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Australia and New Zealand

issue 12 - march 2018 | digital ar tistr y


06 E D I T O R ’ S M E S S A G E by Pam Henderson

29 C H E R E E S M I T H - Cherr y Blossom

48 M A R G A R E T K A L M S - Scottish Coast

- Leap Of Faith

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PHOTOSHOP ARTISTRY by Sebastian Michaels

08- W H AT ’ S O N / N E W S 12 b y A D U M e m b e r s

- Care For Africa Raf fles - Quill & Camera Inter view

30- D E N N I S R I C K A R D 31 - C h r i s t m a s F l o w e r s

49 M I C H E L L E D R U M M O N D

32- A R T I C L E 33 D I A N E S T A F F O R D

50 LY N J E N K I N

IN T ERVIE W B y Tr i s h H o s k i n

-Reflections E xhibition

- Care For Africa Foundation and

34- R O C H E L L E M A R S H A L L 35 - N e v e - Galene

WorldPix.org

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2018 WILDLIFE AND N AT I V E P H O T O G R A P H Y CHALLENGE by Judi L apsley Miller

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36 T H Y S J E A R T H U R

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- Light Space & Time

- Masai Adorned - Black Widow

40 B I L L O L D H A M

- O r i g a m e F r o m A i r e y ’s I n l e t C a f e

25 S O N I A P U S E Y

- Red Hot Poker Flower

- Beyond The Lens

26 C I N Z I A H A R T

- Hidden Secrets - P e t r a ’s D r a g o n

27 C O L I N C A M P B E L L - O d e To C o f f e e - Tr o p h y

28 J I M D AW S O N - Aussie Shed

- Her Protection

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F E AT U R E D A R T I S T ALI OPPY - Calla - Enchanted Sky - Flying South

- By The Light Of The Moon

52- D E A N H O H N 53 - T h e E n c o u n t e r - The Grid

54- A R T I C L E 55 S O M E P H O T O S H O P

INSP IR AT ION

by Andrew Haysom

56 C H R I S T I N A B R U N T O N - City Lights

- Fallen Angel

57 39 S A N D Y B O L E S

SUE MASTERSON - Ebony

- Boulder s - May Downs

- Living The Photo Ar tistic Life

- Have Courage

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- Sail Away

- finear tphotography - Ar t Sold

- Sweet Dreams

- Bygone Times

38 M A R J O R I E L O R D

15- A R T I S T S A C H I E V E M E N T S 24 - F a c e b o o k P a g e

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BRONWYN KENMIR

CHINESE WHISPERS #4

- Heaven Ar t Galler y

- Blueprint

- Draconum

ARTICLE by Maureen Max well

- Thicket Legion

WHI T E L ANE S T UDIO

Parade

- Endometriosis Fundraising

- March Madness

- Tr i c k R i d e r

- E xperience Endo Woman Ar t

- CityScapes Exhibition

- S u n r i s e Tr e e

MARY KNAGGS - T h e Ta p - T he Red Hat

58 P H I L L I PA F R E D E R I K S E N - Autumn Leaves - Red Flower

59 A N N W E H N E R

- The Enchanted Forest - The Rope Swing

60- PA M H E N D E R S O N 61 - A s T h e R a i n C o m e s D o w n - Autumn Stroll

- Sea Nymph - Phantom Blue - Escape - Lady Iguana - L e t ’s F l y A w a y - Sweet Scorpian

62 H E L E N A K E R S T R O M - Cheetah Run - Kembali


63- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T KEVIN SIMS 69

83 M E R R A N G Â Û

- Anchors Of Life - Lost

- Climate Change 1 - Climate Change - Breaking Bad - Shattered Dreams - To r n

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- F r o z en Yo g a

- T ime Stood Still

87- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T SUE MAPLES 93 - Native Apple Berr y - Lily

WA R R E N M AYA L L

- Amongst T he Gum Leaves

- Shine

- Donkey Orchid - Stirling Ranges Purple Flower - Water fall 1

JUDI L APSLEY MILLER

- Water fall 3

- Silver Lining s Baddha Blue

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- Boat Shed

94 E D W I N L E U N G - Ar t Galler y 1

- Ar t Galler y 2

A N D R E W H AY S O M - A ll T h a t You S e e - Omniscient

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- Dingo

V I K I M U R R AY - Solitar y 1

SHARON R ANKMORE - A New View 1

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TUTORIAL

By Bill Oldham

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HAZEL BL AKE - Emily 1 - Rachel 2

80- K A R E N WA A L W Y K 81 - K o o k a b u r r a - Striated Heron

82 J U L I E P O W E L L

- C l o w n Tr e s Tr i s t e 1 - C l o w n Tr e s Tr i s t e 2

AT H A L I E TAY L O R - Black And White Abstract

96 O N A B O O R M A N

- But ter flies

- Night Creatures

104 L E A N N E M W I L L I A M S - A Te n d e r M o m e n t - Wolf Ar t

105 K Y E T H O M P S O N - Pure Beach

- Building Blocks

106 B A R B A R A D U D Z I N S K A - V in t a g e Tw in s - Fisherman

107- F E AT U R E D A R T I S T MICK ROONEY 113 - S p r i n g ’s I n T h e A i r - Night Light 1 - Night Light 2 - Night Light 3 - Forbidden Love - Pyramid - Tr u e G r i t - On Your B ike - O f f To W o r k - Good Karma

- Gates Of Dawn

- A New View 2

76- A R T I C L E 78 P H O T O S H O P

103 I L O N A A B O U - Z O L O F

- Water fall 2

- She F ills My Hear t With Light - Still Life With Flamingos

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- Ye s M y W in g s A r e F a din g

- Matetsi-Kudu

- The Horses

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- New Zealand 7

86 T O N Y S T E P H E N S O N

- Playing With Fire

GER ARD WHEL AN

- Psycho

- Blonde Genie

- Gif t Of Nature

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- New Zealand 6

84- G E O R G E K O N C Z 85 - B r u n e t t e G e n i e

- Universal Skater

102 A N N L AV I N

- Secret Of The Sea

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MAUREEN MA XWELL - Polo Cross Intercept - The Search Goes On

98 J U L I A H A R W O O D - B o r n To B e F r e e

99 C O L I N K I L L I C K

- Under Construction

100- T R I S H E D WA R D S 101 - R a c e d a y - Alley Way Break

114- A L B A M A S S 115 - I M i s s Y o u - Dark Ages

116 H E I D E H O F F M A N

- Fly Away My Dream - Colouring T he Rainbow

117 LY N D A R L I N G T O N - African Buf falo - Arni Who

118 D I E P T R A N

- A To u c h O f P u r p l e - Petals Fall

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119 A N T H E A S C O T T E - Rainy City Daze - Paris

120- D A L E B O T H A 121 - F l o w e r s F r o m M y

Love

- To t a l l y I r r e l e v a n t

FRONT COVER by K A RE N WA A LW Y K - Cat tle Egret

Rochelle Marshall - Aether

Andrew Haysom - DUX

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Ali Oppy - Sensual Falls

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EDITOR’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the 12th Edition and the first anniversary of “Artists Down Under” magazine. Wow time has certainly flown and I cannot believe the talent of our artists, their art just keeps getting better and better. February has seen another extremely successful and busy month for our artists with competition wins and successes in having their images chosen to be published in other international magazines. Congratulations to all those involved. This month we feature four of our very talented artists whose work is simply outstanding; these artists are Ali Oppy, Kevin Sims, Sue Maples and Mick Rooney. I know you will all thoroughly enjoy their featured sections.

