Smartsy-Artsy

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To a person, all those who know me understand that the only kind of art I have ever mastered is the sort of art known on the street as twattle art The fact be told, when I try to pencil out a nice straight line onto a piece of paper, that nice straight line winds up as a badly drawn sawtooth. Remedying that by use of a straightedge, my line often looks as though it had whiskers - or that I had a raging fit during its making.

How I wished and I wished...

All the same, I have always wanted the makings of an artist - the pen and brush kind of artist. I had to wait until my years piled up higher than my verbal and textual nonsense kind of art to see my wish come true. How does that old saying go?

"They also serve who only stand and wait " (Milton, 1674)

Alligator tears on dry land

Someone evidently heard my crying. There was given birth to genius sons and daughters - somehow - somewhere. Those children grew up, learned all of the things about art that I never learned, and, just for the fun of it, they also learned how to transfer their art smarts into computer smarts. By absolutely good fortune, I found them.

You can hear it but can't see it yet

Even though I cannot draw a straight line, I know how to use a photographic camera. It is so easy. You point the camera lens at something. Then you push on a little button conveniently placed on the outside of the camera. When you hear a click noise coming from inside the camera, you smile. The reason? You just put a picture inside of the camera.

Almost done

After making a photograph; that is, all of the little dots and empty spots - the pieces that make up a picture - you can process those pieces in a computer or hand them over to someone else to be processed, developed, brought about so that they can be seen as a picture, or however you might want to describe what is to be done next. All that remains is for you and others to look at the picture you produced.

Click, click, click - all around the yard

With scarcely a limit to the number of things at which a person can point a camera, the pile of photographs can become quite tall indeed. A green beetle here, a blade of grass there. Here a rose flower, there a tree. One thing after another. All of these pose for the camera, but, ordinarily, none of the photographs remind a viewer of "art." Unless the photographer is really some sort of artist, the photographs look much like beetles, grass blades, roses, or trees.

Knockout rose in our garden
Knockout rose in our garden
Another rose and a garden pot
Another rose and a garden pot
Orange tree foliage and blossoms next to a brick wall
Orange tree foliage and blossoms next to a brick wall

Those geniuses said differently

"You want art? We bring art right to your clickey little fingertips." That's what those computer artists said to me in their computer program, "GimPhoto."

"All you have to do is tell our program what you want to see, and we will arrange for you to create your vision and make it so that you can see it again and again - or show it to anyone who will sit still long enough for you to force 'your art' upon them."

And that's what happens

I won't complain if you consider the following images to be some kind of art. Nor will I brag that I created the things. All I did was to stick my camera images into this old computer, call up that "GimPhoto" computer program, and then choose which one of a gazillion image manipulation applications to use in transforming ordinary photographs into unique art images.

The geniuses did all of the work. All I did was play.

Spinning rose
Spinning rose | Source
Rose confusion
Rose confusion | Source
Plentiful pixels
Plentiful pixels | Source

Can't beat the price

A copy of "GimPhoto" is yours offered free on the website, "SourceForge.net."

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whonunuwho 17 months ago from United States

Very interesting article my friend. Quite a nice and refreshing look into art. Thanks for sharing. whonu


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

whonunuwho - Art is better, the older and less artistic the artist. I am reminded of how GrandMa Moses had a special talent - that of painting folk's heads where their toes were supposed to be. She would have been a zip-pop-natural with a camera but for the fact that the lens would have always been pointed at her own nose when making photos.

We do what we must do with the tools we are provided, right?

Have fun today.

Gus :-)))


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whonunuwho 17 months ago from United States

Thanks my friend. whonu


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Austinstar 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Whoa, you might get advanced enough to take people art photos some day! :-)


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

Hello Lela (AustinStar on HubPages) -

Kinda like Picasso? Imagine how more confused his stuff would have been had he been hooked on a computer program like this one...

Gus :-)))


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Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting hub about playing photography with art on computer. Thanks for sharing this nice article. Voted up.


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

चारी वेंकट बधाई (Howdy Venkatachari M on HubPages) -

Happy I am that you enjoyed this small article. Making those image conversions was both easy and fun.

Gus :-)))


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Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

It's great! I wonder addressing me in Hindi type. Are you learning it?


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

Brother Venkat Chari - (Venkatachari M on HubPages) -

One learns as much as those little things that grow between the ears allow.

Gus :-)))


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BlossomSB 17 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting. It's surprising the things we can do with computers and that can be lots of fun, too.


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

Howdy Bronwen (BlossomSB on HubPages) -

You are appreciated for your interest. You are correct as to your observation about what can be done for "fun" with computers. What is remarkable to me is the combination of technical skill and artistic talent exhibited by the ones who produced a computer program that so skillfully and copiously combined the technology and the artistry together into one package that allowed people like me to generate interesting images using only the talents residing in their fingertips.

Gus :-)))


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drbj 17 months ago from south Florida

Thanks, Gus, for the great introduction to GimPhoto. Your beautiful floral photos are absolutely psychedelic. Intriguing, too. Can't wait to try my hand at it. Both hands, actually.


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

Good Doctor BJ (drbj on HubPages)-

As long as the photos are not "psycho," I can live with them.

Anything to keep the old folks from wandering around out there...

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

Good Doctor BJ (drbj on HubPages)

Here is a more generalized into to the program, GimPhoto. It uses a single public domain photo in video format to show only several of the many applications provided to you in that program. I forgot to mention this to you in my earlier response to your most welcome comment, above.

Gus :-)))

http://hubpages.com/art/Messing-Around-with-GimPho...


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RTalloni 17 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for this fun introduction to GimPhoto! Your like beetles, grass blades, roses, and trees are quite nice, but your artistic quite the color studies!


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GusTheRedneck 17 months ago from USA Author

RTalloni - What you and I may see through the camera viewfinder certainly can be different from what a good photo editor program may be able to see.

Gus :-)))

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