Prague impressions

Prague impressions

A digital painting created using Topaz Impression, of one of the many beautiful scenes I found in Prague...

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Eiffel Tower textured

Eiffel Tower textured

Here's the Eiffel Tower all textured up and looking cool!

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Street art in Florence

Street art in Florence

I found myself on a quest while in Florence, Italy - a quest to capture as much of the work by street artist "Blub" as I could find.  I discovered 16 works by the artist, so here they are.  They all feature either a famous work of art or a famous person (real or imagined), each fitted with a swimming mask.  It's a fun diversion from all that other art in the city!

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Painting a Danish sunset (and a great Cyber Monday deal)

Painting a Danish sunset (and a great Cyber Monday deal)

Today's post is 4 images from a marvelous sunset in Copenhagen that I took a while ago, but converted to paintings for your viewing pleasure (and a side-by-side comparison).  I think they look pretty awesome.  And there's a MASSIVE Cyber Monday deal going on at Topaz Labs, the makers of some of my favorite editing software - click on through for details!

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Painting Montmartre

Painting Montmartre

Montmartre is a beautiful part of Paris, which is itself a very beautiful city.  Today's photo tour of Montmartre is done in honor of the great painters who once roamed the streets here.  I took a collection of photos and converted them to digital paintings!

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Painting Big Ben

Painting Big Ben

Today I share some images of Big Ben in London - that are converted to paintings, using Topaz Simplify.  Take a look and let me know what you think!  It's been a great app to experiment with!

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Canary Wharf abstracts

Canary Wharf abstracts

Don't forget to look up when you are wandering in a city like London!  There's always something to shoot!

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Ferry Building impressions

I love the Ferry Building and tend to shoot it from this same spot on nearly every trip I make to San Francisco.  It's just a beautiful scene in my opinion.  Consequently, I have a lot of shots that look pretty similar though.  But that's ok, because even though I shoot the same scene twice, in reality it never looks the same due to weather and lighting changes.

In this case, it was pretty dark already and this scene tends to sparkle a little more when there is more available light, at least in my opinion.  This is an HDR image and when I finished creating the HDR, the overall scene was somewhat "blah".  I briefly messed around with it and tried a few other things, but decided it was not going to make an impact.  But then I had an idea: how about changing it up and treating this more like an Impressionistic version or a watercolor-type of painting?  

So I popped over to Topaz Adjust and went to work. And you know what?  Topaz Adjust saved the image for me!  Thanks Topaz!

Dreamy Carmel sunset

Sunset on the beach in Carmel, CA is always a great way to wrap up a day.  This one was very colorful, which is always nice!  For this shot, I went with a little different processing, opting for sort of an Impressionistic look and a dreamy feel overall.  It seemed fitting to do so, since I dream of going back!

An eye for the abstract

I feel like you have to really think differently to come up with good abstract shots.  It's that out of box thinking that is hard to do though, at least for me.  There is so much "do this, do that" in everyday life that sometimes it's really hard to get creative and abstract.  Plus, how do you train yourself?  It's something I am continually working on, because how do you know you really ever get it?  It's sort of an interesting cycle of same-ness we get stuck in, and it's hard to break out of it.

This is a somewhat abstract shot of the London Eye in - of all places! - London.  I think that a really good abstract photo makes you see something in a new light, and is even hard to recognize.  This isn't one of those LOL!  It's just a random, odd view of a very recognizable structure (that is at least if you have seen it live).  But, I keep trying to push myself to grow and part of that is trying new views on old subjects.  So, just keep clickin' I guess and don't be afraid to change it up!

I also wanted to thank everyone for the visits and comments last week, I really appreciate it!  I was on the road at the end of the week, and am just trying to dig myself out of the pile, so to speak.  However, while away I did hammer out a bunch of HDR's, so look for some new spots coming soon!