The Redlands Digital Artists Group delight us with another one of their renditions from their “Chinese Whispers” Series, simply outstanding. Trish Hoskins introduces us to the very talented Designer - Diane Stafford of White Lane Studio, who takes us on a wonderful journey of her talented life.

Ann Wehner - Ballet My th

Andrew Haysom shares some more of his Photoshop Inspirations with us all, this time with Macro and Focus stacking.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy this edition of “Artists Down Under” as much as I did putting it together for you.

Bill Oldham also shares some of his teaching skills with us, with a Photoshop Tutorial on how to use a Luminosity Mask to boost contrast.

Stay safe and see you all next month.

Pam Henderson

AL BaMass - E xtraordinar y Flower Backgrounds: Laitha’s Designs - Jai Johnson - White Lane Studio Copyright 2017 ©

Andrew Haysom - St Kilda Boats

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Artists in this publication are responsible for any rights appertaining to their work.


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NEWS

Goat Island

Care for Africa Support the Care for Africa Foundation to raise much needed funds to help drill fresh water wells in the Tanzanian villages. The latest prize is the artwork “Goat Island Morning” (pictured above) by Dean Hohn. The image is a sublimation print on aluminium with an ultra gloss finish and a floating hanger, 20”x30” (511cmx76cm). The image has been kindly printed and donated by Print 2 Metal in support of the Care for Africa Foundation.

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A big congratulations to Wendy Russell who is the winner of the Care For Africa Raffle “Goat Island” that was drawn on the 24th January 2018. Wendy purchased her ticket from the Penguin Creek Gallery, TAS. The winner of the September 2017 Care For Africa Raffle “Water is Life” that was delayed has now been drawn and the winner is Brian Grill from Karratha, WA.


Care for Africa (Cont....) The raffle image has been kindly printed and donated by Print 2 Metal in Melbourne in support of the Care For Africa Foundation. A huge thank you to Marie and Frank for their ongoing support. The raffle image from 25 January to 24 April 2018 is “Water Is Life ll”. The image is a Unique State image and a collaboration between Nigel Lazenby and myself. The image is 20”x30” printed on ultra gloss white coated aluminium with a floating frame. The raffle will be drawn on 24th April 2018. Raffle tickets are available 1 for $5, 3 for $10. Tickets are available from Penguin Creek Gallery in Penguin, Tasmania or by emailing Dean at dean.hohn@bigpond.com. You can also purchase tickets online direct from Care For Africa. Direct deposit into: Care for Africa: BSB: 037608 Acc: 387249 or Email: jennysaunders122@gmail.com Will ship to anywhere in Australia.

Water Is Life II

Quill and Camera Pam Henderson Interview https://www.quillandcamera.com/the-pam-henderson-interview/

Flower Child

By The Light Of The Moon

Autumn Stroll

Kishori

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WHAT’S ON Margaret Kalms

Experience Endo Woman Art March 18th, 2018

Ainslee Football Club 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslee, ACT 2602

What does pain look like? How can you show someone how your pain feels? What are the issues when someone lives with a chronic illness? These are questions that motivate Margaret Kalms’ innovative photoart. 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, estimated 500,000 in Australia, costing $7.7 billion in medical costs and lost productivity. Experience EndoWomanArt will have an arts focus with a showing of Margaret’s photoart, a fashion parade of Margaret’s designs, a dance film called RED by Liz Lea, a talk by Melissa Parker, key researcher at Canberra Endometriosis Centre and whi is internationally recognised for her endometriosis research, a talk by an arts and acupuncture therapist, and one woman talking about her experiences of living with endometriosis and how she has collaborated with Margaret in her photoart. There will be an auction of gift vouchers and products donated by local businesses. Come and grab a bargain for a good cause! Date Sunday 18 March, 2:00 - 5:00pm at Ainslie Football Club, Ainslie, Canberra. Tickets http://www.experience-endowomanart.eventbrite.com.au Margaret Kams’ art: http://www.endowomanart.com/life-with-endometriosis Designs https://www.redbubble.com/people/EndoWomanArt/shop Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LifeWithEndometriosis/ All money raised during the event, ‘Experience EndoWomanArt’ will go to Canberra Endometriosis Centre that serves local women.

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WHAT’S ON Margaret Kalms Reflections Exhibition The Link 7 March - 17 April 2018 90 Stockdill Drive Holt, ACT 2615 The Marsden Art Group announce “Reflection” 7th March - 17th April 2018 in Ginninderrery, Holt, Canberra. Artists will explore meanings around literal reflections and reflecting upon ideas, thinking of the past or contemplating the meaning of life. Margaret is exploring meaning in an old abandoned house, contemplating who lived there and how their lives were lived. The wood is weathered and has warped leaving cracks and tactile textures for us to visually contemplate. A broken and displaced window pane represents lives disrupted and not fitting inside any more.

Abandoned

Memories

Julie Powell CityScape Exhibition Blank Wall Gallery 16 March - 29 March 2018 55 Fokionos Negri Street Greece Julie Powell has been lucky to have had two of her images selected to be printed and displayed at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens as part of the Cityscapes exhibition. The exhibition starts on 16 March 2018 and runs until 29 March 2018

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Margaret Kalms

Make your shopping count, visit and share: I’ve learnt a lot about pattern design and shape h t t p s : / / w w w . r e d b u b b l e . c o m / p e o p l e / as the designs needed to be adapted to the I’ve recently started to sell my art and designs on EndoWomanArt/shop different aspect ratios of different products. clothing, household goods, laptop and phone cases and even as framed pictures! I’m using my site There are cash prizes; $2,500 first, $1,000 second Click on this link to see the Throw Pillow as a fundraiser for endometriosis research (I’ve and $500 third; plus prize winners get to sell their dedicated 20% of profits). Endometriosis affects 1 products in the Library gift shop! It would be You can buy designer clothing at affordable prices in 10 women worldwide (500,000 in Australia) and terrific publicity by a reputable institution. What and raise money for a worthwhile cause at the can cause debilitating chronic pain. We urgently a great opportunity! same time!! need more funding for research into better, more My design shown here uses an historical botanical effective, non-invasive treatments. illustration by Pietro Andrea Mattioli. It’s available Share EndoWomanArt with your friends or buy a on dozens of products including cloths, laptop unique treat for yourself and your friends. Click here to visit EndoWomanArt covers and mugs. Margaret Kalms Last month I entered a competition which was a collaboration between Redbubble and the State Library of Victoria! We were given images from the library’s historic collection to use on our products. I chose the botanicals which included some interesting Australian flowers, banksias and cassias. You can buy designer clothing at affordable prices and raise money for a worthwhile cause at the same time because 20% profits go to endometriosis research.

