Sunday, February 19, 2012

Photo Painting

I really enjoy learning from my fellow bloggers. Here's a great example. Barb over at My Magical Adventures With My Camera mentioned a photo contest sponsored by Save Our Deserts. The challenge is to photograph the beauty of Black Lava Butte in Pipes Canyon where they are threatening to build wind turbines. So my wife and I drove out there last weekend, and that's when we stumbled upon the geoglyphs (see post below... thanks, Barb!). A comment left on my post by Victoria from A Photography Addict's Showcase made me curious to check out her blog. She had just posted the steps used to process a great photo, including use of an iPhone app called "AutoPainter" (thanks, Victoria!). So, a long-winded explanation about how other bloggers inspired me to go to new places and try new things... and hoping to pass it along!


Step 1:  Download the AutoPanter app, and chose the photo you want to turn into a painting. My photo choices are two great homestead cabins we ran across last weekend in Pipes Canyon (if you follow my blog, you know I have a "thing" for desert homestead cabins). These two are classics... one pink and one green.

Step 2: Run the app on the photo, and see what you get! You have 4 treatments to chose from, and the app's fun to watch. It shows some of the individual paint strokes!


Bonus shot:  I Used AutoPainter on a B&W image I shot. 
Step 3 (optional): Import the "painted" image into your processing software of choice to adjust clarity, color, etc. For example, on the B&W image above, I used PS to add just a touch of pink to the cabin and a touch of green to the joshua tree.


Pretty amazing for a 99 cent app, don't you think?? Check out A Photography Addict's Showcase for a more detailed description and some great photography!




Linking to Weekly Top Shot. Click on 
the link to check out some great shots!

25 comments:

  1. A pretty amazing software, I hope there is the same App for iPAD and I don't have an iPhone. Thanks, I will certainly check that out !

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  2. Peter... thanks so much for linking my blog on this post. :-) I really am having fun with iPhone apps... so much fun that I don't know if I'll ever put brushes to canvas again. One goal I had in retirement was to get back to painting (in oils) but when I picked up my camera again to take pictures from which to paint, I fell in love all over again with photography and have yet to put my cameras down long enough to do much of anything else! LOVE the painterly effect on your gorgeous images!

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  3. I like the special effects. I have a droid and don't usually remember to use the camera on it because my camera is always at hand.

    It is fun to learn from fellow bloggers.

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  4. Very impressive results with your photo paintings. I like.
    All the best!

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I might try this app myself. Really like the result on your photos!!

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  6. I had never heard of this app. Have to check it out!!!!
    I am very impressed with a couple I use.

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  7. Thank you for stopping by at Polonica; Home Again. When I lived in Canada I took a trip to Arizona, Colorado and Texas. The desert was something new and beautiful to me. Your photos show it well.
    Interesting transformations with the app.

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  8. I love the desert. I will be following for more. You are a wonderful photographer!

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  9. those really are beautiful! nicely done!

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  10. Oh, I LOVE desert homesteads, too! I've GOT to get up to Joshua Tree...maybe in March. Love the effects! Very pretty!

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  11. I'm amazed at the new phone cameras and the apps that add pizzas to photos. I like the homesteads both with and without the paint app. I especially like the way the green one is tucked into the environment.

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  12. FUN! I like how your photos turned out!

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  13. Very nice work.

    Regards and best wishes

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  14. Yes, amazing software and the effect is very painterly... I like it! Thank you for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot.' I hope you'll come share again next week...

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  15. Thank you for your very kind comments on my website, I am very glad that you like the photos. Especially because I think your photos are so much better then mine.
    Ah well, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right!? haha.
    Have a very nice evening!

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  16. That 99 cents...well worth it.
    These are great!

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  17. ...very good photo work.
    Best regards, Karin

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  18. My first time visiting. Super nice photos. I especially like your banner photo! =) I'm very intrigued with this little home next to the joshua. I wouldn't mind living there for a little while. =)

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  19. Very interesting effects you've produced! Certainly worth the 99 cents.

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  20. lovely... can't wait to try it too... thanks for sharing!

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  21. It's fun to play around with photo editing. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. God bless.

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  22. Forgot to add:
    I love your blog header...both the photo and the words!

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  23. you're right, not bad (actually quite good) for a $0.99 app.

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  24. Thanks for linking me to your blog. The web makes for a small world and that is probably a good thing most of the time.
    Interesting pictures posted here. A lot of the old homesteaders just didn't seem to make it did they? I was out exploring desert roads this weekend and found an abandoned shack. I took a bunch of pics which I'll probably blog fairly soon. I wonder what happened to the folks that lived in these places...

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  25. Love the photos and love the painting like effects.

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