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My "Monet"

By conrad  
I wanted to improve yesterdays upload. (A photo taken during the Dutch Meet, at Kinderdijk, where there are no less than nineteen windmills!) While working on it, I had the feeling it began to look like a painting.

Now, I like paintings, especially impressionist ones. Claude Monet is one of my favourite painters. And he didnt only do French landscapes and gardens - he painted Dutch windmills and bulb fields too!

Of course, strictly speaking - if you really wanted to compare this to impressionist style paintings, you would probably have to compare it with the style of the pointillists, not the mainstream impressionists, but oh well... Wink

Anyhow, instead of counteracting the painting-like effect that I got yesterday, I decided to enhance it, so I introduced some more grain to make it look like little blobs of paint, etc. I did not use any painting-effect filters, since I didnt want to make it a one-button process (that would have felt like cheating, somehow, and also those filters tend to overdo the effect, sometimes).

I quite like the outcome myself, but would of course like to hear yours as well. Mods are welcome, too.

Thanks for looking!


Tags: The netherlands Holland Windmill Kinderdijk Monet Dutch meet Impressionist Landscape and travel

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lovelylindax 16 16
18 May 2005 12:13AM
Stunning! xxx

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firzhugh 14 13 New Zealand
18 May 2005 12:14AM
gorgeous composition and colours, beautiful shot
novocastria 15 102
18 May 2005 12:17AM
It really works, Conrad - very well done.
ReidFJR 14 310 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 12:22AM
Conrad - nice image - youve just given me and idea / support for this Fridays Fun Friday theme which will be Photography as Art - and to take or mod a picture that will produce an image inspired by a famous painter - regards Frank
annaliese 15 421 1 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 12:23AM
Superb! beautiful yellows and greens, perfectly wonderful! love it!!

conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 12:36AM
Frank - Glad I could inspire you. Sounds like a great idea, Im looking forward to it!

Everyone else - thanks!

GillyB Plus
14 317 8 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 12:43AM
flowerted 15 105 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 12:44AM
nice work conrad i like this a lot
csurry 17 9.2k 92
18 May 2005 12:45AM
I love the look of the image Conrad, my only crit would be I would have liked the windmill facing into the picture.

(Maybe a bit of PS work to change nature). If I get time later I'll take a look at doing a mod to see if it looks more balanced, it may not of course in which case you're right and I'll shut up Wink)
conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 12:57AM
Thanks, everyone!

Hi Cheryl! I can see why you would want to do that, and I look forward to seeing the result. But I have shot so many windmills head-on already (there are, after all, about a thousand of them to photograph in my country), that I got bored and started looking for other angles - literally and figuratively speaking. And I still quite like this one, but Im also curious to see what would happen if you did a mod like that. In the meantime - thanks for looking and commenting!

brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 1:24AM
I'm with Cheryl regarding the Windmill orientation Conrad. (Are Dutch windmills "Post Mills" which able to rotate about their centre? If so, the answer is obvious! Smile

Its a good result despite our traditionalist comments and looks very "Artistic". I particularly like the yellow flowers in the foreground

User_Removed 16 268
18 May 2005 1:24AM
I think this is absolutely beautiful. Really rich light and colours, and great composition. Click. Ali.
covey 15 1.7k Ireland
18 May 2005 1:27AM
Works exceptionally well. One of the best " painting effect" photos around. Well done.

conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 1:30AM
Thanks, everyone!

Brian - yes most Dutch windmills are indeed "post mills" - theyre more effective when you can turn them into the wind, after all. But that doesnt, of course, mean we always have to shoot them a certain way. In fact, I often go back to a mill to see if they have turned it another way, which would completely change the way it looks on a photo. Glad you like the flowers - opinions about them were divided yesterday. Thanks!

Dennie 15 260 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 1:43AM
Conrad You've certainly managed to make it look like a painting it is really lovley.Denise x
cameragirl 15 43 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 2:06AM
Wonderful shot. Love the colours! DOes remind me of Monet too!
akh Plus
15 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 2:09AM
Really like the effect you have achieved with this. The only thing I find slightly distracting is the light on the bales and personally I might have just toned them down a bit.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 2:25AM
Thanks, Denise and Sandy!

