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Photographic Designs

Photographic Designs

Grapes and Photos

I accumulate a lot of photos as I look for images for paintings. Through the years of painting and designing things, I've learned to love photos too. (And I have the good fortune to be married to an excellent photographer.)

I was looking through my catalog of photos yesterday and found one of a bunch of grapes. I think I shot this up at my sister-in-law's home in Pennsylvania. I can't remember for sure. So I thought I would mess with it a bit. First I used some standard Photoshop filters, then I added a bit of text as a headline.

To finish it off, I needed something to explain it, or give it some resolution. So I did a quick search of quotes that involved grapes. I found a nice one by E. B. White. "We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."

I like that. So here is the finished design.


I found another image I like. This one is from a construction site near my home. I like how the mud breaks off and leaves the well-worn, and shining metal behind. As I recall, my Tonka trucks didn't last so well when left in the mud and sand.


A close-up of my bicycle gears. Plus, a rather funny quote attributed to Mark Twain.


One of my first photos taken with a DSLR camera, a few years ago. I do not remember what lens I used, but it was a zoom of some sort. So I was able to get good focus on the bird, with the background out of focus. I enhanced this effect with Photoshop.

The bird is the expert.

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