st augustine photos

The following are a few recent images of Augustine adjusted in a variety of Software programs….Let me know if you enjoy any particularly.P1170789 - Version 3

The Anastasia Island Side of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Fl

the ghost of augustine

 

A shadow emerged from this image when I brought it in to Impressions.  It reminded me of a ghost emanating from the lamp post……

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The Galleon A Spanish Ship that sails between a port in Spain and the port in St Augustine, Fl when it visits The Americas

 

the bridge

 

The View from the left side of the bridge looking into the Ancient City
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A Glorious Old Home in Augustine…It looks so stately to me in its semi-shamble condition…It is Wabi-Sabi….The Japanese Art of appreciating the natural aspects of decay and imperfection.

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I walked passed an autumn shrub in St Augustine and decided to place this image on a back ground of brick as if it were a piece of 19th century graffiti.

Before and After: the digital dark room

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It is easy to see why this blog post is called, “Before and After” I really enjoy the process of digital painting in the computer dark-room.

The picture above is a typical example of a very low-luster snap-shot.  The digital image below it is the creatively improved image after some tweaking in Topaz Software dark-room.  In this photo I use one program from the Topaz menu.  I am using Adjust.

By importing the original into the software, I am electing to choose from thousands and maybe millions of various options capable of dramatically or minimally altering the shades, hues, and intensities of the image.

In the Before and After example above, I ended up working more with the top third of the program and less with the bottom third of the program.  The shade of blue is altered to a lighter blue and the light from the sun is altered dramatically to create not only depth, but also contrast in intensities.

Multimedia art forms are catching up to the more traditional two-dimensional art methods.  Computer generated art is not new, it is grown up and establishing itself as a medium for the web as well as for brick and motor galleries.

It does not matter if your photography is for your scrapbook or if it is for a fine-arts portfolio, it deserves to be the best and the most creative that you can make it.

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Above is another rather generic scene of the iconic St. Augustine Bridge of Lions.  The first picture was clearly a wash-out and lacked any visual appeal.  It hardly could serve as a memory and at that it was gray and flat.

The Digital Dark room came in handy as I wanted to have this scene in my library of St Augustine photos.  It is a very familiar scene.  The house we have is located just a minute up the road and this is the path that we take to walk into the ancient city.

Although this photo is somewhat improved, it is also somewhat blow-out with too much saturation.  I will probably make a 3rd variation of this image.  In the mean time it is an illustration that even when you go too far with an image re-construction, you still may end up with something that you liked better than the original.

In the next set of twins you will see how an ordinary street scene, can be turned into a canvas of your own.

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Although the second image is a consequence of the original the two have very different missions.  The first might be a memory of a great day in the center of town, while the second is more of a creation of its own.  It can stand alone as a pleasant canvas.  It is no longer simply representational, but it is creational of its own accord.

 

I hope these three sets of images help you to see that new age photography can be as meditational in the digital dark room as it is out in the field.

 

Happy Shooting

North of the Laurentien Mountains

This multimedia abstract depicts a fantasy village north of the Laurentien Mts, in Quebec, Canada…the colors imply the temperature in the village. It is both Native American and French Canadian in tradition. The person in the photo is suspended between earth and air suggesting the Roman Catholic ideas of heaven and earth. 
This region of the world is populated with memories of stories told to me by my wise grandmother in post cards dating back to the late 1940’s and in the stories she told me when she would return from visiting this holy ground where she was born. 
The stories were surreal to a young american boy hearing them through an imagination. What I remember most was the letters written to her by her sisters who had remained in Canada after the potato famine in the late 1800’s had brought many Canadian immigrants to the textile mills of New England.

She was born in a small village named St. Prospere. Her sister Marie Louise still owned a farm and frequently she would lament the loss of chickens because a grizzly bear from the great woods would have emerged from forest and raid the chicken coop…Bears could be seen walking down the paths and roadways. They would try not to kill them but when they became too aggressive they had to be hunted and a posse of men with rifles would take to the streets and the forest in search for the last bear that had become too familiar with the houses in the village….

Many of my paintings reflect memories of what villages and what life might have looked like from the perspective of a boy hearing the stories. Memere would say, ” matante justine called last night, the snow was so deep they had to carve a tunnel from the front door to the wood shed. The snow was over her head and the bears broke into the chicken coop again.”

These are images and memories etched like fairy tales in my mind…they linger as an unconscious source of creative energy and some of my paintings seem to reflect these embedded visionsImage