This week’s article is a simple transformation of a theoretically photogenic door. At the time that I saw the door in the small town of Barolo in the Piemonte, I suspected that I could turn that door from a snapshot into a fine-art photo. Let’s see what you think…
The favored wine of the Langhe of the Piemonte is the Barolo wine, which is named after the small Langhe village of non-other-than Barolo. This village is most assuredly photogenic. In future blog articles, you will see other ‘Transformation…’ articles featuring photos taken in Barolo.
Here is the final transformed door, just as I imagined it when I took the photos there in ‘the field’.
Today’s blue door did not start off blue, but brown. I wasn’t too happy with the exterior decorator’s choice of color, so I painted it blue myself…digitally, of course. And, to be sure that I had enough high-quality pixels to use in this transformation, l elected to take three photos that I would then stitch into a panorama.
Here are the three original snapshots that gave me what I needed for this transformation.
After stitching the three photos together into a lethargic panorama, as seen here. Not much to look at, huh…except for a lot of distortion.
The doorways to the left and right were just distractions to the star of this show — that being the multi-paneled door. Now I pulled out the paint brush and changed that dull door into a nice blue, rustic door. Additionally, that metal plate on the brick street needed to go, so I eliminated it. The door to the left and ally to the right also needed to go, so I eliminated both of them. Here is the transformation, thus far.
Oh, about that letter slot. Normally, I eliminate obviously modern paraphernalia like pad locks and letter slots to go along with my desire to give you a timeless Italy. But, this letter slot intrigued me. I like the patina and the fact that it says ‘Lettere’ (that’s Italian for ‘letters’, by the way). So, I decided to leave the letter slot in place, which I’m sure pleases the residents no end.
The last thing left is that disturbing distortion in the stone work of the wall…done. And once again, here is the final, transformed blue door of Barolo.
So, how did I do on the job of transforming that dull, brown door?
I hope you enjoyed today’s image-centric article.
Ciao for now,