Rhododendron Blossom

July 9, 2019

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Back in April I took some photos of the blossoms on our large rhododendron, and decided that the photo behind this image would make a good painting. So I fired up my Topaz Adjust software to see what I could do. This is the result.

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Cantina Iris in Watercolor

June 18, 2019

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My Beautiful Bride and I try to walk the yard at least once a day nowadays since we have so many things in bloom now. I got a photo of one of our iris — Cantina — after a shower, and since it had raindrops on it, I decided to see what the image would look like as a watercolor, using software to make the changes. This is the result.

About Face

May 28, 2019

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Our roses are beginning to bloom and they are putting on quite a show if I do say so myself. One rose that both Betsy and I like is About Face, which gets its name from the fact that the darker color of the petals is on the outside of the blossom. About Face really doesn’t need special treatment, but I used Photoshop to convert a photo into a watercolor.

Evening Sky

May 7, 2019

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I got photo of the sun setting behind a neighbor’s house and through the leaves of a tree in our back yard. I thought the color was pretty and that the image would make a nice poster. I played with the photo and got this result. What do your think?

Dublin Street in Black and White

April 16, 2019

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Back in 2002 (how time flies!) I spent a week in Dublin, Ireland, working on a software project. One evening an Irish colleague gave me a quick tour of downtown Dublin, which is where I took a photo of the street we were walking along.

Looking at the photo recently something about it — possibly the sky — made me think it would make a beautiful black and white photo. So I used Photoshop to convert the original into this image.

Little River Falls

March 26, 2019

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Little River Falls near Fort Payne, Alabama, is a place My Beautiful Bride and I have visited several times. I got a photo of the falls several years ago when Betsy took me there for my birthday. Although I thought the photo was nice, I also felt it needed something ‘extra’. So I used my computer to turn the photo into this line drawing. Isn’t software wonderful?

Pink Silk Daffodil

March 5, 2019

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Winter may not be gone for good, but daffodils are always a welcome sight in our yard since they tell us that Spring is coming. This ‘painting’ of a Pink Silk daffodil was created in Photoshop from a picture taken in our yard.

 

 

A Winter Hike in the Smokies

February 12, 2019

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Betsy and I enjoy visiting the Smokies just about any time of the year, but winter is probably our favorite time to visit. One reason is that there are usually fewer people around during winter, Another reason is that the streams in the park usually have a good amount of water in them, and we love hiking along the river banks. A couple of years ago we were hiking along the West Prong of Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the park. I used Photoshop to convert a photo of the stream into a ‘painting’.

 

The Mountains of China

January 15, 2019

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This image is based on a slide of a photo I took more than thirty years ago. When I took the photo I was on my way to visit the Great Wall for the first time, and I got this photo of my first glimpse of the wall — ruins on the first peak in the photo. Since the slide had badly deteriorated over time, I used Photoshop to clean the image and added a ‘dreamy’ look. This is the result.

The Smokeys in Black and White

November 27, 2018

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Betsy and I stopped at an overlook on Newfound Gap Road in the Smokies on a cloudy, overcast day. We thought we could see some sunbeams breaking through the clouds, but they were very faint. I converted this picture to black and white to make the sunbeams stand out a little more.