Rendering Your Photographic Images As Works Of Art

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As a photographer, I have a natural appreciation for other art forms and have always had a  personal affinity for oil paintings. How a person can take a brush to a blank canvas and create an inspirational work of art is really amazing. I’ve never had any formal artistic training, but I can read and I do have an inquisitive nature. Through my readings, I have learned a little about different art styles from the abstracts and impressionists, to pointillism and the realists. I pay attention to these art forms confident that they will, though unsure exactly how, have a positive influence in my own photography.

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Recently, I have been using various filters in Photoshop to render my photographs as art pieces influenced by the realist and/or impressionist styles. Now, real artists can find technical differences between my renderings and true realist/impressionist paintings so I just want to qualify that they have been influenced by those styles but I have not necessarily been true to any particular rules. Photoshop CS6 has a great built-in Oil Paint filter that is fairly easy to use and I have applied it to taste until I get a look that I like. While alone it is sufficient to render a great oil painting (e.g., church in a former post), I have also combined it with other filters (texture, blur) to achieve the look in most of the images on this post.

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Rendering digital photographs as a form of art has been a lot of fun so I created a template that allows me to drag and drop a photo and turn it into one of the looks you see here. Because I save each of the layers in Photoshop, I can then modify any particular effect to achieve a different look. In a future blogpost, I will take you step-by-step on how the look in these images was achieved and then show you how to save it as your own template so that you too, can enjoy a new art form.

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Until next time, good light and keep shooting. — KEVIN

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A Few South Texas Birds

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Recently, I’ve been reviewing old files and while I’ve been generally pleased with my portfolio, I’ve also wondered exactly what I was thinking by saving many of the images I photographed. I’m going to let you in on a little secret…those soft images you saved years ago…well, they are not going to get sharp by saving them for a few years. Now how many of you reading this are shaking your head thinking, “yep, I’ve done that”. 🙂

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Anyway, the images I’m sharing hear were not those of which I just spoke. These images were some I was very pleased with and a few, such as the Green Jay and Oriole above, had never been processed until now. It’s good to go through your old files every now and then, you may be surprised at some of the jewels you overlooked the first time you downloaded your images.

Make sure you CLICK ON THE IMAGES to view the best resolution.

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Until next time, good light and keep shooting. — KEVIN

Migratory Fallout @ South Padre Island, Texas

About 10 days ago, an unexpected northern front blew through South Texas and with it came a massive fallout of migratory birds. To my misfortune, my Canon 7D was at Canon CPS for repair. Those who have shot with me in the past know that I always have two cameras but I had sold my 1Ds MarkII so that I could save up for a new full frame camera. Well, I still haven’t purchased a new one so when the fallout came, I was caught without a camera. This past weekend, another northern, though much less intense, pushed through the area. With my 7D back from repair, I drove to the South Padre Island Convention Center and was able to photograph the birds below. While this second fallout was nothing compared to the week before, I had a great time and some interesting experiences. The weather is warm now and these birds will soon be departing but they’ll be back another day…and I’ll be there with “two” cameras at the ready.

Until next time, keep shooting. –KEVIN