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Waterlogue

This week I decided to take a little time exploring digital rendering of photographs using my iphone.  A lovely artist friend of mine whose work I truly admire, Tracy Verdugo (http://tracyverdugo.com/) alerted me recently to an iphone app that renders digital photographs into watercolour.  It is called Waterlogue.  I was instantly intrigued.  Since I was very young I have often painted and sketched as a hobby but these days I find myself with so little time to do anything like that so when I found out about Waterlogue, I thought I would try it out.

As with many photo manipulation apps you need to experiment.  Not all of mine have worked well with Waterlogue but I recently returned from leading an expedition in Africa where I was shooting photographs of the incredible Himba tribespeople in north western Namibia.  I have found two photos from the many that I shot there that work well with Waterlogue.  Here are some before and after images.

Young Himba Girl – the light on the original photo was bad here.  Sadly by the time this shot was taken the sun was nearly at noon point and was creating havoc in the form of shadows.  Initially I wasn’t happy with these shots:

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And this is a digitally rendered version that I have removed all colour saturation from:

Preset Style = Bold Format = 10" (Giant) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = High Contrast Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Medium Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Perhaps my favourite of the two photos is actually this one.  Again this photo was shot in horrible light:

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But this is what it looks like in Waterlogue:

Preset Style = Bold Format = 10" (Giant) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = High Contrast Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Medium Options Faces = Enhance Faces

The most incredible thing about this app is that it has turned photographs that I wasn’t happy with at all into pieces of art that I am thrilled with.  Under normal circumstances these are photographs that I would never publish publicly so this app has actually make me take a second look at my work with a view to creating works of art out of images that would be left backed up on hard drives and never used.

The original jpegs of these images were around 14MB each.  The app renders down the full size images to around 3MB in size.  While you can’t blow this up to billboard size, I could still print them well on paper around the size of A3 and frame them.  Naturally I would remove the border that the app has created.

A link to this lovely app’s web page is here http://www.waterlogueapp.com/ so why not download it and start creating your own work?

If you are interested in a print of these images, please email me at inger@ingervandyke.com .

The cost for an A3 – USD$120, AUD$175

 

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