I have no problem with taking a photo and manipulating the hell out of it, as long as it looks good, whatever good means. A couple weeks ago a local photographer shared a photo he'd processed with Topaz Simplify. The resulting image of the front of a building was more painting than photograph and I loved it.
So I had to try Simplify. And the first candidatethat came to mind was a staircase in Valparaiso.
Simplify seemed the perfect tool for Valparaiso. Valparaiso envelopes a cluster of seaside hills with crumbling buildings, tangles of overhead electrical wires, and lots of loose dogs. Against this background are many colorful murals and a seaside light and it all adds together to give a lot of pleasure to one's eyes.
In this picture Simplifythrows away the grubby detail so that all you see is color and shape and light. I like this example of Valparaiso's popular colored steps because of the addition of the cat and I think its a dog. There is a snake to left of the door but it appears simplified out of existence. Across the top, the black lines are actually electrical wires and the colored panels between them are artifacts of Simplify's simplification process.
What I'm listening to: The annotated Hamlet.
What I'm reading: Persuasion by Jane Austen.
24-120/4 at 6.3, 1/100 sec.
Just off Fisgard in Victoria's small Chinatown is the narrow Fan Tam Alley, a good place for a wide-angle lens. This was taken with a fisheye then processed with Topaz Simplify to get this, well, simplified version.
Last week being debate week in both the US and Canada I've wracked my brain for something to say about their respective campaigns but all I've come up with is the obvious, Canadian elections are short, cheap, and dull whereas American elections are long, expensive, and involve god quite a lot.
I'm back from a short trip to the Canadian prairies. It's all plains and sky, greens and yellows and blues. I see a shot like this as being more representational than one with a lot of detail, though maybe it just means I'm a frustrated artist.
Stepping off the ferry in Hydra the first thing that caught my eye was a blue boat. A lovely blue, it reminded me of a plastic-toy blue offered on the first-generation Miata. So I thought I'd have some fun with the blue boat set against the town as backdrop. First I cropped some sky off the top and some sea off the bottom which left just a band of each with a band of land in the middle.