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Boulangerie & Bike, Painted   Featured in Digital Darkroom #032
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Boulangerie & Bike
Boulangerie & Bike
On the Ile St-Louis, Paris, France
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Carla Freitas
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    I love this!!! It has a casual, but Old World, feel to it that is very enchanting!!!

11/14/2005 2:52:03 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Carla, thank you again for your thoughtful comment. I worked this one with Painter and got pretty close to what I'm trying to do. Want to explore that more with other shots, too. The original of this shot is also in my gallery, if you care to take a look.
Thanks again.

11/14/2005 5:39:34 PM

 
Tina Davidson
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Mick - this picture is wonderful. The amount of work that went into it is obvious. You say that you used Painter. Is that a difficult piece of software to learn? Thanks, Tina

11/17/2005 7:47:31 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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Thank you, Tina. I'm glad you liked it.

The software is Corel's Painter Essentials 3, which I'm testing along with others for this kind of work. It's not overly complicated, but has a learning curve, like anything.
If you've worked with Photoshop or variants and perhaps some graphic/art software, it helps. And it has some auto functions, which can be fun. Once you get the hang of the effects.

I like it 'cause I wish I could paint. But I can't draw a straight line with a ruler.

Thanks again for the interest and good words.

11/17/2005 6:42:06 PM

 
Cherie Early
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Very beautiful!!!! I could see this photo/painting hanging framed on a wall.
Thanks for sharing about the Painter program.

11/18/2005 6:37:31 AM

 
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Thanks, Cherie, for the fine compliment. I'm flattered you see it that way.

11/19/2005 7:39:01 PM

 
Alisha L. Ekstrom
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WOW...LOVE this old time feel image!!! GORGEOUS capture!!! This painter essentials is it a download for Photoshop? If so do you mind giving the link? IT'S WAY COOL!!!!!

11/20/2005 1:08:24 PM

 
Refik Arpaci
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Mick, I love this shot a lot. I wish I had that bike to pull up by for a cafe but Paris is too far to do just that. Anyhow we are learning to do that with latest scooters and slink cafes in Melbourne!

11/20/2005 2:21:42 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Alisha, Refik - thank you so much for the kind words. Glad you like it.

The software is Corel Painter Essentials 3 and you can download a trial version of the program through Corel: www.corel.com.

I think it can be a PS plug-in, but I'm testing the stand-alone version. It's doing pretty much what I'm trying to do. Check it out!

And Refik, what the heck is a slink cafe?

11/21/2005 5:28:35 PM

 
Refik Arpaci
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Mick, I noted my small typing error... I meant a 'slick cafe' you know that kinda polished-glossy-pro look cafes, unlike those beautiful shops as in your picture!!!

11/21/2005 5:43:38 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Ah, yes. We have those in San Francisco as well.

11/21/2005 5:50:11 PM

 
Sandra Freyler
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Beautiful image that should be framed! Great shot, Mick!

11/24/2005 6:50:23 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Very striking and charming image, Mick! Love the feel! Excellent work!

11/24/2005 6:53:37 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Thanks, Sandra, for such flatering praise. It's music to my ears (or eyes, I guess). I am really moved by your support.

Terry, thank you for visiting my gallery and your inspiring words.

11/30/2005 6:11:34 PM

 
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Thanks, Sandra, for such flattering praise. It's music to my ears (or eyes, I guess). I am really moved by your support.

Terry, thank you for visiting my gallery and your inspiring words.

11/30/2005 6:12:29 PM

 
Jill Odice
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What a wonderful image! I like everything about this. You have a very lovely gallery Mick, full of great images!

3/17/2006 2:53:08 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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What lovely work, Mick! The original was excellent; this image is even better, if possible.

Your gallery is well worth the visit, and I found myself wanting more. Your feel for Paris comes through in every image, and they're all so beyond ordinary. More, please!

3/23/2006 3:33:27 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
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Simply beautiful - like the rest of your gallery :)

5/2/2006 1:38:21 PM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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Awesome art effects here!! I think this is great!

5/12/2006 1:20:09 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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So gorgeous Mick! Congratulations on this finalist image!

5/21/2006 4:33:21 PM

 
Melissa A. Mannon
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I love this! congratulations!

5/21/2006 6:22:32 PM

 
Michael S. Baker
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Really a beautiful capture, Mick! Good luck in the next round!
Regards,
Mike B-

5/21/2006 8:08:08 PM

 
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Mick, I must say the feel you have created in this image is AMAZING! This is definately a FRAMMER! I got into photography because I couldn't paint like I wanted to. Someday when I have time I would LOVE to learn to do what you are doing in Painter. It is truly beautiful work! Congrats on your finalist here as well!

Sheesh

5/22/2006 1:18:04 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Well this definitely looks like a painting...a very, very nice painting, Mick! Everything about it is wonderful! Congratulations!!!!!

5/23/2006 8:47:00 AM

 
Jill Odice
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WEll you know already that I love this, congrats on your finalist!

5/23/2006 5:06:52 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats on reciving a Finalist for this wonderful image!

