Photography

City Scene Week 1

Robyn hosts the One Four Challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – one of our own photos edited four ways over the course of the month.  This month I’m just going to play and see what develops – pun intended  :)   This is my original photo, taken in Montreal on a drippy early evening in March. DSCN1034 8x61. adjust the lighting

2. adjust the detail

3 & 4.  play with the edges

5. adjust the curve

6. add a soft focus just for fun

7. brighten it

8.  adjust the detail again – perhaps I shouldn’t have added the soft focus :)

9. adjust the colour cast.  The resulting image:

DSCN1034 1s smart light detail edge undo curve soft bright hilitedetail colorcast

I have to say, when I did all this, I subsequently inadvertently deleted all the images of the steps :(   SO, i proceeded to repeat what I did in order to recapture the steps and just to prove that they will never turn out exactly the same, below is the image I had after completing the above steps the first time, as opposed to the one above.   I prefer the cleaner look of this one.

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Frog Hollow

When my husband first mentioned Frog Hollow I thought it was his own name for a local spot, but, no.  It’s right there on the road sign: Frog Hollow.   Since I moved here, Frog Hollow and I have become acquainted – it’s about 3 kms down the road.  I have photographed it in winter and the floods of spring, with the butterflies of summer and the glorious colours of fall, and captured more than one sunset.

The weekly photo challenge is: Muse.  A person’s muse is their source of inspiration and photos I’ve taken at Frog Hollow have inspired these pieces of digital art.

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Round Houses of Veryan

Veryan is a village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, England. There one will find five Round Houses built in the early 19th century, with thatched roofs and a cross on top. A pair stands at either end of the village and one is in the village itself. It is said they were built round so that there was no corner in which the Devil could hide and that the crosses were meant to drive the Devil away, so they say.

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Cee’s black and white challenge is: Houses

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My Own Backyard

St. Raphael’s Ruins

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

This is not the very distant past, but apart from the history of our First Nations people, the history of the settlement of Canada isn’t very distant, and when compared to European history,we just have baby history.  :)

This is St. Raphael’s Church, and around here that’s pronounced St. Raffles. Building commenced in 1821 making it one of the oldest churches in what was then the colony of Upper Canada. In 1970 a fire, natural in origin, burned the church down to the bare stone walls.  It was designated a National Historic Site in 1999 and it is a reasonable walk down the road from where I live.

It served a congregation of Gaelic-speaking Catholic Highlanders who had settled in the county of Glengarry in 1786. For a time St Raphael’s functioned as the administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Upper Canada and today is recognized as the founding church for the Anglophone Catholics of the province.

St. Raphael’s before the fire. http://www.saintraphaelsruins.com/about.htm

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The Hedgerow – Week 4

Robyn hosts the one four challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – take one of our own photos and edit it four ways over the course of the month.  My photo for this month – a shot of our hedgerow in the winter and my intent is to explore the tools in Sagelight to change my photos into painterly images.

ORIGINALLast week I used the oil filter in Sagelight to help me towards an oil painting effect.  I made adjustments to it but nonetheless I did apply that filter to get me started.  This week I refrained from using it and tried to make my own way.  I started with adjusting the colour and setting the grey balance,

DSCN0545 6a colour grey balI used the clone tool to take out the back line of dark trees because it tended to come up worm-like in subsequent changes.  I wasn’t too fussy with this step, just wanted to open up the right side.

DSCN0545 6b colour grey bal cloneNext I applied a plastic filter to give the lines a somewhat brush-stroke appearance.

DSCN0545 6c colour grey bal clone plasticIt might have been beneficial to stop the quest for a painterly feel with the plastic filter (above) but I continued and applied a glass filter.  At some point I might go back to the above image and proceed from there, but not today.

DSCN0545 6e colour grey bal clone plastic glass undoI used the undo brush to lighten that effect in some areas.

DSCN0545 6d colour grey bal clone plastic glassThen I did further adjustments to the vibrancy and blended the tones.DSCN0545 6h colour grey bal clone plastic glass undo vibrance tone blender clone adjI made some final adjustments to the cloning on the right side, the contrast and tone (again) and this is my final result.  I’d prefer a better cloning job but that’s me being a bit sloppy, not the program.  No actual brush stroke effects like when using the oil filter but … who knows, maybe I’ll get better at it. :)

DSCN0545 6h colour grey bal clone plastic glass undo vibrance tone blender clone adj

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These are my four results for this month.

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ABFriday – Tunnel Vision

Stacy hosts the After/Before Friday on Visual Venturing – we take one of our own photos and show the original and our edit.  I took this photo in Montreal’s underground tunnels because I like this kind of perspective shot.

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Very ho hum. And here is an earlier version I had attempted, not sure what software I used (but not Sagelight) and this is apparently as much as I was capable of at the time.  I think I prefer the original over this version. DSCN1047 bw 8X6

So my goal was simply to enhance the lines of the perspective in hopes of giving it some ooomph. First step was to straighten it :).  Then using Sagelight I worked the lighting using the power curve and various slider controls; upped the definition with HD effects, reverted to black and white.  Tweak, tweak, tweak, and now I had too much grit in the floor so I used a smoothing plug-in very lightly just on the floor and said stop.   Is it a favourite image?  Probably not.  Did I ooomph it?  I think so.  Is it better?  You tell me.

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The Hedgerow – Week 3

Robyn hosts the one four challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – take one of our own photos and edit it four ways over the course of the month.  My photo for this month – a shot of our hedgerow in the winter and my intent is to explore the tools in Sagelight to change my photos into painterly images.

