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Scenic 1

This photograph was taken by Carolyn over at a Wonder of Tech. Is it art? John Constable painted similar scenes of the English Countryside and they are considered art. We can produce lots of varied images now and they can be art. We do have to define art, though.

Art isn’t just taking a snap and hoping for the best. Art is about doing something special, something that will be appreciated by others. This picture has depth, the road going away from us, the fences give it depth too. I like the way the trees form an arch in the distance. It was taken in the USA and so you don’t even need to live in England! You don’t need a camera! It was taken with an Android smartphone!

scenic original

This is the original picture before I edited it (Windows live photo gallery). It looks a little dull and so I added highlights and contrast and made it lighter. The picture is very symmetrical. I think I would have taken some  less symmetrical shots. Look at the shadows. The sun is to the right and so I would have walked forward and taken a shot to the left where there might have been fewer shadows and better light.

Caroline scenic cropped

I also experimented more by cropping some of the road off. It fits wide-screen computer screen better now and if you double-click the picture to get a large version of it. You can see the sign down the road that says 25 (the speed limit).

scenic monochrome

Art is also about trying to create something that is unique and hasn’t been seen before. Anyone can snap a nice picture, but it takes some talent to get depth to a picture, to edit it in a way that will make people want to print it, frame it and exhibit it.

Forge Mill Farm Shop Sandwell Valley

When I do a picture that I think might be good enough for an exhibition, I put it in a separate folder and add it to my ‘screen saver’ collection. What do you think of this one? Good enough for an exhibition? The building used to be a water-mill and is used as a farm shop now. I think the monochrome effect suits the picture, it brings out the beauty of a Victorian building.

Do you have pictures that might be classed as art or that need editing? If you have a digital device, a smart phone, camera or maybe even a scanner, you can become an artist! Why not send your picture to me at the email address in the sidebar?

What do you think of today’s pictures? Please comment.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that this would be the photo you would have picked. It’s funny because with some of the other photos I specifically tried to shoot a tree or bush in the foreground to give perspective. In fact, when I took this shot I thought that you wouldn’t like it because it didn’t have anything in the foreground to give it perspective.

    See? I still have so much to learn!

    I did like the symmetry and the depth that the tunnel of trees seemed to give.

    You’re right about the colors being a bit dull. The edits you gave to brighten the colors remind me of how the road looks in the spring.

    My favorite edit is the monochrome one. That seems to give the photo a haunting mood. Perhaps because it’s Halloween time here!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to edit my photos, Mike. This was a lot of fun!

    October 23, 2012 at 13:13

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    I think I still like the first one the best. I wasn’t sure whether to use the monochrome one. I think that would be useful, when used alone, not comparing it with the other pictures. Maybe for a Halloween poster or a book cover. I think editing does change the mood a lot.

    October 23, 2012 at 13:59

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