Monday, April 6, 2009

THE CREATIVE PROCESS #7 - From Photo to Art

('54 Coupe DeVille)
(©2006, C.J. Peiffer)

This image is, in part, a response to
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This post is the seventh in a series explaining how a
particular work of art or a group of works was created.

        I love to enhance my photographs so they look like pieces of art rather than photographs.
        I took this photo many years ago at Gast Classic Motorcars Exhibit (apparently no longer in business) in Strasburg, PA in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

        After scanning the photo print (I took the photo way before digital cameras) the first thing I did was digitally remove any specs of dust or other flaws from the photograph.

        Next I intensified the colors and increased the contrast between light and dark.

        After trying several other filters, to make it shinier, give it texture, change the colors, I decided to use the "glowing edges filter" which gives the image a black background with neon-like edges.         

        While this results in an effect that is interesting in itself, I didn't want the red color of the original automobile to be hidden, so I removed the black from the car, leaving the glowing edges.  
        I left the black in the background, but it looked too plain and flat, so I added a texture to it. Finally, I added a copyright and my name to the lower right corner.

        See products (T-shirts, mouse pad, card, tie, etc.) featuring this "CLASSIC CADDY" image at my Pro Artz Zazzle pages.

(text ©2009, C.J. Peiffer)


Ralph said...

I really like 1950s era Cadillacs, and this one is a beauty, indeed. I haven't seen many in red from that decade, so this finned wonder is unique as well as beautiful. I like the style changes you wrought; you picked a perfect subject for artistry!

Carletta said...

I really like the new art piece!
I'm going back now and check out some previous posts.

My RT post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Jeri ~ said...

Nice work! I love getting creative with photos too. Great RT shots.

Mojo said...

Interesting effect, and if you've been around Casa Mojo this week, you know I love classic cars.

Raven said...

I like the neon edges best, myself. It really is fun to play with those programs.

Laura said...

Fun Ruby Tuesday post!

Jenners said...

I love these posts. I think I am a bit partial to the black and neon one!