Monday, August 21, 2017

Trellis and Garden (Digital Woodcut)


Yesterday I posted a photo that I took of a trellis in a neighborhood garden  For today's image, I used the Painter program on my computer to add a woodcut effect to the photo.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trellis and Garden


This is a photo I took during a recent neighborhood walk.  I liked the way the trellis looked against the lines of the siding, so I took a quick picture. This afternoon I edited the photo a bit.  I also used Painter to create a digital woodcut of this scene, and I plan to post that tomorrow.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Rose with Hy and Mel (Digital Woodcut)



This image is based on a snapshot that my sister-in-law recently sent to husband, showing his mom, dad, and himself as a kid. It was great to have the image, but my sister-in-law said the photo had been double-exposed. I downloaded the image and opened it in Painter to see what I could do with it. There were horizontal bands where the image looked bleached out, as if it had been even photographed through plastic. I started by trying to restore the photo, but there were too many problems to tackle. Instead, I decided to do a more interpretive version. I started with the biggest problem: the right side of father-in-law's face was almost completely washed out, next to no features showing. I did some selective posterizing and added woodcut effect just to increase the definition and tease out more information. Then I used digital air-brush to invent even more definition, trying to mirror the shapes on the other side of his face. Then I used more airbrush and some cut-and-paste to fill in the bleached out areas that ran across the photo in about three bands, over clothing and background. I simplified the background, and then added posterizing and woodcut effects, working with small selections until I got colors and textures that I liked. I think I could do more with a really good scan or image of the original snapshot. But meanwhile, here is a nice little family portrait, and I am posting this today in memory of Rose, my mother-in-law, who was born on August 18th. She never liked to say what year she was born, so I won't either.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Construction on the New NY Bridge


Another photo from our recent road trip.  As we drove over the Tappan Zee Bridge from New Jersey to New York, I noticed construction of a new bridge going up.  This is going to be the New NY Bridge, which is apparently going to replace the Tappan Zee.  Anyway, it reminded me of the Zakim Bridge in Boston. I like the lines and the geometry, so I took a picture.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On the Tappan Zee Bridge (with Prisma Filter)


The previous post was a photo that I took as we were crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge, traveling home from our road trip.  Here is another version of the photo, this time with one of the filters available on the Prisma app

Saturday, August 12, 2017

On the Tappan Zee Bridge


When we were heading home from our road trip, we took the Tappan Zee Bridge from New Jersey to New York.  I took a picture while we passed through the middle part of the bridge.  I also used the Prisma app on my phone to create a version with a filter, which I will post soon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

City of Brotherly Love (Digital Woodcut)


My previous post was a photo of the Philadelphia skyline, taken during our recent road trip.  This post is the same image, but with Painter's "woodcut" effect added.  So here's another image of the City of Brotherly Love.