Painterly Transformation (2)

by Benny Law January. 07, 2020 238 views

I have previously blogged about my interest in transforming photos into painterly images using various image editing tools that are available today. In this post, I'm going to share a few more samples of my work. All editing work was done by me, but some of the original photos were provided by others.

Sunset on a quiet lake in British Columbia, Canada.

Sunset on a quiet lake in British Columbia, Canada.

Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong.

Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong.

Junks with red sails at the pier, Victoria Habour, Hong Kong.

Junks with red sails at the pier, Victoria Habour, Hong Kong.

Penta Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Penta Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Lotus leaves in a pond.

Lotus leaves in a pond.

Kapok blossoms along a main street in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Kapok blossoms along a main street in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

A quiet corner at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A quiet corner at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The petals of a cut orange rose in a vase at home.

The petals of a cut orange rose in a vase at home.

If you are interested, here is my previous post on Painterly Transformation.

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You are a bit like me. I always tweak my pictures smile

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Gotta put those amazing editing tools to good use. 😊

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great work. I enjoyed them all Benny. Some of my early posts were altered and I enjoyed the experience very much. The alterations work well with hard to edit older images as well. I will enjoy your future creativity

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Benny Law Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Buster. I remember your earlier posts with artistic effects which I really liked. I would love to see more of that. I am planning to make some framed prints for my African-themed bedroom in my condo, and I would like to do something similar to what you did.

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Buster Bruce Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Awesome. I'll dedicate some upcoming photos to the alteration effort. It is fun eh

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Benny Law Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

+1 Lots of fun!

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

These are lovely! I haven't explored this type of effect very much, but you've done a great job with these. I especially like the rose petals, and I'm interested in the shot of Peggy's Cove. We just booked a trip to Halifax and that is on my list of places to see! smile

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Bethany! Peggy's Cove is nice, but make sure you avoid the spots where the tourists congregate. They come by the bus loads. And don't forget to explore the quiet inlets where you will find colourful boats and houses. Not sure if you have seen my other post on Peggy's Cove: https://www.photoblog.com/bmklaw/2019/11/06/peggys-cove/

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing that! Your photos are beautiful! I saw a few things online about how busy Peggy's Cove can be, so I'm hoping we can get there early in the morning on a weekday. Also looking forward to seeing Lunenburg and the Bay of Fundy. Nova Scotia has some gorgeous natural scenery - is that where you live now?

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario now. I was just visiting Nova Scotia on a short exploration trip which started in New Brunswick. Out of all the places I visited on that trip, Cape Breton Island was the most beautiful. In hindsight, I should have just skipped New Brunswick and spent more time in Nova Scotia. The following posts were all from this trip:

https://www.photoblog.com/bmklaw/2019/10/24/waters-of-rest/
https://www.photoblog.com/bmklaw/2019/10/29/kouchibouguac/
https://www.photoblog.com/bmklaw/2019/11/11/the-cabot-trail/
https://www.photoblog.com/bmklaw/2019/11/14/maritime-gems/

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Very nice editing and you no doubt know which ones are my favorite. Out of curiosity, normally how long do you spend editing a photo until you start liking what you have?

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It's a good question, Camellia, but I usually lose my sense of time when I'm doing it. I'd say it takes me less time to make a "painting" from a photo since it's a more established process and I don't need to care too much about details. For touching up photos, it usually takes longer because there can be lots of tweaking and it needs to be pixel-perfect. For the images on this post, if I had to guess, I would say maybe around 20 minutes on average per image.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

20 minutes of sheer relaxation smile 

I don't know if you follow Sydney Solomon https://www.photoblog.com/zayde1940/  He does quite a bit of  "photography transformation" in case you want to look at his work.

1 month, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yes, I have been following him since I joined PhotoBlog, but he hasn't been very active in recent months.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yes he is posting more on Fb than here.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Interesting Q&A if I may allow myself to insert a comment - when you lose your sense of time, you're in flow smile and that's a great place to be with beautiful results

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Benny Law Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, that makes sense, Lee! Love the flow experience, but my estimate of 20 minutes can be way off now that I reflect on it some more. 😃

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Sherry Hill 1 month, 2 weeks ago

looks like fun, i love editing photos too.. but they really do come out like a painting.. very cool

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Benny Law Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month, 2 weeks ago

It is a lot of fun, and can be quite rewarding and satisfying.

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