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a rainy day on waverly place

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 8 August 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Chinatown - San Francisco (2004)

A confession: personally, I refrain from doing much in the way of artistic filters in Photoshop. This is probably because I have done actual paintings - and appreciate the work involved. So these photographs turned into 'instant' watercolors seem very much like an artistic fraud of some kind.

Having said that - this is a favorite image of mine and I have no idea where the original photo file now lurks (or if it still exists at all). Add to that - I have actually sold copies of this image to people who were really happy to own it. So - coming across this image in my archives - I decided to share it.

The really big picture:

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Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Fraud? Boy I have one I worked on today, and well, sure glad I didn't post it! LOL!

This is a super image.

8 Aug 2010 5:03am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

so artistic... i love the angle

8 Aug 2010 5:06am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

You did right! It was worth to show it :)
I like this waterpaint effect and the point of view of this street.
Have a good sunday :)

8 Aug 2010 5:24am

Marie LC from France

Like a painting !

8 Aug 2010 6:01am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Does make for a lovely image!!
I am much better at regular painting! than altering my photographic images!

8 Aug 2010 6:26am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

It took me a few seconds to figure out this is not a typical Stephen Phillips :-) Still I like this colorful shot and think that the treatment fits well...

8 Aug 2010 7:04am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice PoV

8 Aug 2010 10:33am

pixator from kerman, Iran

Great angle !

8 Aug 2010 12:52pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

This image actually works very well with the photoshop art treatment
although most do not.

8 Aug 2010 2:15pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I have to tell you.....from one that has absolutely NO artistic ability with either pencil or brush......but who has "vision"......using software to create "art" is my version of being "an artist".......Hate to think of it as "fraud"......and I can surely understand why folks would buy this image from just calls out to you as a vibrant piece of art........I certainly understand why it's a fave of yours.......I'd be real interested to see a similar treatment on one of your gorgeous shots of my favorite bridge!!!

8 Aug 2010 2:18pm

@Susan: Greetings and thank you, Susan. Please understand the layers of lighthearted prejudice behind my earlier comments. Three of these faux watercolors hang in my home and I love each of them. Phil David Alexander Morris' comment is also true; that many of the artistic filters people create don't work. How many times have I seen a complex filtered image someone spent obvious time on and my first thought would be - "gee, I'd love to see the straight photograph."

There is no right or wrong here - if someone create an image that they are happy with, that is sufficient and fine. I look back at so many of the things I produced years ago and shake my head at how amateurish they appear to me now. That means I am learning.

I have not painted in years. I long to paint again. Somewhere along the way - I read that when someone creates a visual artwork from raw materials: painting, sculpting, weaving, or what-have-you - that a part of their energy projects from the finished piece. I find this to be true. There is an energy that radiates from an art piece. This is what I alluded to in my filter 'fraud' remark. This observation extends to photography as well:

I spent years in the darkroom. To this day - when I see a master-photograph printed on fine silver-emulsion photographic paper - my knees buckle. There is a palpable radiance to the image. A gallery up in the town of Sonoma sells these classic prints exclusively and I always rush to get to this place anytime I'm in the area.

Do I miss the darkroom? NO! I miss the smell of the chemicals but not the godawful dust and paper curls and the long hours of time it took to get an image truly right. So, I acknowledge my own 'adult attention deficit disorder' and sing high praise for the creative liberation that Lightroom and Photoshop provide me. I love Photoshop and ALL of the things it allows me to do - to experiment with - to produce visions from. It suits me fine and excites my being. I am a far more productive person because of the technology of the past two decades - and I am grateful for my digital freedom.

To conclude - again, there is no right or wrong here. Simply process.

Still - I spent a long time looking for the file that is the genesis of this 'Rainy Day in Chinatown' image. I hope I find it. I want to see what I can do with it as a 'real' photograph,

And so it goes...

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

PS - Did I mention I love this ????

8 Aug 2010 2:18pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

very artistic processing, Stephen ;)

8 Aug 2010 3:58pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

This image speak for herself...

8 Aug 2010 4:30pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It certainly has the feel of dimpled glass, as though shot through an oddly placed window. I can see why some like it.

8 Aug 2010 6:44pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Here's my personal philosophy in a nutshell. digital filters are a type of tool. In the hands of a talented artist, and when used creatively, they have the potential to enhance an image. However, the push one button and convert your backyard snapshot into an instant Renoir school of thought is bunk. 'Nuff said?

8 Aug 2010 6:54pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really goos image. very good treatment

8 Aug 2010 7:03pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Very interesting and gorgeous photo today... Superb work!

8 Aug 2010 11:17pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

What a shame you cant find the original file. I have an HDR image that is quite popular that I have no original file for, so I understand.

9 Aug 2010 3:14am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

There is photography, and there is fun...sometimes they meet. I doubt this low angle view would be recreated on the easel, unless by using a photograph for reference, but that's cheating : ] best...jf

9 Aug 2010 5:30am

@ordinaryimages: You can be so darn IRONIC !

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is great fun! I love it!

9 Aug 2010 5:30am

k@ from Paris, France

Love what you said answering Susan : "There is no right or wrong here - if someone create an image that they are happy with, that is sufficient and fine" and i'll sure quote you Stephen when some will knock at my door again with judgements that are not constructive critics but the inability of respect one's pleasure. I'm happy you created this, very painterly and personal, with the snaky S on the street echoing the one on the Stop sign. Let's don't Stop to do what we FEEL, and if some don't like, what is the problem ? Here is a space of freedom - or should be. I'm very happy to see what YOU love. And to share it, Stephen.

9 Aug 2010 9:33am