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Photo Art – On the Beach

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.

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Photo Art – Buddha Statue

Here’s my newest photo art composition. It’s a photo I took in Luang Prabang, Laos, back in 2006. Here’s the original.

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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?

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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.

Photo Art–Mamounia Hotel

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.

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Photo Art

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.

Myself in red

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Seeking Salvation

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.
“Seeking Salvation”

[EDIT: I might keep making some adjustments to it until it suits me.]