Oh Affinity, I couldn't have Done Without You!!

So my father is writing a book about our family name…

Salomé

I know that is book that he has been planning for a long time (His capacity of planning is truly admirable) and I know that as preparation for it, he interviewed all his aunts and other family to get the gist of the genealogy tree.

One of the things he is including, are old pictures of relatives. Some of them people that I probably never had the pleasure or I was too little to even remember.

One such people, is my great grandmother, on my father side, Salomé.

So he had this picture of her that was in pretty bad shape. Looks like it when to war with some humidity and it lost the battle!

He was here visiting and he said that he was going to send it to me to see if I could do something with it. I didn't think he was going to send me the actual physical picture but he did. It took almost a month to get here (via snail mail, of course) and it got here the day of the big storm.

The manila envelope was wet and I though: “Oh, great, just what I needed, a family heirloom ruined by rain!”. Thankfully, it was ok. The envelope took most of the brunt of the rain (like the photo needed more humidity).

I immediately scanned the photo using my Epson Workforce Printer (My Canon scanner is nowhere to be found since the move) and decided to open the photo in Affinity Photo.

First thing I did was turned it into Black and White to remove the red color from the humidity stains and decided to save a Work in Progress (WIP) version and work on it later.

At night and before I went downstairs, I decided to copy the WIP to the cloud, to see if I could do some work on my iPad. Affinity Photo has, to everybody’s pleasure, a iPad version that is fully complete.

As I laid down in my bed, I was able to work on the photo with a level of detail that I had never achieved using photoshop. The combination of Affinity Photo, the iPad, the Apple Pencil and some Ghost of Paraguay music, made the restoration a breeze and a joy!!

I was able to complete 95% of the work last night, something that took me days on Photoshop on a previous restoration. Oh Boy! I am totally hooked on the Affinity Products.

What you see here is not the finished photo (I reserve the right to only share that with my father, for his book) but what I had completed on the iPad last night. The before and after can tell you that I could not have done it without the help of Affinity Photo.

What an incredible fast workflow!! I can see myself working more like this.

Affinity allows you to connect to any cloud storage (in this case I used iCloud, but I have worked on Affinity Designer using other solutions like Tresorit) contrary to Photoshop that tries to force you to only use their stupid cloud solution as part of the Creative Cloud Subscription.

If you are not using the Affinity Products, give yourself a few days, download the trials and believe me when I say these will change your life. They have Affinity Photo (Photoshop like Editor), Affinity Designer (Illustrator like Vector based Editor) and now you can even download the Beta version of Affinity Publisher (InDesign like Layout Program).

There is a learning curve involved, but nothing you can get over easily using Affinity Vimeo channel with plenty of tutorials.

I can’t wait to play more with this wonderful suit of applications. Thank you Affinity by Serif!!

The Fantastic Voyage

 The Fantastic Voyage

The Fantastic Voyage

I still remember the first time I saw the movie “Fantastic Voyage”... 

As a science fiction fan, it was the from the on-set a classic!

It made me want to learn more about the human body and I distinctly remember we were learning anatomy in high school around those years, so the concept was absolutely fascinating. 

I was watching some videos on the Affinity Photo Vimeo page, trying to learn to use the iPad applications, and somehow this came out of that effort. 

It transported me to that year when I first saw humans boarding a submarine to be shrunk down and injected onto a guy’s neck.

We are all traversing through life in a Fantastic Voyage...

New Office

The new office in the new house is coming along nicely...

 360º image of the new office...

360º image of the new office...

After months of things to do at the new house, I finally had some time to work on fixing my peronal space, my man-cave if you will.

This new office, contrary to the old one, is located in the polar oposite of the house. While the old ona was in the basement, the new one is in what will normally be the attic.

A lot more light and a lot less space, but I think is more cozy and a joy to be in there. I only wish for East facing windows.

I still have to hang all the art work and pictures, but it is starting to look the way I want it. 

Had to install a window AC unit as the room usually reaches 90+ degrees in the Summer. I can wait to see what it will be in the Winter!!

This one taken with the Yi MeSphere as I thougth an all incompasing picture will tell a better story. It was a bracketed set with a 2 EV difference stiched together using Aurora HDR 2018.

The black thing in the bottom is the mini-tripod. :-)

Darkness in Your Eyes

Darkness in Your Eyes

Art as a result of mood.

I am currently full of a sense of dread and apathy...

...they say that things like that are likely to affect you and the things you do. 

What happens when depression fills your art? Do other people see it?

They say depression does not show any symptoms, but what about when something comes out of your mind twisted and dark?

Does it show then?

Can this be considered a form of therapy? Letting out our darkest, most terrible thoughts on paper and/or in digital form. Could this be construted as an outlet?

Am I getting better? Is there anybody out there?