North Wales has a rich industrial heritage, probably best known for slate mining, but there were also copper and lead mines in existence.
Today’s post is really an experiment. Although I like the them I’m using on my blog I’m not too happy about the size of the images that are displayed. It was so different when I was using Flickr to host the images because you could just click on an image to see it full size. But that doesn’t happen now that I’m using the WP Media Server.
But I’ve been advised that there is a solution, so as an experiment let’s see if it works. Hopefully, once this is posted if you click on an image you will see a larger version.
Dorothea Quarry was one of the many quarries producing Welsh Slate, which was highly prized for its quality and shipped all over the world. Sadly like nearly all of the quarries, Dorothea no longer produces slate and has fallen into disrepair. At one time you could wander freely around these old quarries and there were some great photographs to be had, but increasingly they have become fenced off due to “elfin safety”.
Fortunately that industrial heritage has been preserved at the National Slate Museum, Llanberis. Here you can see the workshops and on the mountainside there is a marked trail through the quarry, fenced off either side, with magnificent views to the Snowdon Mountain Range.
I’ve just tested, using the preview button, as I’m writing this post in the WP desktop editor and it works.
Now you will be able to see a much larger version of my images if you click on them
I’m still struggling with the new schedule for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It just does not fit with my weekly schedule and so this week I’ve got a bit of a mixed bag for you.
I don’t know which is the more predominant colour here, that bright orange or the even brighter green of the benches in the shelter. What do you think? Green or Orange?
Now this is definitely green. If you are ever fortunate enough to visit Tai O stilted village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. you will see these little tourist boats running around. Personally I preferred to walk around the village, mainly because there are far better photo opportunities.
Still in Hong Kong, if you get the chance visit the bird market, it’s right next to the flower market so you can kill two birds (excuse the pun) with one stone. Anyway, these are green birds with a little bit of red.. I’m very good at identifying birds as regular readers well know.
Looks like I’m on a Hong Kong roll this week. This you definitely have to do. Catch the Star Ferry across the harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. It’s a quick trip across Victoria Harbour, lasting about 15 minutes. Push the boat out (not another pun?) and pay extra for the Upper Deck. HK$ 2.50 or about UK£ 0.25p, US$ 0.30c.
My last one today. I’ve been playing around with compositing photos. The model is a stock photograph courtesy of Marcus Ranum
Well that’s it for this week. As usual, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge
Sometimes you just get lucky and find a potential subject to photograph without even thinking about it. But you have to have your camera with you to get that photograph, although nowadays, that’s not too hard, as most people who have a cell phone have a camera with them. According to Mylio
….it’s estimated that about 7.5 billion people will be living on our planet in 2017. Let’s say 5 billion have a mobile phone and approximately 80% of those phones have a built-in camera. That comes to about 4 billion people who can take photographs with their phones. It’s further estimated that on average they each take 10 photographs per day – 3650 per year. That’s a whopping 14,600,000,000,000 photographs annually…or to put it another way, just over 14 trillion photographs.
So when Ralph Gibson said in 1972;
Traditionally, photography has dealt with recording the world as it is found. Before photography appeared the fine artists of the time, the painters and sculptors, concerned themselves with rendering reality with as much likeness as their skill enabled. Photography, however, made artistic reality much more available, more quickly and on a much broader scale.
Ralph had no idea of the impact that cell phones would have to the world of photography. Certainly, photographs can be made available much more quickly, one click of a button and you can share a photograph with the world. And with so many people using the camera in their cell phones, there’s no doubt it’s on a much broader scale. But how many of those 14 trillion photographs are artistic…….
I have searched through my back catalogue of photographs and managed to find absolutely nothing that I could use. Maybe I just don’t have any imagination. Then I had another thought. Why don’t I just twist everything around and create some art imitating life.
Everything you see in this weeks post originally started life as a photograph shot at the Weston-super-Mare Carnival several years back. But then I decided to have a little play in Photoshop with some of my favourite plugins
“They . . . asked me:
“‘How do you make your pictures?’ I was puzzled . . .
“I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson
It’s been a while since I did anything like this. I’d forgotten how much fun it can be to just do something different and it makes a change from trying to master those pesky Luminosity Masks.
