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Walking along the bank of the Gloucester Canal,
I took a picture of the canal itself whilst waiting
for Buster to finish his watering-every- bush
routine. I say 'a' picture, rather than 'this'
picture, as the original was one of the most
boring shots I've ever taken and normally I
would have discarded it.. Having just come
from the graveyard of the old boats known as
the Purton Hulks, which is just round the corner
from here (see B&W gallery), I was in more of a
hurry than Buster was at that moment to get back and fire up the PC. But something
must've triggered an unconscious recognition that here on the canal was a picture ripe for
tweaking with all sorts of creative add-ons. And so it proved. A new sky, very similar to
Constable's 'Haywain', with an extra bit of cobalt blue in it, a heavy dose of templates to
give it a 19th century oil painting look, a degraded colour palette and a mild vignette; all
combine to enhance what wasn't there in the first place into what I jokingly refer to as
'Constable's Canal'. There is little in the picture to give the game away now! But this little
episode reminded me of a valuable but forgotten principle: never chuck a picture away,
however dull it is - you are never going to know when it might be useful.
Walking along the bank of the Gloucester Canal, I took a picture of the canal itself whilst
waiting for Buster to finish his watering-every- bush routine. I say 'a' picture, rather than
'this' picture, as the original was one of the most boring shots I've ever taken and
normally I would have discarded it.. Having just come from the graveyard of the old
boats known as the Purton Hulks, which is just round the corner from here (see B&W
gallery), I was in more of a hurry than Buster was at that moment to get back and fire up
the PC. But something must've triggered an unconscious recognition that here on the
canal was a picture ripe for tweaking with all sorts of creative add-ons. And so it proved.
A new sky, very similar to Constable's 'Haywain', with an extra bit of cobalt blue in it, a
heavy dose of templates to give it a 19th century oil painting look, a degraded colour
palette and a mild vignette; all combine to enhance what wasn't there in the first place
into what I jokingly refer to as 'Constable's Canal'. There is little in the picture to give the
game away now! But this little episode reminded me of a valuable but forgotten
principle: never chuck a picture away, however dull it is - you are never going to know
when it might be useful.
Walking along the bank of the Gloucester
Canal, I took a picture of the canal itself whilst
waiting for Buster to finish his watering-every-
bush routine. I say 'a' picture, rather than
'this' picture, as the original was one of the
most boring shots I've ever taken and
normally I would have discarded it.. Having
just come from the graveyard of the old boats
known as the Purton Hulks, which is just round
the corner from here (see B&W gallery), I was
in more of a hurry than Buster was at that moment to get back and fire up the PC. But
something must've triggered an unconscious recognition that here on the canal was a
picture ripe for tweaking with all sorts of creative add-ons. And so it proved. A new sky,
very similar to Constable's 'Haywain', with an extra bit of cobalt blue in it, a heavy dose
of templates to give it a 19th century oil painting look, a degraded colour palette and a
mild vignette; all combine to enhance what wasn't there in the first place into what I
jokingly refer to as 'Constable's Canal'. There is little in the picture to give the game away
now! But this little episode reminded me of a valuable but forgotten principle: never
chuck a picture away, however dull it is - you are never going to know when it might be
useful.

Constable's Canal

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Walking along the bank of the Gloucester Canal, I took a picture of the canal itself whilst waiting for Buster to finish his watering-every- bush routine. I say 'a' picture, rather than 'this' picture, as the original was one of the most boring shots I've ever taken and normally I would have discarded it.. Having just come from the graveyard of the old boats known as the Purton Hulks, which is just round the corner from here (see B&W gallery), I was in more of a hurry than Buster was at that moment to get back and fire up the PC. But something must've triggered an unconscious recognition that here on the canal was a picture ripe for tweaking with all sorts of creative add-ons. And so it proved. A new sky, very similar to Constable's 'Haywain', with an extra bit of cobalt blue in it, a heavy dose of templates to give it a 19th century oil painting look, a degraded colour palette and a mild vignette; all combine to enhance what wasn't there in the first place into what I jokingly refer to as 'Constable's Canal'. There is little in the picture to give the game away now!  But this little episode reminded me of a valuable but forgotten principle: never chuck a picture away, however dull it is - you are never going to know when it might be useful.      
       
       
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