Photo becomes abstract art

The second I spotted the brilliant Caribbean colors in the store window across Fifth Avenue, my YES! antenna went off. I could do something with that! Printed on large shiny sheets, the vivid island colors were backdrops for mannequins wearing I haven’t the faintest clue what clothes, since I had eyes only for the gorgeous colors and gold store lights dancing over their surfaces.

Later, after checking my photographs on the computer screen, I thought the most promising photo to turn into an abstract also had some colors at the bottom that detracted from the overall water feeling I was aiming for. So I zapped these pale pinks, mauves and yellow slats with patches of brilliant cerulean blue. To tie the composition together, I also splashed more of these cerulean tones around the image. These vibrant splashes served additional purposes of  adding texture and removing pronounced tilted angle references, which I had been unable to avoid when photographing the windows. I wanted a head-on final image – not an angled one. Next, to add contrast, context and some drama, I painted the top area with a black sky and popped in some dots suggesting stars.

Then it was off to digital filters. I can’t recall exactly which filters I used because I use a ton of them and because I get so excited seeing the results I loose track of specifics. Someday though if I take a count of how many times I try this or that filter with this or that variation and with this or that adjustment I know I’ll be astounded by the astronomical number for each image.  Creating these geometric digital abstracts is not a one two three deal. Though it’s fun all the way, it takes a lot of time and experimentation to come up with a successful final result.


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