Keep on taking the tablets: Part 5

Here’s another image in my occasional series taken with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

“Galaxy kaleidoscope” by Derek Gale

A friend, knowing my interest in optical toys, gave me a kaleidoscope for Christmas.  It’s a simple cardboard tube with the usual angled mirrors inside and some plastic beads at the end.  It’s remarkably effective.  I noticed that the eye hole was about the same size as the lens on my Tab so I thought, “why not?”.  I set my Tab to macro focusing, and used the self-timer to give me some time to line up the kaleidoscope and the camera lens.  Result?  An attractive abstract image.

I thought a little bit of enhancement would help, so I took the image into Photoshop and made a layer copy to which I applied the Find Edges filter.  This layer was blended with the original untouched layer using Overlay mode, and it gave a bit of extra punch to the image.

Just a child’s toy and a tablet computer, but capable of producing great images.

Karen HerndonApril 26, 2019 - 4:13 pm

Hi Derek,
I do volunteer work for a small non-profit Arts Presenter in Ohio. We bring arts to all of the school children in the area and also present affordable events for the public.
(Darke County Center for the Arts)

Our upcoming season is entitled “Kaleidoscope”

Your Galaxy Kaleidoscope image would be so wonderful for use on the cover of our upcoming season brochure, and I am writing to ask for permission to utilize the image for this limited use. I occasionally pull elements from the cover image to utilize within the document, but am glad to follow any rules you might have around that. I also want to make sure that I give proper credit and how you would wish to have that stated within our document.

thank you so much for any assistance you can provide. If I can have your answer soon it would be very helpful for us to meet our printing schedule.

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