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This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

We took a little canal ride through the city and this is what we saw.
You know me and that PS watercolor filter! I can't help it.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Paint Job

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

We took a little canal ride through the city and this is what we saw.
You know me and that PS watercolor filter! I can't help it.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (30)

That filter just fits here. It's a great treatment for this type of scene.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for saying so, Red Pen. You know I'm a glutton for it. smile
Forgive me here Ginnie but I almost have the bug .. I think you could have gone a little further here to make it look like a real watercolor and then it would have been perfect. God knows how you would have done that but.

J
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so right, Johnny. Only God knows how I would have done that!!! smile
I like it very much Ginnie.
It is a beautiful scene.I love the exposed brick and the arch window and the water. Makes me wish I could be in this picture, floating along taking it all in. You get to see the most wonderful places.
Ginnie Hart: I do feel very lucky to see places like this, DD. I'm glad I can pass on the riches to you! Thanks.
  • WhiteBalance
  • Atlanta, GA USA
  • 1 Aug 2007, 02:05
This is great..love how you brought out the brick, too..Told Dublinshooter that I had commented on your photographs and he too was hoping that we could meet...how long are you in Atlanta...?
Ginnie Hart: It just dawned on me that Dublinshooter is Jimbo. I think I've been in a bit of a fog for the last day or so! And now that I see you LIVE in Atlanta, there will surely be a day when we can hook up. We go back to Amsterdam on the 20th. Let's see if we can figure out a meet-up before then! If not, we can look at September....
  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 1 Aug 2007, 05:03
You picked a perfect image to give the watercolour treatment, Ginnie. The result is gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Ray! smile
Wonderful artistic effect. I agree with Ray, perfect choice of image. I'll have to play with those filters sometime.
Ginnie Hart: You'll get hooked, SL. I'm forewarning you. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan/Ireland
  • 1 Aug 2007, 06:17
I agree, the scene, as beautiful as it is, is enhanced by this treatment that accentuates its textures. Gorgeous!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, sweetie.

Once again, your site's page is coming through on your link, so here's YOUR page:
http://flying.my-expressions.com/index.html
U sure can't help it granny and it sure works well here Granny!!!
Ginnie Hart: You know me well, Nacha! smile
  • david
  • chesham
  • 1 Aug 2007, 07:43
bruge is a lovely place; we went a few years back and loved it - especially the bar with the 400 beers!!
Ginnie Hart: How did you know I was showcasing that on Friday! grin

Thanks, David.
Bruges is a wonderfull place, I don't live that far from it... When I was there a tourist asked me when Bruges closed, he thougt Bruges was a theme-park... The man just could not believe it was a real city!

Really like the composition, but i am curious how the picture looked like in the beginning, the watercolor filter is quit heavy...

Kind regards,
Lu mik spastiek'
Ginnie Hart: As you know, Lu Mik, I have sent you the non-watercolor version via e-mail.

Thanks for stopping by. That's so funny about what the tourist said. It's hard to believe it IS a real city wher people live!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 1 Aug 2007, 08:09
Petra has told me about Bruges and after her descripton and your images, I'm itching to go.

Another fine watercolour, Ginnie. It's amazing how quickly you can paint them!
Ginnie Hart: You'll love it there, Colin. Definitely a treat!

And thanks as always for your comments, Colin. I always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I only wish it were this easy!
Works very nicely Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bridge.
processing makes it look like it is painted
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal. That was definitely what I hoped for. smile
Love the effect.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Aug 2007, 11:06
I first thought you fell in the water and used the moment for a good water level shot.

Excellent composition and watercolour filter application. Gone to likeys.
Ginnie Hart: You honor me, Louis. I guess the boat WAS pretty low in the water. But as you see, so were the houses. It was quite amazing
  • Shailja
  • Boston, USA
  • 1 Aug 2007, 12:43
This shot is a good one to try watercolor effect with (lovely composition) ....I have been struggling to get that effect to work in my hands - you seems to have done much better.
Ginnie Hart: It doesn't work with every pic, Shailja, but this one seemed to do okay. Keep trying...and sometimes you have to change the different sliders around.
hmmm, i think u shudve selected everything apart from the water for the effect....the watercolour effect looks great on that stone but, ironically, it doesnt work that well on water...
Ginnie Hart: You are totally right about the water, Sam, and that is the thing that I DON'T like about this pic. The water looks like an oil slick!

