Looking Through the Window

I love looking in windows when I’m taking pictures. Part of it is wondering how others live, but I think a bigger part is just curiosity as to what’s there. I liked this storefront window – not only was it decorated colorfully, but you could see all the way through to the building behind it, which is not common.

This triptych finished the window in three different styles. I originally started working on it as a creativity exercise on minimalism then moved onto another exercise in black & white.

One of the things I like about doing creativity exercises is that it expands my skills and gets me out of my comfort zone. I don’t have to like the end result, I need to be open to trying and failing. It’s frustrating sometimes though, having to sit and think what do I do next? And how do I do it? Thankfully Google offers up a lot of answers, as do the forums for my various photography software.

The middle photo was my usual fine art photography style, using Topaz Studio 1.

The left one was from Topaz Studio 2, AI Remix. My intention was to try something really different and I did! It turned out pretty good but is definitely not my usual style.

The right style was black and white with a high key. I don’t usually like black and white, but this also turned out good. I used ON1 for the rendering.

These pictures were taken at a store front in Dayton, Virginia.

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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.

7 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Charlee: “Happy New Year! We are back!”
    Chaplin: “And we are sending lots of purrs that you have a great year!”
    Lulu: “And tail wags, too!”
    Charlee: “We like all three of those pictures, mainly because we like windows.”
    Chaplin: “And also because those vases look like they would be fun to knock over.”
    Lulu (shakes head): “Cats …”

  2. I like all of these renderings. 1) Because it looks like a greeting card, 2) because of that beautiful BLUE, and 3) because I LOVE B&W. B&W brings out all the detail in objects, portraits and scenes that your eye would normally gloss over when viewed in “living color”.

    Awesome work!

  3. Nancy I simply adore these. I love imaging the lives inside the windows. And I love a window that makes you want to ‘look’. I think you know I mean that in a very imaginative and creative way, not a criminal way!!!

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