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Classic Cars

February 2nd, 2017

Classic Cars

Even though I've never owned one, and probably never will, vintage cars & trucks are a huge passion of mine. Classic cars are such extraordinary subjects to photograph. Going to shows & swap meets is always a special thrill for me. The older they are (I'm talking '30s, '40s '50s), the better I like them.

I admire the men and women who own and restore these old gems! It takes dedication and a whole lot of time and money.

They are truly exciting to play with in post-processing. I usually begin each one by very carefully & laboriously separating the car in the photo from its background, then placing it into a new one, which hopefully complements and enhances the subject. Along the way I experiment with a variety of digital plugins, filters, effects, and textures to make the image you're looking at as close to eye candy as I can!

If you're within travelling distance to the Comox Valley and you'd like to have me work up your vintage automobile, please drop me an email.

Richard

OWNERS - IF YOU SEE YOUR VEHICLE ON THIS WEBSITE

The only place I photograph classic cars and trucks is at car shows and swap meets where vehicles are on public display and are therefor public domain. In most cases, your automobile becomes part of an original work of art, created by me, where the original image is transformed into something entirely unique. If, for any reason you do not wish to have artwork of your vehicle shown here, please notify me by clicking on my contact page, make the request, and I will gladly remove it.

From An interview with Carolyn E. Wright of photoattorney.com

"In general, if property is visible and can be photographed from a public place, you donít need a property release to use an image that depicts the property and you may use the photo in any manner."

Digital Art

January 5th, 2017

Digital Art

Digital Art

I'm a digital artist. When I started creating digital art several years ago, I began by throwing caution to the wind. I figured a "style" would emerge as I progressed and learned. By the time I started this website three years ago, it was obvious that very few of my images resembled one another. I use no formula, no custom presets. If I could offer you one word that describes my style it's "experimental". I'm all over the map and that's what makes it exciting for me. If you expect a certain "sameness" throughout my work, forget it!

When I first ventured into photography many years ago, I was a purist. But over the years, oddly enough, I've become pretty much the opposite. The descriptors are more along the lines of funky, wild, crazy, bright, and saturated! To me, that's what digital art is all about: taking a basic photograph and manipulating it using Photoshop and a multitude of the fabulous plugins, presets, and artistic filters that are now part of my arsenal.

Here's my process: I usually start with a photograph, occasionally I'll begin with a blank page and a funky idea. First I edit the photo the traditional way for color, exposure, sharpness, etc. After that I follow no script. I go with my gut feelings and the messages my imagination coughs up.

Each "piece" I do is an entity unto itself. Sure, I have my favorite filters, but I try to stick to the integrity of the image as it evolves. I put it through its paces, applying filters, color gradients, patterns, brushes, effects, and backgrounds. This can sometimes take a couple of hours, but more often a few days, working off and on.

When I'm satisfied I have made something website worthy, I'll save it to a folder I call "Short List". I can't be satisfied with one try, though. There are thousands of ways the same image can be enhanced, manipulated, molded, and blended, and thousands of stunning final images possible. I can only hope to scratch the surface! I usually end up with a group of about seven or eight image files in my Short List folder.

At this moment, I have eight such groups of images in there. That's 61 individual image files.

When I'm ready to upload, I won't have seen the images for a while, so I'm looking them it with fresh eyes. I open up the oldest group in Photoshop and view them critically. I'll choose what I consider to be the best one (occasionally, I'll trash them all). My goal is to upload two new art pieces a week.

I'm confident enough to think my stuff is pretty good, but realistic enough to know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And there's plenty of competition out there!

If you have any comments, pro or con, do email me. I'd love to see them.

Richard

Scenic Photographs

January 5th, 2017

Scenic Photographs

When I first got into photography seriously in the 80s, I strove to be a purist. I started a little postcard company here on Vancouver Island. "Let's punch up that color," the printer would say. "No way!"

But some photos are stunning just the way the camera captured them without extensive editing.

If you have any comments, pro or con, do email me. I'd love to see them.

Richard

Unique Floral Images

January 5th, 2017

Unique Floral Images

Perhaps the most abundantly photographed, drawn, and painted subject on the planet is the flower. My objective in creating digital floral images is simply to try and make them like no other. I realize that is a tall order and my success is highly subjective, but that's why my gallery name includes the word "unique".

If you have any comments, pro or con, do email me. I'd love to see them.

Richard

Scenic Panoramas

January 5th, 2017

Scenic Panoramas

For a scenic photographer, pictures in the wide-angled, panoramic format offer a unique way to showcase an image. Last year I went scouring the countryside for potential pano vistas. I found that appropriate scenes were not quite as plentiful as I thought. There needs to be that sweeping, open space hopefully combined with a pleasing linear object of interest. Once I understood that, I found quite a few. With luck and careful processing, the results can be stunning.

Sometimes these panoramic art pieces can present framing challenges, but the right choice of product will look absolutely striking on your wall!

If you have any comments, pro or con, do email me. I'd love to see them.

Richard