I thought I might post some before and after shots that might interest you.
The first was taken from a moving train in Beijing. I spotted the buildings and thought they looked interesting. The original shot is nothing special as you can see here.
I cropped a lot out of this image, converted to mono and added a second texture image for mood. I also cloned out distracitng buildings and ended up with (what I think) looks like something from an old Eastern block country.
The second shot was also taken in Beijing at the Forbidden City. The original has lots of distractions in it including people, light posts and tunnels.
First I converted the image into square format, removed the posts, people and tunnels, filled in the holes and added texture and colour layers to create some mood and atmosphere.
I enjoy reworking otherwise ordinary images, changing their original appearance to make them more appealing.
Both of the reworked images are available for purchase in the “image galleries” inside the “simple by design” and “urban art” galleries.
I’ve just added a delightful doggie calendar featuring my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in various stages from pups till now. Figuring the eldest is not yet three, that’s not a long time but some classic and cute images there.
There are many other themes available as well. See them here.
Plus a little bit of self promotion along with some bragging rights today. I have been featured in the Australian Photographic Society’s Online November Newsletter, which goes out to all members of the Australian Photographic Society’s Contemporary Division. What a huge thrill it was to have been asked and to contribute. This is the second time I have been featured in an APS article, the first was when asked to contribute to the APS suppliment magazine, Image, some of my recent images of my trip to Beijing.
From my series on Chinese images, these miniature replica statues are of China’s famous Terracotta Army. The original’s are life size and number around 8000. They were buried underground at the entrance of China’s first Emperor, Qinshihuang’s tomb to protect him in the afterlife. They were modeled on actual citizens of the time and no two are the same.
“the emperor’s army”
These two images compliment each other and are available for sale here.
“homeward bound” was taken along the Rye foreshore, Mornington Peninsula, Australia. It’s a group of eight pelicans heading home late afternoon. They crept up on me as I caught them out of the cornner of my eye. I had my auto focus turned on which wouldn’t lock onto anything due to the limited light and camera in manual mode so I pretty much had to hope for the best
“the 25 steps” was taken near the Beijing section of the Great Wall of China last year when I was there with work for the Olympic Games. It’s about an hours drive out of Beijing, through rural town which are the size of cities! It was a misty and foggy day and I was annoyed that I wasn’t able to see the whole section of the wall but the atmosphere created by the mist and fog was amazing.
As well as my new Mothers Day cards, I’ve decided to open up an interesting features section called “exposed” which was previously accessed only by members. Inside are some images of my trip to Beijing, China last year, I show what went into making some of my layered images and I ask for your opinions on some works in progress. Check it out and let me knnow what you think.
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