Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photo Art Friday, June 8th - 10th



Welcome to the "black and white" edition of Photo Art Friday! 

While you always have the option to post any piece of photo art you like, this week we have been challenged to hang black and white pieces of art in our virtual gallery.  The inlinkz button will appear at the bottom of this post, tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. EDT.


Next week let's have an optional theme of featuring images that have a lot of "negative space".   Negative space is the space left around the subject of your photograph or art image.  If you would like to learn a bit more about the use and value of negative space in your artistic creations you can google it, and here is one good place to begin:  http://www.lightstalking.com/negative-space




I'll go first with my black and white submissions for this week. These are pieces of photo art from my archives.  Unfortunately, I do not have all the precise recipes to share, but I have included a video on how to achieve one interesting effect you will find in these images.


The above piece has the frame and the backdrop of a photograph I took from the second floor of a train station.  I was standing on a walkway that spans the tracks and took the photo from a large picture window.  If you look closely you can see the tracks below. The flowers were photographed growing wild near the train tracks, while the young woman is a public domain image from the web.  A texture was added on top of those three elements.  This week I converted the image to b&w.




A mainly black and white photograph of a peony hanging on its stem - heavy with raindrops.  See instructions below to learn how to achieve this satin-like look on your images.







Another composed piece of photo art.  The top left image is a ghostly figure from of one of my paintings.  The bottom left image is a piece of sculpture in my home.  The image on the far right is public domain image from a famous painting.  Don't tell anyone, but the central, standing figure is moi ... many moons ago.    ;)





How to create a satin-like effect using the Gradient Map:


This effect works best if you have not made previous major edits to your photograph. 

To achieve the satin, silvery effect, first click on the round, black and white adjustments circle.

From the selection box that appears choose Gradient Map.

Click on the little black arrow beside the colored rectangle that appears.

Click on the two little right-facing black arrows to view all the preset categories.

From the drop-down box that appears, select Special Effects.

When the Special Effects presets are displayed click on the box second from the left, which is named Soft Stripes.

Leave your blending mode on Normal.  Adjust the opacity down between 30% to 50%.  

Eh voila!  You now have a satiny effect on your image.  I'm sure you will find many ways to use this Gradient Map effect.  I hope I get to see some of them!

Addendum:    In the video, when describing the Gradient Map selections available I neglected to mention the last two, Pixel Dust Gradient (how could I omit that one!!) and Untitled Gradients.  These contain more great gradient map selections to try on your photographs. 


There are also several selections among the Gradient Map Adjustments that give you different black and white effects on your photo.








34 comments:

  1. Love your post for this week Bonnie! This black and white art is awesome. Also thanks so much for the great video. i will be late posting this week as I am leaving this morning for my cabin for a long weekend. Will post my link on sunday when I return. Have a great weekend. also, this peony looks stunning.

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  2. These are so beautiful. Very interesting post X

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  3. Hi Bonnie - I am taking a bit of a break from internet posting; trying to complete a few commitments and obligations; however, I always remain faithful in returning to your beautiful blog and wonderful PAF with postings... so, if I get a chance on occasion, will post until later - otherwise, will sneak in for a peak. Your B/W contributions are fabulous - love and hugs from Alaska. K

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  4. your rendered photos are fabulous, so creative!
    and I loved your ... such a wonderful technique!

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  5. I love the satin finish! All gorgeous works of art!

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  6. That peony is just gorgeous Bonnie!
    Thank you for the video and for hosting.

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  7. All I can say is wow, these are great and I have to sit and watch the video. Hugs

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  8. Beautiful pieces! I really love the peony. Thank you for posting the tips on creating the satiny effect.

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  9. LOL - OK, Bonnie - you got me this time. Just had to try your video inspired "satin-effect" with the gradient map. So, here I am again. LOL - not sure if my flower is a peony, but thought it was. Someone will need to correct me if I am wrong - I love flowers, but don't know all the names! Will be getting back to comment when I can - probably Sunday. Hugs. Karen

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  10. Have I told you how much I love this your blog? Oh yes I did last time. I had an black and white image all ready to go -such a cute baby! AND then I saw your post. I had never thought of doing layers on one of my black and white images, so I had to try it out. The satin effect on the peony is really cool too.

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  11. These are such amazing works of art, Bonnie! And thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. thaks for the satin-look instruction. I like it a lot.

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  13. Wonderful peony, this light is really beautiful, delicate and full of subtlety.

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  14. Super work here in B/W Bonnie, Very artistic and creative. I love that Satiny effect and will check out the video tomorrow when I have more time.
    Each piece was so unique. I was really taken by your 1st piece, so very artistic. Your last piece was quite different and I must say you certainly were quite the model in your day!

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  15. love the satiny effect - off to have a play

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  16. beautiful pieces, Bonnie. I love the peony too and can't wait to try out this effect

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  17. The satin look on the peony is a gorgeous effect! Also love the black and white theme. Have a great weekend, Bonnie! :)

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  18. thank you for all the ideas and instructions. I happen to love black and white.....even at the movies!
    Happy weekend!

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  19. Oh my Bonnie, all three are incredible. Love that first collage and that second one and it's satininess (is that even a word). Thank you for hosting!

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  20. I'm looking forward to trying some of your techniques!

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  21. How pretty! I can't pick a favorite. The peony petals look just like silk! It was fun to try something a little different this week. Thank you as always.

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  22. Colors or not,- your work is always breattaking! Love your creativity and knowledge. I watched your tutorial and you made it very well,- the tempo was great!Thank you SO much for sharing all the tips and ideas for processing!
    Wish you a nice weekend!

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  23. I have commented on your art before and I still love what you do. I entered my first Photo Art Friday today and look forward to making time to do more of it ... it was great fun and I love your tutorials. Thank you again ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  24. I simply love the first image. Wonderful work as always.

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  25. I have just discovered Photo Art Friday - I really like what you have done with the images. I don't have any image editing software, but do love "photo art" anyway so I hope it's ok if I play along!

    mine is at http://www.quasiserendipita.com

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  26. Love both these pieces Bonnie. They are so original and engaging. It certainly inspires me to think WAY beyond anything I'm doing with photo art. You provide such a wonderful source for both inspiration and information. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I had no idea of this particular tool or what it could do. I hope you'll do more videos and share more secrets! THANKS!

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  27. Tack för din fina kommentar. Jag har lärt mig mycket sen jag kom in på din sida. ha de gott.

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  28. Rats, I didn't make it on time! I did spend a lot of time on this piece, so I thought I'd just list it here in the comments. Here's the link: http://www.jeanbaardsen.blogspot.com/2012/06/where-ghosts-live.html Hope someone gets a chance to visit and take a look!

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  29. Yay!!! You did a video!! I so appreciate the effort you make to do this. Your photos are outstanding, especially the peony. I'm off to try the gradient map.
    P.S. Next video please adjust your volume. I had the video on the highest volume and I had my Mac on highest volume. You were still a bit difficult to hear. I can't wait for the next video. You are so talented!!

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  30. thank you for posting such clear written instructions as I was unable to view the video. This is what my image looked like after following your instructions:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabelcat/7371994274/
    thanks
    Carol aka traveller

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