Photo Art

What have I been doing on those days when it is too rainy to get out? Sometimes housekeeping, such as culling bad photos or adding keywords for organization. But, more often editing photos and making art.  And watching TV. I watched ALL of The Sopranos and now I am working on The Good Wife

This is just a random collection of Photo Art from the last few months. All have been post-processed with Photoshop and a variety of plug-ins such as Fractalius, Topaz Labs or the Google NIK Collection

Ghost train...

Ghost train...

Last summer we were wandering around just north of downtown Houston. There are a few old brick buildings still standing that might have been neighborhood stores. I combined this two-story building with a train shot I had from a different excursion. I think the train cars are the kind that carry new cars. 

When I was a kid we lived very near a train track for a short time. The trains would pass carrying new automobiles stacked 3-high in open cars. That was when almost all the cars came from the Big 3 - Ford, GM and Chrysler. It was a huge deal when the new models came out each Fall. And we tried to get a sneak peak as the train whizzed by. Google tells me the closed-in cars (Auto-rack) were developed in the mid-70s to protect the product from dirt, flying debris and theft of contents. Seems normal now, doesn't it?

Green door...with anchor.

Green door...with anchor.

Maybe the most popular color for doors is ... green. Do you think? This belongs to a building in Freeport where we stopped one day to get our gear organized before heading to that Little Blue Rookery. And I have no idea why there is an anchor out front. Or why the 'flower bed' on the left is full of animal skulls and bones. 

In case you want help in choosing a color for your own front door, try this article by Maria Killam. She is a great color expert and probably wouldn't approve of the anchor. Certainly not the skulls. 

Texas City refinery virtual mural 

Texas City refinery virtual mural 

One day we were wandering around the residential part of Texas City. I am always on the lookout for plain, light colored buildings for my virtual murals. This house has old-style metal hurricane shutters for the windows. You see that often along the coast; in fact all the new beach McMansions I see have fancy motorized shutters over all the openings. It has been 10 years since Hurricane Rita and seven years since Ike. Every year without a major storm is a bonus.

But we will get one sooner or later. 

Independence

Independence

So... this is the ground floor of a nearly abandoned beach house on 8-mile road in Galveston. I didn't realize that is an upholstered chair left sitting out in the elements until I got home. The Texas flag came from a shot I took on the ferry over to Bolivar.

I like the way they fit together.

Circles...

Circles...

Some images from downtown Houston; I think I recognize the infamous former Enron building that is combined with a metal bi-plane from the Texas City Park.

That is the fun part of photo art; putting together shapes or colors or textures to see what happens. 

Trio of Short-billed Dowitchers at Surfside

Trio of Short-billed Dowitchers at Surfside

And I like to use the processing on my birds, too. These are smaller shorebirds that we got close to by wading out in the muck. Tripods are great for stabilizing when you venture out into the mud. But, alas, once I got out there, I couldn't get down low. No way I am going to kneel down in all that. 

So, a nice change of pace? I have some more of those tiny, colorful warblers to share but not enough time to write it up this week. Something to look forward to then. Let me know what is going on with you in the comments. 

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