Charles Ayars  

Reeds and Petals by Charles Ayars

September 2021 - Reeds and Petals

September 2021 - Charles Ayars


September 2021 - Charles Ayars

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About the Image(s)

I started with a picture of reeds and lily pads that I took in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Then, I made three copies of it each with a different blend and offset the three pictures a little to change the image. My intermediate step is the washed out version that I have included. I then took that into Topaz 2 and applied three different filters to come up with my finished product. I actually have two different versions of this based on the Topaz 2 filters but like this one a little bit better.

3 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Charles, I like the artistic feeling that you have achieved with the different blends and offsets. I can understand the process by looking at the originals but looking at the finished version in isolation, it is not so readily apparent. I quite like the visual disconnects in the image and mentally I am trying to flip it vertically in my mind's eye to make sense of it all. I always warm to images that I don't fully understand and this is one of them.   Posted: 09/10/2021 13:30:42

Joan Field   Joan Field
I hope I got the correct final image up for you. I wasn't absolutely sure if it was this one or the green one. This comes across to me as an abstract image that could be hanging in a modern art museum. It gives me the feeling of dead leaves floating in a fascinating background. I like the use of the one branch connecting the reeds and leaves, giving continuity to the image. It's fun to sit and look at it to see all kinds of things. The overall image has a glow about it because of the lighter areas in the middle, which works well for my sensibilities.   Posted: 09/13/2021 13:42:25

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Charles, Your final image works well for me. Your image would look equally good to me as presented, or with a vertical flip. You there just enough subtle difference in brightness between the edges and the center, to keep my eyes in the center of your image. Well done.   Posted: 09/17/2021 19:47:27


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