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Neodigital Art | The River Tame


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Neodigital Art is about editing pictures to create something with emotion. I was quite annoyed when I took this photo, because the sun had gone behind a black cloud. I’ve used colorize in PhotoScape for an artistic edit. What do you think?

This is the original picture (after I added a little contrast) and more colourful, but less artistic.

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Which is the most artistic and acceptable? Which one would you prefer to see in a gallery or hanging on your living room wall?

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I took this photo off that bridge, there are millions of flowers now all down the banks of the river. Is it artistic because I took a decent photo and knew where to go to take it? I think it’s photography. Art is more, art has emotion attached.

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This was farther down river and besides the zillion of white flowers you can see trees and bushes in blossom. Nice picture, but it’s not art…

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I’ve took this shot before, but on Sunday the light was different. I cropped it and again used the colorize option in PhotoScape. This one is more artistic. What do you think, is it art? I’ll do one last picture with a colorize edit – River Tame edit

I like the patterns in this picture. I think it might pass as art. It has a John Constable feel to it…  You want to see the original don’t you?

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I suppose it’s a reasonably good photo. It would have been better if the sun hadn’t gone in. I shall probably go back there when the sun is out and in the right position. Incidentally, this is facing North, the sky would have been blue, if the sun hadn’t been behind a cloud.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments box. In case you missed yesterday’s psychology post, this is my art week. Tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing an art exhibition. Come back tomorrow to discover Inca legend and the Pachacuti prophesy and some art that it inspired…

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8 responses

  1. Sometimes that darned sun does get in the way, but it’s such a pleasure to see it at the moment, isn’t it. Hope you are OK Mike. Life got in the way here, hopefully things are settling down again. I missed reading my favourite blogs.

    4, June 2013 at 9:05 am

    • Hi Myfanwy,

      The sky is clear and the weather forecast is good for today, winter was so depressing after the wet summer last year. I’m not too well, but I never am! I’m much better than I used to be so I’m grateful for that. I’m having an art week this week. Tomorrow’s blog post took some time to research and I even went to the art gallery twice. It’s a review of an art exhibition.

      Thanks for the comment.

      4, June 2013 at 9:25 am

  2. i think the normal pictures of the flowering banks are really lovely to look at. the ‘artistic’ ones look like washed out pictures like old pictures look like when age and ancient chemicals caused the pictures to fade.people think it artistic to age their pics with that washed out look, it is a fallacy. When they show past images, of people dressed in clothes of their times, it is relevant and meaningful and their sepia look is just part of their being old. but just to make modern images look sepia… why? the river bank looks ordinary and drab when the colours are washed out. how vibrant and lovely they look when u can show them in their full colour. btw, the sun behind a cloud is a good thing. full sun will make the shadows too harsh and the contrast will overexpose the white flowers and wont make your pictures so mellow and lovely.

    4, June 2013 at 9:18 am

    • Hi,

      We all like different styles and the definition of art I think is what is acceptable. I like to give people a choice. I am careful about over exposure when there are white flowers. That is a problem. It’s not easy to correct that with editing. You tend to have a white sky dominating the picture or a blue sky and you white flowers looking blurry, because they are reflecting too much light. I’m glad you liked some of the pictures anyway!

      Thanks for visiting.

      4, June 2013 at 9:30 am

    • Hi Alfie, I completely agree with you. I don’t get why people use washed out edits to make their photos look as if they were taken in the 1960’s. Technology has improved immensely, allowing us richer colors and sharper images, why give that up?

      Mike’s sepia, black and white, and pencil edits are of older architectural structures in England where the editing complements the subject.

      6, June 2013 at 1:30 pm

  3. Hi Mike, Okay, it may not be art, but my favorite photo this week is your third one. That winding stream draws me in to the photo. I picture myself in a rowboat, seeing where the stream will take me. The contrast of light in the foreground and shadows in the background also add an element of mystery to the stream.

    6, June 2013 at 1:48 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      That’s our river. I know it’s not very good, but it’s the only one we have! It’s not very deep and so the risk of me drowning if I fall in is better than the big rivers! That was a place we hadn’t been before. I want to go back at some time. There is a road, but it’s block and we had to walk part of the way. There is a riding school near by and so lots of horses around. I became an art critic this week, that seems to have worked out!

      My sister gave me a DVD today on learning Photoshop! I don’t like it much, but I’ll watch the video. I have plans for a new camera and I want to take more photos of buildings. I’m thinking of making a record of some places before they change. The new photos this summer should be higher definition.

      Thanks for the comment. I’ve had more interest this week! 🙂

      6, June 2013 at 2:41 pm

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