Thursday, September 22, 2011

Process of Elimination

Hard to believe it's Photo Art Friday again.
I found Kat's website while blog hopping the other day.  I'm insatiable when it comes to learning about photography and Photoshop.  She did a wonderful post on the "process of elimination" here.  It involves cropping an area of interest from your photo. After reading this post and looking at her examples I decided to give it a whirl.  I found this photo,
which was pretty ordinary and way too busy.  I cropped this piece of it
and from that I started my editing for different looks.
by converting to black/white and posterizing it.
Then I decided to get a bit artsy and layered Nick Fortune's "Green #1 Texture" over it.
  I played around with filters and voila!

Okay, I went back and played some more for this look.  It was just crying for some fun text.
 Possibilities are endless as you all know.



Photo Art Friday

21 comments:

helena said...

Fabulous images - I enjoyed seeing the series as you worked on them.

ShonEjai said...

A very unique cropping of your photo. I like the first treatment best. You just taugh me a great lesson: Have a busy photo, crop it down to something interesting. Great work!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love all the versions of this shot, Marilyn. Great cropping, layering and textures to achieve a one-of-a-kind piece. :)

Tricia said...

how cool is that! =)

happy weekend

Linda/patchwork said...

Very nice. Isn't it fun, playing with our pixels?

hannah said...

That was quite a creative slalom of methods and textures.
Like you say: you never know where it leads, but we all have fun getting there.

nina said...

Yes, it is a fun project! I like the way you posted the stages, too.

Bonnie said...

WOW Marilyn!!! This is proof of how important play is to the creative process. Look at the number of great pieces you produced by being willing to experiment. Love them all, but think the last 'free-wheeling' (which kind of describes your process!) one is my fav.

So glad you linked these great examples up with Photo Art Friday!

lisa said...

These are wonderful edits Marilyn, and the crop choice was fantastic. So nicely seen!

A Box of Chocolates said...

fantastic editing see you in the classroom at Kar's too I can't wait

missing moments said...

Awesome .... I just love playing around and creating the different images. Fun fun fun!

Jimh. said...

I like it! That whole thing is one of the things that irritates me. When i'm out shooting I try and look for great shots, and think I did well, but inevitably once I'm editing I find the angle I WISH I had...and cropping is great, but I hate losing all those megapixels they made me pay for!

Still you made it work so well!! I think you have the touch!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very interesting and nice post-processing.

Regards and best wishes

Kathleen said...

Absolutely fascinating post, Marilyn! I love seeing your creative process and especially the fact that such a fabulous, graphic image can emerge from an every-day photo.... now I want to go play with this idea, too!!

Jessica said...

Love the way you focused on the shadow of the wheel! What a great example of elimination -- and the find edges filters...oh how I love those too! ; )

Ida said...

What a great series of photo edits. I really like how you cropped the photo and made something really different from it. Love the one with the added text. Thanks so much for sharing this idea.

Seth said...

Great eye Marilyn. And it is really fascinating to see how the original shot evolved into its ultimate presentation.

Leovi said...

Nice variations, I love them.

Ginny said...

Hi Marilyn,
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It is really nice to meet someone in Kat's class. I am a true beginner so I was fascinated by what you did with your picture. I love all of the images but I especially like the one with the lettering. It is amazing what one can do when we let our creativity go. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.

DebC said...

Don't you just LOVE playing with different photo effects? I do.
You did a wonderful job with the effects you posted.
I like the 'freewheeling' word you added; good font selection and placement.

Kathy said...

I follow Kat's blog as well and read that piece and loved it. I did the same thing with a few of my photos and took some of her advice on how to eliminate before editing (which saves time). Your photo editing is funky, fun and fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy