The Agony & Ecstasy

Is there anything more wonderful than watching your print slither its way onto the printing tray (don’t answer that!)

I never tire of watching the picture appear from the deep dark depths of my printer……. except when it comes out completely magenta !

How the ecstasy can turn into hours of agony when you try and rectify the problem and you can’t find the solution.

I Turned everything off and on (yes I watch the IT crowd), Unistalled/installed the drivers, changed the leads, changed the ink cartridges, stood on one leg with my fingers crossed, I tried everything but to no avail…. still distinctly magenta. Hmmmmmm

That was yesterday and after a sleepless night I had yet another go this morning… my world still had a rosy glow… but not in a good way.

I came to the conclusion that I would have to buy another printer but in the meantime I ordered some more of my lovely Permajet paper and mentioned my predicament to the chap on the other end of the line. Quick as a flash I was put through to a lovely fella who gave me some sound advice and he said that I should follow the link he gave me because the driver download I was using (series 2) was apparently an Apple Generic Driver which overrode the Epson driver I needed . So I took him at his word, downloaded the new driver and hey presto my world is the right colour again……. very green, but that’s JUST the way I want it.

So now I sit here (writing this blog) listening to the printer happily whir away printing my pictures to exactly the right colours that I wanted them to be.

Oh Joy

Breaking The Rules

I love creating pictures that “break the rules”

I was told that (in competition) judges don’t like green and they don’t like the subject matter placed slap bang in the middle of the picture.

This one breaks both of those rules and it has been very successful in competition.

Are you are a rule breaker?? I would love to see your examples of a successful image that doesn’t conform to the conventional set…….

 

Bygone Beauty

A quiet few minutes doing some more colourising of old photos before a very busy weekend.

I don’t know about you but I think this lady is so beautiful and there is so much emotion in her face.

The model is “looking out of the frame” a no no for some people today but, as far as I am concerned,  I think the photographer who captured this lady’s beauty, got the feeling and emotion spot on -even if she wasn’t looking at the camera !

 

Lady From The Past

Today I have concentrated on colourising a portrait – skin tones are always very difficult and also trying to bring a sparkle back into the eyes.

First colorised portrait I have attempted… and still learning as I go along.

Children From The Past

Today I have concentrated on colorising these two little children – I still have to wonder who they were and where their lives took them. Obviously I will never know.

A little bit of added surrealism makes the difference to this picture..  Well I think so anyway.

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If You Go Down To The Woods…….

It’s quite a while since I visited the surreal world I inhabited a few years ago… so I thought it was time to packed my Photoshop bag of tricks and revisit it.

Don’t know if there is going to be a dark theme but do know its going to be on the surreal side.

 

Digital Painting Of Back Streets Of Venice

Today’s digital painting, this time the backstreets of Venice.

Yes it started as a photograph and if it had stayed that way, I would suggest, it would have been as exactly the same as everyone else’s picture who stood in the same spot as I did.

Some people get hot under the collar when someone “messes” with a photograph (it’s not proper photography) – but I applaud those who do – go for it, do more, push those boundaries !

We are making art for the 21st Century

 

Tantalising Textures

Horses-1

 

The first of the Tantalising Textures Workshop takes place this Sunday and I have been busy putting the finishing touches to everything.

Thought to myself this afternoon……..  think I might do something new….. texture picture wise..

…… so I did !

Below is the start picture so you can see what the original looks like.

Horse-Start-Picture

Looking forward to Sunday and being able to welcome all of the people who have booked on the workshop

There is another Tantalising Workshop in May (which is also fully booked) but if you want to be kept informed of future workshops please filling the contact form below 🙂

 

Official “launch”

Portia example 1

The Costume Manor House Photographic Workshop (which I hinted about on my last blog) has now been scheduled for the 22nd March 2015.

The  most surprising thing is that there is ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT because a number of people contacted me (after they had  read my blog) to register an interest in finding out more… and when they found out more…… they went ahead and booked their place!

Due to the fact a couple of people couldn’t make the 22nd March, but still very much wanted to attend the workshop, Marie and I decided to arrange another costume shoot for Saturday 14th March…. so we booked the Manor House again  ….and 2 people have already secured their place.

Marie Otero is coming over from the USA and for those who don’t know her she is an instructor for the PSA (Photographic Society of America) who teaches Photography and Digital Art & Digital Painting at workshops in the USA and Europe with great success. She has won a number of International Photography Awards including a Royal Photographic Society Gold medal for her image Shipwrecked Stranger and Gold Medals for her Black and White Architecture work and Creative compositions.

For my part… I have organized a number of very successful photographic seminars including quite a few Fine Art Nude Photographic workshops and a good majority of those attendees who submitted the resulting images from the shoot to the various salons and exhibitions, gained awards at national and international level – some were fortunate enough to be awarded gold medals! –  which, as the organizer of the event, is very satisfying.

So along with the Costume Manor House Workshop Marie and I will be hosting a Photoshop for Photographers Workshop on the 15th March and the 21st March for a day of exploration with Photoshop, learning about textures, layers, layer masks, compositing and lighting your images post production. There are a couple of people already booked on these workshop and I am sure that it will be of interest to others too. Please be aware that there are only a very very limited number of places for this workshop.

I have to say that both Marie and I have been overwhelmed by the response to these workshops even before they have been “launched” to the wider world.

So, if I had a red ribbon, I would be cutting it now and declaring the Costume Manor House Photographic and Photographers Photoshop workshops… OPEN and a warm welcome to all of you who have already booked.

If you would like to find out more please go to http://www.joanbleasephotography.com

More Texturising Textures !

After launching my first pack of textures yesterday I am amazed with the number of people who wanted to purchase them.

So…….. as requested,  here is the second pack of textures…..  named Pack #2

The textures are a massive 5472 x 3640 pxls  (18.2″  x 12. 2″) and 300dpi

I used a variety of these textures on the images below

Here is the link to the texture packs         https://joanbleasephotography.wordpress.com/textures/

 

 

 

Pre Raphaelite

 

The Calling

I have been asked to put on a workshop showing how to use these textures creatively and how to go about making your very own textures (and brushes)

This workshop will be held in Warrington, Cheshire in early 2015.

If you are interested please  contact me via the form below – thanks