Sunday, October 20, 2019

Painted House

Repainted house. New door and shutters colors. Heritage Red and Raccoon Gray by Benjamin Moore.After really thinking about our house colors and knowing that we can’t really repaint the whole thing we decided to do what we can — we repainted the shutters and the door. Above is an end result photograph. We’re very happy with how it came out.

Original burgundy colors.I was never a fan of a burgundy accent colors that the previous owners have chosen. It made the house look drab and old fashioned.

Repainted setting from with the whole lawn.After a good amount of consideration with picked a bright red color for the door and fairly dark gray with some hints of blue color for the shutters.

This is how it looks with no shutters. Really off in our opinion.We also considered taking the shutters off completely, but raised ranch houses really do not look right without them. We saw how that looks in the process and it looked really wrong and boring.

Power washing the shutters.It took us six day of hard work to get everything done. And then some to actually finish the accents off. We took the shutter down and gave them a good power washing. We took the door down as well. We acquired a paint gun for the job as it was way too much work for a brush and an end result would’ve looked much worse.

Priming the shutters.We primed everything at first. Then we put several coats of paint on. Two coats for the shutters. And three coats of paint on the door.

Door prepared for the primer.With the door we had a bit of a color debacle. The first color we picked looked red on a sample, but turned out to be quite orange. Then we went for a plain red and that turned out to be orangy as well when combined with the first layer.

First two coats of paint on the door.And then finally we put a third coat of paint called Heritage Red by Benjamin Moore and that really did the trick. Perfect color in the end that we were going for. Even though it looks darkish on the sample it comes out just right.

Painting the shutters.The color for the shutters is called Raccoon Fur, also by Benjamin Moore. It really has a nice subtle blue hue even though its a fairly dark gray. We’re quite happy with the choice.

New hardware on the door.We also got rid of ugly gold old fashioned hardware on our door and replaced everything with silver colored modern looking locks.

A sleeping bat.On a side note we made an interesting discovery. When I took one of the shutters off I almost jumped off the leader. There was a pair of bats sleeping under it. They left for the hunt in the evening and didn’t come back. We bought a bat house that we’re going to attach to the house and hope for their return.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Photoshop House Recolor

Current color scheme. Beige with burgundy accents.I love living in our house and all the things we’ve done to it to make it ours. However one thing that I think could be improved is the interior color — I’m really not in love with the current scheme.

And even though we have no actual plans to do any of this in the foreseeable future, I thought it would be fun to experiment in Photoshop and see how it could look like.

So here is a selection of options. I like the red door in most cases. Which overall combination do you like? Any other combinations?

Windows and doors repainted in red. Same exterior color.Windows and doors repainted in red. Same exterior color.

Changing the color of shutters to black. Keep the same exterior color and red door.Changing the color of shutters to black. Keep the same exterior color and red door.

And now change the exterior color to light gray, keeping the red door and black shutters.And now change the exterior color to light gray, keeping the red door and black shutters.

Keeping the same light gray exterior, we change the accents to red.Keeping the same light gray exterior, we change the accents to red.

Keep red accents, changing the exterior color to gray-blue color.Keep red accents, changing the exterior color to gray-blue color.

Now changing the color of shutters to black and keeping the red door. Exterior stays in blue-gray.Now changing the color of shutters to black and keeping the red door. Exterior stays in blue-gray.

This is just a crazy combination which has zero chances of actually happening. Our favorite theme of orange-teal.This is just a crazy combination which has zero chances of actually happening. Our favorite theme of orange-teal.

As far as my choice goes I’m between black shutters, red door and ether gray or blue-gray exterior.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Company Outing

John's house.Several weeks ago John has invited our whole Connecticut office over to his house for a company outing. Instead of taking my usual digital camera with me I decided to continue my film experiments and grabbed my dad’s old soviet made Zenit camera loaded with color film obtained at a local pharmacy.

View from the porch.I had the film processed at this point and I picked out a couple of decent shots out of the batch of 48 to post. I used The Darkroom for film development again. So the camera and film combination gave me nice soft focus, good looking bokeh and pleasant film grain.

Lake.I still had to pull out some color curves in post to get a more retro feel to the whole shoot. I don’t think I’ll be trying more color film at this point. If I ever have an urge to do more film photography I’ll stick to Black & White.

Kate and John.
Geoff.
Jen & Christina.
Erin, Deanna and Tom.
Guan & Andrew.
Game of cornhole.
Ingrid and Kate.
Terry.
John on the lake.
Ingrid.
Grilling.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pattern Walk

Yesterday we went for a work on which turned out to be an uncharacteristically cold day. We ended up looking for patterns and textures of all kind and taking photos. Here are some of them.

Brick Wall


Brick Wall

Building Facade


Building Facade

Cobblestone Pavement


Cobblestone Pavement

Garage Door


Garage Door

Ivy Wall


Ivy Wall

Graffiti


Graffiti

Metal Sidewalk


Metal Sidewalk
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just Rambling

Not-so-red-haired me with our 300CI think my hair’s got a mind of its own — not even two weeks has gone since I dyed it, and I’m back at almost blond again. shock shock shock Vaaaaaahhhhhhh!

On a different note — yesterday Lenchik came to NYC to pick up his “new” car — a bit rusty, but still sexy blue Caprice, which served us well for over 5 years. I hope he’ll be able to fix all the little annoying things that need fixing and will enjoy his oh-still-so-muscle blue monster! -)
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My New Color

My new hair color.Last night I dyed my hair at the Chinese salon on 86th Street that I usually go to. I think it looks good, although I’m still not sure if I should regret it. I guess I got tired of wearing the same color for over 5 years. What worries me though is how my head is going to look like when the natural color will appear at roots. I guess, I’ll just have to wait and see. O.o teeth O.o

My new hair color.Also, I’m not sure what kind of make up will go best with this color. My sister suggested golden, brown, green and olive eye shadows, but since there is so much choice it’s really hard to make a decision on a particular brand/shade. And I always have a very hard time picking the lipstick color from even a small selection. Decisions, decisions… O.o
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Autumn Colors

AutumnToday we had a mission. Drive out of the city to some place nice and find some autumn colors to capture on “film”. The trees in New York City just refuse to go yellow. Most of them are still green, some are ugly orange, nothing nice.

We woke up early (by weekend standards), picked up Ignat and drove all the way to Seven Lakes via Palisades Parkway — about 60 miles to the north of the city. Sadly for us the sun didn’t want to play our game — it was hiding behind the dark gray clouds. It’s upsetting, but we did the best we could with the available light and sky color.

I just looked through the pictures and there are definitely captures that makes the whole trip worth it. Not to mention the fact that the autumn does look beautiful up there.

I’ll post more pictures later as I have the time to go through them and make adjustments.
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