Letting My Imagination Take Over

Maybe it’s because I wish I could paint, but cannot.  I am disaster with a paint brush…unless you’re looking for really, really abstract artwork.  Or maybe it’s because sometimes I find my original image just plain boring.  However, it may also be because I could not do most of this before software like Photo Shop and Corel Photo came along.  There is only so much manipulation you can achieve in a conventional, old fashioned darkroom.

Whatever the reason, sometimes – but not all the time – I start out with this:

And end up with this:

The story-teller in me likes to take things a step further.  I am always curious to see what might unfold – I like the idea of creating new, bigger things from what already exists.  If you can take your simple rose, and turn it into a gorgeous watercolour – why not?  If every picture tells a story, why not expand it into an epic tale?

I posted a few photographs like the one above a while back.  I used to shy away from too much digital manipulation, but I am playing around with these techniques more and more.  Honestly, it is fun to just let your mind wander and your imagination take over.  You never know where you’ll end up, what the end result may be or what you’ll learn along the way.

Here are the links to my other two posts featuring “re-imaged” images of mine:

The Alternative

Bulrushes

Here’s one that I got really funky with:

Flipping Colour

Bulrushes

This is just something I have been working on with some of my photos…

I uploaded a photograph of the bulrushes that surround the pond on my backyard to Corel Photo-Paint X5.  After bumping up the contrast a few notches, I applied an artistic effect called “pastel”.  After a few more tweaks to the settings, this is the result I came up with.

Though I am not usually one to tamper with my photographs using such applications, I thought this one turned out nicely.  I hope you like it too.  🙂

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!

(click on the image to see the original photograph, posted to my online portfolio…)