2 October 2018

Waterlogue

While rambling on Monday afternoon, I took the photograph shown above of the north Derbyshire countryside. I was outside The Peak District near the village of Cutthorpe. 

Because of Steve Reed at "Shadows and Light" I have been made aware of a photo enhancing app called "Waterlogue" and this morning I took the bold step of purchasing said app from Microsoft Store. It is the first app I have ever bought.

After installing "Waterlogue" and within seconds I had re-imaged the photo to produce the two new versions shown below. They really do look like authentic watercolours and it would be very easy to have either of them transferred to a photo canvas.
Then I picked a photo I had taken at the back of Cutthorpe Hall - a broken window in a neglected outbuilding. Here is the original:-
 And here it is after applying the "Travelogue" option in "Waterlogue":-
"Waterlogue" is a wonderful new toy and for £1.69 I think it is a bargain. Something to keep me occupied through the winter months and I'm not hurting anybody am I ? As someone who is interested in painting and occasionally dabbles in it, I must say that it is a little discouraging to see how rapidly "Waterlogue" "paints" a presentable picture for you. Only after many hours of determined labour could I ever produce anything resembling that window "painting".

22 comments:

  1. Just came to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the beautiful poetry Harvest Moon in the comment box of Jenny!
    i loved it ,reminded me so many lovely full moon nights back in village when moon seemed world leaning upon me and i peeked through it wonderlands of my imagination

    those night made write poetry and prose in quiet yet singing
    silver nights.

    My younger son also used this app but in his smart phone and show me same simple photos with different aspects as you created the magic here so beautifully

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to leave such a nice comment Baili. I love your phrase - "wonderlands of my imagination". You should look for Neil Young singing "Harvest Moon" on YouTube. I think you will like it very much.

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  2. It really is an amazing app. I might buy it myself.

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    1. You could "waterlogue" your grandchildren Ms Moon!

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  3. Amazing indeed, but isn't it much more satisfactory to produce your own painting, with real paint and a paintbrush?
    A lady whose blog I regularly read participates in a weekly "Scribble Picnic", where a theme is set and everyone produces a picture according to that. Mary always uses a photo she has taken and makes it look like a drawing. The results look pretty enough but I would amire the pictures much more if they were produced by a real pencil in her own hands.

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    1. Yorkshire's most famous living artist is David Hockney. Unashamedly he has embraced the possibilities of modern computer software to advance his Art. Just last week his brand new stained glass window was unveiled in Westminster Abbey. The design was created on his i-pad!

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    2. But Hockney actually created the design. The iPad was simply a tool.

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    3. That's true - perhaps like Waterlogue.

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  4. I can't take credit for discovering this app -- I learned of it through Vivian Swift. It's an AWESOME toy, though, and like you, I think it's well worth the money!

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    1. Vivian will probably credit someone else and that person will credit another user and so on and so on.

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    2. Steve: Once a journalist, always a journalist. I wish every journalist was as upstanding and factual as he.

      BTW, I can't exactly remember how I learned about Waterlogue. I think I was reading an article about painting, or the digitization of age-old hand crafts, and came across a mention of it. I used to wish that my books would write themselves, and now it looks as if my wish that they also illustrate themselves has come true.

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  5. I especially like the window one. I'll have to look for that Waterlogue.

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  6. I feel a little nervous ... It's very watercolourish, I'll give you that.

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    1. All your years of advancing your painting skills Kate when perhaps all you needed was Waterlogue!
      (Please don't yell at me!)

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  7. This app can cause you to scratch your head .How can an app be better than the real thing?

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    1. You could make a Waterlogue painting of The Micro Manager to go above your fireplace. It would make a great Christmas gift.

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  8. Love it! I've shown it to Tony and he's going to buy it for a bit of fun. We have lots of his photos enlarged on our walls that are lovely but this might make some interesting new ones.
    By the way, I use Google Earth a lots when planning my o/s trips and really miss the wonderful "Panorarmio' photos that were such a help. Now there are awful , out-of-position photos of sunsets and nothing much else. Not much help when you are wanting to see what a place is like!

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    1. Yes. It is sad that Google pulled the plug on Panoramio. As an enthusiastic contributor I had posted hundreds of pictures and led three or four groups - including "English pubs" and "English churches".

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  9. The last one is beautiful, no matter who painted it.

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    1. In the end I think that that is what matters Mr C.

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  10. I used an app like that for portraits but it got a bit boring. I expect you will be rather more creative with this one.

    I look forward to seeing more

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  11. I missed a couple of your posts while you were out strolling and getting water-logged!

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