Picture of the Day - September 18, 2009
"Road to the past"
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Nowadays pushing the shutter button is just the start of a
photographic journey. Digital imagery, and the amazing programs that
let the photographer manipulate their image, have brought us to a
place where reality and art mingle and merge.
Some disparage the “changing” of images, saying it is impertinent
for the photographer, a mere mortal, to try to improve upon what has
naturally been created. Others see the new digital tools at their
disposal as an opportunity to infuse a scene with their own personal
vision and share it with others. They see an image as more than a
simple record of what is. They see it also as an opportunity to
examine what was, and what could be.
Today image is of the Emerts Cove Covered Bridge in Sevier
County, Tennessee. Relatively new, it was built in 2000 by two
gentlemen working for the city of Pittman Center. As I looked at the
image I captured I was transported to another, simpler time. A time
when the gentle clip-clop of hooves replaced the roaring of engines
and life moved at a gentler and more humane pace. This is the
feeling I wanted to convey to those looking at my image.
It’s more than a little ironic that I would use the latest of modern
day cutting edge techniques and tools to transform an image into an
instant “antique.” I hope, in viewing my image, you, too, will find
yourself carried back to a time of peace and tranquility.
If you would like to see more of my images, please visit
my online gallery.
Name: Rick Rouse
Town: Abingdon, VA
Exceptionally well done Gordon - Love it!
Name: Alice Meeks
Town: Fairbanks, AL
What a great transformation Mr. Brugman. I have a painting on my
wall that looks a LOT like this, but yours is a LOT better!!!
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
Town: Spokane, WA
Excellent photo Gordon!! I really do like what you have done with
this photo a lot. I would be interested in what you used and how you
did it also! I have noticed with the photos that you post here that
you are always trying new things and I think that is great!! I love
the mood and the feel of this photo!! Great job.
Name: Felicia Bevins
Town: Ritchie, AR
This looks like it could have come right out of the 19th century.
Great job Mr. Brugman!
Town: Kirkland, WA
Gordon, you've managed to take a relatively mundane subject and
transform it into a work of art. The post-processing on this image
is excellent, and conveys exactly that sense of history and age...
and using a subject less than 10 years old in the bargain! Well
Name: Lisa Cargille
Town: Sierra Vista, AZ
This photo belongs on a calendar. Truly great Mr. Brugman!
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
I like this picture a lot, and I too would love to know how it was
created. Outstanding job on the conversion!
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