Tom Pickering  

Hungry Monster by Tom Pickering

June 2020 - Hungry Monster

June 2020 - Tom Pickering


About the Image(s)

Specs: Galaxy S6 Smartphone

While I've been capturing images with my smartphone for over a year, I haven't processed those images in the phone until now. While quite proficient with Photoshop and a host of desktop editing programs, I'm a sheer novice at post-processing in my phone. So, here goes nothing - be kind. d;¬{D

After supper one evening, I recalled seeing a creative image made from 2 forks and a spoon. I started playing around with my tableware and snapped several configurations, using a piece of foil as a background. Original 1 is one that caught my eye. The fork lying upon the spoon reminded me of a face.

Using only the Galaxy S6 photo editor, I cropped this to square, increased contrast, and adjusted the temperature all the way to the left. Then I applied the Gothic Noir filter and lastly applied the Vignette filter at about 50%. Suggestions?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Hi Tom! Welcome to the group.
My first response is that I really like the colour of the original!
I looked back at your main image and suddenly there was the monster, about to jump out of the frame!
I really like the contrasty mono image and I think you have done really well with your first image!   Posted: 06/03/2020 23:00:59
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Does that mean I can stay? d;¬{D   Posted: 06/03/2020 23:12:22
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
We'll give it serious consideration!   Posted: 06/03/2020 23:13:26

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
This jumps out! Welcome, Tom! With my first take (from my tiny phone screen) I thought it was metal teeth of the digging part of a backhoe. I am amazed at what it really is, and it's great! I still like thinking of it as bucket teeth! The only thing I'd do is consider opening up the area between the middle teeth by increasing the light there. If you try Snapseed there's a 'Selective tool' you can adjust on spots for brightness, contrast, saturation or structure. Nice work and it lends nicely toward artistic abstracts. Yes, you can stay Lol   Posted: 06/05/2020 09:41:38
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
PHEW!!! I thought I was a gonner fer sure! d8¬{O   Posted: 06/05/2020 09:58:10

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
This is so scary-looking at first glance! A relief to read its just a harmless fork and spoon, rather than a threatening huge looming scoop of a bulldozer looking at me with blank eyes and menacing teeth!
The blurred background contributes to the focus on the "equipment" that is the subject. Love your title, too, Tom. By the way, I also liked the gold-tone of the original, so you might have 2 versions of your subject: one with color, one mono.
At least, you play with your tableware and not your food.   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:39:36
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
You're making assumptions about the food. d;¬{D   Posted: 06/24/2020 19:54:06