Experimental Images : A View To A Colorful World

A View to a Colorful World


This image is a layering of two distinct ones taken with a Nikon Coolpix camera (probably either a Nikon Coolpix S8100 or its cousin the Nikon Coolpix S9100). These are higher end compact digital cameras but not the ones which are as large as the Nikon Coolpix P510 series or others of that ilk.

In fact Connie (pictured here) has her camera around her neck inside a small LowePro case. The one I am using to take this picture is similar in size.

The image was taken while we were arriving at the Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park in time for luncheon. She is wearing a green PolarTec-like jacket. I got to thinking that this fabric represented the contemporary equivalent of other more Earth-friendly fabrics like cotton. That is due in part to the fact that it is made from recycled plastic bottles.

So I asked Photoshop to find the pixels of a certain color range. Once this was done I had it delete the pixels captured in this fashion and pasted the autumn foliage into the layer below the now gaping hole in the original image. What resulted in the visual collage you see before you.

The Nikon 1 V1 and its sibling the Nikon 1 J1 are equally capable of producing these kinds of original images for use in experimental photography using Photoshop 5.1. Because the subject is relatively close the sensor size is still capable of producing good detail in the finer elements of the image. And the color rendition is pretty good despite the size of the sensor.

One Further Note

The original processing of these images is now being handed over to Adobe Lightroom 4. A fellow on the DPReview forum sang its praises and I got curious. I had been using Apple’s Aperture 3.2.2. What Lightroom 4 does better is remove the chromatic aberration of these small camera lenses and more easily adds adjustments to the image based up a profile that fits the camera and the specific lens in use. All in all it is a great product! You can indeed download it for yourself and use it FREE for a full month. Afterwards you can consider purchasing it for long term use.