Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Sept. 16th to Sept. 19th

Welcome to the second Photo Art Friday! 
Last week's submissions were truly amazing - can't wait to see what you showcase this week. 

I created two little pieces of art for our photo art vernissage today, from the non-descript photograph you see below:

This photograph was taken while wandering around Old Montreal in 2010.  Looking in an art gallery window, I took a photograph of a painting of a large flower.  Yes, I was aware of, and wanted, the reflection of the large building across the street. 

The photograph is quite drab, so I did a little work on it before trying to turn it into a piece of photo art:    a levels adjustment to balance the colors; 
         a hue/saturation adjustment to pop the red/pink; 
         and I sharpened the photo. 

Once the preliminary touch-up work was done, I used a photograph of waterfalls and superimposed it on the original photo I was working with.  I then experimented with some Photoshop Filters, finally deciding to use Plastic Wrap and Daubs.

Same touched up photograph here, but this time I experimented with using the Gradient Map tool in Photoshop.  Found one that gave an entirely different feel to the image.  The Poster Edge filter was applied and the opacity of it reduced until I found the effect that pleased me.

Now it's your turn!  Hope you enjoy this intimate, little gathering.  Take your time viewing the art, soak up the feedback about your submission, meet some of the other participants, and stoke your creative fires.

  Can I offer you a virtual glass of sparkling water -  some wine -  a coffee?


  1. I love the texture of the flower on the building.

  2. I love what you did here Bonnie!
    Really different, and really original.
    I think the second one is my favorite.
    Thank you for hosting, and I'll take the wine!! :-)
    Have a great evening!

  3. Another fascinating set of edits, Bonnie! They make me feel as if I'm standing on the street below that high-rise. Thanks again for this great opportunity. I, too, will have some wine!

  4. Goodmorning Bonnie,Exciting images you created here.
    Certainly reminiscent of the recent hurricanes :-), the last of which came over to the UK and felled my lovely old appletree, which was full of promising fruit.

  5. I really love the edit when you used the waterfalls, the textures are amazing!
    First time stopping by and I found you through Lisa Gordon Photography! Beautiful site!!

    Keep Creating
    Angie @ Artsy You

  6. That silken waters texture was perfect for a moon shot I took yesterday. Thanks so much! I'm excited about Photoart Friday!

  7. Thank you all you GREAT photo artists who have joined our little virtual vernissage so far. Just LOVE your contributions!!!

    It's been a long day - can't wait to see the work linked up tomorrow. I'm retiring with a huge smile on my face! :)

  8. I think my favorite is the third one. Very original. I love the colors.
    Thanks for the textures and thanks for hosting.
    Have a good weekend.

  9. Question:
    What's with the horrible black lightbox my blog has been blighted with this morning??
    And you have one too now.
    Anybody know how to get rid of it?
    Please tell me if you do.

    BTW, Forgot to say "Thank you Bonnie, for this meme" in my previous comment this morning.

  10. Your work is wonderful ! Great image. Strong expression.
    Have a nice day and thank you for Foto Art Friday !!!

  11. I rather like the last edit the best. You have great vision.
    Coffee for me thanks.

  12. i especially love the second photo... you inspire me to use more filters, that is a field quite untouched by me until now...

  13. Nice challenge! I am in and also follow you :) Your Badge I have put to my list of Photo Challenges on the top of my blog. :)

  14. Amazing original photo and then your edits add even more dimensions

  15. Love your pieces!! Intriguing and beautiful!! Great combination!

  16. The final color selection really works. A cool idea to do with a reflection shot!

  17. interesting effects of the diffferent textures. I havn´t worked so much with textures yet. So I can´t really judge it.

  18. Bonnie these photo's were fabulous. First capturing the reflection of the building was genius. - I really liked the way you changed the photo's into something so different and unique. I like your 1st one the best.

  19. They are all so different, very nice all; I like the last one, if I had to pick.

  20. I'm so happy I landed here today while blog hopping. This is the inspiration I was looking for. I love the creativity in your editing.

    Bella Vida by Letty
    Have a great day.

  21. Hi Bonnie, these are all wonderful, I love how nature is covering the man made building, it's beautiful. Thank you for hosting this link up too, I'll look forward to joining in again :)

  22. Awesome edits! I am so glad I found you here, while blog hopping from 5 minute friday!

  23. Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely work!

  24. Thank you so much Bonnie for the opportunity to participate in this fabulous fun Friday collection. Thanks too for the wonderful textures you have been sharing. I don't normally use textures but you have sparked new creativity in me and I'm having a blast!

    Thanks again!
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  25. You know, I really like the original photo! But then, I'm a sucker for window reflections. The textures and filters you added certainly made the picture visually intriguing.
    I'll have a glass of wine, thanks, while I wander through the gallery. Seems like a great show!

  26. Beautiful, Bonnie! I so enjoy the amazing creative things that you do with photos. Thanks so much for this photo art opportunity.

  27. Beautiful, Bonnie! I so enjoy the amazingly creative things you do with photographs and processing.


All comments are eagerly read and greatly appreciated.

While I do appreciate the honor, I do not accept awards or participate in assigned memes. Thanks for understanding. :)