Digital Art links the Care For Africa Foundation with WorldPix.org! INever think for a minute people don’t take notice of your art and what you’re doing. Especially if it’s for a good cause! I got noticed by Mike Goldner, at ArtisanHD, from my ArtBoja page, who in turn told Paul Lynch, the founder of WorldPix.org about the work I was doing with the Care For Africa Foundation, raising funds for drilling fresh water wells. Thank you Mike Goldner for passing my information on to Paul Lynch. It is coming up 12 months ago that Paul first contacted me to see if I would be interested in joining their group, who are doing similar work to what I’m doing for the Care For Africa Foundation, in various locations around the world.

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I said yes and filled out the application form, but I didn’t really meet the requirements of their organization because I have never been to Tanzania and therefore couldn’t provide images of the people or animals from the villages we are supporting. Combine that with the fact I did digital art instead of straight photography and it took a bit for the board to work out how I could fit into their organization. In the end, we have overcome the hurdles and I am delighted to be a member of WorldPix.org.

result of not having been to Tanzania, the board of WorldPix has been gracious enough to allow me to use my digital art images from around Tasmania, until such time as I’m able to actually visit Tanzania. I thank them for this privilege. You can see my gallery of images at https:// worldpix.org/galleries-2/ Dean Hohn

My dream is to visit the Tarime District of Tanzania and spend time with the villagers and attempt to capture their stories and include them in my gallery. The Care For Africa Foundation, that I am raising funds for is based in Launceston, Tasmania. As a

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Art of Birding 2018 Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge

Join Judi on a year-long weekly photography challenge, designed especially for nature and wildlife photographers. Storytelling, wildlife advocacy, and creative/artistic photography is where her heart is, and she hopes to encourage more photographers and photo-artists to not just stop at the perfect wild life picture but to take it further. These weekly challenges will encourage you to think about how your images can be composed and used to advocate for our precious wildlife (story), to hook the viewer in with compelling, creative images (creative), and to increase your technical skills and development (technical). She has created each challenge so that most people can participate, regardless of skill level or where you live in the world (though you will notice a New Zealand bias!). Most challenges can be achieved with just a camera phone. Don’t worry about catching up, just jump in at the current week. Details at https://www.artbyjlm.com/art-of-birding-2018.html

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REDLANDS DIGITAL ARTISTS GROUP

(FORMERLY REDLANDS FAB FOUR)

A COLLABORATIVE GROUP OF PHOTO ARTISTS By Maureen Maxwell

CHINESE WHISPERS #4 “SOMEONE’S WATCHING” STAGE 2

STAGE 1

Gerard Whelan started off our collaborative efforts this month. The image Gerard produced was not only challenging, but very clever.

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FINAL STAGE

Then Pam (our esteemed editor) was given the additional task of finishing the challenge which she did with her usual skill and flair.

Gerard’s work could have been interpreted in different ways. It could have been the basis for a dark, threatening and harsh work of art. On the other hand, it could also be seen as a protective style ‘Guardians at the Gate’ watching over the whole scene. It was then up to Maureen to decide ‘where to from here’. Maureen chose this latter direction, mostly because the colours and serene beauty Gerard had created needed to re main.

The final image still remains open to interpretation and, no doubt, viewers will each take something different from it. We hope you are enjoying our collaborative efforts - the three of us are enjoying the challenge each month brings, and we also have a lot of fun and enjoy learning from each other. Maureen Maxwell


artists down under monthly Achievements

AL BaMass - Soft Glow

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artists down under facebook

Karen Waalwyk

page

Judi Lapsley Miller - Unfurling Tui

The Artists Down Under Public Facebook page has been set up to allow the artists in the group to showcase their work and to enable them to share promotional information about themselves, e.g. exhbitions, awards etc... You can find the Artists Down Under Public Facebook page at this address; https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtistsDownUnder/ So, if you are an artist in the group, don’t forget to regularly share your work and information here, and to let your friends and family know about the page if they are interested in viewing the latest art and news from the group. If you are a reader of the magazine who does not have access to the page, please click the link above and request to join. When you request to join you will be asked to answer three simple questions that will allow us to determine if you are an eligible artist who may wish to join the group and therefore be able to post on the page, or a member of the public who can view, comment and like the work on the page. It’s a great place to see some great art from this vibrant group every day!

Marjorie Lord - Butterfly Lyn Darlington - Simplicity Julie Powell - Marilyn

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Helen Akerstrom - On The Nose

Lyn Darlington - A Flower Blooms

Maureen Maxwell - Scenes From Sydney

Sandy Boles - Pedestrian

Three ADU members receive a special gift Our very good Awake friends Teddi Rutschman of Foxey Squirrel and Diane Stafford from WhiteLaneStudio continue to give gifts as a reward for members of the Artists Down Under group who contribute to the ADU Facebook page by regularly posting their artworks and supporting other members with their comments. Teddi, from Virginia, USA, is well known for her fantastic sets of digital designer backgrounds, masks and all kinds of wonderful elements ready for designers to add to or build a wondrous creation.

The March lucky winners are Teddi Rutschman (Foxy Squirrel) Gift Voucher of $10.00 - Ann Lavin Dianne Stafford (White Lane Studio’s) texture & Overlay Kit - Sandy Boles - Barbara Dudzinska

Teddi Rutshman can be found at http://www.foxeysquirrel.com/ http://www.oscraps.com/shop/Foxeysquirrel Teddi has given a $10.00 voucher for one very lucky member to spend in her on-line shop. Diane Stafford from Chester, UK, designs Photoshop textures and overlays for photo artists and photographers to use in their digital artworks. Diane has created another special kit just for Artists Down Under for the month of March. Two artists will receive a Diane kit each. Diane Stafford can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/whitelanestudio

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heaven art gallery Heaven Art Gallery was opened in May 2017 and is already a very successful place for international and local artists. The gallery is located in the main art district of Scottsdale, Arizona and is one of a kind due to its unconventional way of displaying art. Art is displayed on huge digital screens and each screen can display hundreds of artworks. Thanks to Sebastian Michaels one of the screens is dedicated “Awake” artists. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of us to have our art on display.

Ann Wehner - Reflections

Once again in December, Artists Down Under had a lot of art accepted for the gallery contests and exhibition. Congratulation to all contest winners and exhibition artists from “Down Under”.

Down Under Artists Competition Winners for February 2018 “Surfaces” Contest & Exhibit Category: Smooth

1st Place

Barbara Dudzinska - “Smooth”

Category: Reflection 1st Place

Ann Wehner - “Reflections”

Honorable Mention

Barbara Dudzinska - “Sunset Reflection”

Category - Rough

Barbara Dudzinska - Smooth

2nd Place

Ann Wehner - “An Artist’s Tools”

Barbara Dudznska - A Sunset Reflection

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Ann Wehner - An Artist’s Tools


Light Space and Time

CityScapes Art Exhibition Special Merit Category - Andrew Haysom - Docklands Marina, Melbourne - Julie Powell - Princess Bridge At Dawn - Julie Powell - Storey Bridge At Night - Athalie Taylor - Entering The City Maze - Karen Waalwyk - Panama City

Andrew Haysom - Yarra River Melbourne

Photography and Digital Category 8th Place - Athalie Taylor - Skylights, Stairs & Reflections 10th Place - Andrew Haysom - Yarra River, Melbourne Honorable Mention - Karen Waalwyk - Visions Of Melbourne

Andrew Haysom - Docklands Marina

Julie PowwOver Princess Bridge

Karen Waalwyk - Visions Of Melbourne

Julie Powell - Storey Brisge At Night

Karen Waalwyk - Panama City

Athalie Taylor - Entering The City Maze

Athalie Taylor - Stylight, Stairs aAnd Reflections

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FineArtPhotography Congratulations to the following Down Under Artists who had work published in the “Fineartphotography around the World” magazine, Edition 1/2018.

