This week Bonnie challenged us to work with the optional theme of ‘light/shadows’.
I loved the way the light back-lit these hollyhock flowers so I have given them minimal treatment by adding Bonnie’s texture ‘dream wonder’ which I blended with linear light and reduced the opacity
Bonnie’s optional challenge this week was to create a collage.
I can see that I haven’t quite mastered the art of blending the edges or making clean selections, but it’s all part of the learning curve. I used one of Bonnie’s textures to draw the finished composition together.
Bonnie’s optional challenge this week was a really difficult one: incorporate some graffiti into your image or create your own.
I never miss an opportunity to photograph graffiti or street art but producing my own was quite a different kettle of fish! I settled for incorporating 2 of my photographs of graffiti with a third one of a piece of wall to produce this
DH said he thought the result looked a mess but I was more interested in the experiment than the final result.
And just for fun:
and some variations
me and my shadow on camel-back in India
In PSE I used the cutout filter and Bonnie’s tiled script texture blended in colour burn
combination of a photo of me and a paper collage I made
For this week’s challenge, Bonnie invited us to share a piece of photo-art depicting ‘minimalist’ :
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art
where the work is set out to expose the essence or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms,
features or concepts.
Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
In this image, substantially cropped from the original, of a lantern I found on a table in the garden of a Turkish hotel, in PSE 10 I used the watercolour filter to blur the background. I then added Bonnie’s ‘brown rice paper’ texture which I blended in soft light mode.
If you were to collect together your best/favourite photo art images that you’ve created this year to put into a coffee table art book, which photo would you use for the cover? This is Bonnie’s challenge for us this week.
This would be my first choice
Erato, muse of erotic poetry
closely followed by this
Why not pop over to and see what other photo artists are using for their cover pictures
I’ve been following Kim Klassen’s Beyond Layers class and this week she asked if we were “makers” or “takers” of photos. “Makers” are those who create their own still life compositions, then take photographs of them and alter them and “Takers” go out and take photographs. I’m definitely a taker; I don’t think I’ve made more than a couple of still life compositions in my whole photographic life. Coincidentally this week Bonnie challenged us to share a ‘digitally manipulated still life’ (as opposed to simply a still life photograph), so this was quite difficult for me. As luck as would have it, I’d taken a series a photos last month of a still life I’d come across in a hotel garden.
I superimposed 2 of the photos in Picasa and then opened the combined image in PSE10. I experimented with several different filters, keeping each result on a different layer. Then I merged them all together and got this as a final result.
Bonnie’s challenge this week was to try and use her texture “cobblestone road” in a piece of our photo art. This proved to be a challenge indeed. What sort of photo would you use in conjunction with this? (scroll down to the third photo to see the texture).
I thought it might work with a landscape so I tried a snowscape. The result was interesting but not what I wanted. I tried it with a panoramic landscape but that didn’t work either. Then I thought about sky. I typed sky into my Picasa album to see what sky photos I had lurking on my computer and found one with a skein of migrating geese flying across the sky. When combined with Bonnie’s texture I got this:
which I have decided to call “flyways in the sky”.
For 26/27 October Bonnie challenged us to feature “derelict” in our photoart.
1. left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned.
2. neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent.
3. a person abandoned by society, especially a person without a permanent home and means of support; vagrant.
4. Nautical . a vessel abandoned in open water by its crew without any hope or intention of returning.
5. personal property abandoned or thrown away by the owner.
Here are 2 versions of the same photo:
I applied a Filter Forge texture to the original photo which turned it black and white with rather a nice aged, crackle effect to the photo. I then added it to the original photo and blended it in linear light, reducing the opacity to 55%.
This week Bonnie invited us to use her latest texture “leafy landscape” to create a piece of photo art. I posterised the original photo and then blended it in hard light, reducing the opacity to 70%.
why not pop over and see how other people have used this texture?