While wandering around downtown Asheville Sunday afternoon, I came across the work of local artist Jeff Pittman (http://jeffpittmanart.com). Pittman paints local scenes that folks familiar with Asheville would recognize - restaurants, monuments, bars, parks, and street scenes. I don't know how the "experts" would rate Pittman's paintings, but I liked them. As with my school boy friends, I was jealous of Pittman's talent. Each of his paintings was simple, yet interesting, something I strive for in my photography.
Since I can't paint, I tried photographing a few local landmarks, with the idea of doing something "artsy" with them later. The problem for me is that once I start experimenting with different looks, I can't decide when to stop. There is always one more thing to try. Here are three versions of one photo from Sunday afternoon after much experimenting. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Original color photo.
Toned B&W photo
My daughter, Courtney, who was with me when I made the original photo, considers the digital painting version cheating. Maybe so. I would never try to misrepresent one of these as a real painting, and I doubt I could fool anyone anyway. However, it is fun for me to experiment, and that's why I do this - for fun.