Andrew Hersom, APSA, PPSA, AFIAP  

Water buffalo ploughing by Andrew Hersom, APSA, PPSA, AFIAP

January 2022 - Water buffalo ploughing

January 2022 - Andrew Hersom, APSA, PPSA, AFIAP


About the Image(s)

In 1993 we visited friends in Hong Kong and took a 3 day excursion to Macau, Foshan and Guangzhou (Canton). This picture was taken from an express train travelling back to Hong Kong. It rained most of the trip and the light was dismal. I saw some farmers working in rice fields and took a couple of "Hail Mary" shots. 400 ISO film was used. These didn't come out very well, the scans were slightly better but not much good for PTD. I removed the telephone lines using the spot healing tool in PS, cropped, then used the watercolour filter in Corel Painter Essentials 7. The ploughing figure is OK but I've mostly lost the figure on the bicycle. This is the second attempt on this image with altered reality and possible better. What do you think?

5 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
I had to comment on this one straight away because I think that it is wonderful! It would make a really great print, so I reckon that this version deserves a frame. Perhaps the large telegraph pole could be reduced in height by a half, but this is a minor point. This is an image to be proud of!   Posted: 01/02/2022 00:36:33

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Sure like this most painterly image ! I, too, might recommend removing the dark pole...   Posted: 01/11/2022 16:51:57

David Blass   David Blass
I think you've produced a lovely image, definitely painterly, and to me better than the original.   Posted: 01/11/2022 18:30:03

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
A masterful image created from the most ordinary of images which many of us would have cosigned to the dustbin. I have not used Corel Painter but the watercolour filter has produced a convincing result.   Posted: 01/12/2022 06:45:14

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Excellent conversion, much better than the original. I agree
about eliminating the pole.   Posted: 01/17/2022 08:27:57


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