But you are way ahead of me because I don't know how to do the selection thing! I'm sure it's pretty easy but I haven't "gotten it" yet. If you have a simple way of explaining it to this "old lady," I'd love it! smile
Like the filter effect, takes this from good, to extremely good grin

Sam is right about the water though grin

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Suby.

This is what I told Sam: "You are totally right about the water, Sam, and that is the thing that I DON'T like about this pic. The water looks like an oil slick!

But you are way ahead of me because I don't know how to do the selection thing! I'm sure it's pretty easy but I haven't "gotten it" yet. If you have a simple way of explaining it to this "old lady," I'd love it!"

So I DO agree about the water but didn't know how to fix it. I think I need to start figuring out the "Selection" tools in PS! smile
You have used the filter in its measured joust. He is exactly canvas to the oil. Precious. It enchants to me! (But I am not going to you to request the original one... LOL wink :d
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are too funny, Jose. Thanks.
love this processed shot!
love the textures
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kairospix, for stopping by and commenting again.
Very interesting PP work, brings out the texture of the bricks
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Will.
  • blackdog
  • In Bath on dial up
  • 1 Aug 2007, 19:21
Hi Ginnie - great composition but I am afraid filters are not my cup of tea. ;o( I see others have already picked up on the water which I find very distracting. Looks like I am in a minority so put me down as a grumpy stick in the mud. But wonder if you tried just pushing the contrast (or an s curve alteration) to bring out the texture in the brick work?

On a technical note, selection is one way to apply a filter to part of an image, another (easier) way is layers and masks. Make a duplicate layer of your original image, and a reveal all mask to it, then apply your filter to that layer. Then using a black paintbrush with a soft edge black out part of the mask (not the image) this lets the original shne thro in the blacked out areas. You can correct any slips with a white paintbrush. Hard to explain, but easy to do if you are comfortable with using layers. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Filters are not the cuppa tea for many, Mike, so you certainly have your followers. That's what makes the world go 'round, I guess. smile

Thanks for your tip for separating out the water from the filter. I have 3 tutorials now and surely expect to learn from all of them/you. Thanks!
Hi Ginnie, I`m snatching a few minutes to try and catch up on some of the photogaphs I have missed over the last few days. I`m so enjoying these pictures of Bruges. As for this one, I think the watercolour features are fun - they won`t be for everyone, but as you say, that`s what makes the world go around. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Whatever floats your boat, right?! smile Thanks, Roz.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 1 Aug 2007, 23:53
A nice scene but for me a filter too far, I think I would only applied the filter to the buildings using a layer mask and then would have faded the filter effect to about 50% using the Edit/fade command.

Good effort though.
Ginnie Hart: You at least have company, Les, on leaving the water out of the filter. You're way ahead of me on how to do that but I plan to experiement with the suggestions once I find time. So thanks!
  • Kay
  • 2 Aug 2007, 02:51
Very interesting, Ginnie! I like the effect on the buildings.
Ginnie Hart: It was the water that had "issues," Kay, but thanks for noticing the buildings. smile
Masterpiece. Absolutely wicked. Water colour!. Awesome. You rock.
Ginnie Hart: You tickle me to death, Busola. Everyone needs a fan club like you. smile
Very nice effect. I must visit Bruges one day. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: I hope you CAN visit Bruges one day. You won't be sorry, Dave.
Hi Ginnie !
I'm very happy to see this serie about Bruges wich is a town I love so much. When I was leaving in North of France wewere used to go there often. The winter is very beautiful lot of people on the frozen water...
This shot is really well done and the processing very interresting.
Ginnie Hart: You have just given me a thought, Zeb. Maybe we can visit there some time in the winter. How fun to know you used to visit there often!
  • Pari
  • India
  • 26 Aug 2007, 18:53
If my waterfolour pics looked so good I would hang them on all my walls. Another really pretty one and the composition is also beautiful to begin with. What a pretty place!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Pari. Thanks for backtracking to this post and leaving a comment. I wish you the best on SC.
  • rima
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Dec 2007, 12:48
Jolie maisons entourées d'eau..bonne journée

Pretty houses surrounded by water, have a nice day
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rima, for finding this and commenting!

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