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I took some photos on Sunday and I’ve been doing some editing to try to create something artistic. There are people who think photography can’t be art because it’s too easy. Snapshots obviously aren’t art, but when you take some trouble to compose a shot and then edit to produce a desirable image, then it can be classed as photographic art.


Autumn colours have long inspired artists like Turner and Constable with the myriad of colour from dark greens to yellow. I used programmed auto to shoot these pictures and capture the colour. It isn’t a setting I normally use, I usually prefer manual or aperture priority, but I seem to have got good results.


This picture shows how warm the light was in late afternoon. It’s an interesting picture, but I  got more unusual effects by shooting towards the sun. You can try this yourself, you don’t need an expensive camera and the editing software is free. I edit with Windows Live Gallery for basic editing and then I use Photoscape for the more artistic edits. You can do a lot with Photoscape and it’s a free download. Just experiment and there is an ‘undo’ button if you don’t like a particular effect.

pencil drawling engraved small

I used the coloured pencil drawing option in PhotoScape to create this image and  it seems to work. I think this picture would be suitable for printing and framing. I would have preferred this array of colour to be a backdrop to a subject. A person or an object in the foreground would have made the image so much more interesting. What do you think? Would you like to see images like this in a gallery?

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Really neat photos! I like the top photo showing autumn colours. I also like the photo of the water with the splashing in the middle. The coloured pencil image is really wonderful.

    Do I have to choose my favourite? Okay, I have to choose the coloured pencil image. You’re right, I would love to have that framed.

    October 15, 2015 at 16:52

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I have actually had the first photo printed on canvas. I think it’s got lost in the post, though. I have just got in from a photo shoot. I am quite excited to the photos after shooting at the town hall! I think photos of a band are going to be good!

      October 16, 2015 at 22:48

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