Weekly Photo Challenge – Collages – Experimenting

Harbour Place Collage, Burntisland

As I mentioned in the comments of my previous post, I’ve never really had the inclination to try out any photographic collages, so tonight I’ve been having a bit of a play around, and have come up with these images as part of this weeks wpc, “Collage”.

The featured image is of a few Victorian houses in Burntisland, in Fife, Scotland. The photo below, which is a kind of collage, is of some shops below Victorian tenemants in Meadowbank, Edinburgh. The third photo is a collage of a couple of beech leaves, taken back in the spring. The fourth photo/image was the left overs of one of the other collages, filled in to create a rainbow sunset. The final image was actually the first one I did, whilst trying to work out how to crop, in a triangular shape, in Gimp. Because the final pic looked quite interesting, I’ve included it.

In the end, though, I think I’ll stick to the day time job of taking ‘normal’ photographs, I’ve seen plenty of collages far better than any of mine!! 🙂

Meadowbank, Edinburgh - Sunset Collage
Meadowbank, Edinburgh – Sunset Collage

 

Beech Leaves Collage, from Balbirnie Park
Beech Leaves Collage, from Balbirnie Park

 

Rainbow Sunset
Rainbow Sunset

 

Gimp Crop Test
Gimp Crop Test

 

 

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35 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Collages – Experimenting

  1. Such a creative approach for the collage, Andy. The collage of the Victoria house is just stunning, it also gives a close look of the structure and texture of the architecture. The sunset collage is brilliant, gorgeous colors! Rainbow Sunset, Wow! I also love the leaves and the Gimp Crop Test, beautifully done. I have scrolled up and down a few times. 🙂 🙂

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      1. The idea was to try and do something a wee bit different, but they didn’t quite come out the way I had hoped (except for the beech leaves), but at least a few of you seem to like them 🙂

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  2. These are fantastic. I really like them. The sunset one really caught my eye and the Gimp Crop Test reminds me of 1960s hard edge painting. I’m curious – are you using an App or is it all done on Photoshop? Of course, if this a creative secret and you’d rather not say I understand completely.

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    1. I’m pleased you like them Suzanne 🙂 No secret as to how I did them, they were all done on the pc using the free software ‘Gimp’. If you want further details about the processes used, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll be glad to let you know 🙂
      And thanks, I was trying to think what the Gimp Crop test image looked like, you’ve answered that question for me 🙂

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      1. Gimp is an open souce free piece of image editing software (GNU Image Manipulation Program – hence ‘GIMP’), Suzanne, which very loosely is similar to Adobe’s Photoshop. It takes quite a while to get used to it, but it is quite powerful in what it’s capable of doing. I actually edit most of my photos using a fairly old version of an image editing software called photoscape (V3.7) for basic editing, raw therapee for raw images, and use the Nik Collection as standalone plugins for all other editing-retouching work. Gimp is great if you need to apply layers to your images 🙂

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      2. Thank you very much for that information. I love adding layers to my work. I’ll download it. 🙂

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  3. I really like your mix of different collages. Love the colors and your photos feel artistic. The first one, so creative, a really nice creation in b/w while the others are amazing in a different way.

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  4. I very much like the first collage. I love all the details and especially the bird flying in the sky in the upper left hand corner. This photo would be a great writing prompt. Maybe it could inspire a mystery novel 🙂

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    1. Thanks Laura, I was quite pleased with the first photo before I chopped and diced it, so I’m not surprised you like it 🙂
      I think I’ll leave the idea of a writing prompt to all of you far better abled writers than myself though! 🙂

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  5. I love the first collage. Maybe it’s the b&w and using architecture as a subject — all the planes and angles work for me. I also love your art deco arrangement of the sunset. Very cool. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Su, the original photo for the first collage image came out quite well to start with, architecture on a sunny day really lends itself to a black & white conversion!
      I’m pleased you like the sunset, it was just made up of the after bits, from the Meadowbank image 🙂

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      1. First up Su, thanks for all the ‘likes’ of all my posts, that’s really appreciated!!! 🙂 🙂
        And I love the way you put that “Making art with digital leftovers”, I hadn’t thought of it in those exact terms……………….I used to like trying to make things as a kid, with the leftovers of anything, whether it was scraps of wood, or cloth, or cooking ingredients! It appears that nothing has changed! Lol! 🙂

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      2. I’m exactly the same. I wrote a post about it once and so it’s become a sort of theme for me. I am loathe to delete photos that aren’t quite “right” because I keep thinking I could “do something” with them. Thankfully digital storage is a lot less space-consuming that the cupboards, boxes, drawers, etc needed to keep the art and craft materials I save too. 🙂

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      3. Lol!!! Su, we are very similar! I thought I was the only one who kept all my photos, just incase I can manage to edit them in such a way that they turn out a masterpiece! Like you said, thank god for digital storage! My parents used to despair when I started getting interested in geology, I had boxes and boxes of rocks, Dad used to worry about my bedroom floor collapsing!! 🙂

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      4. That’s so funny. Did they move you to the ground floor? I was an obsessive collector of art materials that would (obviously) be used in the creation of my masterpieces. Luckily, they don’t weigh as much as rocks. 🙂

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      5. Crazily enough, when they moved, I had the choice of a smaller room with a stunning view, or a big room with lots of cupboard space on the ground floor………………. which of course I chose the view! But I did have to sort through, and chuck some of my collection, a very difficult task, as you would know if you were ever asked to discard some of your art materials! 🙂
        BTW, now if I find a rock I find fascinating, I take a photo of it, so my rock collection now weighs absolutely zero!:-)

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      6. Yay for digital photography! As for the art materials … my in-laws have an enormous shed on their property which has become the family repository for all things not exactly needed, but not quite able to be thrown away. By enormous, I mean some guys were building a light aeroplane in one corner.

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      7. Yeah, that is probably more accurate. It was built because the previous owners used to be involved in V8 supercar racing and I think they worked on about 3-4 cars at a time in the …. hangar!

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