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Neodigital Art | bleak winter

Canal EDIT 2

Yes, I have taken some new pictures this week. It was dark and depressing and I had to use a slow speed on my camera. I decided to explore a little, driving through narrow streets, I thought I might be able to photograph interesting buildings for a change. I ended up at this canal and so made the best of it.

I did the edit on that picture with PhotoScape. It was taken from the canal bridge.

Canal edit mono

This is looking the other way down the canal. I use the colorize option on PhotoScape for this picture. I think it’s quite artistic…


This is where an old railway track was and it’s now a park (of sorts). I have meaning to look at it for a while. I think this would be an even better picture in decent light.

VICTORIA PARK bridge edit mono

If you go on one those dodgy photography courses they will tell you repeatedly to ‘frame your subject’. This is probably what they mean.  The scene is framed by the bridge.  The larger version of this looks better.

VICTORIA PARK watercolour

I tried the ‘watercolour pencil’ option in PhotoScape for this picture. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure if I like it.

What do you think? Do you like any of today’s pictures?

7 responses

  1. It has been so dull and dreary, hasn’t it. Better today. Tomorrow looks even better. You did well in spite of the weather.

    8, January 2013 at 10:52 am

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      Yes, if I wait for the sunshine, I would wait for ever! At least the weather is mild and so keeping down our heating bills! I planning on shopping today, but the road to the shop that I’m planning on using floods sometimes, so I’ll have to be careful. I don’t know why we get floods, the river is pathetic! 🙂

      8, January 2013 at 12:38 pm

  2. Hi Mike, I really like your pictures today. I will be pinning them on Pinterest! One of the aspects I like best about your photos is that they convey a strong mood. When I think back over my favorite photos of yours, they all have a strong mood and seem to tell a story. I often think that your photos would make a good book cover or movie poster.

    What may seem dark and dismal actually may be the best rendering of an ominous setting. Such artistry!

    8, January 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I’m still not sure about that last one! I like fences because they have a pattern, patterns always make a photograph better. I didn’t intend to go to that canal. I went into Walsall taking the main road and they have made it all pedestrianised. I should have turned right and didn’t realise then had to go past the canal, to go back would have been a wasted journey. The main streets used to be quite wide but they are all pedestrian areas now, so drivers have to go down the narrow streets that are like a maze.

      I think many of the photos would make good book covers and I have added text to some. A cool idea is to take a photo of a business and add text. The customer knows what the business looks like and the text tells them the rest of the information. I tried Photoshop today, an hour later I had a photo almost identical to one I did with PhotoScape in 2 minutes!

      There are some more Photos from this shoot on a zillion ideas –

      8, January 2013 at 4:28 pm

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