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DannyRaphael 12-09-2002 03:21 PM

PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #62 – Flowers in New York
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See below for "Information and Guidelines."

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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #62 – Flowers in New York

Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next major challenge is posted here.

The base image can be downloaded by clicking the link near the bottom of this lengthy introduction!

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This weeks’ trio of base images are courtesy of Gladys S, whose work can be viewed HERE

These flowers were shot in New York City. Based on how much folks seem to like converting flower images into photo-based art, there should be some inventive creations that will result from this one.

Thanks again, Gladys, for another lovely picture.


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Gladys S retains the U.S. and international copyright © not only for the original image, but also for any photo-art versions of it. Unauthorized distribution or use of this image without permission are prohibited.

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Unlike “official challenges” for this forum, which can be found here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as an opportunity to engage in this art form until the next major challenge is posted.

The rules are more-or-less the same:
* It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques and, most importantly, have FUN.
* Everyone who participates is a winner.
* There’s no expiration date.

1. Use any method, application(s), style(s) you like:
. * Convert to sketch, grayscale, abstract, watercolor, oil painting, pen-and-ink, Conte crayon, impasto, van Gogh or any style of your choosing
. * Add elements from other images (collage) or replace the background
. * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
. * Apply filters from your favorite application(s) or tweak it with 3rd party plug-ins
. * Feeling animated? Animated entries are definitely welcome. There have been some really funny ones submitted in the past. Fish jumping, leaves falling, wheels turning. You get the idea.
. * Any or all of the above

Bottom line:
How you create this masterpiece makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.

2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100kb size limit).

Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

3. By all means include some verbiage on how you achieved your masterpiece so others will benefit from your skills and experience. Make it as descriptive as you like. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. Priority given to content, not how it is written.

4. Have fun.

A special message to those who are new to Photo-art
… Who may be feeling a little uncomfortable about posting an entry.

If you’ve read this far, it means you’re at least curious. That’s a good sign. :)

But what if you’re feeling a little squeamish about posting your first image?

From time to time I hear from those who want to participate, but have considerable anxieties about posting their creations in these mini-challenge. “I’m just a beginner. My pictures don’t belong,” “I see the works of others and I know I’ll never get that good,” “How am I supposed to compete with those wonderful creations?” are typical expressions of concern.

To which I say: Put your fears to rest. This isn’t a competition. You will not be judged in the traditional “art critique” sense. Your honor isn’t on the line. This isn’t about who’s best.

Don’t hold back from participating and posting your creation because your initial attempts don’t measure up (in your own mind) to images generated by folks with more experience than you.

This is a no-fault, all-fun way to jump in the pool. Everyone started the same place: The beginning. Everyone who is more skilled and experienced than you got to that point by practicing, experimenting, asking questions, learning from others, and participating.

Can one learn without interacting with others? Sure. Can one learn as fast? Absolutely not.

When you participate, others get to know you. That makes it easier to ask them questions. Asking questions leads to learning from those with more experience than you. It just keeps getting better and better!

By all means give it a go. You’ll be glad you did.

The pep talk cheerfully brought to you by:

Danny Raphael
Photo-based Art Forum Moderator

Blacknight 12-09-2002 05:02 PM

Gladys Trio
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To the trio of Gladys pictures, I have used the same basic effect (here) and varied the background layer color, texture and layer blend modes only.

pstewart 12-10-2002 02:13 AM

Blacknight...awesome! Love those sharp edges...and some of the flowers just glow!


Chuck, I like both, but I prefer the produce one, because of the extra detail I guess. Folks have different tastes, but luckily you have something for everyone. :)

JBCaffrey 12-10-2002 09:08 AM

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This resulted from foolin' around with BuzzPro.


Snoleoprd 12-10-2002 04:18 PM

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Here is my attempt, I applied a stained glass filter, the a gaussian blur, cranked the saturation and then adjusted curves.


DannyRaphael 12-11-2002 07:42 AM

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I'm messing with actions again. This one isn't ready for prime time yet. (I'll post it when it is.) Shooting for a textured-oils-like effect.

pstewart 12-12-2002 11:57 AM

Alan, your Buzzpro version is really great. Don't know why I gave up so soon on Buzzpro...guess because I wasn't able to do cool things with it like you do. :(

Jim, I like it with the outline added. I like it both ways. The "smudginess" is a nice effect, however you got it.

Danny, good choice of gloppy oil texture, but perhaps too much of it...maybe use a lower number with less shine?


pstewart 12-12-2002 12:00 PM

A look that I like
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This is a new discovery that I really like. I also tried it on minis #58 (fish) and #63 (produce) if you want to see how it works on other pictures. Here are the steps.

1. Outline with 2-layer b/w blur-dodge method.
2. After merging the two layers from step 1, use multiply on a duplicate layer or use levels to darken the lines a bit and get more contrast if needed.
3. Adjustment-->equalize.
4. Filter-->stylize-->diffuse-->anisotropic.
5. Blend layer 4 over the original in vivid mode.
6. Filter-->artistic-->cutout set to medium values till you get the look you want. May have to adjust opacity of top layer or darken bottom layer if too many whitish areas appear.

It looks very different on the fish pics...more outlining since the pics are simpler/larger to begin with. I like both looks.


JBCaffrey 12-13-2002 07:51 PM

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I've been trying to learn to use Deep Paint. Here's my try at the flowers.


phili1 12-15-2002 07:37 PM

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This is an Oil Paint effect I have been working on. Hey guy nice art work. Chuch you really like this challange. Danny real nice effect . And of course Phyliss I will have to give it a try.
Any way heres minnnne!

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