Watercolour College

Back into the hustle and bustle of Cambridge for this weeks post and to one of the most famous landmarks of the city - Kings College Chapel and an angle and view that I photographed many, many times. At first glance, this might look like a painting (a watercolour in fact). It's not - I haven't suddenly become a painter. The thought of putting paint to paper always scares me. At least when taking a photo you have the image essentially in front of you already. The thought of starting with a completely blank canvas terrifies me!

This classic image of the Kings College Chapel in Cambridge was taken on a typical sunny morning in the city. It was a nice photo, perhaps not the most exciting in the world but ok. I imported it into Adobe Lightroom as always and was playing about with the colour and clarity settings and by pure chance (or luck?) I came up with this effect that I call Watercolour. It kind of falls into the HDR category in that it does involve increasing the colours and vibrance of the image, but at the same time it also requires a softening to remove some of the fine detail and create a more painted effect. I have tried this with several other images and there will be more of these in the future. 

I have displayed this image (and others with the same general style) and the reaction was frankly mixed. Some people liked the style and the abstract nature of the image while others weren't as complimentary. As always I would love anyone's thoughts and views.

On a final note for this week; although I don't write this blog particularly to sell my work you will I hope have noticed on the About-Me page that I do have a photography store at my website www.photowarrington.com - pretty much all the images this blog are for sale there in a variety of sizes, mounting styles and display types. Everything from a simple print to canvas mounted images, board mounted and full framed options - plus a variety of different sizes. The images are also available as downloadable image files as well. 

You can also purchase the images as greeting cards, cushions, phone covers, posters and even tote bags. All would make dare I say, superb gifts for Christmas. 

If you send me a twitter message @photowarrington saying you read this week's blog I will also give you in return a voucher for 15% off any purchase at the site. The festive cheer starts early!

Canon600d with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / iso200 / F8

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