Well, unfortunately I was not able to get any portraits this past weekend. The weather was cold and rainy and not very good for stopping people on the street. Instead, I used the down time to re-read some of the web pages and articles on the topic to refresh my memory. Here are some great posts on the subject:
Also, over the next couple weeks I will be redesigning this site. I have decided to go in a different direction with it and try to turn it into a community. It will still be focused on photography, but it will have a new name and layout. I don’t want to give all the details until I’ve got it finalized, but I think it will be much better.
A young couple enjoying a special moment
One of my personal projects is converting some of my pictures into watercolor paintings in Photoshop. I use the Topaz Simplify plug-in to do these conversions. The plug-in makes it quick and easy to be creative and come up with alternate ways to process my images. The scene above was repeated several times around the lake by young couples in love. There were large crowds of people enjoying the nice weather and all the cherry blossom trees that were in bloom.
The house below is part of a reconstruction of a traditional Korean village located on the campus of Yeungnam University in Daegu. One of the things I like most doing these conversions is that it’s a good way to save a bad picture. For instance, the sky in the picture below was washed out and dull, which made for a boring scene, but as a painting I think it looks great. Another good use is to save blurry photos. If you had a great composition, but for some reason the picture came out blurry, it doesn’t matter if you convert it into a painting. So much detail is removed during the conversion process that you can’t tell anyway.
A Traditional Korean Style House
If you would like to try some of these out for yourself you can download a free 30 day trial of the plug-in here.
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