Honeycomb Cowl

Yeeee! I finally finished my Honeycomb Cowl!honeycomb cowl-2honeycomb cowl-7Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock
Colorway: Pollen
Pattern: Beeswax Cowl by the fabulous and talented Amy van de Laarhoneycomb cowl-3Because I’m always looking for trouble I chose to knit this pattern with fingering weight yarn instead of DK (as called for by the pattern). The consequence of my choice was math.honeycomb cowl-8I swatched using size 3 circular needles and my hexes were 1.5 inches across. I wanted a 30 inch cowl so I cast on 240 sts. and away I went.honeycomb cowl-4I skipped straight to the pattern instead of doing the ribbed border at the beginning because when I looked through some of the other projects on Ravelry it looked like the ribbing dominated the scarf and I really wanted to show off those awesome 3D hexes. honeycomb cowl-1I ended up doing 4.5 “repeats” instead of 1. The pattern is written with a chart for the edge hexes, middle hexes, and top edge hexes. I just repeated the middle a bunch til I was almost out of yarn and then finished with the top edge chart.honeycomb cowl-6I had 72 yards left over (that’s not very much) so a boisterous pat on the back was certainly in order! honeycomb cowl-5Have I blocked it yet? I’ll never tellhoneycomb cowl-9x. tab

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[model: tab]
[photography: tab & bren]

BRENizer Method Photography

During my 6-month stint in North Carolina I learned about the Brenizer Method and since then I’ve been dying to try my hand at it. My husband is a darling and wonderfully reluctant model so I seized the opportunity during a levitation shoot with my sister to snag a few shots.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Brenizer Method, put simply, it’s a way to make a picture with greater depth of field (more blurry background) than your affordable lenses could afford you. I say “make” because it involves taking 6+ images and stitching them together in Photoshop panorama-style.

Here’s what I mean:

This picture has awesome bokeh (blurry background). I want that, but I want to see more of it! Show me the mountains and the power plant and the dirt beneath her shoes! I could step back, but if I do that, I lose some of the blurriness. I could drop a few thousand dollars on fancier equipment… or I could take a Brenizer! Here’s one exact shot I used to put together this Brenizer portrait. For the rest of the images you just stand in the exact same spot with the exact same focus (manual focus!) and shoot the background and foreground around your subject.brenizerpics-1 After shooting and editing your image pieces to your liking, you open them up in Photoshop and use Edit>Automate and Photoshop will start stitching them together for you. Here’s kinda what that process looks like. You can see where each of the images meet and what I had to work with. (Make sure to let photoshop blend your layers together so you don’t have these sharp lines between your images!)Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.10.43 AM And after some tweaking, clone-stamping, and creative cropping… Here’s what we got! (Click to see larger)BRENizermethodpng And here’s another example with some dead sunflowers. This first image is one that I grabbed for background info.brenizerpics-2And here’s the finished image. (click to see larger)BrenizersunflowersNext time I’d like to try a more dramatic look by getting EVEN CLOSER to my subject and attempting less of a “straight-on” approach.

So, uh.. How’d I do?? 😀

[photography: tab]
[model: bren]