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Light on the Subject

This isn't everyone's cuppa tea, I know, but I went crazy again with PhotoShop's watercolor filter on this gritty, stucco-walled floral arrangement/light fixture.  Several trips back, we went to a Mexican restaurant here in Amsterdam, where I found this, just as it was getting dark.

Believe it or not, if I could paint, it would be in the watercolor medium and might look something like this.   :)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Light on the Subject

This isn't everyone's cuppa tea, I know, but I went crazy again with PhotoShop's watercolor filter on this gritty, stucco-walled floral arrangement/light fixture.  Several trips back, we went to a Mexican restaurant here in Amsterdam, where I found this, just as it was getting dark.

Believe it or not, if I could paint, it would be in the watercolor medium and might look something like this.   :)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (21)

I like seeing how different effects work, then I experiment with it, but have never really liked any that I've done.
Ginnie Hart: This pic is maybe too dark for the watercolor effect, Aussie, but I still kinda liked it. I wouldn't say it's my favorite of all the ones I've done but it was still fun. Thanks.
  • sara
  • earth
  • 26 Aug 2007, 01:25
feels like a romantic dinner place to be.. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely dark and moody, Sara. smile Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Aug 2007, 01:46
It's certainly my cuppa tea. Photoshop lets you create watercolours without all the mess. Great image.
Ginnie Hart: You are right about the mess, Ray. Maybe THIS is the way I'll do watercolor painting in my life, before I die! smile Thanks.
No it´s never to late. Just buy yourself a watercolor set and start to paint smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll surprise myself the most if I do it, Magnus. But I'll certainly let you know I did it! smile Thanks.
I love playing with the artistic effects in photoshop...guess I wish I could paint but have no talent. I think this one works well.
Ginnie Hart: It's not my favorite, William, as I have already said, but it's still fun to try. Thanks.
This is nice, well done. When I first looked I thought it was a postcard
Ginnie Hart: A postcard sounds like a compliment too good for this, Chris, but I'll take it. Thanks. smile
Sorry, Ginnie - but you are quite right - it's not to everyone's taste. I think it would have been much better without the filter, but then I'm really not a fan of these things. Better to get your paints and brushes out and let photography do what it does best!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I know this isn't to everyone's liking and this one in particular is not the best, Ingrid (maybe that's why I've posted it on Sunday? grin ). And there is definitely a point to letting photography BE photography alone. Of course, then we'd have to tell PhotoShop that so we wouldn't be tempted! smile

Thanks for your honesty. I appreciate it, as always. smile
Ginnie, you are an artist with the PS! The results are very good! smile Another day you tell me "step by step" wink
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Jose, this is not the best choice for this filter but I still had to post it, just for fun. You are very kind. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Aug 2007, 13:16
The natives are restless, judging by the comments. I think the dark part where the plant leaves are. is not suited to the filter - too much of a frosty cake look to it. Around the lilies at the top is fine.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Louis. This is absolutely not the best choice of photo for this filter but I had fun with it nonetheless. I posted it on Sunday so that not too many of you would view it. grin But thanks for your honesty.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 26 Aug 2007, 14:02
Very effective. Love the composition and colouring.Its so much fun being able to do things like this to a photo... so enjoy.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Gale. It's fun for me, even though it's not for everyone. Different strokes for different folks! smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 26 Aug 2007, 14:37
You have such a good eye for composition, and the tones are nice. I enjoy watching you fiddle. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ruth. I know it's not for everyone but I sure had fun. smile
Thia surprise me - can't remember seeing a light like this in watercolour style...I like surprises smile
Ginnie Hart: Not sure I ever have either, Aksel. Leave it to me, right! smile Thanks.
Oooo I just bought Photoshop (along with another new camera) and I love playing with these filters! And why not?? It's all about being creative and PLAYING with your art! I really love what you've done here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Yay for you, Kim. You go, Girl! Now have fun with it. And thanks for understanding my own fun. smile
  • Pari
  • India
  • 26 Aug 2007, 18:48
Oh i like this you have done a good job and given just the right effect, I can never quite get it right. The picture is beautiful. It would look great on a wall as a print.
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Pari, and I appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by and welcome again to SC.
Defiantely my cup of tea! I love it. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roz. Thanks.
I like it very much, this kind of shot between photo and painting are beautiful !
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Zeb. Thanks.
  • alex
  • Boise, Idaho
  • 27 Aug 2007, 05:00
no, not really my cup of tea, ginnie, but i like it anyway, cause you did a good job with the treatment. in fact, i really like how the petals turned out.
Ginnie Hart: Congratulations again on your little bundle of joy, Alex! Life will never be the same. smile

As I've said, this particular photo was not the best one to use for the watercolor filter but I had fun with it nonetheless. Thanks.
  • Saratu
  • i am not sure
  • 27 Aug 2007, 11:12
I like it. looks like a cross between a painting and a photo.
Ginnie Hart: That it does, Saratu, which is clearly the point! Glad you can see it. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Nice atmospheric shot. I must try this watercolour effect. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: You'll get addicted, Dave. grin
This one is gorgeous!
Ginnie Hart: You just totally made my day, Christina. I said to myself, "Is that MY Christina?!" And sure enough. There you were (with those gorgeous, incredible bee pics!). Thank you ever so much for stopping by and commenting. That means the world to me. smile
  • Shailja
  • Boston, USA
  • 28 Aug 2007, 16:55
I think the watercolor filter does go well with this - I would have liked it a bit brighter but as you said it was getting darker....still, a fun shot. I personally like the watercolor filter a lot (maybe because of underlying wish to be a painter smile).
Ginnie Hart: That's my underlying wish as well, Shailja. Guess I'll just settle for the PhotoShop kind. smile Thanks.

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