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.
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