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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
October 02, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 27 plus ones
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"Three Ravens" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

A reprise of a GSV capture from the isle of Hoy in the Orkneys with ravens added and, in this case, run through the DaVinci filter of Topaz Impressions.

There were three rauens sat on a tree,
downe a downe, hay downe, hay downe,
There were three rauens sat on a tree,
with a downe,
There were three rauens sat on a tree,
They were as blacke as they might be.
With a downe, derrie, derrie, derrie, downe, downe.
The one of them said to his mate,
Where shall we our breakfast take?
Downe in yonder greene field,
There lies a Knight slain under his shield,
His hounds they lie downe at his feete,
So well they can their Master keepe,
His Hawkes they flie so eagerly,
There's no fowle dare him come nie
Downe there comes a fallow Doe,
As great with yong as she might goe,
She lift up his bloudy head,
And kist his wounds that were so red,
She got him up upon her backe,
And carried him to earthen lake,
She buried him before the prime,
She was dead her self ere euen-song time.
God send euery gentleman,
Such haukes, such hounds, and such a Leman.

As sung by Peter, Paul and Mary: Peter Paul and Mary, Three Ravens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Ravens

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September 30, 2014 3 comments 0 shares 22 plus ones
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Digitally enhanced from an iPhone capture in iColorama 

Taken at Hillebrand winery's restaurant this sunny Monday in the wonderful Niagara wine region. Hard to believe it is still tee-shirt weather here on Canada's south coast.

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September 28, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Homage to J.E.H. MacDonald's "Tangled Garden" about which the Toronto Star wrote ""An incoherent mass of colour".

First shot on my new iPhone 6 just up the street and tarted in iColorama

Inspired by +Paul Brown +Robin Cohen and +Janice Hackney 

http://www.wikiart.org/en/j-e-h-macdonald/the-tangled-garden-1916

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September 21, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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The magnificent chandelier at Balzac's Coffee House, Distillery District. Tarted up in Topaz Impressions - Chiaroscuro.

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September 21, 2014 11 comments 1 shares 48 plus ones
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A digital sketch of the glorious golden trees of High Park with Topaz Impressions - DaVinci.

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September 21, 2014 7 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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An image taken a couple of weeks ago when the sunflowers up the street were still fresh. The tartography is the DaVinci filter (my favourite so far) from Topaz Labs' new Impressions plug-in for Photoshop. 

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September 21, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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New toy from Topaz labs (h/t +Patrick Sheeran ) is their Impressions plug-in, available through September as a free trial. If you like the Topaz user interface, you'll enjoy the combinations in this new addition to the suite. This is Impasto.

+Rob Robinson 

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September 09, 2014 2 comments 1 shares 15 plus ones
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"Yorkville" for +Artistic Google's Street Art theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Once the hippie capital of Canada and breeding ground for cultural notables like Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Margaret Atwood, Yorkville has transformed into a high-end shopping district with Mink Mile and multi-million dollar condos.

Village of Yorkville Park is a series of gardens celebrating the diversity of the Canadian landscape. This garden features a 650-tonne hunk of billion-year-old granite, cut out of the Canadian Shield and transported to the Big Smoke.

In remembrance of The Coffee Mill, a neighbourhood landmark from the hippie days, serving goulash, dobos torte and strong coffee for 50 years, a favourite haunt of writers and artists. Challenging the Anglo-Saxon attitude of the 1960s that "nobody's going to sit outside", this cozy retreat in Lothian Mews brought us a taste of Euro style. Times have changed as patrons moved on to Queen West and the Distillery District, and The Coffee Mill closed its doors this past week.

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/08/26/the_coffee_mill_a_yorkville_institution_set_to_close.html

Musical accompaniment: Eurythmics - 17 Again

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/g1cIZ

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September 06, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 20 plus ones
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A Cape Cod lighthouse for +Patrick Sheeran 

But which one is it? 

What we know is that the house beside the light is white board with red roofs. It sits on a hill and there is the semblance of a lawn. 

I have other images somewhere that may provide clues. Probably a 10 minute exercise to find them but you know how that can morph into an entire afternoon.

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September 06, 2014 2 comments 1 shares 18 plus ones
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"Hokkaido Bridge" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Near Monbetsu, Hokkaido in northernmost Japan. Street View's camera artifact caught my eye. A rip in the fabric of time and space with a nod to Lyonel Feininger and the Bauhaus School.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyonel_Feininger

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/ES8Hv

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