Setting the Bar Higher – Artwalk

Photography and blog writing have been on the back burner for the last 10 days. Artwalk submissions have been front and centre. Gone are my multi-tasking days. One of the benefits of being a geezer is that while days are very full you don’t have to do a bunch of things all at once. Now that Artwalk is over I have time for my other stuff.

Early on as I learned about digital photography I used an Apple program called Aperture to store, catalogue and develop images. At times I used plugins from Nik and Topaz to further the development process. I used Photoshop Elements occasionally and took no interest in its big brother Photoshop. Too complicated for a geezer, I reasoned.

The game changer though was a series of four e-books, by the publisher of Better Photography Magazine.  Better Photography is an Australian publication. I discovered it while traveling in Australia and now subscribe to its newsletter. The e-books called LayersBook 1,2, 3 and 4 have embedded videos. As I read them and viewed the videos lights flashed in my mind. “I got it!” I finally figured out how Elements and Photoshop worked. More important though, I discovered how I could use these programs to advance my art.  To me these books are a must read for anyone beginning the learning process with Photoshop Elements and Photoshop.

With my new understanding of Photoshop I made some important changes. Photoshop Lightroom 5 is now the tool I use to manage and perform initial enhancements on my photographs. Photoshop Elements 11 is the platform I use to develop my images. As digital photography continues to eat up more and more of my creative energy I can see another change coming. I will have to move to using Element’s big brother Photoshop. Who knew that a geezer could learn so much?

The image below was taken while walking with my wife along the inner harbour in Victoria, B.C. The afternoon sun accented the many colors in the brick walls, boats and water. A wonderful scene in perfect light!

Old Victoria in the late afternoon.

Old Victoria in the late afternoon.

Fifteen or so steps starting with Photoshop Elements, helped with plugins from Nik and Topaz and finished with Corel’s Painter Essentials resulted in the final image. I love it.

“Victoria Harbour” and 2 others were juried into Artwalk 2013 in Lake Country near my home in Kelowna, B.C. And…… it was purchased! The bar has indeed been raised.

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