We are so delighted to publish Janine Graf’s sixth article to her iSights Column with us. This time Janine speaks to us from her bathtub her ‘happy place’ – she has some great aqua mobile photo editing tips – don’t miss this seriously good read. Over to you Janine (foreword by Joanne Carter).
Hi everybody! This month I’m coming to you from my bathtub, so grab your towel and rubber ducky and stay for a spell (no splashing please). Now, I’ve made it no secret that I do most of my image processing and apping in the bathtub. It’s my happy place. There is nothing better than tuning out the noise and distractions (a.k.a. family) in a tub full of hot water and a mountain of bubbles. The smarter members of my family know better than to disturb me there, so it’s the perfect place to get my creative groove on.
So I’m thinking about doing a series called, “Tips from the Tub” or “The Bathtub Diaries”; I’m still on the fence as to which I like better. Ooh, maybe I can do both?! If I have a tip or trick to share with you, I’ll write about it in a “Tips from the Tub” article. Random blathering can fall into “Diaries”. Hooray! See, we are figuring this all out together . . . from my bathtub.
‘Look dad, I’m naked on the internet’ – ©Janine Graf
OK, so here’s my first tip from the bathtub: if you drink alcohol while in the tub, make sure you are not so tipsy that your grip on your mobile device is compromised. I have a death grip on my phone while in the tub but if I have too much wine or too strong of a mojito, then it can become pretty precarious in there. I haven’t lost my phone yet, but my Nomad stylus brush has gone for a swim.
Tip #2: if you are taking a photo of your feet while in the tub, make sure any reflections of you in the faucet are not R-rated; unless that’s the composition you are going for of course. I zoomed in close on the following image to make sure you can’t see my boobs.
‘Safe for Work’ – ©Janine Graf
Oh, btw, that black “grime” around the faucet and hand lever is not mold, although it sure looks like it. That’s adhesive from the old ones that were recently replaced. Apparently the old one was leaking and the water was dripping behind and down into the wall; eventually revealing itself as a wet spot on the ceiling in my family room complete with peeling paint and a crack in the drywall. Ugh. Anyways, I just had to clarify that in case any of you were thinking, “OK, fine, we can’t see your boobs and you have pretty red toenail polish, but what on earth is with the moldy faucet?! Gross Janine.”
Now here’s something that would fall under the “Diaries” section of this series and has nothing to do with photography: I used to be addicted to Visine. True story. It was the summer of 1985. I was very, very tan and used Visine one day because my eyes looked bloodshot. A friend of my brother’s was over and he commented on how cool the whites of my eyes looked against my dark tan face. Well, that’s all I needed to hear. I used Visine every day until my eyes became addicted; at that point they were constantly bloodshot. The Visine could no longer get the red out and it seemed as though the more Visine I used to fix the problem, the redder they became (what a shock). I had to quit cold turkey. It took a long time for the whites of my eyes to return to normal. I’m now proud to say that I’ve been Visine free since 1995; I did have some relapses . . . I’m only human after all. Maybe in the next ‘Bathtub Diaries’ I’ll talk about my overdose of chewable vitamin C tablets. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, you CAN overdose on vitamin C. I’m an “all or nothing” kind of gal so trust me on this one. That stunt took about a year to recover from. True story.
‘Visine gets the red out’ – ©Janine Graf
Well that is all for now my friends. My bath water is getting cold. So remember; go easy on the alcohol while bathtub apping, make sure your boobs are not visible in reflective surfaces, and Visine is addictive. Until next time, happy bathing and happy apping!