sometimes, if you’re feeling particularly brain-dead, it’s fun to let an online photo editor do all the work for you. This collage of lotus flowers was produced at http://www.fotor.com using my own photos
but if you’re up to the challenge, you might like to experiment
This month’s optional theme, as suggested by Bonnie, is GEOMETRIC/GRAPHIC/ANGULAR.
this is the original
it’s part of the fan vaulted ceiling of the beautiful cathedral of Wells, in the UK
For this first challenge of 2014 Bonnie, from Photo Art Friday, offered us two optional choices for sharing:
* A piece of photo art that contains a word you have chosen to guide you through 2014.
* A piece of photo art from 2013 that is one of your favorites (or a collage of favs).
I haven’t chosen a word for this year as I’m still mulling it over so I’ve chosen to share a digital journal page from our trip to India at the beginning of last year
What did you choose to illustrate this challenge?
Bonnie’s optional challenge for this month is OPEN, which can also be interpreted as opening or opened.
The Taj Mahal viewed through the opening in the nearby mosque
a hibiscus flower opening, textured with Bonnie’s Life Unfolding texture.
Visit the Pixel Dust Photo studio to see how other photographers have interpreted this theme.
For September’s Photo Art Friday Bonnie suggested we create a piece of photo art featuring water.
This is my piece, made up of 3 photos
I wanted the bowl to look as if it was full to brimming with these colourful koi carp playing with silver balls.
In fact overflowing water is heavy on my mind as I write this. We returned home late last night to the sound of rushing water. The stop cock in the reserve water tank appears to have malfunctioned allowing the tank to fill and then overflow – everywhere. The entire basement floor of our house was under water – carpets, boxes of books, part of my postage stamp collection, all my craft magazines, my husband’s laptop, boxes of shoes, tools, pictures ……. heartbreaking. It took me all morning to remove everything outside so that I could start mopping up operations. Fortunately it’s hot and breezy today so much of it will dry out but lots of the stuff is ruined. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here about de-cluttering …..
Photo Art Friday now takes place on the first Friday of every month. This month we were given the option of sharing a piece of flower art using at least one of Bonnie’s textures. I’ve used different filters on this image and have added Bonnie’s texture Soft Reflections to it as well as experimenting with the blending modes which has resulted in:
I added a poster edges filter to the above photo
and blended it with Bonnie’s quartz texture. I love the effect this produced, it looks like a transfer
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 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:
Bonnie’s challenge was to incorporate or create some graffiti into an image. This was really difficult for me as I tend to be a controlled person, doodling and graffiti just don’t come naturally to me. But I do like taking photos of graffiti and street art. The composition below is made up of two images of graffiti, one a painting and the other a stencil, combined with a photo of a piece of wall. DH says he thinks it looks a mess but I think you have to experiment, it’s all part of the learning curve!
A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer. (Wikipedia)
Bonnie‘s challenge this week was to interpret ‘portrait’ in whatever way we wished.
and finally, 3 variations of the same image
I’ve been following Jon Sanwell’s blog about his life in Vietnam. He’s just published a book of portraits he took while in Vietnam. You can see see it here. He’s a very gifted photographer.