Akaroa is a small township on a natural harbour approx 1 1/2 hrs drive from Christchurch. It was originally settled by a large french contingent so all the main streets are Rue xxxx and it embraces its french heritage.
Last weekend was French Fest, its annual celebration and I was lucky enough to get accomodation for the friday night and took the day off work. The weather was mostly stunning, warm and sunny and I enjoyed a long walk across the town with my camera with a friend.
One aim was to capture the lighthouse which I had managed to miss photographing on my previous trips. There were a few tourists around but I managed to find a gap and ask a family to wait for a moment so I got some people free shots.
The photo art above is done in the Anna Aspnes style, we have been provided a couple of her Art Play kits as part of our Awake course content, and I have been wanting to try this style for a while.
The background was assembled out of various Art Play elements, I did the watercolour of the lighthouse separately and bought that in, added the embellishments and a textural overlay to tone it together.
This is the original lighthouse image I started with.
Personally I find creating the background really fun, and adding in the main image element works well. Where it comes unstuck for me is adding the embellishments, I find that *really* challenging to find something that works and adds value to the overall image.
Do you like this way of working in a different way with your images? Got any handy tips to share?
All feedback and comments welcome!