Saturday, February 22, 2014

Something New For Photo Art Friday!

Hi Everyone!

Since the next Photo Art Friday is less than two weeks away, I've been thinking a bit about it.

I'm sure you've noticed that participation has dropped off since I switched the link-up from once a week to once a month.  That's to be expected as it is harder to keep track of a monthly meme than a weekly one.  But why not see if we can re-invigorate our photo-art showcase, while still keeping it as a monthly affair.

Since the inception of Photo Art Friday I have always wanted to keep it a non-competitive link-up.

However, I am now wondering if it might be a refreshing shot in the arm to vote for our favorite piece of photo-art for each month.  "Favorite" not "the best" piece of photo art, that is.  I think we can agree there is no "best", but we can always find a favorite that appeals to our personal aesthetic sensibilities, that makes us smile, or that stirs some special memory.

So ... beginning with the next Photo Art Friday on March 7th, I will activate the vote button allowing us each one vote to pick a favorite.

Then ... to make it even a little more interesting, whoever receives the most "favorite" votes will receive a little "prize".  That person will be invited to choose one small set of my textures from the three small sets I have prepared exclusively for this purpose.

Check out the three sets of textures (from which the one who receives the most favorite votes will be able to select one set for getting the most "favorite" votes):

I will announce the top three "favorite" pieces of photo art for each month and the one with the most "favs" can email me telling me which of the three sets of texure sets on the PAF FAV page (under the header) they would like to receive as a prize and I will send it off to them.

The piece of photo art you vote for does not have to be the one you think is edited the best, nor the one that looks the most 'professional', nor the 'prettiest' - it just has to be the one that caught your attention the most for that month  - your fav.

All pieces of photo art, not just those who follow the monthly theme challenge, are eligible to receive your votes. 

If over a period of time, once one person has received the favorite award three times and has all three texture set prizes, they will have to understand that the piece of photo art that received the second most votes will be eligible to select a prize.  We have to spread the 'fav' love around, right?

For this FAV vote to work, it will require that you come back after all of the submissions are linked up to select your favorite.  Although Inlinkz does not specify, I'm sure the votes are anonymous.

I'll give you a couple of months warning before I end this PAF FAV vote version of Photo Art Friday  - but let's try it for the next several months.  I have tried to anticipate any glitches and must warn you I have never used the vote option with InLinkz before ... but we will work it out as we go ...

A page called "PAF FAV" has been added to the blog with all this information for you to refer to.

The March edition of PAF is Friday, March 7th and the optional theme/challenge is ABSTRACT FLOWER(S).

Hope you will share your thoughts about this new voting option for PAF!

And ... if you are in the market for some unique textures, do check out my Mini-Sets Texture Shoppe!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Photo Art Friday, February 7 - 9

Hi there all you photo artists!  Time to pull out a piece of photo art you would like to share with the world and link it up here at Photo Art Friday.  Yes, it's Thursday but we always open the doors early to our virtual gallery of photo art.

If you are new here, you can post any piece of photo ART you choose, or you can follow the optional theme which for February is GRAPHIC/GEOMETRIC/ANGULAR.  I posted some examples of what I think fits with that theme in my last two posts.

Here are a few more:

A composite made from copyright free images from web, one of my own photos, a few of my textures and some manipulation in PS and RadLab.  Note the geometric texture in the background and around the edges.  Don't ask me what it means!  :)

An abstract image created with a photo of trees on our land, a photo of a fence, a couple of my textures and some manipulation in PS.

This image is pulled out of my archives and was probably made about the same time as the three images that have graced my header for the past couple of years.  The original image is a macro photograph of a part of a Blue Knight Delphinium flower.  It was manipulated in PSE where a Filter>Distort>Wave adjustment was made.  It looks like I applied one of my craquelure textures before the adjustment as well.

Here I applied a sort of geometric overlay that I made, to a photo of an old garden buddha.  I used the Difference blend mode which turned the overlay from yellow to blue. You can see the original photo and the overlay below.

 SOC photo and bz overlay

Our next monthly Photo Art Friday will take place on Friday, March 7th. I will post a reminder several days before.

The optional theme for the March edition of PAF is:


(You can always pull any photograph from your archives if you do not have flowers available to photograph at this time.) 

NOTE:  A regular participant, Monica, from Nature Footstep blog is starting a new group on Facebook for photo artists to meet and share their artistry.  If you are interested in joining you can check it out here:!/groups/naturefootstep/