TEXTURING IMAGES

Something interesting and provacative has been going on.  A camera club colleague, Kathy Lapergola, has been experimenting with overlaying semi-transparent “texture” images, e.g. a whispy curtain, on top of conventional images.  This is accomplished using layers in Photoshop.  With this process she has achieved some beautiful images which have the appearance of old paintings.  Here is an example of her work.

Image by Kathleen Lapergola. Used by permission.

 

Well, I decided that I had to try this.  The image below is one that I captured a few years ago during a twilight sailing event.  The colors of the sky, the arrrangement of the boats, and the setting sun’s effect on the sails all added up to produce a lovely image.  It already had the cast of a Venentian painting but I felt it might be a candidate for texturing.

Image with no texturing.

Below is the result.  I overlaid an image of a soiled and cracked, age-yellowed muslim.    Using another Photoshop tool I then reduced the opaqueness of the muslin image, i.e. the top layer, gradually revealing the bottom layer which gradually becomes colored and shaded and marred by the semi-transparent upper layer.  The result is an image that looks even more like an old classical painting.

The textured original image.

So,  a good thing?  A bad thing?  A pretty thing?  Well, consistent with quantum theory I have to say, “It depends.”  Certainly the technique can yield some beautiful results.  As such, I’d hang them on my wall and would proudly sell them, making it clear that they’re Photographic Compositions and not paintings.  Will certain artists and photographers become manic?  It’s a given.  But, who should care so long as the result is desirable?  It’s not the technique that matters; it’s the result!!

Should they be entered in juried photography exhibitions?  I’d be nervous about that just as I am about entering images that have been altered such that they show things that weren’t “there” at the moment the shutter snapped.   But, I do think that as a photographic art form they can legitimately be offered for a juror to evaluate.   

Should they be entered in “art” exhibitions that don’t preclude photography?  I certainly think so.  A photographic image, per se, can be art depending on its content, composition, tone, and light.  This technique just enhances or adds to the underlying image.

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MY LATEST FIELD TRIP ….. PETSMART?

I was in Petsmart this week, picking up the items from the list that my cat, Pearl, had given me.  On the way out I was struck by this collection of brightly colored goldfish swarming about in their tank.  With the manager’s permission I returned the next day to see what I could capture.

It wasn’t easy.  The relatively low light level required a slow shutter speed, even at a high “film” speed, and they were not considerate enough to pose.  Oh, well.  It’s not another snow scene, and it was fun and a good exercise.

A WINTER WEEK ON PUERTO RICO’S WESTERN BEACHES

You might have gotton a clue from my January 27th post that I was in warm weather for a week.  I was  on the west coast of Puerto Rico, near Rincon.  This area is much more country and villages than San Juan and the east.  We stayed at Parador Villa Antonio,  a lovely, low-key mini-resort where I fulfilled my fantasy of warm breezes, just a few feet from the Caribbean Sea’s gently lapping wavelets, and the occasional rum-and-tonic.  Yaaaay!

Parador Villa Antonio

I stood at the water’s edge for the above shot, and our villa is at the right.  A parador is a small private hotel that is licensed under a government program created to provide travelers with these exotic locations in Puerto Rico.  Paradores are small, cozy, and the service is very personalized to each guest.  Villa Antonio had a tennis court and a swimming pool; restaurants and beach bars were comfortably available with a short walk down the beach in either direction.

The beach at Parador Villa Antonio.

 

Driving in the area with its narrow and winding roads was ….. interesting, but we did travel here and there for lunches overlooking other beaches.  One such spot was the Horned Dorset Inn, listed in “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”  The lunch, service, and view were lovely, and my home equity loan handled the bill just fine.

The Horned Dorset Inn

 

These lovely water lilies were in a sculptured pond at the Horned Dorset.

 

A peaceful, end-of the-day scene from our porch.

 

Guests at the Villa gathered at sunset every night to  celebrate another snowless day, and to watch for the green flash which we did spot one night.  The picture below is typical of the beauty we saw every night.

A few more images from the week are on one of my gallery pages.  Click here.

I was exercizing a new camera this week which includes video capability.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t tripod mounted but I wanted to be able to see and hear the early morning beach again.  For about 40″ of the beach at dawn click on the arrow below