This is an image I took in April of 2012 while doing a photo walk in Manitou Springs. I always liked the image, but there was nothing really unique or overly interesting about it other than it's an old hotel where many presidents have stayed over the years, though I think Kennedy was the last to do so.
I've looked at it many times since then, converting it to black and white in one version, making an HDR version in another, but nothing really stood out. Now, when I say really stood out, let's be clear, in my perception nothing stood out. It's entirely possible to someone else the basic image would resonate wonderfully with them. The more I learn, the more I'm convinced: Art truly is in the eye of the beholder.
I'm now involved in a course offered by Sebastian Michael's called AWAKE, which is a followup to his Photoshop Artistry course, which I've also taken. I've learned much about using layers, textures, brushes and all manner of things to emphasize and create art using a photo. To me, this is the stuff that motivates me. It's resulted in a number of images I feel would otherwise never see the light of day. The image above, pre-enhancement is an example. The finished image is this one - much more appealing, mysterious, artful:
It's not easy - but the hardest part is simply trying to visualize what you want to accomplish. I'm not there yet, but I'm getting better, I'm seeing tantalizing hints of what's to come, and I'm excited about the directions it's taking me. I hope you'll tag along for the journey.
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It surprises me to see how much our own preconceptions can get in the way of expressing our creative vision. If the file doesn't faithfully reflect our memory of a scene, it's hard to break away from that vision and come up with a different result. In this case I think youve done well.
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