Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Nov.18th - 20th

Hey there!!!  So glad you came to visit.  Welcome to Photo Art Friday!!!  This week the suggestion is to post and link a piece of photo art that illustrates one of your favorite, "go-to" edits. 


After the 'easy' challenge of this week, I intended to suggest that we go back to producing a piece of photo art that uses a technique, tool, style or form we have been wanting to try, but felt a little intimidated by.  However, next week's Photo Art Friday falls around the American Thanksgiving holiday and I imagine a lot of you will be quite busy.  So ... next week's 'challenge' will be to post a piece of photo art from your archives that never got the spotlight and attention it deserved.  How's that for keeping it nice and easy? 

After the Thanksgiving weekend, let's return to challenging ourselves to learn and share something new.  Why not use these weekly link-ups to nudge ourselves into new digital editing territory?  We can just do same old, same old - but why not use these artistic get-togethers to try out new things and ask for feedback or tips on how to kick it up a notch?  If each of us shares our editing process, we will also learn a lot as we visit our fellow photo-artists' blogs.  That way, we would not only be participating in a weekly artistic showcase, but we would be creating some great learning opportunities as well!  What do you think?


Not to worry, as we move into the holiday rush of December, we'll go back to just keeping the weekly link-ups nice and easy.


For my piece of photo-art for this week (using my 'go-to' editing preferences), I will illustrate the progression from straight out of the camera to final product:



SOOC photograph of a shed and fence - taken in the late afternoon this past Tuesday.



In PSE 8 - duplicated the image and processed it in Color Burn blend mode at 70% opacity.  I actually quite like this, as is.



One of my usual 'go-to' edits is, (what else?) the addition of a texture.  Here, I used pdpa Gentle Fog texture processed in Hard Light at 85% opacity.  Still needs a little something to pull it all together though ...  Time to use one of my 'go-to' favorite PSE features.



One of my very favorite PSE 8 features is the Filter, "Poster Edges".   I love how it can sometimes pull all the layers of an edit together.  It does not always work, but I like to give it a try.  If I don't like it, I simply "undo" it.   To apply Poster Edges you must first flatten the layers of the image - and then duplicate the now flattened layer.  Select Filter>Poster Edges.  While I usually bring the opacity of Poster Edges down below 33%, in this case I liked the look at 70% opacity.  That's it, that's all.  Now it looks a little more artsy, don't you think?  (You need to click on the image to appreciate the full impact of the Poster Edges.) 








20 comments:

  1. Excellent photo. I like it better after the first trial, ie, the second picture, and has a delicious sharpness and color.

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  2. Amazing and beautiful transformation Bonnie!

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  3. Oh my, I love how you took an ordinary photo and gave it wallability (I know, I just made up that word!) haha

    Cause I would totally hang that on MY wall!

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  4. Thanks bunches, Bonnie -- will have to try tweaking with "color burn" sometime. Beautiful effect. As always, thanks so much for hosting this beautiful site and for your lovely textures. Have a great weekend. kareninkenai

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  5. Very nice and thank you. I have learned so much from your tutorial, which have allowed me to grow and become more creative with my texture work.

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  6. I love the surreal feeling your processing brought to this image...I have never tried the Poster Edge filter but I love the effect and it is going on my list of new things to try. Thank you so much for sharing your textures. You have some very creative ones I am looking forward to tring.

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  7. Bonnie....by following your blog, I've learned so many new ways to look at my photos! Thank you!

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  8. lovely to see your photos for this week Bonnie; such a fun place to visit

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  9. Just wonderful with the texture and the cherish effect.

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  10. yes, Bonnie, it really does finish it beautifully, I love the blues it added too, wonderful art :)

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  11. Hi Bonnie, Once again you turned an ordinary photograph into an extrordinary one! You are very creative and talented. Happy Friday!

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  12. Awesome work Bonnie. Thank you for posting the different blend modes. It's always nice to see the different possibilities using the blends and opacity settings.

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  13. It always inspires me to see what (you and others)
    create with common scenes of everyday life.
    Beauty is all around us if we just look.
    Thanks for being SO understanding about the busy-ness of this time of year
    with what you request for the next week's post.
    And, even though I said it in my blog post,
    your Wicked texture is wonderful!
    Thanks for hosting Photo Art Friday; I learn here.

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  14. It is great to have found your blog via Terrie's creative explorer blog, I am new to photoshop and found the images beautiful, feel inspired to dive in and give it a go. Hope you have a blessed weekend. Amanda
    Art Blog
    Amanda - Realityarts-Creativity

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  15. I think the second image is the best one. :)

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  16. Always a pleasure to see what you've created. It was fun seeing your process through from start to finish. The scene looks like something out of an old movie. It has a nice "country" charm about it after your edits.

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  17. Beautiful - I especially love the warm colors. I very seldom have tried filters so far, that is still a rather unknown territory for me. Something I definitely have to explore. I like your idea of helping each other by giving hints and tips how to take our photos up a notch if we want to.

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  18. I like the second photo too! It has such richness of color.

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  19. I was going to link up this week Bonnie, but I didn't have anything that fit the prompt this week. All of the photos are wonderful -- have a great weekend, dear! :)

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  20. You make it so nice Bonnie. Lovely picture.

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