Thursday, October 31, 2013

Photo Art Friday, November 1st - 3rd


Welcome to the November, 2013 edition of Photo Art Friday.

 P.A.F. is a virtual art gallery where you can hang photographs you have digitally enhanced into an art piece.  Not only can you showcase your art, you can view and comment on the work of many other digital artists from around the world.  The great thing is they will also view your work and hopefully leave a comment on your site.

Each month we have an optional theme that you can use to create your photo art.  This month's theme is "EMBRACE".  Are you going to 'embrace' the theme???

In my last post I have a free texture that you can use (if you wish) to create your art for this or any venue.  If you missed the free texture, you can download it here.

Here are a couple of my digitally manipulated photographs created around the theme "EMBRACE".


 An image of a couple greeting each other in a park.  I added one of my textures and gave an 'Orton effect' to blur the image and protect their privacy ... somewhat.




 Yes, I seem to be stuck on the most obvious form of an embrace!  Here is a couple embracing across a tavern table in Old Montreal.  While the couple sees no one but the other, we can see the reflections in the windows behind them and the quaint, cobble-stoned streets.  A few digital manipulations give a bit of a 'poster' feel to the image.




 Same image as above, further enhanced with warm tones.




Warmed version of the photo with the free pdpa Aged Vintage texture applied.  The texture was blended in Pin Light at 85% opacity.  I applied a layer mask and using a large soft brush made one click over the couple's embrace to accentuate the focal point.




The next and last edition of Photo Art Friday for 2013 will be on Friday, December 6th.  The optional theme for that edition is:

OPEN/OPENED/OPENING

You can apply the theme open in any way you please - the word can be applied in so many ways - can't wait to see how you use it as a prompt for your photo art!



Next Monday The Eagles are in Montreal and my kids bought DH and I tickets for their 'last tour before we croak' performance.  Can't wait!!!  "Desperado ... why don't you come to your senses ..."   :)

Not to worry, I won't be throwing any of my under garments on the stage.  ;)  "Dignity and decorum" will be my mantra for the day.  Oh, it's so hard to act my age and I really don't manage to do so often  ...  Can you relate?


20 comments:

  1. Hi Bonnie. I hope you don´t mind I added two posts to the list. I realised that the second one somehow resembled the topic Embrace. Well, a little anyway. :)
    I like the little old fashioned tones you has on your artwork. It suits the couple. :)
    Thanks for hosting. :)

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  2. I particularly like how you processed the last photo, using the texture and a focal point. Very clever!

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  3. Beautiful :) I particularily like the first one... those hues and the texture suits so well!

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  4. I really do love the first and last one. I love how like Katarina said, you processed the photo with the focal point on the couple, very nice!

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  5. These are wonderful. It was nice seeing how you used the Aged Vintage texture you shared with us. Thanks for all the detail you give us. It is such a help when I am experimenting and trying to learn to use textures.

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  6. Your embraces are heart warming and even more so when you touched them with your gifted talent. You make it seem easy, though I truly struggled with this one. I've been busy and maybe tired so the brain is not at full throttle. As for acting my age ... what does that mean? I can act any way and claim to be a mature adult or an adult in her second or third childhood. That is what I love about being old ... it opens many doors simply by knowing that all that stuff that we let worry us over the years really isn't that important. If what I do doesn't hurt or offend someone else, I am fine with it. Life is good :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  7. jStopping by to say hi to you! I love how your texture worked on that third shot Bonnie! Perfect effect. So exciting to have a PAF, miss you every week!

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  8. So beautiful and just as I remember Montreal. I love the third picture, with the warm tones. The Eagles! I definitely wouldn't be acting my age or anywhere near it, you would hear me singing from here.

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  9. I love the sweetness and intimacy of your embrace photos...and your editing only adds more interest! It's good to be participating again with your prompt, Bonnie, and how lucky you are to be seeing The Eagles!! That'll be fantastic - enjoy! See you next month. :)

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  10. I love how you "spotlighted" them in the last one, Bonnie! Have a great time at the concert!

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  11. I love all the postal embellishments on the first image and the second version of the Old Montreal couple . . . just really enjoy the warmth of the shot. So good to be joining up again.

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  12. I really like the last one too. What a clever idea to spotlight them like that.

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  13. Deliciously sweet, Exquisite Compositions! I love kissing!

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  14. Hi Bonnie, it's good to meet up with you for the month. I love your art work!

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  15. Bonnie may I just say I love your pieces here today. You took some intimate moments and really made they artistic art pieces. I enjoyed them very much.

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  16. Oh I forgot to mention. Have a FANTASTIC time at the Eagles concert. You won't be disappointed. I got to see them in person at the Hell Freezes Over concert in Tacoma, WA several years ago. It was awesome! Heard them again at the Gorge in George, WA a few years later and still loved it. Would go again if I had the chance.

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  17. Beautiful images, Bonnie! I love the first one - you really captured the vintage postcard feel. I also really like the warmed-up version of the shot of the couple at the cafe - gorgeous colour.

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  18. Maybe your photos are an "obvious" depiction of the "embrace" theme, but they sure are made from a great capture! Very cool treatments of the Old Montreal scene; perhaps my preference is for the warmer second version. Your first image reminds me of those irresistible holiday romances that flare up wildly for such a brief time. Maybe a theme song for this month's display could be "One of These Nights." Enjoy the Eagles show! Friends saw it and raved about it.

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  19. What lovely images these are, Bonnie.

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  20. Thank you EVERYONE for sharing your images and your sweet thoughts here!!!

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