Ali Oppy

Ann Lavin

Ali Oppy

Lynn Jenkin

Dale Botha

Dale Botha

Pam Henderson

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Sue Masterson

Ann Lavin

Lyn Jenkin

Johanna Goudsblom

Sue Masterson

Trish Edwards

Merran G AU

Merran G AU

Pam Henderson

Trish Edwards


FineArtPhotography Congratulations to the following Down Under Artists who had work published in the “Fineartphotography around the World� magazine, Edition 11/2018.

Ali Oppy

Ali Oppy

Ann Lavin

Sue Masterson

Ann Lavin

Rochelle Marshall

Rochelle Marshall

Dale Botha

Dale Botha

Pam Henderson

Pam Henderson

Trish Edwards Trish Edwards

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LIVING THE PHOTO ARTISTIC LIFE Congratulations to the following Down Under Artists who had work published in the February Issue of “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine, Issue No. 36

Ali Oppy - Floral Falls - Sea Nymph Ann Lavin - I See The Moon, The Moon Sees Me Christina Brunton - Raven Woman Julie Powell - Potential - The Night Watches Over You Leanne M Williams - Another World Johanna Goudsblom - Halfway To Nowhere - My Loyal Companion Denise McDermott - Leaving The Earth Sonia Pusey - Have Courage Sue Masterson - Sasha’s Memories - Blades Violin Louise Campbell - Times Are A Changing - Message In A Bottle Dale Botha - Dancing With A Bird - Cone Flower

Ali Oppy - Sea Nymph

Ann Lavin - I See The Moon, The Moon Sees Me

Christina Brunton - Raven Woman

Julie Powell - Potential

Louise Campbell - Message In A Bottle

Sonia Pusey - Have Courage

Sue Masterson - Blades Violin

Johanna Goudsblom - Halfway To Nowhere

Dale Botha - Dancing With A Bird

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Denise McDermott - Leaving The Earth

Leanne M Williams - Another World


LIVING THE PHOTO ARTISTIC LIFE Congratulations to Pam Henderson (Down Under Artist) for being the “Featured Artist” in the February Issue of “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine, Issue No. 36

By The Light Of The Moon

My Carriage Awaits

Winter Beauty

Beauty Surrounds

Kishori

Secret Dance

My Secret Place

Keeper Of The Gate Caught In The Breeze

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Art Sold Congratulations to Dean Hohn Dean has recently sold several pieces of art

Denison Beach Recently sold at the Waubs Bay Gallery in Launceston, TAS. This piece was sold as a 12”x 18” (30cmx45cm) matte print.

On The Rocks Recently sold at the Waubs Bay Gallery in Launceston, TAS. This piece was sold as a 12”x 18” (30cmx45cm) matte print.

Eternal Blue Recently sold at the Gallery Pejean in Launceston, TAS. This piece was sold as a 18”x 12” (45cmx30cm). Printed on an Epsom 7880 Series inkjet printer using Ultra Chrome K3 inks and printed on Museum Grade Hahnemuhle William Turner paper and then matted.

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BEYOND THE LENS

H AV E C O U R A G E by SONJA PUSEY

Australia

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HIDDEN SECRE TS

P E T R A’ S D R A G O N by CINZIA HAR T

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Australia


ODE TO COFFEE

TROPHY by COLIN CAMPBEL L

Australia

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S TA L K E R AUSSIE SHED

HER PROTECTION b y J I M D AW S O N

Australia

https://www.spiritsoulimages.com.au/

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CHERRY BLOSSOM

L E A P O F FA I T H by CHEREE SMITH

Australia

https://darkcherrydesign.myportfolio.com/ https://www.artboja.com/art/w7aph5/

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CHRISTMAS FLOWERS by DENNIS RICK ARD

Australia

https://ink361.com/app/users/ig-3279276017/dennisrickard/photos

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TRICK RIDER by DENNIS RICK ARD

Australia

https://ink361.com/app/users/ig-3279276017/dennisrickard/photos

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DIANE STAFFORD OF WHITE LANE STUDIO By Trish Hoskin I recently came across White Lane Studio owned by Diane Stafford from England. Diane has generously donated her kits for our Magazine Subscribers. The name of the company fascinated me so I decided to seek her out to interview her, and as she uses Etsy to sell her products I was also interested to find out how this worked for her. I asked Diane how she had come to find us in the Awake Magazine being all the way from England. It turns out that she has close family living in Adelaide. She had seen a post in Awake by Athalie about starting the ADU magazine and offered support to benefit the ADU Members by offering her “Exclusive” Collections which would not be available elsewhere. I asked Diane to relate a bit about herself and how she came to start White Lane Studio. Can you give the readers a bit of information about yourself and how you came to the digital art world? I’ve been creative since childhood, mainly drawing, painting and crafts. As a mature student I took an Art Foundation Course at our local art college, where we covered a range of art genres, mediums and techniques, from photography, life drawing, printing, fabric art, ceramics and more. I was very much in my element. I then lived in Spain for a few years. There I met other artists and together we formed an artist group, learning from each other, and exhibiting our original art works very successfully.

On returning to the UK, life circumstances presented the necessity for a career change that would enable me to work from home. I re-trained in website design and began supporting small start-up businesses, and freelancing for other designers. Although I was incorporating some of my own hand painted art work, abstract textures and design elements into that work, I yearned to bring more creativity into my daily life. About 2 years ago, I came across the AWAKE digital artistry course and, about the same time, happened upon a well-known designers texture course. I was instantly drawn to learning how to combine my hand painted elements into digital art work. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable learning and application process, that I continue with today, as time allows. Whilst I’ve not yet found my own distinct photo artistry ‘style’ (I find that a challenge, as I love working in many art styles), creating fine art textures allows me to create more in the abstract.