Photoshop is useful in many ways but must NEVER be used for the altering of photographs. My assistants and my agency do whatever Photoshop work for me that may be required as it is too complicated for my brain. – Elliott Erwitt
I’ve always liked the one above, notice I don’t call it a photograph because it no longer is. I don’t know what you would call it now. Any suggestions?
…painting is something you do. You make a painting. You don’t make a photograph. You see a photograph. Photography is seeing only, you see it, you release the shutter, you use your aperture, your machine and once you’ve seen it, that’s it. It’s done. – Jurgen Schadeberg
That wraps it up for this week, I hope you enjoyed the artwork? Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge….
Depends where you live in the world you might have a different name for tonight’s fun and games. Round our way we don’t have any of the “little darlings” banging on our door and squealing “Trick or Treat”. I think the trick I played on them a couple of years back has scared them all off. Anyway to celebrate I thought I’d show you some pieces I have created over the years for posts about Halloween or ghouls and ghosties.
First up is this piece I created with a mixture of Photoshop Brushes and a photograph of the moon.
I really would like to credit the creators of the brushes but this piece from my archive is so old that I have long since forgotten where they came from.
The next piece I would like to show you is my old friend the red monk. I have used him in several digital art works and my thanks goes to Marcus J Ranum for allowing the use of his extensive stock collection of models. His works are available from Deviantart but you do need to be logged in to view them.
It is a bit dark this one but that’s how I wanted it, with just the highlights on the monks face and belt.
It’s time to play a game of chess and I hope you will join my next friend. But don’t lose…it could be the death of you. Once again I am indebted to Mr Ranum for the use of the model. The room is a stock photograph from Fotolia and is one of a series of twenty-five that I was allowed to download for free when I bought a version of Corel PhotoPaint a long time back. I specifically chose rooms as they are always good for use in Digital Art.
Another brush artwork coming up. Once again from a long time ago but I do remember that the background was made from a set of Galaxy Brushes by the very talented Sunira. As to the rest I am not sure but if you happen to view this and recognise your brush sets let me know and I will credit you.
One more to go. The background of the trees is from one of my photographs. Lightning and birds are brushes. The young lady is from the stock collection of Persephonestock on Deviantart and I think she is called Miranda
That’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed this series of digital artwork. Please feel free to use them in any way you like as long as it’s not for commercial purposes.
This weeks challenge photograph or should I say Digital Art is a composite made from several photographs, textures and text layers. Winter is a coming in and during the winter months I usually end up creating several pieces of art work sometimes from my own photographs and textures or from freely available stock. As usual when I do this I will cite at the end of the article where I sourced the stock from.
The challenge this week was to create cover art and I decided to go with a book cover, probably science-fiction, but it could probably fit into other genres as well.
You can see the separate elements here, the monk, the clock, the arch and stairs. Add some textures and a bit of text, then blend it all together in Photoshop to produce the final result. My thanks to Marcus J Ranum for the use of the Red Monk which I have used before in other artwork. The Archway and Stairs was a piece of stock that I got free a long time ago from Fotolia. The Clock Face is from a series of textures provided by So-ghislaine on DeviantArt. Other textures used came from the excellent addition to Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 called Adobe Texture Pro. Other than those I’ve already mentioned everything else in this piece of work is the product of my imagination and Photoshop.
I wouldn’t exactly say this is one of my best shots as required by the weekly challenge. In fact it was a desperation grab of an idea I had been playing around with.
During Week 24 I had been really busy with little or no time to get out and about for some photography. Just one of those things. So on the Saturday with the deadline for the week due to expire I did a quick still life. I didn’t even process this one, instead leaving it on the memory card until I came back from holiday.
It wasn’t the greatest of photographs but I didn’t have an alternative and somehow I had to make it a little more interesting.
It’s been a while since I’ve played around with texture layers in Photoshop which I used to use all the time when I was making dark and grungy composite images. Time to revive that ancient skill and see if I could do anything with the grapes.
In the old days i used to make a lot of my own textures but I’ve always been a fan of the great textures and artwork that Jerry Jones, a.k.a “skeletalmess” or “ghostbones.” produces. So it was to Jerry’s site Shadowhouse Creations that I visited to find some textures that I could use for this one.
So there you have it. Not one of my greatest for the weekly challenge but thanks to Jerry I’ve managed to pull something out of the darkroom.
And the original image? Here it is, just to show the difference.