Tony - opinions about the bales are divided. Im not really sure who is right. I think Ill leave them as they are for now. Ill think about it. Thanks for commenting!

junglecat 15 12
18 May 2005 2:55AM
I really like this. Great work.
Kris_Dutson 17 8.2k 1 England
18 May 2005 2:59AM
Good job Conrad.

obz_uk 15 1 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 3:08AM
This works much better.....some nice detail in the sky...much more detail on the mill and the strong red toned down. The painting effect is just about right, Photoshop's single click version is a bit over the top.
Well done.

John_Duckett 15 386 2 Norfolk Island
18 May 2005 3:40AM
What a great composition and mood. Excellent

AngelaR 15 155 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 4:40AM
Really like this today Conrad, a lovely composition and the colours have really enhanced it - love the idea too.
borisv 14 3
18 May 2005 4:47AM
very nice!
turtle1 15 41 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 5:49AM
The effect you have given this works extremely well - like it

Boyd 16 11.2k 11 Wales
18 May 2005 6:00AM
A good picture with a nice sensitive treatment.
Well done.
suleesia 15 176 Malaysia
18 May 2005 6:59AM
stunning quality! beautiful piece of work!
conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 7:13AM
Thanks, all!

Boyd - a water colour version? Not sure if Monet would approve! ;-D Thanks for the mod, Boyd!

ziggy 17 200 England
18 May 2005 9:54AM
Wonderful Conrad....much stronger image now. You will no doubt be getting the next one ready
conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 10:03AM
Thanks, Roger - still have to decide on what to work on next. The potential selections are thinning out...

Deez 15 7
18 May 2005 11:12AM
I'mliking all the levels to this (didnt see the previous i presume some may have commented on that then) with the flowers, river, bails etc. It does look quite like a peek out through a window also.

Jouİo 15 56 Finland
18 May 2005 11:16AM
Paintingly beautiful...

conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 11:29AM
Thanks, Deez and Jouko!

jan 1 15 12 Netherlands
18 May 2005 12:04PM
It sertainly look like a painting, Conrad.
Perfect handled. 10 points.
acbeat 14 14 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 12:12PM
this is stunning you've made a good job of this well done. andy b
conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 1:34PM
Thanks, Jan and Andy!

old timer 15 55 1 Scotland
18 May 2005 1:49PM
Certainly Monet!
ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 2:07PM
Lovely painterly tones, beautifully composed. Well done indeed.
phiggy 18 7 United Kingdom
18 May 2005 8:07PM
Excellent composition and detail.
Lovely colours.

conrad 15 10.9k 116
18 May 2005 11:30PM
Thanks, Jim, Eric and Phil!

terry_cavner 14 332 United Kingdom
19 May 2005 1:24AM
Oh Yeah....An Absolute Masterpiece
itinerario 16 42 Netherlands
19 May 2005 1:39AM
Great result.
ziggy 17 200 England
19 May 2005 4:55AM
I rather like the idea of showing before and after next to each other on your own portfolio....have to try it myself...roger
conrad 15 10.9k 116
20 May 2005 6:51AM
Yes, Roger, I quite like doing that - really shows the improvements made!

dven Plus
14 42 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2005 3:05AM
this photograph is a real stunner. one that i would like to hang on my wall

conrad 15 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2005 10:22AM
Thanks, Dven, quite the compliment! Smile

paul_chong 15 24 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2005 4:00AM
brilliant image, with a wonderful atmosphere, gloomy and beautiful at the same time.
kinfatric 15 550 9 Scotland
22 Jul 2005 7:02AM
I rather like this.
Diana 13 2.0k 19 Netherlands
27 May 2008 9:40PM
like the painterly effect

conrad 15 10.9k 116
28 May 2008 8:53AM
Thanks, everyone!

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