K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

I thought I’d go for a touch of surrealism for this week’s challenge, I hope you like it…

Diary of an Internet Nobody.(Archive)

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I’ve just about got time to fit in this week’s photo, before I get back to my packed schedule (the A-Z challenge continues later) so without further ado, here’s an odd little collage, which for obvious reasons is called “Duck tunnel”

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For this week’s entry from K’lee, GO HERE and check out what he’s done.

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Arboretum of the imagination: Meetings with impossible trees…

Meetings with Remarkable Trees, by Thomas Pakenham, is a fabulous book and it’s where I stole the idea for the name of this post.

Other than that, there’s no connection, except for the trees, obviously…

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End of year Facebook page compilation…

Since I started the Photo Sans Frontiers Facebook group earlier this year (and subsequently, this blog) I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a constant supply of striking, beautiful and wonderfully artistic pictures from a great selection of photographers.

The variety of styles, subjects and locations that group members have come up with has really impressed me and I thought that it would only be fair to post a couple of selections of their work for your enjoyment.

So here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite shots from 2015’s submissions.

Watch out for more, coming soon.

(Thank you to Dulce Alma, Sandy Trapp, Madilyn Benrubi, Netty Riggs, Rick Francis, Chris Adams, Paul James Pearson and Kilburn Adam for their contributions.)

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Autumn as art…

Sometimes it’s interesting to see what I can do with photos, just for the sake of experimentation.
So today I thought I’d have a go at making the Autumn countryside look more like art than just photography.

Just because.

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Do computers dream of electric dogs..?

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty in the media by now about Google’s Deep Dream algorithm, the artificial intelligence neural network that uses the power of computer servers as they “sleep” to do pattern recognition experiments.

In other words, computer dreams.

Well, I could hardly ignore the endless possibilities for creating strange pictures, so I fed a selection of my photos, some normal, some composite images into the dreamdeeply.com interface and waited to see what came out.

Dogs, that’s what came out, lots and lots of dogs.
Not sure why the system has such a canine fixation, but it seems to dream about them a lot.

Shots of people range from colourful and slightly distorted, to downright warped and disturbing.

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When you add a dog to the mix, things get rather peculiar…

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…but what happens when you give other animals the same treatment…

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…is nothing to what you get when the machines dream about old children’s TV favourite, Bagpuss.

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One of the most surprising results however, was from a photo of Marwood Hill gardens that I posted a few weeks ago.
No people or animals in the original picture, yet…

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…and when I offered it some iris flowers, it gave me this…

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…which I’d understand, if they were foxgloves.

And finally, I let it dream about some of the weirder pictures I’ve made, using multiple images and effects software.
Needless to say, they didn’t get any less weird.

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So there you go, computers dream about dogs and eyeballs.
Too much cheese before bedtime will do that.

{If you want to try giving the machines nightmares yourself, use THIS LINK and upload a photo.}

FX: Photography as abstract art…

If ever I’m asked, I have always said that I’m not in the least bit artistic, and what I suppose that really means is, I can’t draw or paint.

But there are other forms of art.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I use filters and post production effects on some of my pictures, but sometimes it’s fun to use existing photos, along with various editing software and gadgets, to create something completely new.

Here are a selection of manipulated images that all began life as shots of perfectly ordinary objects, people, buildings and landscapes.

It’s amazing what you can do with a smartphone…

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