Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 – Pastime

Thank you all for sharing your interesting photo crops for Patti’s challenge last week – so many good pieces of advice! As usual we can learn much from each other. Now we are happy to welcome our guest host this week – Sue (Mac’s Girl) of The Nature of Things.

Sue inspires us to post about our pastimes, old or new. ”Pastimes. It could be something that you are trying for the first time or a hobby or interest that you have enjoyed for many years.” Please visit her site for more inspiration!

Leaving my jigsaw puzzle for some hours, I have chosen to post my newly found (some weeks ago…) pastime, sparkled by ”Swirls and Twirls” at the World according to Dina.

These are some of my first attempts. I started with the little house (in the header) from a spring walk for Thursday Thoughts. Find the house here.

After making a couple of images, I realized that roads were good starters, leading straight into the swirl. This one is from Iceland, original photo here.

A lonely house on a hill, a cold, cold evening in Jämtland, Sweden. Windows are helpful to get the feeling of ”wind and light” running through.

The cherry blossom path. See the original photo here. As usual, click to enlarge.

Finally, this colourful library in Warsaw, where the original photo can be found here.

 

What did I learn from some hours of fun creating? Some things that felt right for me, were:

  • Colourful photos (rather vibrant) worked best – monochrome worked well too.
  • Roads and paths were good choices for a start.
  • Buildings – doors and windows were helpful to make the swirling go”live”.
  • Animals and people will need more practice…(Dina was very successful in her post!)

Another thing is how much time flies when you get absorbed in this – but that was of course part of the intention. If you want to try it, for guidelines, please go to Dina’s site (Link above), and/or to Youtube.

We look forward to seeing your interpretation of the Pastime theme. Please be sure to link your response to Sues post (use the original post link, NOT the one from the WP reader) and use the Lens-Artists TAG so we can all find you.

On May 23, challenge #98, we will be back on schedule, and I (Leya) will be your host. Until then – take care and stay well.

100 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 – Pastime

    • Glad you like it – I thought it should resemble my childhood visions in my grandmother’s garden. She had at least 15 cherry trees to lie under and listen to the bees.

  1. These are SO cool. What fun to get lost in photo artistry like this. It would be a good break from puzzles and I may try it out. That library one really caught my attention. All those swirls – kind of how life feels these days at times 🙂

  2. Hi Ann-Christine. You have exposed me to something I had not previously experienced. And you don’t even need to be on drugs to witness this psychedelic world!

  3. This looks like a fun pastime Ann-Christine and I especially love the movement in the last two images – beautifully done! 💖 xxx

  4. These are wonderful, Ann-Christine. I will definitely try this! You’ve inspired me. Your guidelines and lessons learned will be very helpful.

  5. I look fora to checking out Dina’s post
    and the swirls are so different in each photo. Leya.
    My favs are the last two – the swirls loops around part of the tree in the 4th and the last one has that duality left and right –

    • Glad you liked them – and different photos bring different challenges – I see potential in this technique. I too like the last two ones – I posted in the order I learned new possibilities! Give it a chance!

  6. Very interesting Ann Christine. I can see how this could be an absorbing pastime. Yet again, you’ve given me another good reason to check out Photoshop.

    • Thanks, Pam! Just follow Youtube advice. But I made it easy for myself by copying the background, doing the twirls (Dina’s site), when finished, put on a layer mask and paint with black/white pencil to reveal/conceal the underlying photo. Good luck!

  7. Great job on those swirls and twirls and integrating the original image. I also saw Dina’s portrait image and put it on my list to try. You’ve shown me it can be done with almost any subject.

    • Great you liked it – thank you for a positive comment! I hope you will try it and look forward to seeing you take on them!

    • Thank you – so glad you loved them! It is always fun to learn something new – that’s what keeps us going, isn’t it? Dorothy’s house! Yes, more comments on that I got, and of course you are right – I did not think of it myself. ♥

    • Glad you liked them, Wilma (?). Can I call you Wilma – I think I have used Lola before, but don’t know what you prefer! Pleas let me know.

  8. Fabulous! I wasn’t especially a fan, though I know how absorbing this kind of thing can be, Ann Christine, but your houses with streaming light and swirly roads work brilliantly. 🙂 🙂

      • Jude, you responded to my comment, not to A-C’s , although maybe she’ll see it, too. It’s pretty cool, isn’t it? There’s a link it the opening information to the post where we first saw this effect in use and there’s information there.

      • Thanks Janet, I noticed that I had commented in the wrong place but too late! That’s what happens when I use my phone! I have followed the tutorial and created swirls myself, but I cannot work out how to bring back the original image into the picture. I know it has to do with layers and masks, but I seem to be missing something!

      • Jude – now I answered in the wrong place… sending it again!
        Margaret made me find yours! I did not know until Dina’s post. Fun and inspirational they are – you liked them too! Well, I followed Dina’s post, but ended up like this: Copied the background, doing the twirls like she did, but finally put on a new layer mask to be able to paint with white/black pencil to reveal/conceal the real photo. It is much easier if you can ”paint back” your mistakes. Took some time to figure out what photos to use. Surely there is more to do with this technique, more possibilities – and great fun.

      • Thanks A-C. I knew it was something to do with layer masks, but it’s a long time since I used them, but I found a tutorial yesterday and had a go. As you said this can be good fun!

      • Margaret made me find yours! I did not know until Dina’s post. Fun and inspirational they are – you liked them too! Well, I followed Dina’s post, but ended up like this: Copied the background, doing the twirls like she did, but finally put on a new layer mask to be able to paint with white/black pencil to reveal/conceal the real photo. It is much easier if you can ”paint back” your mistakes. Took some time to figure out what photos to use. Surely there is more to do with this technique, more possibilities – and great fun.

  9. You have taken the swirls to a new level, Ann-Christine! This is breathtakingly beautiful. You have inspired us to use this technique in multiple ways, that’s truly a joyous blog experience once more and we thank you kindly for linking us.
    Sending you warm greetings from North Norfolk, The Fab Four of Cley 💃🧚‍♀️🧚🚶‍♂️

    • Dear Fab Four – I believe your warm greetings made those winds swirl up to Sweden too! Today it is 17 degrees and not as cold in the wind as earlier in May. Thank you! So kind of you to send such positive words, I really appreciate it. If it wasn’t for you, I would never have tried this idea! I will use the technique again, it has got potential.
      Warm winds to you all from Sweden ♥♥♥♥

  10. Wow… awesome! These are impressive, AC. I have seen many, many introductions on YouTube, nothing like your twirls! I’d love to know how you came up with the idea. 🙂 🙂

    • So happy you liked them, Amy! I think this is something you either like or really not. Some people want ordinary photos, but some like experimenting with them.
      I saw a couple of twirls at Dina’s site, and got interested. I tried her way of doing it, but ended up with a layer mask and using black/white pencil to paint and reveal the underlying image instead. Then you have more freedom to paint/paint back if you make a mistake. As I love ”tunnels” and wind effects this was a fun tool to create them. I found out it is all about what picture you choose – and your own fantasy is the limit!

  11. Dina certainly started something! She did it, then Jude (https://traveltalk.me.uk/) and now you. I can see it must be great fun, but you all take such lovely photos that in my case, I’d sooner see those. However, it’s clearly popular, and the results are striking..

    • Thank you, Sue – I had great fun with them, and posted them in the order they came out. This will need some practice to get really good. But, something I will try again for sure. And I believe either you like it or you really don’t, because some prefer ordinary photography and no ”tweaking”.

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