Here’s my latest offering of photo art, a composite of some photos I’ve taken in a few of the nearby Buddhist temples. Now, let me say right at the start that this creation is not meant to be sacrilegious. As a matter of fact, the monk statue on the right, along with a half a dozen others like it, has been standing for at least a couple of years in a temple near where I used to live . Whether it was “dressed” by the monks in the temple or by local people, I don’t know. However, it shows the whimsy sometimes inherent in the culture. The monk statue on the left was given sunglasses by yours truly.
I found the big laughing Buddha in an out-of-the-way temple that was half in ruins and overgrown by vegetation in some areas. Parts of it are attended to, and there are also some repairs being made to the main building, though it didn’t look like anyone had worked on it for a while.
The Buddha is not in the main building, but is in a smaller outbuilding, and when you first come upon it, it’s kind of a surprise. After a few seconds, it’s hard not to laugh or at least smile at the expression on it’s face.
I’m not quite satisfied with the art yet, so I’ll probably tweak it some more and post the results here. Enjoy.
Having fun in the temple.
[EDIT] Version 2: Made a few changes to the monk on the right so that it doesn’t have such a “pasted in” appearance.
Having fun in the temple, v2.
[EDIT] Version 3: I put the right hand monk behind the Buddha to give the composition a bit more of a 3D feel and I gave it a bit lighter look.
Having fun in the temple, v3.
This one is part of the Weekly Challenge series from my Photoshop Art course. This is the Week 2 Challenge. I won’t go into all the constraints of the challenge. The focus is to create something using minimum resources and using specific techniques. In this one, I had to use a couple of specific textures, only two of my photos, an edge effect, and a few other items.
The photos I used are a shot of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park and a photo of a young Native American from a visit to a pow-wow near Flathead Lake in Montana. I think I took both of these in 2008.
This one I’m titling “Homeland.” Hope you like it.
P.S. Once I get enough of these photos completed, I’ll set up a Gallery page for them.
Another Photo Art composition: Homeland
My latest Photoshop Artistry course image is called “On the Beach.” This photo was done for a weekly challenge, of which there are many, but it’s the first one I’ve done (Weekly Challenge One). For the challenges, you are given a set of guidelines on what to use in your composition. For example, in this one I could only use one or two of my photos, and I had to incorporate a couple of textures, another specific grunge texture file, and a vector file, all free course content (and royalty-free). I also had to use a “Painting With Light” technique in Photoshop.
The two photos I used were from a vacation in Thailand several years ago. One photo is the beach scene (beach, chairs and ocean) and the other is the background island. I’m really having fun with this, but there’s a long way to go and lots to learn. Enjoy.
Here’s my newest photo art composition. It’s a photo I took in Luang Prabang, Laos, back in 2006. Here’s the original.
The remake, so to speak, includes a background image of part of the Pleiades star cluster. I downloaded this image from Pixabay, a stock photo website that offers free downloads of royalty-free images. Great site. Here’s the photo art. I think the title should be “Buddha in the Cosmos.” What do you think?
Of course, I’m still learning about all of this and I have a long way to go. But, it’s a life-time course, available at any time. I hope to have several more art photos, at least, in the next few weeks. Let me know what you think. More later.
This is my second try at creating photo art from learning sessions at Photoshop Artistry, which I wrote about in my previous post. This is the famous Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, a shot that I took back in 2005. The first photo below is the original, which is kind of bland. The second is the “artistic version.” The clouds were added from a Laos photo I took earlier this year. I added some background texture from the PA course, and I did a little tweaking in Photoshop. I’m still such a beginner at this stuff; I’ve got a lot to learn. The beauty of the course is that I have all the time I need–it’s a lifetime membership. We’ve got a 5-week break from school coming up beginning next week, so I’m really going to be spending a lot of time with this. I’ll have some more art to post later.
I recently joined an art photography online training course, “Photoshop Artistry.” (PA) So far, this course has been exceptional. I’ve been learning so much about how to use Photoshop to enhance photos and to bring them to the next artistic level, a level that goes way beyond what I might have been capable of doing. At a basic level, it’s about manipulating photos, but it’s so much more than that. At an advanced level, it’s about creating art.
I’m just scratching the surface of this unique, interesting, FUN course. It cost me a few bucks for the basic course, but there’s an even more advanced offshoot, Awake, which only opens up a few times a year for membership, and it costs even more than PA. I was fortunate enough to get into that course as well. It’s completely worth it.
So, I hope to post some (or all) of my efforts here for your perusal. There’s also a magazine associated with this group. It’s called “Living the Photo Artistic Life.” Check it out and see what you think. I hope to have at least one of my creations accepted into the magazine. But, I’ve got a long way to go before that’s going to happen.
Here’s my first, rudimentary try. It’s a self-portrait I took in Korea several years ago. I’ve added a few features to turn it into something different. I’m still trying to think of a good title for it. The first photo is the original.
My first attempt at Photo Artistry. What do you think? Long ways to go before I’m even slightly proficient at this. Came up with a title for it.
[EDIT: I might keep making some adjustments to it until it suits me.]