a smarter way to shave
For Christmas '08, my wife got me a nice shaving kit which included a Gillette Mach 3 razor. (featured here) I used it for a year, and was about to buy another pack of M3s when I realized how freaking expensive they were. I decided to give a Double Edge razor a shot. My per razor cost went from $2.25 to ¢10 (¢25 if I splurge and get the really nice ones.) The dirty little secret that Gillette doesn't want you to know: disposable cartridges with multiple blades do not necessarily give you a better shave. They're simply a matter of convenience, but that convenience comes at a price. If you'd rather not do the DE razor, go with something like a trac II, Atra, or Sensor... anything else is just more expensive, not better. Eventually, using the DE is just second nature.
I used that for a few months and decided to give a straight raozr a shot. Some say it's the closest shave you'll ever have, but I'm not quite there yet. I haven't got the nerve to go against the grain. One thing though... it feels kind of bad ass to shave with a straight. It takes me probably an extra 5-10 minutes to shave this way than it would with a regular razor, but it's worth it. No more wasting of plastic cartridges... and my use of DE razors is greatly reduced.
For this shot, I used a cross processing technique. Here's the tutorial I used. It's specific to GIMP. Mr. Sharp referred me to one for photoshop... I couldn't quite get it to work, which I think is the result of not having 'effect layers' in gimp. I probably could have adapted it to work in GIMP, but the other one seems to work on a similar premise, and required no translation on my part.
I also did the orton effect, in conjunction with the "smart sharpen" (see previous) The smart sharpen is quite a few steps, but worth it.
Question for those that might know: this cross processing technique is very similar to what I've seen for lomo effect. The end result is somewhat similar too. Makes sense because the distinctive use that lomos became famous for was because the film was developed with a cross process technique. So, my question is, what distinguishes digital lomo edits from other types of cross processing?