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People really enjoy looking at some of my pictures. Are those pictures art? I don’t think so, I think the really unusual ones or the ones that have been edited to create something special can be considered to be art. What do you think? Would you like to see this picture on the wall of your local art gallery? Or on the wall in your home?

motorway

I like this picture, but I think it looks better in monochrome. It has lots of depth and I find it slightly unnerving. The drivers are hogging the outside lanes and driving too close. At 70 mph or more that is dangerous. I was going to drive on there, but after I had taken this photo, I went right off the idea! That is Junction 10 of the M6 motorway…

pub

I like this picture too, we stopped at a park to take a few photos, but the pub over the road looked far more interesting. I cropped this to get rid of a car parked on the left of the picture. I would have liked to get rid of some signs too. The colour makes it artistic, I think. I did that with Smoothdraw 3 (freeware). Selecting different colours for the whole picture that are very subtle, gives an interesting effect.

reedswood

I took this picture in Reedswood Park. It has been converted to monochrome and I have it a bluish-green tint this time. What do you think? Artistic?

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This is Perry Hall Park and the light was terrible, but it has been all summer. It is the site of an old Manorial Hall and there was a moat, but this is a modern reconstruction by volunteers. I was standing on one bridge for this shot and you can see the other bridge at the end of the path. The moat goes around in a square. 

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We hit traffic from the soccer match and I turned off the main road and found this bridge across the canal. The sign is really interesting, it was wrong though. It says Walsall is 11 miles away; the town centre was only about 4 miles away and so I’m not sure what it was meant to refer to.

I hope you liked today’s pictures. When I edited some of the pictures it was in artificial light and they look different in natural daylight and so I edited them again. If you’re not happy with a picture taken in poor light, try changing it to monochrome, they sometimes look better.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Wow, I really like how you show the different effects of the monochrome filters. It would be neat someday if you took one picture and applied different filters to it to show us why some filters work with some pictures and others don’t.

    Do you experiment with the filters or do you have a good sense of which filters fit with which pictures?

    I don’t know why, but I prefer the Perry Hall Park picture from your Week In Review post. Perhaps it’s my untrained eye that likes to look at things straight on. The park looks very inviting!

    You’re right, the motorway looks intimidating. I’m thinking it’s because of the perspective. We are facing traffic coming at us head on! The black and white makes it seem all the more menacing, like a nightmare perhaps?

    The power of perspective!

    August 21, 2012 at 03:07

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    I don’t use filters, just colourize using a program. I experiment with different colour and the general rule is nothing too bright. I saw some old photos a long time ago that had been restored with various tints, mainly yellows and blues. So I had a go, it doesn’t always work. It seems to work best on old buildings and sometimes on woodland. I think the motorway in black and white is more powerful, trying to take a photo of cars and trucks coming towards you at 70 mph is intimidating! I was glad later that I avoided the motorway when I found there was a soccer match on! The picture of the pub worked quite well.

    I think those bridges probably did look better symmetrical but I was trying to show the moat. It was strange because we have talked about going to Perry Barr park many times and I drove past it to the lesser known Perry Hall Park. Simon wondered what I was doing!

    Thanks for the comment.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:25

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