A few weeks ago I snapped a quick photograph of the George pub in Wanstead, East London, captured through the front top deck window of a London double-decker bus as we went past. It was a dull day, and the bus window was grimy, so my original image looks a bit blah and lacklustre.
What it needs is a bit of oomph, so it seemed to be the perfect contender for playing about with some post-processing art filter effects, which is fast turning out to be my latest hobby. These three very different versions of the same image are all processed online via LunaPic, and are in the style of specific impressionist painters.
This first image is processed using a Van Gogh effect – it picks up the rusty-red brick and verdigris turrets of the old Edwardian building beautifully, although the concentrated blue everywhere else is perhaps a bit overdone. Still, overall it’s created a pleasing effect…
The second image is in the style of Gaugin – I really love the crisp, clear lines and the strong, unapologetic use of yellows and reds…
And the third impressionist image is using a Seurat effect filter – the reliance on muted greens and grey-blues and softer outlines give an altogether more sombre feel…
I must admit I’m feeling a bit weird about using online art filter effects on my photographs…
I mean, I love playing about and experimenting with all the many different effects until I find the right one for each particular image – or at least the right one for the kind of colour/ style/ mood I want to create at any given time. But I can’t help but be slightly concerned that once I’ve applied an art effect created by someone else, I shouldn’t really be claiming the resulting image to be all my own work?
Yet on the other hand, a filter effect, whether applied online or in camera, is surely only that – an effect – and how it turns out is entirely dependent on the original underlying image it is being applied to. I still need to have created an appropriate image to start with – a good composition with a clear message. And I still need to use my own artistic judgement to make the right choice of filter to be used on any particular image – and it’s easy to choose wrong and end up with a right dogs dinner.
A highly distorting stylised filter needs something plain and simple and easily recognisable underneath, otherwise you can end up with an over-the-top convoluted confusion of colour where you all too easily lose sight of your original subject matter. Some images suit the addition of a simple generic oil-painting or watercolour effect, others benefit from the application of a particular artist’s style. Some look great with added warmth, others improve with a hint of coolness. But all change their overall impression, and that’s why I love trying out art filters.
I’m really enjoying seeing just how the same basic image can be altered so dramatically and so differently, and I think it has certainly opened up a whole new extra layer of creativity for me. But I do think I would feel much better about it all if it didn’t feel so much that I was taking liberties and behaving slightly fraudulently by using such an extreme all-in-one post-processing technique. At the end of the day, are my digitally-manipulated images still truly mine?
Leytonstone High Road at night, via the application of a Van Gogh inspired starry night art filter from LunaPic 🙂
I find I’m really enjoying playing around with online filter effects on my photographs – I’ve been feeling a bit fed up and jaded lately, and I wanted to find something creative to do to get my motivation going again.
I’d toyed with the idea of painting some of my archived photographic subjects, but didn’t really know where to start. So I looked online to explore the possibility of applying painting-effect filters instead – a kind of lazy girl’s guide to artistic interpretation.
Anyway, I find I really like the more extreme kind of filter effects – ones where you don’t even recognise that it is a photograph at source at all – so be prepared for quite a lot of digitally altered images for a while, at least until the novelty wears off! 🙂
The image below is a different version of the landscape I posted earlier – this one is ‘Tuscany‘ from LunaPic…
If I’d managed to work out any kind of efficient strategy for my blog posts ahead of time I would have realised that the sensible thing to do would have been to link this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence to today’s JusJoJan prompt of ‘silence’ – instead, I gaily went ahead and posted my photo prompt pics yesterday – aaarrrggghhh!
Anyway, luckily I can always find something to post about silence. The funny thing is, when I think about silence, I don’t think about no noise at all, but rather no excesses of human noise. So the trees rustling in the breeze, birds tweeting, and small animals scurrying around are all nature’s soundtrack to life, providing music to my ears.
Even though I live in London, I can always find solace close by walking in nature’s silence, and today’s pic is one of my favourite places to walk locally, Hollow Ponds at Whipps Cross, East London. This wonderful open green space is directly opposite the original entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital, and provides the perfect antidote to one of the largest and busiest A&E Departments in the UK.
I’ve edited the image using the ‘Watercolour 2‘ filter on LunaPic – another free online editing site I’ve been experimenting with. Original image taken by me last summer 🙂
Daily Prompt: Strategy
There’s something eerily silent about walking in a cold wintery landscape – I’ve had fun tonight playing about with online photo effects. The top two images are processed with a ‘blue’ filter effect, and the bottom two with a ‘surrealism’ filter effect, both using Go Art from Fotor. The first and third image show an avenue of trees taken in the freezing fog during January 2017, the second and fourth were taken in the snow last month.
Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London
Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence
Horizon Cafe, Leytonstone, East London 🙂
Daily Prompt: Horizon
London may be one big city, but it is also made up of lots of smaller towns and villages that over the years been swallowed whole by the inevitable outward expansion of the great metropolis. So here is our cosy little High Street in the town of Leytonstone, East London, taken from the upper front seat of a number 145 double decker bus this afternoon 🙂
Daily Prompt: Cosy
A very meagre display for tonight’s setting sun – but I took a picture anyway 🙂
Daily Prompt: Meagre
Usually tube train doors only open at one side or the other, as the train is generally accessible from only one platform at most stations. But at Stratford station, the West-bound Central line underground train can be boarded via platforms at either side, so here are both sets of doors opened at once. Although the platforms are above ground at Stratford, there are underground tunnels at either end 🙂
I tried to find some bright spots of colour to cheer up my otherwise dull grey slushy snow shots taken earlier today, so here are a couple of my favourites, courtesy of a few innocent passers-by…
Everyone seemed to be having jolly good fun, even in the decidedly cold and wet wintery weather here in Leytonstone, East London 🙂
Daily Prompt: Jolly