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DIANE STAFFORD OF WHITE LANE STUDIO (Cont....) How did you come up with the name for your online store - White Lane Studio? Having been to England many times it conjures up in my mind a lovely little village lane with quaint cottages and summer flowers? I do live on the outskirts of a little village. Although it’s not quite the quaint ‘chocolate box’ cottage and roses style you might imagine, it is very lovely. The village can be traced back to the Doomsday Book and many prominent buildings stem from the 17th century. The name, White Lane Studio, was an obvious choice for my online store, as I live in White Lane. The studio part sounds rather grand for the kitchen table, but that works for me. I have been looking at your Etsy store and wondered if you would tell us a bit about how you decided to use Etsy to sell your products? The implementation of the digital VAT. laws had delayed my plans to offer instant digital download products for sale via my own website. In order to fully comply with the laws, the decision was eventually taken to offer digital download collections via external marketplaces that could process the digital vat. The original Etsy store was set up for my daughters in 2012, under a different name. They didn’t actually do anything with it, so it stood empty for many years gathering virtual dust. Very late in 2016 I restarted the girls’ Etsy shop, changed the name to White Lane Studio, and tentatively began offering texture collections there. A lot of us trying to sell our art and some of us with product such as images of models etc use various on-line stores. How have you found Etsy to work with in terms of ease of use, good exposure etc? Etsy is very easy to use, especially for delivering digital product files and dealing with the VAT. Using an online marketplace depends on the type/style/price-point of physical/digital products artists are looking to sell, and whether digital VAT. is an administrative issue for you. For quality digital fine art work (canvas/prints etc) there are other marketplaces, like ArtBoja, Saatchi etc; and other specialist photography stock sites, that may be more appropriate for an individual artist. Whilst marketplaces can bring the opportunity to reach a wider audience, as with all things online, marketing your Etsy or other marketplace store is still very necessary. I’ve yet to put my own advice into consistent practise. Your store sells lots of lovely textures - can you give our readers a bit of an insight into how you come up with the idea to make a series of textures? Texture, pattern, shape, colour, light and shadow is all around us. Look and you’ll find these elements in your everyday life, in nature, even disguised in the seemingly ordinary. I can’t really say that I actually come up with the ideas for my texture collections - they present themselves. I can be experimenting with art materials, cooking, decorating, brushing a garden path or simply washing the dishes, and there it is - that ‘ordinary something’ - demanding to be seen differently, to be recorded and be given further life and purpose. These things inspire every photograph I take, every drawing or painting I create. Combinations then merge and blend together to eventually emerge in my digital texture collections, just a few of which I currently share with others through my White Lane Studio shop. So, there are some interesting insights – thanks to Diane for her time and her generous donations to the group.

TRISH HOSKIN

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NEVE by ROCHELLE MARSHALL

New Zealand

https://www.darksapphirephotography.com

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GALENE by ROCHELLE MARSHALL

New Zealand

https://www.darksapphirephotography.com

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DR ACONUM

by THYS JE ARTHUR

New Zealand

https://www.tgagraphics.co.nz/ https://artboja.com/art/wpqa4m/

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BYGONE TIMES by BRONWYN KENMIR

Australia

www.smiletime.photography https://artboja.com/art/bpr5pe/

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S A I L AWAY

B O U L D E R S - M AY D O W N S by MAR JORIE LORD

Australia

http://artmuse.com.au/ https://facebook.com/ArtMuse.MarjorieLord

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MASAI ADORNED

BL ACK WIDOW by SANDY BOLES

Australia

ht tps:// www.facebook.com/photographybySandyboles

https://www.sandybolesphotography.com

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ORIGAME FROM AIREY’S INLE T CAFE

RED HOT POKER FLOWER by BIL L OL DHAM

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25818712@N04/

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ALI OPPY

CALLA 41


ENCHANTED SKY by ALI OPPY

New Zealand

https://www.facebook.com/Mysticsparrows https://artboja.com/art/lzqpfy/

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SE A NYMPH by ALI OPPY

New Zealand

https://www.facebook.com/Mysticsparrows https://artboja.com/art/lzqpfy/

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PHANTOM BLUE

ESCAPE 45


L ADY IGUANA

L E T ’ S F LY AWAY by ALI OPPY

New Zealand

https://www.facebook.com/Mysticsparrows https://artboja.com/art/lzqpfy/

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SWEET SCORPIAN I was born in New Zealand known as Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. My interest in art was always something that I enjoyed doing and I have tried many different art forms. My most enjoyable form of art was spray paint art that I discovered when living in the United States. I attended a state fair and saw a couple doing this art form and was so fascinated by it that I had to give it a go. The couple doing this art offered to teach me, but said that it wouldn’t be for a couple of months, so in the meantime I went home and started to practice and try the technique that was used. I had come to the point where I decided I was going to try a live show. I booked myself to a venue and my journey of spray painting began. The first live show was very daunting as I have a shy nature and to be in front of an audience performing my art was really pushing my boundaries. I soon learned to switch off to the fact that I was painting in front of people and went into my own little world creating painting after painting to upbeat music and was soon able to complete a painting within five minutes. The more the crowd showed there appreciation by clapping and cheering the more comfortable I became in the live performance scene. The technique used to do the paintings was the art of being able to create a painting without a paint brush. To do this I used many different objects like pot lids, cans, crumpled paper and sponges to get the different effects to my paintings and highlighted mountains and trees etc. with a pallet knife. I used these painting techniques on poster board and any non porous surface. I painted on walls and also painted a show car. This art form was said to have originated in Mexico City in the early 1980s. After many years of doing this it was time to move to something new. I soon discovered the digital world of creation and was inspired by many artists that created this form of art. My art was inspired by one artist in particular “Jim Waren” a painter. Loving his creations that are surreal and fantasy I thought that I could adapt her digital work along the same lines. With no digital art skills or know how, I started to create using Photoshop and a few other editing programs. With many hours watching tutorials and a lot of dedicated hours, I started creating fantasy artwork, only limited by my imagination. Looking for my identity name was something I wanted. It soon came to me through the sadness of my father passing on. At my father’s funeral, a sparrow flew in and stayed for the whole time of the service, and then flew away. This was how the creation of my art name “Mystic Sparrow” happened. I now specialise in digital photo manipulation, creating images from photos and turning them into a fantasy style art form. When I first started I did many different fantasy and surreal types of art, trying to create my own unique style. I am now specialising more in the female portrait and figure type art. My world of mystical and magical fantasy art has now moved me to have a touch of mystery about them, bringing my Mystery Sparrow to life in my art. My creations of my portraits never show both eyes of the face visible. Sometimes no eyes are visible. A small sparrow is in all of my images, some obvious, some not so obvious, defining who I am and the creation of the name “Mystic Sparrow”. I enrolled in the Awake coarse with Sebastian Michaels and am now living my artistic dream and meeting many new people from around the world. Many friendships have grown for me through social media, interacting with other digital artists and photographers. ALI OPPY

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SCOT TISH COAST

SUNRISE TREE by MARGARE T K ALMS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/zg47s6/ http://ecospiritlife.com.au/

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MARCH MADNESS

THICKE T LEGION by MICHELLE DRUMMOND

New Zealand

https://enchanted-reality.blogspot.co.nz/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/Whimiscal.Imagery/photos/

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BLUEPRINT

SWEET DRE AMS b y LY N N J E N K I N

Australia

www.jenkinphotography.com.au/

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BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

EBONY by SUE MASTERSON

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/g6gt11/ https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Masterton-Digital-Artist-1662189864018110/

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THE ENCOUNTER by DE AN HOHN

Australia

ht tps:// www.facebook.com/Dean-Hohn-Photo-Artistry-247723325687722/ ht tp:// artboja.com/art/yw8ic8//

