Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Your Photographs Into 'Fine' Art

As some of you who follow my blog may know, I have been immersed in learning about digital editing of photographs and digital art during the last six months.  I was able to allow myself this luxury, in part, because of breaking both bones in my non-dominant arm in October, 2010.  With an arm in a cast mobility was limited.  So whenever possible I parked myself in front of the computer to take e-courses, experiment with digitally editing photographs, and trying my (good) hand at creating digital art in Photoshop Elements 8. 


The learnings and skill-building grew, and one day, to my surprise, I produced what looked like a piece of 'impressionist' art while editing a photograph in Photoshop Elements 8.  The process is more than simply applying one of the fine art type Filters in the Photoshop Elements 8 program.  I tried the process on other photographs and got similar great results.  The next couple of weeks are a blur as the technique was refined to produce unique pieces of artwork out of simple photographs. 


Allow me to show you some 'before' and 'after' examples of the application of my little technique.  First, the before:




And then, after the application of the technique - the after!



another version after the application of the technique:



While on a walk near my home  I discovered a new residential construction area clustered around a commuter train station and snapped a few shots.  The water in the foreground is simply rain that has collected on a grubby, vacant lot. Here is the before photograph:



Below is the same photograph after the application of my technique.  It makes quite a difference, don't you think?  From a rather ordinary photograph to something that could be matted and framed!



Whether you need it or not - I have another example!  I am so excited about what a little technique, Photoshop tools, and my artistic efforts can produce.  Okay, here is a photograph of an alleyway in Old Montreal where artists can show and sell their works - the before:



And the same photo after:



Here is another before:



and the after:


and a second variation after applying the technique:



Do you have some photographs you would like to give such a fine art look?   I would love to turn some of your special photographs into pieces of art that you can hang on your wall.  If you would like a impressionist, painterly feel applied to a  photograph such as one of your home, a place of business, a school, a garden, a vacation spot, etc. etc., check out the static page you can access by clicking on 'Your Photos As Art' (just below my header), or by clicking  HERE.   There I explain how you can engage me for this service.  You can also view more applications of this technique on that stand-alone page. 

31 comments:

  1. nice...i like the infusion of color into the second remake of the first pic...these are really cool bonnie...

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  2. The effect is very cool, Bonnie and a great idea for a home business. Clever you.. I wish you much luck with it. :)

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  3. Wow. I think I need tom break my arm...! No more kitchen work or laundry, just Photoshop :).

    Truly beautiful. I tend to like the more subdued ones, but I guess it depends upon the photo used. I like seeing your examples, I hope you continue posting them. I think your home business idea is wonderful. I might enlist your services before next Christmas and turn the image into Christmas cards.

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  4. Most intriguing. Can you overlay multiple exposures? I see where your title in integrated in the image.

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  5. Hey Brian: Yes, some prefer the bolder statements where others, like Margaret prefer them more subdued. And I can do either/or. Thanks so much for your feedback.

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  6. Hey Hilary: I value your feedback Hilary - your photography is stellar!

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  7. Hey Margaret: You are exactly right! My husband took over all (well most of) the household duties which gave me time to play, explore and discover! Thank you Terry (my DH)! Not sure I want you to break your arm - but I do know you will do great things with Photoshop when you get around to it!

    I'm glad you see value in the idea - there are so many ways it can be applied.

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  8. L.W. Yes, you can overlay many images over others - the options are incredible.

    The name of my blog that you see on the images is a watermark banner that I only add to blog images. It does not appear on anything I sell or display in my home. Watermark images are easily created and added to art you want to display on your blog, using Photoshop.

    Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated from someone with your artistic and design talents!

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  9. Cool! What beautiful tools we now have. Thanks for the before and after.

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  10. Good for you for keeping busy! This is a craft that might interest me! Hooray for hubbies! :-)

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  11. I enjoyed seeing the textures you created with these photos. I've been experimenting as well and have been pleased with the results in Picasa. It's a good hobby for the cold days of winter. Sure hope that your arm will continue to improve in the weeks to come!

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  12. Ah. . . you know me: I love the doors!

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  13. Lots of fun in this! It really makes a different photo when using photoshop to be sure! I like how they turned out.

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  14. That sure is finding a silver lining in a dark cloud! Stuck at home due to a broken arm? No problem! I think I'll learn something new on the computer! The different applications really change the photos. I like them!

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  15. Rosaria, Jenn, Sheila, Meri, Lorac, Pat:

    Thank you ALL for your supportive comments. Much appreciated.

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  16. I like the imagery in your pictures Bonnie, the first one reminds me of the state penitentiary in the brothers grimm fairy tales about the forrest and the village it takes to raise a felon.

    how did you break your arm again?

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  17. Wow. Wow. And wow, Bonnie! They're all so beautiful. Isn't it amazing how something like broken bones can bring a new perspective into your life? Sorry it happened but so delighted in your new passion and your sharing with us!

    Ciao,
    Gwynnie

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  18. Gosh, Bonnie!
    I just muddle along as best I can. Luckily I live somewhere photogenic :-)


    Aloha from Honolulu,


    Comfort Spiral

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  19. Your post treatments are warm and painterly, Bonnie. Very lovely. I especially love the doors, which I tend to take photos of too. They must be in Europe? Or maybe Canada has interesting and beautiful doors too.

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  20. who: A connection I would never have thought of ...

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  21. Gwynnie: I so appreciate your enthusiasm. Yes, new perspectives are always good - like the wonderful creative retreats you take!

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  22. Marie (Lost Aussie): Thank you. Considering the source (my teacher!!!!) I take that as high praise.

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  23. Cloudia: Are you saying I wouldn't have to play with my photos if I lived somewhere photogenic? ;-)

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  24. Ruth: Oh ... you have not been to Montreal or Quebec City? These cities were some of the first settled in North America and being settled by French, Scots, and the Irish have an old world feel about them. You even find cobblestone streets. In the section of Montreal, that locals call "Old Montreal" down by the St. Lawrence River where all the ships full of immigrants first arrived, you feel as if you are walking in a little town in France. Hence the interesting architecture including the doors.

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  25. Wow your art is cool, it will make some drool.
    Just because it is very good, art for me comes out like wood.
    Yeah this cat is that bad, not at all rad.
    You put me to shame with the way of art, I can't even measure up in a small part.
    Did you think I was going to say fart, I didn't have the heart.
    But I guess I did anyway, oh well it's fun to play.
    Keep up the good work and hope you have success, in this whole big internet mess.
    Time for this cat to run, it's been really fun.

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  26. Wow, great application of techniques! I love, love, doubly love the second to the last one- can't even say why, but the effect is mesmerizing :)

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  27. Pat: It is fun to play! Thanks.

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  28. Vicky: Oh, I'm so glad YOU like it!

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  29. Amazing transformations, Bonnie. I was really taken by the grimy puddle cum faux art lake. Wow! I'll dig around for some photos ...

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  30. Hey Lorenzo: I was pleased with the transformation of the puddle too! Thank you.

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