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Photo Realism to Photo Illustration to …….Photo Art?

As regular readers of this blog will be aware,  my usual approach to photography is to present images which are,  for the most part,  a realistic depiction of the world as I encounter it.    However,  I’m not adverse to using the digital software tools to enhance my photos on a case by case basis when the need,  or the desire,  arises.

There does come a point where we go beyond mere “enhancement” of reality and plunge into “transforming” it.     Today’s image is such a case where we go from photo realism to photo illustration to …. well…(maybe)….photo art.    If you use the “mouse-over” function,  you’ll see that the original image was rather uninspiring,  in fact as a straight or documentary shot,  it was probably destined for the rubbish bin.      However,  the shape,  form and colour of the seed pods appealed to me and I believed would lend themselves to a simpler,  graphic image.    I wanted to achieve an effect reminiscent of the botanical art created,  prior to modern photographic means,  by hand drawing and colouring.

In order to achieve this effect using Photoshop CS5 I;


(mouse-over to view original image)

So there you have it,  I’ll leave the reader to decide whether the end result is worthy of the “photo art” tag or not,  it took quite a few steps (and time) to achieve my goal of a “simple graphic” image.

Blog Updates.

Apologies for the lack of blogging activity lately,  almost a month between blog entries!    I’ve got some catching up to do.    In the last 6 months I’ve had some highs and lows (like everybody!)   The high was taking some extended leave and travelling to the Hawaiian Islands through March-April during which I managed to take quite a few photos (which I’m still processing and editing).  The low is due to a niggling injury which has seen me office bound with my employment.   The problem with that,  from the blogging perspective,  is that I’m sitting in front of a computer screen for 8 hours per day before I get home and even think about more computer time for the blog.

With all that said,  I will be endeavouring to post more content in the weeks ahead,  but ask readers to bear with me if the timing’s a little erratic.   ~KD


PS:    Today’s image was created from an original captured on the big island of Hawaii.


2 thoughts on “Photo Realism to Photo Illustration to …….Photo Art?

  1. Joe Ferncez says:

    I like them both. We are living in a new and rapidly changing world….leaps and bounds almost daily. Steiglitz, Adams, Steichen, and Weston lived in the mid age of discovery……whereas today we are so far to the left that real, imagined or faux ’tis not the meat of the matter. If you seek the past, don a 4×5 and work silver images once more….it’s soon to be if not already a lost art. Cheers mate.

    • KD says:

      “work silver images once more….” no thanks Joe, been there, done that, exposed myself to the toxic chemicals, not going back! (chuckle)