November 13, 2011

What My Grandma Missed!

What My Grandma Missed!, David Hayes, 2011

This post is really about the app I used to create this pic, PicFrame, but first the story behind the pictures...

My grandfather, who has been dead for quite sometime, was quite the outdoorsman...hunting and fishing whenever he got the chance. Fishing mostly. His garage was filled with his gear...boats, tackle, rod, reels, etc. etc. It was his dream to retire to Florida and fish. Unfortunately, soon after he retired, cancer got him. (I suppose the moral here is not to smoke...but also "do it now!") In any case, on the walls of this "man-cave" where hung pinups of all shapes and sizes. Nothing obscene or revealing...at least by today's standards...just like the ones above. However, my grandmother was not too happy about this  "art collection"! She wouldn't let her grandsons go out to the garage...although we always found a way...

The story is that soon after my grandfather's passing, while dealing with everything in the garage, my grandmother took down all the pinups. At least that's what I thought. Several months ago, while retrieving her storm windows from the garage, I stuck my head into a small corner storage closet in the back of the garage...and there on the door...where these lovely ladies!! Seeing a "photographic moment" I whipped out my trusty iPhone and took snaps. I left them there...for now. And didn't say a word to my Grandmother. She is 100 years after all...and I don't want her running out to pull these down as well!!

Okay...story over. Now on to the app...

There are any number of ways using Photoshop or Photoshop-like softwares and what are known as "actions" to group images together into frames. Which all work quite well. But this means you have to transfer your iPhone images to your computer to do this. Not what I want to be doing...being the "purist" (lol) and wanting to do everything "in-camera", I started looking for framing apps. I did find the app Diptic which is good, but somewhat limited in formatting options. Just recently, I discovered PicFrame. This app offers a lot more frame options as well as adjustment options for each frame. It also has this neat ability to let you put labels into your frames. It costs a little more than Diptic, but I feel it's worth the price.

So...to create, "What My Grandma Missed!" I picked the three-window frame you see, inserted the pics of the pinups, that I had cropped earlier using PhotoStudio, into each window. I then played around with the corners as well as the size of each window...making the center window just a little bigger. Going to the label function, I created and inserted the two labels you see. Simple as that!

PicFrame allows you to save to your camera roll as well as share to Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, and Twitter.

There you have it. Give this one a look. And, please....don't tell my Grandmother that these ladies are out in her garage!!! 


7 comments:

Anna Mavromatis said...

I LOVE the story behind this! (the app used is awesome, too...)
I promise I won't say a world near grandmother...

Wyn Vogel said...

You might be surprised by what your Gran did do, maybe she left those couple deliberately!!

Us ladies are full of surprises - but I have to say it goes to show what purists our grans were - when our gen looks at these images they are simply beautiful - we would probably hang them in our lounge now!! Cheers - love the story!!

MrCachet said...

Not a pinup fan, but I do like the the way the app allows you to do this sans computer!

Seth said...

Such a great backstory for this piece. Thanks for the share.

jen said...

again, I don't have an iphone and so am not here for 'app training'. but i DID have to read the story of your grandpa and his pin-ups! great story!!

Bill said...

Well I guess that explains your penchant for art containing unclothed women! You can blame it on your Grandfather. :O)

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