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    Two Landscapes.

    Two landscapes that I did today, in responce to a power company ACTEWAGL diverting the river near our home into a waterstorage facility called Googong Dam.

    It is very sad to have lost the natural flow of the once mighty Murrumbidgee River to a shallow water storage facility where it will just evaporate. We've lost a meaningful river near our home but over the State border, the graziers and irrigators have potentially lost their livelihoods.

    Charles Sturt was an early explorer. In 1829 he charted the Murrumbidgee River. We live near 'Camp Sturt' where Charles Sturt first started his expedition. Nowadays Sturt couldn't do the expedition by boat because there is not enough water. http://www.davidreilly.com/australia...turt/sturt.htm

    'Goodbye Sturt'. The dry bed of the Murrumbidgee River and the giant Sheoaks.





    The Hermannsburg School is an Aboriginal artists group of Western Arrente people from the Central Desert. They are watercolourists who would be very much at home here now, now that our natural water flow has gone. I've tried to use the colours that they use ... pre-empting the start of a new desert. http://www.hermannsburgschool.com/ 'Gallery Archive' is the go, if you have the time to look.

    'The Ghosts of Hermannsburg will Haunt the Mountains of the Murrumbidgee' ... now. It is amazing how easily the Kangaroo grass, Snow grass and the Pimelia took on a desert look.





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    Re: Two Landscapes.

    Very sad,very beautiful.

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    Warren, it's great what you've done here, I'd call it art myself, great colors, sounds like the world is turning upside down. Thought there was already enough arid land in OZ, no need for more. I hope the rains return.
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    Re: Two Landscapes.

    Thankyou Susaan and Shootme.

    It is sad ... but civilization must fill its swimming pools and water its lawns.

    Warren.

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    Re: Two Landscapes.

    I love the second. Very artistic and beautiful.
    It's not blurry. It's bokeh.

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    Re: Two Landscapes.

    Jeta, Thankyou.

    People might like so see some of the stages that were involved in the construction of the image. No doubt others will know of easier ways of doing this ... but I just plod on and keep adding and removing parts of layers.

    I originaly photographed the decaying bullock dray and gave it a toned and aged appearance.





    I added mountains, because they are the dominant landscape feature of where I live. If anyone has been looking at the 'Late Road Home' thread, you will know that dirt roads are my favourite routes to everywhere. Picturing how I wanted the image to eventually look, with a smoothing tool I removed the clouds.





    This resulted in this image. Somewhat lost in the resulting layer.





    I then reworked the drey by cloning the original drey that I had made into a black and white image and readded the grunge. Reworked the sky again usung the smoothing tool and the eraser tool.





    To give the black outlines to the timbers of the dray and render a bleached look to the timbers. I then reworked a high contrast black and white made from the original and clonned sections to the print in progress. I then cloned sections off several false coloured landscapes that I had shifted the hues of, several times, until I was happy with the colours of the Central Desert.





    I then reworked sections of the montage ... resulting in the final image.





    I've left several stages out of the post, like; adding or removing the grunge effects often, reworking and balancing the hues often. When cloning I set the cloning tool to between 35-60% transparency rather than 100% opacity. The individual layers were saved often, so that retracing my steps was relatively easy, for whenever I wasn't happy with the progress.

    All in all I'm happy with the result. This is my 5th layered image so far. I use Canon's ArcSoft 5.5 software. I have the modern programmes like CS3 and Lightroom and Digital Photo Pro, ... but I just like ArcSoft.

    Warren.

    PS, A couple of Little Ravens added to this image would look, evil and cool. All art is a continual work in progress.
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    Re: Two Landscapes.

    Take an image of dead River Oaks down on the Murrumbidgee River, simplified to black and white to save on the photo manipulation.





    ... add the colours of the Blue Range which are the mountains of the Murrumbidgee and the late afternoon colours of the gum trees and heat up the tree's volatile Eucalyptus oils.





    and that gives a bushfire called ... 'Dangerous Days'.





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    Warren, absolutely fantastic I really like how you do this, must take ages. Love to give it a try some time, not sure I'd have the patience or skill though. S
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    Shootme, Thankyou.

    I'm pleased with the way the few photo-manips' that I have done, have turned out.

    The workings are very basic at this stage. Do give it a go Shootme, if only just to see what happens and evolves. I don't devalue the accidental results. I only started doing the manips because I wanted to do double exposures and my digital camera didn't allow it. Wanting exposures similar to what we find, when shooting multiple exposures on film, was my aim.

    My images are just texture and grunge screens layered over photos and built up with transparent layers.

    When I first started photography, texture screens were readily available for sandwiching with negs, for enlarger printing ... that's my starting point.

    The cloning and colour changes that I've done, are done with the digital shaders set to 35-60% transparency. This give a glazed water colour look, and render images that closely resemble a multiple exposure on film ... not the usual solid 100% opacity rebuilds, normally used when retouching images. Nor the cut and masked images, which are the perfectly blended inserts that accomplished photo-manipulators employ.

    Where I live, bushfires and fast moving grass fires are a continual summer torment. Already there has been a major fire in the mountains this month, which prompted creating ‘Dangerous Days’. I live in what we Aussies call the Bushfire Capital .... fires r' us unfortunately.

    We all have a go at playing firefighters, when we live in rural suburbia. Making images like the one above debriefs my being from the death and carnage that I've seen ... when I was on the trucks.

    When I was on the trucks my wife Helen hated it ... but she likes this photo. Helen asked me if a print could be made and then framed. Obviously there is a healing process in this image ...
    that was not forseen.

    Photographic art is amazing, when it can work at a level beyond being just a pleasing visual.

    Warren.
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    A final two landscapes. I've been fortunate to be on the site for a month longer than first thought, after our yacht got hit by a power boat. These two images are a goodbye until after summer.

    I'll miss putting shots of the Mountains of the Murrumbidgee on Photography Review Forum.

    I'm going to some big cities to try to win boat races. Hopefully I should get some street photography done while I'm away. I'm convinced that I live in one of the most people free places going. So hopefully I'll find people to photograph for a change ... unlike living where I do. All I see during the day are Kangaroos and Wallabies and birds.

    'Another Dry Waterfall' ... All the waterfalls in my neck of the woods are dry. I pretend that water flows over them. The yellow ochre tint is most appropriate.





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    Have a good Christmas and hopefully Santa will bring my Skipper and I a qualification for a World Title in yachting ... we will even take any qualifying spot that we can get in the Flying Fifteens. Just qualifying would make our Summer. If we come last in a big fleet, we will still look good doing it.

    C'ya.
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    Great stuff, I look forward to eventually see a bunch more, good luck with the sailing. S
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    All the best Shootme. I can't wait to get into a bit of serious street photography.

    Warren.

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