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The Other Side of the Tracks River

Today is my turn at Vision & Verb again, where I talk about last week's "Dutch Masters" series.
As you see, I'm still messing around with textures.

When we stand on our side of the Merwede River,
we can see the tippy-top of the church and windmill of our neighbor town, Woudrichem, Netherlands.
Here you see her more up close and personal from a river cruise (sans church or windmill).
Gorinchem and Woudrichem. 
Neighborly sisters across the river from each other.

The Other Side of the Tracks River

Today is my turn at Vision & Verb again, where I talk about last week's "Dutch Masters" series.
As you see, I'm still messing around with textures.

When we stand on our side of the Merwede River,
we can see the tippy-top of the church and windmill of our neighbor town, Woudrichem, Netherlands.
Here you see her more up close and personal from a river cruise (sans church or windmill).
Gorinchem and Woudrichem. 
Neighborly sisters across the river from each other.

comments (43)

Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by, Harry!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 May 2010, 05:40
It is as if time stood still, a picture from an old shoebox, fabulously done, love the texture and I have great memories of our river cruise.
We were so lucky with the golden light.
Ginnie Hart: We have enough memories to last a lifetime already, MLMA. We ARE so lucky. I would like to go back to Woudrichem one day. It really is a glamorous little town. Hartstikke bedankt.
You're surrounded by beauty.
Ginnie Hart: Everywhere we go, Odd...everywhere. I feel so lucky to be living here in The Netherlands.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 May 2010, 06:10
I like your experimentation Ginnie: very good results
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris. Sometimes all I want to do is mess around. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 May 2010, 07:09
You made a good mess of the textures. I meant; your application of textured layers proves to be a good messing about.

[heh, heh] maybe you will understand tongue
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis, I understand. grin It's like having permission to color outside the lines. Thanks.
i wonder, since much of holland lies below sea level, whether it would be wise to keep a sturdy pair of stilts somewhere in the house. perchance that is why the dutch seem to prefer having high, steeply pitched roofs (tippy-tops, as you say).
Ginnie Hart: I'm still getting my education about this amazing country, Seraphine, and how much of it would be totally under water if it weren't for the windmills and other technology. Every time Astrid explains a new piece to me, I sit with my mouth open, I'm sure. Maybe having a little boat/raft ready at beck and call makes the most sense??!! smile
I have a feeling that with this texture b&w or a faded sepia would work better Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Bill. That's why I'm still messing around...trying to find out what works and what doesn't. This DOES remind me of my early days in the 60s with color photos and then finding them later in the shoebox. HA!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 31 May 2010, 07:32
Between you and Marion l am getting the bug to play around with texture layers.

nice work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Just do it, Tony. It's so fun. smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 31 May 2010, 07:38
Superb photo. Tons and textures are very very beautiful. Excellent work Ginnie. It's a very nice image. Have a lovely day Ginne.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. You are always so encouraging. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 May 2010, 07:41
Its a lovely 'scape, Ginnie, and your twiddling makes it even more interesting.
Ginnie Hart: It's probably not everyone's thing, Ray, but I sure do enjoy it. Thanks.
You seem having fun Ginnie and the result is great!
Ginnie Hart: I just itch to do something different from time to time, Richard, so thanks for playing along with me. smile
Very nice, I like the treatment, the texture and this effect like a patina with age. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: It's fun to play around, Valérie. Thanks for your encouragement. Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 31 May 2010, 08:41
Oh my God, Ginnie!!! is he okay??? how horrific!!!! you must feel so scared for him, it must break your heart!!! i'm so sorry
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Elaine. He's okay but very sore, as you'd guess. We're trying to picture him as totally healed, quickly! Thanks.
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 09:56
it does look like an old photo...nicely done Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nadiuska. I'll keep playing around till I find the textures that I really like for the right images. Gotta practice, you know. smile
I loooooooove WOudrichem. To me it is even more beautiful than the old center of Gorinchem. Just like Heusden vestingstaqd of course.

You have managed to use this texture very well Ginnie!! It certainly gives an old feeling to the picture. Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: I couldn't believe Astrid had not taken me to Woudrichem earlier, Marion. I don't think she remembered how incredibly charming it is (which you can't see in this image, of course). We will definitely go back again, especially whenever we have guests coming to stay for awhile. It's a piece of Dutch charm that's right in our backyard...almost.

I will keep on practicing with textures, Marion, since I love the effect so much. If I ever get my images to look like yours, I'll be in heaven. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2010, 10:54
Woudrichem is told to be a "incredibly charming" town - oh, you make me really curious - such a river cruise is always wonderful (or as we say in German "lustig", the curve of the river has been captured well) and I can imagine your pleasure! If I hadn't read about your twiddling/textures experiments, I had thought the windows of the ship might have been rather dirty! I hope to see later some charming pictures of Woudrichem (with church!).
Ginnie Hart: I had no idea this town was so charming and kiddingly chided Astrid for taking so long to take me there, Philine. If you ever get this far, we will make sure to take you there. I probably went way too far with this texture twiddling today but...it was still fun for me. Thanks for your patience. smile
I love the picture of the place Ginnie, it looks absolutely charming, but I'm sorry, just this time I am not too happy with the texture personally.
Ginnie Hart: Bill felt the same way, Brian, so you have company. I'm still trying to figure out what textures I like best with what images. I'm sure it will be a life-ling process for me, so please be patient. HA! smile Thanks for commenting.
  • tede
  • France
  • 31 May 2010, 12:55
Like an old photograph yellowed with time, very nice handling and superb scenery. Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That was what I was going for, Tede, so thanks for your comment. Merci.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 13:16
This - too - reminds me of a 'Masters' painting. Wonderful landscape..and I love the textures.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. This one isn't to everyone's liking but it was fun for me to try something different. I want to keep experimenting. smile
I can hardly imagine what it was like to photograph scenes like this one before the invent of the digital camera and its accompanying technology.
We now have the tools to change the whole texture & appearance of a photograph by incorporating a few twiddles here and there.

