Sunday, June 29, 2008

Loving Life!

Yesterday was the first day of the famous Taste of Chicago summer festival. And, being so close to the ocean I couldn't help myself and left the "Taste" to take a boat tour along the harbor. I have some great images to share with you from my excursion but for now here's a few "hot off the press" that I thought you'd enjoy.

The weather is wonderful today so have a great Sunday!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pictures make me even happier that we are in summer rather than winter!

I've noticed you darken the corners and edges of a lot of your pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what do you use to do that? Burning tool? You edit in Photoshop?

1:14 AM  
Blogger SamTheMan said...

Hi Josh,

Yes, winter around here is crazy! Re: the darker corners - for some strange reason I like vignettes so I use them often. Sometimes subtle and at other times very strong.

I use a couple of PS actions to create them. My favorite is the "Lasso Vignette" contained in Matt Antonio's PI Action Set II. The other PS action I use is called "Edge Burner" and it is part of Kevin Kubota's Artistic Action Set 2.

For lightroom, I have a few from Matt Kloskowski of His are free so if you use Lightroom I'd recommend checking them out.

I also use Scott Robert's Lightroom presets and Photoshop Actions and both contain really nice vignetting tools.

I hope that helps my friend, let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

BTW - how's the move going?

9:01 PM  
Blogger SamTheMan said...


Here's a little known secret place for some good free actions. Checkout atncentral. Here's the link to their vignette PS action:

I used it before I had any of the other tools previously mentioned and it works really well. Plus, because it's PS it's also customizable.

Hit me up if I can help!

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! Most of those names you threw out are foreign to me, but I'll google em and see what I come up with. You did answer my question, though.
The move won't happen till sept, but I am working on finding a job as of now, and figuring out my budget and what I can afford as far as buying a house or renting. With my job, I need to just pick up the phone and start calling some local locksmiths in the Austin area. They're not usually the type to list the ads online. I just keep putting it off.

11:29 PM  

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