97 of 249.) 
Cedarhill Ranch: The Sun Scoop 137 (Entry 111 of 288.)
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tue 155 (Entry 93 of 106.)
Someday Crafts: Whatever Goes Wed 241 (Entry 211 of 301.)
My Salvaged Treasures: Vintage Inspiration (Entry 93 of 106.)

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