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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Digital art #1 - Berczy Pk renovations Toronto, Ontario

I'm working on a digital art series about street scenes in Toronto highlighting everyday life.  Kind of like street motions with a bit of digital artwork blended in. The first one, I'm still working on. I might rework it with a new style I'm happier with one. So ... this is No 1 in the series:

Berzcy Park, downtown Toronto, Ontario - digital art

Berzcy Park Under Construction

Berzcy Park at Wellington and Front, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 16, 2016

The park is undergoing a renewal and I've looked at it over the past few months wondering what to do with a shot of it under construction.  Well, on Friday, while wandering past on the way to a job an idea hit me. NIK few filters that make saturation pop, but I could control which areas I want to highlight. Then run it through a few filters, blending and adjustments and bingo: construction as digital art, so to say. Something about the iconic Flatiron building with the cement truck tweaked my attention. I'm happy with this. It's now my desktop background.  If you want a larger version, pop me a line and I'll load one up for you.

Look for more to come. I'm slow in doing them, it takes a lot of trial compositions before I'm happy with the texture and feel.

 

 

 

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@ Bay & Grosvenor St. Toronto - a little photoshop art

Experimenting with Photoshop a bit more. Pulled out my Wacom tablet and went to work. I haven't used the Wacom in years; forgot how much fun it can be. Here's a shot of downtown Toronto at Bay & Grosvenor streets. Took the original photo with my Acer phone camera about 2 weeks ago, while killing time.  Didn't realise I had snagged the yellow car in this shot until I opened the photo up on my computer. I was so fixated on the clouds, I forgot about the guy tooing around Bay in his fancy yellow car. Every year about this time, the expensive super cars are trotted out - just in time for the Film Festival. It's one of those things my mind is vaguely aware of but filters out as unimportant. I was surprised, and delighted with both the pedestrian crossing the street and the car appearance. Sometimes luck plays a big part in a photo's composition:      Photoshop art - Bay and Grosvenor Streets in Toronto, Ontario

It isn't complete, still have a lot of smoothing to do - especially the road. I want it to lighten a bit and look a bit less grainy. The primary colours need to pop more in some places like the street light and the car. Ideally, I want the eye to hit the car first and then wander over to the women crossing the street.  Need to experiment a bit with saturation and shadowing.  The sky needs a bit more work as well but I'm not sure which path I'll take. I'll let you know.

 

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More thought provoking wall art from Barcelona

This photo kind of dates itself, doesn't it:

photo of wall art in Barcelona from 2004 "Phones are not liberty"

I took it on a vacation back in 2004. The cell phone was cutting edge at the time. But the point of the art is what's stayed in my mind over the years. For a long time I agreed, but over the past few years, I've begun to change my thinking Smart phones can be a devastating tool in fighting for freedom. 

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Best political slogan of the week - Toronto wall art

Walking east along Dundas, in Little Portugal today and ran across this perfect political statement: photo of slogan on wall in Little Portugal, Toronto - "Pathetic slogan"

 Kind of apropos, given the rabid political atmosphere swirling around us this year.

 

 

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Above the clouds in Toronto - watching them drift by

I was talking about the Saturday storm & the weird clouds, with a customer today. He lives on the south facing side of my building and has what we refer to as "the million dollar view" - a completely unhindered, panoramic view of Toronto. Although we aren't really that high up (I'm 20 floors up, he's 17), we do see some interesting cloud cover periodically. On Friday, he grabbed a couple of shots that were fascinating:

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

This was around lunch time. It's fun to look down on the clouds occassionally. Doesn't happen often, but if the weather conditions are just right ....

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

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