Window Boxes, Charleston, SC - 2013
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After Tuesday's post, I got a suggestion that a digital painting of Rainbow Row in Charleston might look great. I thought so too, but none of my photos of this iconic scene looked like they would work. Our two visits to Charleston were in the spring, after the trees had leafed out there. From almost any angle, the trees in front of the buildings blocked the view except for the upper floors. I guess I'd have to get a shot during the winter to get the view I had in mind.
Then I decided to try the same painting technique on another Charleston scene, and selected the above photo of some Charleston window boxes. I played around with the Redfield Fine Touch Filter, which offers an almost infinite number of possible adjustments, for quite a while. I came up with some results that were somewhat interesting, but not really looking like a painting. Frustrated, I finally gave up and decided to go with a straight photo. Even with the help of a computer and some very sophisticated software, I still can't paint. I guess I'll just stick with photography - at least I can get satisfactory results with a camera most of the time.