Photoart Photo Painting Portfolio - Monochrome

A selection of monochrome photographs with digitally added paint effects to give a 'photoart'  style finish. The effects shown below were produced primarily with Topaz Labs products, mostly Impressions, and occasionally Glow and Texture Effects. The Impressions software comes with a number of presets based around styles of specific painters, eg Degas or Monet, or specific paint effects, eg Stumble or watercolour. 

All the presets have a large number of variables that can be altered to specific requirements, for example, brush size and shape, paint volume and opacity, etc giving probably thousands of permutations to work with on photographs. I have created and saved for future use a few of my own presets, which are often used with multiple iterations on a single image until I am happy with the final result.

 

The examples below do not have a single presentation style, so some images look very different to others. This is intentional as some types of image look better with one type of presentation, while others look better with something different. Its great fun, and if you like this type of imagery, suggest you try out some of the software yourself to bring out the painter that possibly lurks within you!

ANTELOPE CANYON

Arizona, USA

Photography in Antelope Canyon is all about light, shape, texture and, of course, composition. This image is a close up of a small section of the canyon wall, looking up towards the light.

The applied paint effects are relatively minimal, using a single pass of Topaz Labs Impression software to flatten and soften the texture on the sandstone, to emphasise the shapes and light in the image.

OLD TOWN SQUARE

Krakow, Poland

Krakow Old Town is the historic central district of Krakow, Poland, and was among the first sites chosen for UNESCO's original World Heritage List. The Old Town has many bronze statues and marble monuments, of which the most pronounced is the Monument of Adam Mickiewicz, a poet and dramatist amongst other things, in front of the Market Hall (Sukiennice).

STEAMPUNK

Lincoln Festival, UK

Each year, the historic city of Lincoln (Lincolnshire, England, UK) has a Steampunk Festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend, during which there are ample opportunities for photographers to capture images of participants and performers in their often weird and wonderful costumes, like the person here.

REGENTS PARK

London, UK

This is one of the entrance gates to Regents Park in central London, UK. It was a beautiful spring day on my visit with the cherry blossom looking nice against the blue sky. The paint effects on this image give it a slight Infra Red look, in my opinion.

SNOW LEOPARD

Captive Animal, UK

A photograph of a captive Snow Leopard taken during a photography workshop some years ago. The original colour image has been converted to monochrome, with some paint and additional texture effects added.

MERMAID FOUNTAIN

Lisbon, Portugal

The Mermaid Fountain in Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal is a local landmark and popular location with both tourists and locals. In addition to added paint effects, this image has a mild sepia/cream tone added to the image highlights, which seems to give a slight 3D effect and impression of depth.

ANTELOPE CANYON

Arizona, USA

Photography in Antelope Canyon is all about light, shape, texture and, of course, composition. This image is a close up of a small section of the canyon wall, looking up towards the light.

The applied paint effects are relatively minimal, using a single pass of Topaz Labs Impression software to flatten and soften the texture on the sandstone, to emphasise the shapes and light in the image.

CHURCH SPIRES

Porto, Portugal

A photograph of the domed bell towers of Saint Lawrence Church, in the historic and UNESCO listed city of Porto, Portugal.

SUPREME COURT

Warsaw, Poland

The Supreme Court in Warsaw, Poland, was designed by architect Marek Budzyński and completed in 2000. It features a facade of copper-clad columns decorated with maxims of Roman law, but around the back of the building there are three caryatids sculpted by Jerzy Juczkowicz symbolising the virtues of faith, hope and love, which provide interesting and contrasting visual elements to the glass fronted panels in this section of the building.

WINTER GARDEN

Yorkshire, UK

Harlow Carr garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire, is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. This image forms part of the Winter Garden (which as the name implies, looks particularly good in winter), and I liked the shape and texture provided by the evergreen leaves of Mahonia Bealei, with the clipped Yew back hedges providing structure and design in the background. It looks good in colour, but I think it works nicely in monochrome too.

PLAZA DE ESPANA

Seville, Spain

The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. The size and semi circular shape of the building make photographs of the site challenging. For this image, I liked the strong foreground presence of the three vertical columns, helping give an impression of depth against the central building section in the background.

METROPOL PARASOL

Seville, Spain

The Metropol Parasol is a popular tourist attraction and local landmark in the Old Quarter of Seville, Spain, designed by German architect  Jürgen Mayer. Its elevated viewing platform (about 26 metres high) provides interesting views across the city of Seville, with plenty of photo opportunities, but I like this viewpoint of the snaking pathway leading towards the central high section, where a group of tourists adds context to the image and identifies the purpose of the structure.

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