Your processing skills are top notch, Ginnie. This could easily be mistaken for an old family treasure that has been passed from generation to generation.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Beverly. Not everyone today would agree with you but I WAS going for that look, as you described. The irony is that today we are able to take those old, worn-out photos and restore them digitally. And here I am setting them back in time a few years!
It looks a bit like when you see rain coming off the end of a cloud Ginnie. As you say it's good fun to experiment
Ginnie Hart: It was fun for me, Janet, even if the outcome is not what everyone might like. I like the process and always wonder what will happen next if I do this or I do that.... smile Thanks.
one other great fairy photos
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. smile
Carry on playing Ginnie..it looks good,and its fun too.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes playing around is messy, Ron, which is kinda how I feel about this one. But I had so much fun with it regardless. grin Thanks.
Don't think this one works very well, Ginnie - the overlay is a bit too dominant. However, it's great to experiment!
Ginnie Hart: You make the third one who has voiced this, Tom, so you have good company. Messing around is not always clean or put to best advantage, of course, but I sure had fun. It's all part of the experiment, I guess you can safely say. smile Thanks.
I love the gritty processing; it is such a peaceful scene. I'm going to guess the rope going to the little island? marks off a swimming area, and the triangular sign warns swimmers to stay within that area.
Ginnie Hart: Good guesses and questions, Mark, but you're way ahead of me. I'll have to ask Astrid. It was too cold for swimmers when we were there but that wouldn't surprise me a bit. There is so much I still have to learn about this neck of the woods I call Home! Thanks again for your time and comment.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 18:30
oh wow! now this looks fabulous! grin great work, ginnie! grin
Ginnie Hart: I still have a lot to learn about textures, Rian, but they sure are fun. Thanks. smile
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 20:02
This has such a cool old time feel to it, wonderful end result from your messing around with textures
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, JJ. I'm still on a learning curve for this type of processing and am having fun with it.
  • oscar
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2010, 20:17
un lugar bonito,ideal para vivir tranquilo!
Ginnie Hart: It's a sleepy little town in looks, Oscar, but sure gets a lot of tourists! Gracias.
beautiful views...
Ginnie Hart: This image doesn't do the rown justice, Heather, but I enjoyed messing around with it. I'll show another view later. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 20:50
lol at your title. The distressed processing really lends itself to this scene.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks and thanks, Sherri. I'm thoroughly enjoying this learning process.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 31 May 2010, 21:57
Wow! Lovely image Ginnie. How did you manage to get the sky that way?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Richa, for stopping by and commenting. I'm messing around with overlaying textures on top of my images...which gives this kind of look, depending on what texture is used.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2010, 00:36
oh! Wow! I love the photo effect you have done here smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherie. Still learning how to do it...miles to go....
  • rags
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2010, 05:30
Very nice view. There is nothing better than loving where one lives. I admire your adventurous nature.
Ginnie Hart: To be happy where we are now, Kanyi, is the secret to contentment, as far as I'm concerned. If we have reason to NOT be happy, we need to do something about it and move on! Thanks.
A great photo with a wonderful composition!
Holland is inspiring you!
Ginnie Hart: Holland is breathing life into me, Wim. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
it does give it that "old" feel for sure
Ginnie Hart: I'm still on a learning curve, Rob, but it sure is fun. Thanks.
An excellent composition, big class, well with you.Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Roland. smile
Super treatment Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Linda. Still on a learning curve. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2010, 17:57
Oh I love it when you mess around. This is a wonderful scene you captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your support, Maria. smile I'm still on a learning curve but it sure is fun.
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 1 Jun 2010, 20:32
OUAH j'aime beaucoup de le côté "photo ayant vécue"

Really like him from the side "picture with living"

Ginnie Hart: And this isn't even her best side, LoLO. grin Merci.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 1 Jun 2010, 23:35
bygone feel to this shot Musketeer. Love the feel and atmospheresmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, lieve Musketeer! I've been thinking about you.... Do hope you're alive and well!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jun 2010, 14:30
lovely processing
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra.
  • jess
  • USA
  • 5 Jun 2010, 14:02
Very picturesque –├é┬ásomething I'd like to receive in the mail! I've always had a soft spot for anything and everything vintage-y.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Jess. Thanks for your vote of confidence. smile
Really like what you've done here Ginnie, excellent work.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Edward, for stopping by and commenting!

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