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THE GRID by DE AN HOHN

Australia

ht tps:// www.facebook.com/Dean-Hohn-Photo-Artistry-247723325687722/ ht tp:// artboja.com/art/yw8ic8//

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aD rOt W i s tNs U N D E R Australia and New Zealand

SOME PHOTOSHOP INSPIRATION MACRO AND FOCUS STACKING By Andrew Haysom One of the rules of photography is that the closer your camera is to your subject the narrower your depth of field. So, the closer you are, the less of your image that will be in focus. This creates one of the biggest problems for macro photographers, who often want to get as close to their subject as their macro lens will allow. For example, on an APS-C crop-sensor camera, at a focal length of 100mm, with your subject 30cm away and an aperture of f/11, the depth of field is a tiny 2.5mm. One of the ways around this limitation is to focus stack some images. This means you take a number of exposures of your subject, each focused on a slightly different area, and then merge the different exposures together in software such as Photoshop. When taking the exposures, minimal movement is required, so my recommended setup is a stationary subject, with the camera mounted on a sturdy tripod. Using a remote control and having mirror-lockup enabled will further reduce the chance of any movement that can soften your images. I like to use Live View for this sort of photography as it lets me zoom in and focus to make sure I get an image with every important area of my subject in focus. Live View also automatically locks-up the DSLR mirror so that is one less thing I have to worry about. I will usually aim to take at least 10 images for each focus stack. If you take too few you can end up with blurry areas in your image. There are dedicated focus stacking software packages like Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker, but good old Photoshop also lets us focus stack images. Here are the steps to focus stack in Photoshop 1.

Use the File / Scripts / Load Files into Stack menu option, and select all of the focus-stacked images you have taken.

2.

Make sure the Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images check box is checked and press OK.

3.

Select all the layers (click the first layer, hold Shift and click the last layer).

4.

Choose the Edit / Auto-Blend Layers menu option, and make sure that the Blend Method is set to Stack images, and that the Seamless tones and colours check box is checked, then press OK.

Figure 1 shows the Layer Panel after Photoshop has blended the focus stacked images. You’ll notice that Photoshop has placed masks on every layer and the most in-focus regions of each layer are masked-in (white). 5.

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Now you will find you’ll likely have to crop off some edges due to the alignment of the different layers, and you can create a merged layer, or flatten the image and perform your normal exposure/clarity/sharpening steps on the stacked image.

Please note that focus stacking is not limited to macro photography. You can focus stack a landscape too if you wish by taking a few shots, focusing one the foreground, one on the background, and a few in between, then follow the steps above to stack and blend them.


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CITY LIGHTS

FA L L E N A N G E L by CHRIS TINA BRUNTON

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/1pa52q/

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T H E TA P

T H E R E D H AT by MARY KNAGGS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/oc091r/ https://www.facebook.com/MaryK-Photographic-Art-145293185640662/

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A U T U M N L E AV E S

RED FLOWER by P HIL L IPA F R EDERIKSEN

https://artboja.com/art/33o0hk/ http://phillfoto.smugmug.com

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Australia


THE ENCHANTED FOREST

THE ROPE SWING by ANN WEHNER

Australia

https://www.annwehnerdigitalartistry.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/annwehnerdigitalartistry/

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AS THE R AIN COMES DOWN by PA M HENDERSON

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/snapnshootdesigns/ https://artboja.com/art/dmfi9d

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AUTUMN S TROLL by PA M HENDERSON

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/snapnshootdesigns/ https://artboja.com/art/dmfi9d

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C H E E TA H R U N

KEMBALI

by HELEN AK ERSTROM

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/helen.akerstrom https://www.instagram.com/ha2260/

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KEV I N S I M S

ANCHORS OF LIFE 63


LOST 64


C L I M AT E C H A N G E 1

C L I M AT E C H A N G E by K E VIN SIMS

New Zealand

http://www.kevinsims.co.nz https://www.artboja.com/art/fx6wd6/

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BRE AKING BAD

U N I V E R S A L S K AT E R by K E VIN SIMS

New Zealand

http://www.kevinsims.co.nz https://www.artboja.com/art/fx6wd6/

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TORN

G I F T O F N AT U R E by K E VIN SIMS

New Zealand

http://www.kevinsims.co.nz https://www.artboja.com/art/fx6wd6/

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P L AY I N G W I T H F I R E My occupation is Professional Airline Pilot and I live in Nelson, New Zealand. I am a self-taught photographer and oil paint artist. I purchased my first film camera to document a visual record of life as I developed my career in aviation. My primary focus was on “People and Places” and predominantly nothing more than snapshots. I found some of the images required further manipulation so I converted the bathroom into a temporary darkroom and began exploring ways to ‘alter reality’. A short venture into weddings and reunions was well received, however I found this extremely stressful. The photo shoots were extremely gratifying but the waiting for the processed film results and then hand retouching became a problem while pursuing my primary career. I have always enjoyed oil painting as I find it very therapeutic. I have taken a night school course to refine some techniques. It would take a very vivid imagination to call me a contemporary artist. I paint on large canvases and this occupies a large storage space and gets to be displayed as decor changes. A few pieces have been relocated to grace the walls of family and friends. My photography and oil painting were, at that stage, for my pleasure only. That was until 2013 when I decided to try and define myself with regards to this hobby. I set myself three tasks: 1. How can I be more creative with my camera now that I use digital imaging? 2. Produce a photobook portfolio of my best images for the year. 3. Learn photoshop. I wasn’t prepared for what happened next as I stumbled upon Sebastion Michaels’ “Photoartistry” course in its infancy. Taking a blind leap of faith I stepped into this wonderful world of creativity and magically doors began to open for me. I know that I am my own worst critic and rather guarded when it comes to self-promotion and social media. The creative talent which was being displayed within this photoartistry group was incredible and for me to reveal my images was daunting. To overcome this fear I set a 5 year plan in place. Paraphrasing my diary notes it reads: 2014 – Serious approach to photography. 2015 – Create website and learn photoshop. 2016 – Serious approach to photoartistry. 2017 – Self promotion and marketing. 2018 – Sink or swim – putting it all together with a purpose. So far everything is on target however some additional outside pressures may prove a distraction for achieving the 2018 goals. My inspiration for art and photography remains “People and Places” and as yet I cannot seem to fit myself into any recognized genre. I will continue to create images for myself and consider it as a bonus when others obtain enjoyment from seeing the creations. Ideas are everywhere so I keep a notebook with me all the time. Creating my images is like a puzzle to be solved. I generally don’t have an end image in sight, merely just a concept in mind. I don’t believe any of my images are yet complete therefore I often review old artworks and refine with new techniques. The result is often an entirely new composition. This year I am exploring the creative fields of light painting, refraction and liquid art. Reality is negotiable – Dare to be different

KEVIN SIMS

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FROZEN YOGA by GER ARD WHEL AN

Australia

http://gerryspictures.com.au/ https://artboja.com/art/abf48i/

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SHINE

THE HORSES b y WA R R E N M AYA L L

New Zealand

www.warrenmayallphotography.co.nz

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SHE FILLS MY HE ART WITH LIGHT

STILL LIFE WITH FL AMINGOS by JUDI L AP SL E Y MIL L ER

https://www.artbyjlm.com

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New Zealand


S O L I TA R Y 1

S I LV E R L I N I N G S B A D D H A B L U E b y V I K I M U R R AY

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/vikimages https://www.instagram.com/viki_murray/

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A L L T H AT Y O U S E E

OMNISCIENT b y A N D R E W H AY S O M

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/ajhaysom/ https://andrewhaysom.myportfolio.com/

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A NEW VIEW 1

A NEW VIEW 2 by SHARON R ANK MORE

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/0719aj/

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aD rOt W i s tNs U N D E R Australia and New Zealand

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL USING A LUMINOSITY MASK TO BOOST CONTRAST By Bill Oldham

One way to use a luminosity mask Intoduction

For the last three years the mention of a luminosity mask has left me bewildered. However, I have finally gotten around to making a start on what a luminosity mask is and how I might be able to use it. In this article, I hope to gently introduce you to one way that you might wish to use one - to boost the contrast and colour of one of your photos.