ORIGINAL

This week will be an oil painting effect.  Oils, of course have distinctive brush strokes which, I’m thinking, would be hard to duplicate without actually applying an oil filter.  So, I’ll say straight up, that I did apply an oil filter, and then proceeded to try to make it my own. I think I started from this image, one of my watercolour versions from last week.DSCN0545 2 medfilter undo colour plastic adj 8x6

I started by applying Sagelight’s artists’ oil filter – played with the controls there and arrived at this –DSCN0545 3a - 2 final oil 8x6

Not to my liking at all so using the undo brush I kept what I liked and reduced the effect to varying degrees on other parts, a feature I like.  I don’t have to accept it in total or reject it in total.  Adjusting the pressure on the undo brush allows me to peel it back lightly if I wish and in varying pressures around the image. DSCN0545 3b - final 2 oil undo 8x6

Next I adjusted the colours –DSCN0545 3c - final 2 oil undo colour  8x6

And lastlyI used the tone blender to bring the image together. DSCN0545 3d - final 2 oil undo colour toneblend 8x6

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The Hedgerow – Week 2

Robyn hosts the one four challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – take one of our own photos and edit it four ways over the course of the month.  My photo for this month – a shot of our hedgerow in the winter and my intent is to explore the tools in Sagelight to change my photos into painterly images.

ORIGINAL

ORIGINAL

 My first step was to bring up some colour and then play with the median filter to arrive at this –

DSCN0545 2 medfilter 8x6

I adjusted that result with the undo brush to bring back some of the form in the main trees –

DSCN0545 2 medfilter undo 8x6

I removed the colour cast and otherwise adjusted the vibrancy and brightness, ran it through a smooth smoothing filter and blended the tones –

DSCN0545 2 medfilter undo 2 blended

Finished with the watercolour effects I wanted, next was a bit of texture for some pastel effect and so I applied a plastic filter –

DSCN0545 2 medfilter undo 2 plasticwhich I then adjusted with the undo brush leaving it primarily on the evergreen on the left and in the foreground, and I decided I was done. This is my mixed media watercolour pastel version –
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And by way of example that these painterly transformations are one-offs, here is a second version,  done using the same tools but in a different order.  I’m pretty sure I would be unable to reproduce either of these versions.

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Photo Editing: One Photo Focus June

Stacy hosts One Photo Focus at Visual Venturing.  We all work from the same photo and Stacy displays the myriad of approaches that result.  This is the image she provided – one photo focus June

Apparently it is the house used in Mork and Mindy, for those of us that remember the show where Robin Williams got his start.  I was stumped at first with what approach to take so I started playing.  I ended up with a folkart-ish  rendition, kind of in keeping with the idea that Mork and Mindy has gone down in the annals of TV lore, if anyone follows that line of thought ;)    The result is that I have no record of all the things I tried and undid and clicked on and tweaked.  So not much help in the how-to department.    I did start with a line draw rendering of it produced in PS Elements and moved on to HD and edges and a plug-in to smooth it out and I’m not sure what all else.  Below that is a second rendering, this in keeping with Williams’ somewhat warped view of reality.    Nanoo Nanoo, signing off. one photo focus June linedraw folk art

one photo focus June linedraw folk artone photo focus June warped reality

one photo focus June warped reality

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Photo Editing: Personal touch

I have been experimenting with artistic effects on my photographs.  I have used Fotosketcher in the past, often with enjoyable results, but now I want to make the images more my own and so have been exploring the tools of Sagelight, my preferred editing program.  I’ve done a comparison of the original photo with a Fotosketcher version and then my own version produced with Sagelight.  Having used various tools on various settings, it is highly unlikely I could reproduce my version again, but that’s what I like about it – it’s mine and it’s an only.   This is the original, taken at Lake Agimak in northern Ontario.Agimak lake 8This is the Fotosketcher 2.3 version, set on watercolour with the sliders randomly adjusted.Agimak lake 8 FotoSketcher watercolor 8x6

And this is my Sagelight version Agimak lake 8 sl painterly 8x6

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The Hedgerow- Week 1

Robyn hosts the one four challenge at Robyn’s Fine Art – take one of our own photos and edit it four ways over the course of the month.  My photo for this month – a shot of our hedgerow in the winter.  This month I want to develop skills to turn my photographs into painterly images.  Sagelight has a number of tools with infinite variables that I want to explore in varying combinations to see what I can produce, to make the effects my own without having to resort to Fotosketcher and other such programs.  I have found Fotosketcher very useful but, I want to expand my range.

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For this week I started with adjusting the level of detail using the power details in HD.  Then I went into Edges and moved slilders around until I found something that pleased me. I adjusted the colour and, called a halt to this week. This one was as straightforward as it sounds – there are levels of adjustment in each phase which are done to personal taste but it didn’t take me long to produce. I’ll call this my coloured pencil version. Next week I’ll try for a different medium. DSCN0545 1-detail edges colour 8x6

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On the Way

On the way from Carcassonne, where we had spent the day, to our apartment in St. Andre we diverted to Lagrasse, which is included in the list of Les plus beaux villages de France.  Not to be confused with Grasse, Lagrasse is 19 mi southeast of Carcassonne in the valley of the River Orbieu. It is nestled in among the foot hills of the Pyrenees that are part of the  Corbières wine region.

12th C bridge over Orbieu river at Lagrasse

12th C bridge over Orbieu river at Lagrasse

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the way

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Photo editing: Photo file clean-up

So, I’m undertaking a major clean up of my photo files and I come across this – 1621 Calg airport 8x6

And I ask myself, do I really want to keep this?  Well, I should just take a minute and look see … so I brought it up in Sagelight, clicked on just about anything and everything that looked like fun and arrived at this … rather Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom-ish I thought.

Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom

Would I hang it on my wall?  Probably not.  Would have been good for a fantasy series on Frizztext‘s A-Z challenge :)

 My clean-up is going to take me a very long time.

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