Blacksmith's Cottage

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Playing with filters and textures today on an image of the Blacksmith's Cottage at Hanging Tree Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 28th December 2006, This photo: 1:29pm


  • Mark McCowen said:
    Very rustic and dark! I love it!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mark, I'm really happy with this one as it's turned out very much like a painting :)
  • a777thunder said:
    Great work Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kev :) I definitely think this is my best bit of processing to date.
  • gayheb said:
    Lovely photo. I sure does look like a painting. Did you process that yourself. How clever. I have processed black and white photographs when at uni (and in my laundry), but not colour.
  • Barbara J H said:
    Certainly is different, it would make a great jigsaw. :-)
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  • David de Groot said:
    Digital post processing Gayle, I've not developed a film (personally) since high school. :) I applied a texture to the original photo (I think the texture I used was a patterned concrete, alas lost in the server crash) and then I hit it with the Photoshop watercolour filter (after puddling with said filters settings a bit - unfortunately I've lost the photoshop source file in the server crash too).

    Thanks Barbara - I think when I have some free cash I might get this one printed and hung on the wall (providing I can re-create it that is).
  • Tracy A. Wheeler said:
    Nice creation.
  • gayheb said:
    I just realised what you meant. Silly me. Processing in the dark room has all but disapeared these days. Photoshop is amazing though. I love it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tracy!

    hehehe Yep, I know a few people who do b&w developing at home, but I'm not one of them.
  • Alex Rixon said:
    That is a pretty funky effect dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alex, I really like this one - even looks good printed on the colour laser at work :)
  • ├ůsta said:
    That's a cool treatment. For some reason, it made me think back when I went to art school and we was asigned to draw a charcoal of a box. When we were finished, the professor told us to draw some more - and we had to continue drawing on the same paper for 2 more days! It resulted in some really interesting drawings and I learned a lot from it :-) I think your picture have some of that worked-through expression to it! You've done a great job!
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Asta :) Twas an hour or two of fun at the time, and I'm pleased with the result.
  • Ran_d6 said:
    Really love this !!

    Leave It To Me!
    The World Through My Eyes
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Andy :)