About making pictures   - Filters Flaming Pear by  Waeshael

  1. 1.Using filters

There are filters that change the colors to match the response of a particular film type (as DXO filmpack 3 for example, currently offered at no charge,) and filters that distort the picture elements to create a new picture. Here I have used a filter made by FLAMING PEAR, called SWERVE. No longer available from the manufacturer, I found a copy somewhere and they kindly issued me a license. It is such a great filter that it is worth searching for. It was part of a “Designer Sextet” which included six filters. I have posted many examples at waeshael.leicaimages.com

The way to use this filter is first: to select a picture that has colors in it that are pleasing, usually containing warm complementary colors. Oranges and greens are good (Monet favored these colors.) Then click on the dice image which then selects a different random combination of adjustment factors shown by the sliders above, and by the Chop Mode and Glue. There are some thirty “glues” to choose from. Altogether there are thousands of combinations. Usually I roll the dice until I find a pleasing spacial arrangement of objects, then click on the glues  (usually the “s” button which steps through them all,) until I find something interesting at which point I save this filter by clicking on a little dot surrounding the thumbnail. This way I can go back through the saved filters to choose the best one for the picture. The program saves these filter selections. I have found that filter selections that look good on one picture, seldom work for any other picture. I always work on a TIFF file and always save as a TIFF file. Then convert for the WEB using Graphic Converter to merge in the color profile and eliminate the EXIF data in the file. I usually resize the picture down to 1600 pixels or so in the process of conversion.