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DIGITAL ART GALLERY

Brodick Bay. 

The original photo has been extended laterally, to provide a wider view. The sky has then been replaced to something a little more dramatic. I then merged in a beach and, just for fun, a rather decrepit old pier. The sky was then altered more to reflect in the sea, which is a procedure that takes a little time, but is necessary for the right effect. Birds were added (these are non-native storks just to make the image more tropical-looking!).

Concept: To extend the scene and add some atmospheric features

Number of images used : 6   

AI Usage : Extension of the horizon   

Human Hours Spent: Around 3.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.2m wide. 

Digital Size: 9168 x 3096 pixels

Inset: Original Photo

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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Ivy Cottage Quarry. 

This was an epic piece to work with. The first thing to do was extend the image before doing anything with the sky, which you'll see in the original photo (inset) was just grey and boring. Artificial Intelligence added the cliff and a heap of foliage, but the birds, sky reflection and other assets were added from my existing stock of photos. I am particularly pleased with this one - it's huge and it's so colourful. 

Concept: To add some colour and an almost fantasy world look, to a disused quarry lake. 

Number of images used : 8   

AI Usage : Extension of the horizontal edges, cliff line and foliage 

Human Hours Spent: Around 4.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.8m wide. 

Digital Size: 14842 x 7000 pixels

Inset: Original Photo

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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San Pablo at El Paseo. 

El Paseo is a high-end shopping area in downtown Palm Desert, California. They have a webcam here and I grabbed this screen shot during a storm in August 2023. There is no AI here, just some changing of settings and a lot of filters to give a blurred arty look, partly because the original photo was just a screen capture at low resolution. Photoshop techniques like "blur" are idea in this situation and there's a general "ocean ripple" filter added at the end of all the saturation work needed to make the colours really pop. This is a road junction and you can still recognise this in the altered image. You can see the same view, live, at https://kesq.com/weather-cams/ and scroll down to El Paseo. 

Concept: To add some colour and an artistic look to my favourite holiday destination. 

Number of images used : 1   

AI Usage : None 

Human Hours Spent: Around 2.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.0m wide. 

Digital Size: 14842 x 7000 pixels

Inset: Original screenshot from webcam

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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Autumn Light. 

This is an example of combining two images which are geographically close enough almost to make a panoramic shot, but in doing so would involve unnecessary elements of the photo (tree trunks) blocking the view. The light would also have been difficult to capture in one shot, so I have simply merged two photos with Artificial Intelligence added the very middle part of the end result. AI takes up, therefore, less than 10% of this image but helps to combine the other two photos together, giving a view that whilst not 100%  real,  illustrates the light in the forest during this most colourful season. Photos are from Cnocan Gorge, lower section, near Brodick Castle.  Note on the right hand original (inset), where I also removed my dog!

Concept: To illustrate the Autumnal light in the forests of Arran.  

Number of images used : 3  

AI Usage : Central section (20% of the image) 

Human Hours Spent: Around 2.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.2m wide. 

Digital Size: 10438 x 3932 pixels

Inset: Original Photos

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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Forest Spring. 

This one is pretty much as above but with many photos merged together and some AI in the middle to help with the blending. 

Concept: To illustrate the Spring light in the forests of Arran.  

Number of images used : 6 - 7  

AI Usage : Central section (10% of the image) 

Human Hours Spent: Around 3.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.2m wide. 

Digital Size: 12000 x 3540 pixels

Inset: Original Photos

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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The Blue Pool. 

A little fun and a LOT of Artificial Intelligence, with me directing what I wanted. It started with the single photo of The Blue Pool at Glen Rosa. From there, I added more riverbank, boulders, forests and additional foliage, all by asking AI where to add these elements. Lastly, to accentuate that this isn't by any means a real geographical feature, I selected the area of rock above the stream and asked AI to add a prehistoric lizard. After some minor blending required by me, this is the end result. It makes me smile. 

Concept: To illustrate the power of AI on a scene which is so familiar, in a new and quite amusing way.   

Number of images used : 1  

AI Usage : 80%

Human Hours Spent: Around 3.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.2m wide. 

Digital Size: 10000 x 3540 pixels

Inset: Original Photo

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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"Of Course". 

Lochranza Golf Course is renowned for it's almost full-time residential deer population. What it's not known for is the lake, the large trees and that path going down the left side - which are all added elements. Even the bunker is added by AI. Adding elements (including the deer) is not just a case of telling the software what you want. If it does find something suitable, there's so way to go in order to make the scene visually acceptable. The deer's reflection in the water was an additional little job here. 

Concept: To add some additional features and atmospheric sky to a rather grey photo.   

Number of my images used : 2  

AI Usage : 65%

Human Hours Spent: Around 3.  

Text: Removable. 

Max Size Available as a print:  1.2m wide. 

Digital Size: 14000 x 4540 pixels

Inset: Original Photo

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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"The Stones". 

Who knows what the standing stones at Machrie may have looked like thousands of years ago? I do love the thought that they'd be hidden in a forest glade although I have to agree that they'd probably have not looked much different than they do today, with moorland surrounding them. So here's a fantasy - almost mystical - version of them in a deep forest glade.  They are positioned as per the original shot, with shadows and darker shades added, some lighting flares and some additional forest courtesy of Ai. 

Concept: To put the standing stones in a different environment

Number of my images used : 6  

AI Usage : 65%

Human Hours Spent: Around 2.  

Text: None. 

Max Size Available as a print:  400mm wide. 

Digital Size: 4104 x 1904 pixels

Inset: Original Photo

Lifesize Viewing: Yes, by appointment.

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