Thursday, December 1, 2011

Photo Art Friday, Dec. 2nd - 4th

Hello my lovelies.  It's December!!!  Where did 2011 go?  The older one gets, the faster time flies, don't you find?  Well, let's lift our last-month-of-the-year spirits with our virtual showcase of fabulous photo art.

I have to say that last week, with the Thanksgiving holiday in The States, I expected fewer participants.  However, the numbers stayed much the same as previous weeks.  Thank you to each and every one of you who participated.  I so admire all your work.

This week the challenge is to post an image featuring work with a tool, method, style that we have been wanting to try.

For my part, I conducted an experiment transforming one very ordinary photograph into as many pieces of different photo art as I could.  In all, I have twenty pieces of 'art' from this one photo, but don't worry, I'll only share a few with you here.


SOOC photo of statue in front of a Chinese/Thai restaurant we frequent on occasion.



 Still original photograph, but cropped to highlight hands and torso of the statue.



First edit uses one of my single textures, similar to "Sandy Edges" in my Texture Singles Shoppe,       rotated 90 degrees.  Blended in Overlay 90%.




 None of these edits were assisted with RadLab or Topaz.  Only my textures and PSE Adustments were made to create these effects.



Don't recall and didn't record which texture was used, but I can see it was processed in Difference.  When I use the Difference blend mode I rarely reduce the opacity below 85%.  To do so makes you lose the special Difference effect.  If your image needs more light, do a levels adjustment.  No levels masking was used to remove any of the texture.  Difference blend mode seemed to magically put the bronze into the lines on the statue!


Another texture, another piece of photo art, different than the ones before.




Here Art-Easy Deeply Engrained texture is blended with the photo in that good old Difference blend mode at 100% opacity.




Here I superimposed one of the already edited versions of the cropped statue on a photograph of a church for a little different effect.




Here I use one of my Art Easy textures (as yet unnamed and unreleased). Blend mode Linear Light at 90% opacity.

I hope this post encourages you to try many different things with the same photograph.  You can easily produce very different and unique pieces from one little photo.

NOTE:    Next week will be our last Photo Art Friday for 2011.   We will resume our gallery vernissages in 2012 on January 6th.  Not to worry, I will post some little reminders beforehand.

For next week, how about if we make a piece of photo art that has something to do with the bustle of seasonal preparations: shopping, wrapping presents, preparing xmas cards, decorating your home, etc. - anything to do with preparations for Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations.  Perhaps you will be able to use it for greeting cards you create for next year.


While you're here, grab a free decorative button for your sidebar.  There are now more than twenty to choose from.






26 comments:

  1. How absolutely cool these different effects are. I especially like the one where you used 'difference.' The blue with bronze in the cracks looks like someone went to a lot of effort with a paint brush. Well done.

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  2. These are great Bonnie.
    Love the colors in the sixth one.
    Nicely done!
    Thank you for hostessing, and have a great weekend!

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  3. A very cultural blending, as well as visually pleasing. I love those multiple concoctions.

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  4. I love all the different effects!
    What fun to create so much from one photo.
    Thanks.

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  5. My faves are the second and the last one, wonderful work Bonnie, they're beautiful :)

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  6. I love how you zoomed in on just a section of the photo and the hands are perfect. Love the second one for the light it produces with your edit, the third one for the color and detail, sixth one for some reason combining it with the church with those hands it became a thought provoking image and the last one I love for the texture and color and just the collaginess (My made up word) of it!! Wonderful!

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  7. I love all the different images of the same picture. It's so interesting and inspiring to see the completely different moods. I love the superimposed image, the cropped part of your original photo almost looks like a heart - so appropriate in this new image!

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  8. the processing is fabulous; the image itself brings back such wonderful memories of my visit to see the terra cotta warriors in Xian. i love the process variations and sometimes it is so unique to go heavy with the texture. thanks always for hosting. these are beautiful. have a fabulous weekend. hugs from Alaska. karen

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  9. Hello Bonnie. This really looks like so much fun. What with the holidays and company, I have had to put my learning textures on hold (I will be back in 2012 as a participant! :)

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  10. What a fun exercise with beautiful results - I will have to give this a try during our "break". thanks so much for encouraging us to try different things!

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  11. Amazing work Bonnie!

    http://blogg.birgittasplace.com

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  12. Bonnie I love your images and the idea of using one image for many different pieces

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  13. I really love these examples Bonnie - so inspiring! You take textured layering and effects to a whole new level for me.
    Makes me so glad I found your site!! =)

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  14. Hi Bonnie, Thanks once again for sharing. It was interesting to see your original photo and your various artistic edits. It was very interesting to me to see how you chose to crop your photo. Digital photo art creations are like snowflakes...no two are the same! Thanks for sharing and hosting. Photo Art Friday makes me feel excited and inspired to produce more editing and gives me a reson to share! Hope you have a lovely week.

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  15. Thank you so much everyone for your kind and encouraging comments. Means a lot! Warm hugs going out to you all!!!

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  16. you had a lot of fun. :) I like those sandy edges :)

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  17. Oh wow these are just fabulous. It's amazing how many different looks you got using the same photo. I think my 2 favorites are 1 and 5.

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  18. It is truly amazing what you can do..what you have done...with your textures and PSE! I love images that feature texture, and these do that so beautifully. Just because of the color, I am partial to the fabulous blue image. Thank you, Bonnie, for making me stretch!

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  19. Wonderful work, nice colors and beautiful results

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  20. Beautiful pictures, it's amazing how much you have achieved interesting variations in the detail of this sculpture, really cool.

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  21. I love the crop and the coppery tone of the second edit!

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  22. Wonderful Artwork ! I like the blue-golden picture from the statue most. So beautiful !

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  23. Wow, Bonnie, you're really flying with your textures and the fascinating effects they can produce in different modes. Good stuff!

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  24. This is my first visit here and I am thrilled to join in! Love that you isolated such a strong graphic are of the photo. You really showed a wonderful variety of effects. The composites are super!

    Kat

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  25. How remarkably creative you are.

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All comments are eagerly read and greatly appreciated.

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