What is a luminosity mask?

You are probably used to making a selection with one of Photoshop’s various tools such as the lasso, magic wand, quick selection and colour range. A luminosity mask is simply a selection based on the brightness and darkness of the pixels in your image. And you get this from your channels panel of your Photoshop display (normally on the right side of your screen).

Creating the luminosity mask

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1.

Choose an image that is reasonably sharp but needs a bit of a boost in contrast and colour. Please do not use one of your not so good images to play with. You should have already deleted it! But that is another story for another time.

2.

Open your image in Photoshop. Here is what I am starting with.

3.

Make a copy of the background by using Control + J. If I completely stuff it up, the original layer will still be there unscathed (non destructive editing approach).

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Click on the Channels tab next to the Layers tab.

5.

Now hold down the Control (Command on a Mac) key and click anywhere in the RGB channel.


PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL (Cont....) RGB channel selected

Caption: Hold down the Control key and click anywhere on the RGB Channel (as shown by the red arrow). This gives you a luminosity mask based on the range of the pixels from black (0) to white (256).

Using the luminosity mask (to increase colour and contrast) 6.

Duplicate the background layer by using Control + J.

7.

There is no real need to do this next step, but if you want to see which pixels were used in the luminosity mask, just click on the eyeball next to the background layer. Here is what I got.

Background view turned off to show pixels chosen for the luminosity mask Caption: The red arrow shows where to click to turn off the background layer. What is left is the pixels selected by the luminosity mask. 8.

Change the blend mode in the Layer 1 to Overlay. The purpose of the Overlay blend mode is to make the darks darker and the light tones a bit lighter.

The Contrast section of the blend modes has six others - from Soft Light through Hard Mix. I want to look at these one at a time to figure out which one will make the bee stand out against the background. It might have helped if I had taken a picture of a bee on a red flower so that the bee is not the same colour as the background. Oh well. I’ll try to remember that for the next walk around the garden! 9.

Try each of the Contrast one at a time by clicking on the Overlay blend mode and then using the down arrow one step at a time to compare the results. I think that I will go with the Pinlight blend mode because it leaves a lot more detail in the bottom part of the image rather than just a big black hole.

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PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL (Cont....)

IMAGE 4 - Lots of blend modes to choose from. 10.

If one of the results is too much, then use the Opacity slider to dial it back a bit until you are satisfied with the result. There are a few ways that you can do this. (a) The quick way is to click and drag on the word Opacity from side to side. This will show you the extremes of the blend mode chosen (from 0 to 100%). (b) A more gradual way is to click on the drop down arrow at the right of the word Opacity. Then use the right and left arrow keys to see a slower change in the blend mode extremes. IMAGE 5 - showing the Opacity slider. Caption: The red arrow shows the spot to click and drag from side to side for a quick result. The green arrow shows the dropdown arrow to use with the more gradual approach.

Want more contrast and colour?

Create a stronger effect by duplicating Layer 1 for a second time. Summary For the last three years I have been having a go with Levels and Curves as a way of doing global adjustments to an image. Now I have a third way that I can try - using the luminosity mask as a way to boost colour and contrasts. I hope that you have a chance to add this third method to your collection of tools that you can use for editing images. Combined with the key Photoshop techniques of layers, selections, and masks, you will soon be on your way to a land of creative ideas where you begin to create on your canvas what you see in your mind. That’s all, folks!

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E M I LY 1

R ACHEL 2 by HAZEL BL AKE

Australia

ht tp://www.hazelblake.com.au/ https://artboja.com/art/bu46pm/

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KOOK ABURR A b y K A R E N WA A L W Y K

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/photos/88165766@N05 https://artboja.com/art/i1sahn/

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S T R I AT E D H E R O N b y K A R E N WA A L W Y K

Australia

https://www.flickr.com/photos/88165766@N05 https://artboja.com/art/i1sahn/

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CLOWN TRES TRISTE 1

CLOWN TRES TRISTE 2 by JULIE P OWEL L

Australia

ht tps:// www.juliepowellphoto.com/ ht tps:// artboja.com/art/glul6i/

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NEW ZE AL AND 6

NEW ZE AL AND 7 by MERR AN G ÂÛ

New Zealand

ht tps://bit.ly/KaizenNZ https://artboja.com/art/i6ti0x/

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BRUNE T TE GENIE by GEORGE KONCZ

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Australia


BLONDE GENIE by GEORGE KONCZ

Australia

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M AT E T S I - K U D U

TIME STOOD STILL by TONY STEPHENSON

Australia

https://tonystephenson.photoshelter.com/ https://artboja.com/art/v1tzlg/

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S UE M A P L ES

N AT I V E A P P L E B E R R Y 87


L I LY

A M O N G S T T H E G U M L E AV E S by SUE MAPLES

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Australia


DONKEY ORCHID

STIRLING R ANGES PURPLE FLOWER 89


WAT E R FA L L 1 by SUE MAPLES

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Australia


WAT E R FA L L 2

WAT E R FA L L 3

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DINGO by SUE MAPLES

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Australia


B O AT S H E D

Hello Everyone, first; I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who are involved in bringing this magazine together each month and also all of our Facebook pages, in such professional and interesting ways, CONGRATULATIONS!!! This journey we are all on together is so much fun and I am having a great time being a part of this inspiring and encouraging group, thanks. The enthusiasm and talent that is shared has helped me personally get through many challenges where my ‘art’ is concerned. For years I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey of discovering yet another new and exciting way to improve upon my creativeness. Through the many opportunities of learning and developing my skills, not only in Photoshop, but also with my interest in other artistic pursuits, I can honestly say that one of my main aims with any artwork is to bring out the 3D aspect. Where colour and texture play such a vital role in making a piece have the right shading and overall flow, it is the challenge within myself to ensure that a piece I put hours into has other people enjoying it as much as I have in creating. As I only use my own photos (which I might add have accumulated to huge proportions especially since we have travelled Australia a lot, and going again this year, oh no! more photos) and create a lot of my own textures, thanks to courses through Artistry and Awake, I work a lot with colour and grunge to bring out and enhance the artistic bent I have in creatively composing a scene that shows my thankfulness for the opportunities we have had to see such spectacular landscapes; birds in their natural habitats; and of the amazing and varied country I delight to call home. Some of the art pieces I have included here are to show the varied ways I like to ‘frame’ my works. I enjoy using different surfaces to display pieces. The ‘waterfalls’ have been printed as 3 separate posters and then placed together on a large canvas, hanging on our dining wall. The boat shed is a mixed media art work with grunge and photos, also on a large canvas on our wall. I also print at home on tissue paper then glue the artwork onto canvas. Other ways I enjoy having my works on display is that I make calendars with the many compositions I have created through the year; and I create ‘coffeetable’ photo books, some are all photos, such as the one I have that is solely on WA wildflowers; some I use the digital scrapbooked pages I make with Photoshop compostions of family; and last year I finally finished the large photo book of our travels around Australia (which has a mixture of photos, Photo= shop compositions and stories. SUE MAPLES

