I have been playing around with different ways to retouch my pictures with PS. PS actions and effects are addictive and so much fun, and I’ve been working for the past few days to put together some nice, lovely digital paintings for all of you, my photography-obsessed friends, to enjoy. The PS experience has changed me forever. Yes, the possibilities are endless and I am very EXCITED! I need to say this...PS is a RENAISSANCE and a NEW AWAKENING! Namaste PS..."I bow to you".
I’ve been photoshopping a lot this week. I LOVE IT! And, yes, I am a PS addict! AHHH! I can sit 8 to 10 hours straight (late until 3 a.m.) editing my photos. Sometimes I hold back my breath and concentrate immensely until I get my desired results. Once I start a project I just cannot stop. I get into this zone where everything else goes out of the window. I know this sounds freaking crazy! I need PSA - Photoshop Anonymous. WAKAKA!!! Note: Wakaka is the Malaysian way of laughing, often referred to as 'ekek', 'kakaka' :)
Many people say that PS is time consuming and too difficult to master. It may look complicate from the outset, however, it is not that difficult. Well I faced the same technical barriers when I first started. PS layout was so FOREIGN to me...layer mask, editing tools, filters and many more. Although the interface can seem a little overwhelming at first, learning PS is not difficult if you have the passion and take the time to practice. I've spent many hours learning from scratch. I guess taking the time to properly learn to use PS will pay off in the end. Be sure to practice and hone your skills. The are plenty of PS tutorials for beginners. It definitely helps a lot!
Okay...enough of empty chatters. This week, I will be sharing some of my artistic digital paintings with you. These so called Picasso paintings were created entirely with PS (watercolour filter + variety of adjustments + Bittbox's Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II). Click HERE to read step-by-step tutorial to create your very own masterpiece painting. Stay tuned for more of my weekly PS ramblings.
Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower
Note: The clock tower was built by Tan Jiak Kim in 1886 in memory of his father Tan Beng Swee. The clock tower housed a clock which was imported from England. In 1982, a new clock by Seiko replaced the original clock which had stopped working. The Seiko clock is still installed at the clock tower, and is still in proper working condition. At Dutch Square, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
The temple's guardian
Note: One of the two lions guarding the temple. The statue was painted in gold colour. I was leaving the temple when I saw the setting Sun. The golden light from the Sun illuminates the entire temple. The statue look like a huge chunk of gold! At Sam Poh Buddhist Temple, Cameron Highlands. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
Note: A pre-war building renovated into a backpacker hostel. According to statistics available, the total of pre-war buildings in Kuala Lumpur is only 2,500. And even so, the numbers are falling fast. DBKL and FT Ministry need to do more to protect these national heritage! At JalanPudu, Kuala Lumpur. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
Thailand: Land of smiles :)
Note: I asked her permission to take photos of the rambutans and duku langsat. She obliged immediately. Surprisingly, she posed candidly for me. NICE! By the way, it was funny....the traders in Hat Yai หาดใหญ่ thought I was a Korean or Japanese :) At Wet Market, HatYaiหาดใหญ่, Southern Thailand. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
It's a joyous life!
Note: I met this jolly lad when I was touring the island. He was a bit apprehensive at first seeing a photographer around. At Pulau Ketam (translation: Crab Island). Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
Note: Looks like a real monk. It's strange. I've seen these 'monks' in almost all Thai temples. I wonder...what is the significance of these statues? Perhaps founder of the temple? At Wat Meh Liew, Kuala Lumpur. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
On top of the world
Note: A stone statue 'sitting' on top of a building. At Grand Palace พระบรมมหาราชวัง , Bangkok, Central Thailand. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
Note: You can buy fresh hot packets of 'sup tulang' (translation: bone soup) from this lady. Each packet contains generous portion of spicy soup and some meaty tulang. At Wet Market, Hat Yai หาดใหญ่, Southern Thailand. Click HERE to read more or click THIS to view original picture.
Last updated July 26 2010 (2:20 a.m.)
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