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ART GALLERY 1

ART GALLERY 2 by EDWIN L EUNG

New Zealand

https://500px.com/elkynz https://artboja.com/art/ola8i6/

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BL ACK AND WHITE ABSTR ACT b y AT H A L I E TAY L O R

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/eka9sg/

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G AT E S O F D AW N

SECRE T OF THE SE A by ONA BOORMAN

Australia

https://www.pinterest.com.au/onaboo/my-scrapbook-pages/

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POLO CROSS INTERCEPT

THE SE ARCH GOES ON by MAUREEN MA XWELL

Australia

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BORN TO BE FREE by JULIA HARWOOD

Australia

https://www.juliaharwood.com https://artboja.com/art/s6w7af/

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION by COLIN K IL LICK

Australia

https://driftingleaves.net

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R A C E D AY b y T R I S H E D WA R D S

Australia

https://trishedwardsfineartphotographer.com https://www.instagram.com/trishedwards_you_should_b_here/

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A L L E Y WAY B R E A K b y T R I S H E D WA R D S

Australia

https://trishedwardsfineartphotographer.com https://www.instagram.com/trishedwards_you_should_b_here/

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PSYCHO

Y E S M Y W I N G S A R E FA D I N G b y A N N L AV I N

Australia

ht tp:// artboja.com/art/d6au4o

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BUT TERFLIES

N I G H T C R E AT U R E S

by ILONA ABOU -ZOLOF

Australia

ht tps:// www.ilonaabouzolof.com/

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A TENDER MOMENT

WOLF ART by L E ANNE M WIL LIAMS

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/leannemwilliamsimages/?pnref+lhc https://artboja.com/art/d019th/

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PURE BE ACH

BUILDING BLOCKS by KYE THOMPSON

Australia

http://artboja.com/art/xb2kgr/

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V I N TA G E T W I N S

FISHERMAN by BARBAR A DUDZINSK A

Australia

ht tps:// www.SmartArtPlace.com ht tps:// artboja.com/art/7qn7s6

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M I C K R O O N EY

SPRING’S IN THE AIR 107


NIGHT LIGHT 1 by MICK ROONE Y

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Australia


NIGHT LIGHT 2

NIGHT LIGHT 3 109


FORBIDDEN LOVE

PYR AMID by MICK ROONE Y

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Australia


TRUE GRIT 111


ON YOUR BIKE

OFF TO WORK by MICK ROONE Y

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Australia


GOOD K ARMA My name is Mick Rooney I have been an avid photographer and a digital Artist for the last 20 years. I personally find photography and digital artistry one of the best stress busters known to man and woman; I come home from work stressed out with an idea, four hours later I am going to bed a happy man. {digital artistry is better than two pills} In my day-to-day life and when I travel 99% of the time I will always have three cameras with me, my IPhone, Canon IXUS and my big Canon 7-D. With my Canon 7-D I have three lenses with me, 24 to 105 f4-s lens, this lens is always on my camera it is my go to lens, if you only have one good lens this is the one and yes it’s the best lens to travel with, and I also have a 70 to 200 F4 S lens and a 85mm prime f 1.8 (all Canon} {Tip One} My love of photography is street scenes and people. My partner and I love to travel to Asia for our holidays and I always have an unbelievable time and have about 2000 incredible photos to take home. When I am on holiday my day will start at 6am, make a cup of tea and cup of tea in bed for Gail, I then grab my Canon 7-D and 24-105 lens and go and sit out in front of my hotel and capture any fantastic city coming alive – the local residents starting their day, and other holiday makers. The last hotel we stayed in was on the corner of a busy intersection, at four pm the sun would light this intersection up, wow wow just fantastic, this light would illuminate local residents and holiday makers coming and going. {Tip Two} With the introduction of Sebastian Michaels into my humdrum life I have become inspired, more artistic, more inventive, more passionate about my workthe way I look at each photo. I am looking deeper into my photos seeing other things in the photo that I can use in my toolbox. How do I get my glorious work of art out in the public domain Artist Down Under is how - I need to thank all the fantastic artists who give me inspiration each month {Thank You}. I also invested in some cheap photo frames from Target. Photo frame with a 7x9 and an 8x10 mat $8.00 and a photo frame with a 6x8 and a 5x7 mat $6.00. They also make good gifts. This allows me to change my décor as my mood takes me and yes it’s a good topic of conversation next time you have friends around {Tip Three} Taking dramatic night-time photographs with your DSLR camera is easier than you might think! With a little patience, practice, and some tips, you can be taking spectacular images all night long. Night Time photography you will need a tripod, and you will need a fast card in your camera (a fast card will take a lot of work off your camera, not just at night, all the time) set your {ISO to 100}-{manual focus} –{f stop from 9 to 22} you will have to play with the f-stop I like an exposure of 3 minutes- this is in a city with a lot of night time light. Now take one to two test time shots (count exposure time) ok lets have some fun. SET focus-take the shot at the same time twist your zoom lens out, you need to play with the twist one slow one fast. Have fun. MICK ROONEY

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I MISS YOU by AL BAMASS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/nsthnn/

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DARK AGES by AL BAMASS

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/nsthnn/

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F LY AWAY M Y D R E A M

COLOURING THE R AINBOW by HEIDE HOF F MAN

New Zealand

ht tps://www.haupa.net ht tps://www.flickr.com/photos/heideho

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A F R I C A N B U F FA L O

ARNI WHO b y LY N D A R L I N G T O N

Australia

http://www.sabvaningphotoart.com

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A TOUCH OF PURPLE

P E TA L S FA L L by DIEP TR AN

Australia

https://www.facebook.com/tranphotography https://www.ar tboja.com/ar t /6bqn2g /

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R AINY CIT Y DAZE

PA R I S by ANTHE A SCOT TE

Australia

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FLOWERS FROM MY LOVE by DALE BOTHA

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/x1el96/

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T O TA L LY I R R E L E VA N T by DALE BOTHA

Australia

https://artboja.com/art/x1el96/

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http://tinyurl.com/artisitsdownunderpublic

Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand - March 2018  

Digital art works from the members of the Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand group.

Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand - March 2018  

Digital art works from the members of the Artists Down Under - Australia and New Zealand group.