5/23/2006 7:29:51 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congrats on this big win, Mick!!!!

5/23/2006 10:43:17 PM

 
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Congratulations on your First Place Win!

5/23/2006 11:00:54 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Mick, excellent tones, lighting, composition and effects; congratulations on your First Place win.

5/23/2006 11:14:45 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this beautiful and well deserved WINNER Mick

5/24/2006 5:09:31 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratualtions again, Mick on your wonderful First Place Win!!!!

5/24/2006 5:24:22 AM

 
Michelle Lea  Guinn
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Beautiful image Mick!!! Congratulations on your First place win!!! mlg~

5/24/2006 6:45:59 AM

 
Lorri Shank
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Nicely accomplished art work. CONGRATULATIONS on your first place win,
Mick. WEll deserved. Lorri

5/24/2006 7:51:24 AM

 
Clemente do Rosario
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Excellent art work! Congratulations on your first place win.

5/24/2006 9:16:59 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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This should be hanging in my living room! I love it! Thanks for all the info on it, too!

5/24/2006 10:40:17 AM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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This is a beautiful image and is so deserving of the 1st place win!! Great job, Mick!

5/24/2006 11:19:42 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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Thank you all so much. Your encouraging words are an inspiration.

5/24/2006 11:46:16 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Breathtaking work, Mick! Congratulations on this very striking first place win!

5/24/2006 12:54:21 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations, Mick!!!

5/24/2006 1:13:07 PM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your win...great work

5/24/2006 1:26:12 PM

 
Helen Green
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Congratulations on the win. This photo has to rate amongst the best I have seen on Better Photo, it is sensational.

5/24/2006 2:07:46 PM

 
Joanna Pecha
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Wonderful transformation on this! Hope you print it on canvas!! Congratulations on a superb winner!!

5/24/2006 2:12:04 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations Mike on this exquisite First Place win. Love the old feel and beautiful colours!! Bravo!

5/24/2006 3:52:49 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congrats on your 1st Place Win!

5/24/2006 5:00:31 PM

 
David and Carol Kelly

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Just beautiful. Congratulations on your much deserved win.

5/24/2006 5:24:48 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congratulations Mick on this stunning FIRST PLACE winner... You deserve it... WOW!!!

5/24/2006 7:23:58 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Congratulations on this fantastic First Place Winner Mick!!!!! Wonderful work!!!

5/26/2006 12:26:32 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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A huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING First Place Winner, Mick! Absolutely stunning work!!

5/31/2006 9:19:29 AM

 
Jeffrey Smith
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Nicely done. Congrats on your first place!!! Well deserved.

6/5/2006 6:43:00 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Wonderful to see this image as a well-deserved first place winner, Mick -- congratulations!!

6/12/2006 2:24:45 PM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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This is amazing and a well-deserved winner!

6/12/2006 2:42:03 PM

 
Allan L. Dy
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Absolute winner Mick! Congratulations. Your gallery is fantastic! = )

6/12/2006 7:05:55 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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I agree. you have an amazing eye and gallery. Congratulations on this win

6/21/2006 10:47:35 AM

 
Lori Carlson
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Congratulations Mick!! Such wonderful tones, feel and effects to this terrific piece of work!! :0)

6/22/2006 7:07:02 PM

 
Mary N C. Taitt
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Fabulous, Mick, congratulations, I totally love this. Mary :-D

7/31/2006 10:41:00 PM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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This is such a favorite of mine - So well done!!

8/17/2006 4:17:05 PM

 
JOHN V. ROSCICH
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BEAUTIFUL MICK
A WELL EARNED CONGRATS AND AWARD
JOHN

10/13/2006 8:13:07 AM

 
Karen Slagle
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This is such a wonderful piece of art, Mick. I love what you did with this and the old timey feel you gave it. Everything about this is fantastic and I'm so happy you got a well deserved first place. I haven't tried any of the Corel products as yet, heard they are very hard to use. I'm like you, can't paint at all or draw a straight line with a ruler, that's why the digital darkroom is so much fun for me. Well done.....

10/24/2006 5:49:49 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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I love this shot Mick ~ it captures the very essence of Paris .. the colours and effects are perfect ~ belated congrats on a very well-deserved win!
susie

10/28/2006 3:41:14 PM

 
Kate Jackson
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Very belated congrats on this wonderful painting Mick! I entirely agree with Susie!

11/28/2006 1:25:14 PM

 
Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Magic and romantic photo! Great composition, effects, colors.

12/15/2006 4:37:40 AM

 
Carolyn Foster Spano
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Beautiful and well-deserving winner.

12/31/2006 8:12:19 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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And a late congratulations on this Beautiful win,Mick!!!!!!!!

1/31/2007 3:39:24 PM

 
Tamera Phillips
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Wow! I love this shot. The effects are perfectly applied. Congrats on this winner.

2/26/2007 8:48:52 PM

 
Steven E. Ray
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Your whole gallery is a winner! I particulary like this albeit that I have some home decor Paris style. I would love to see this photo without effects too. I am certain it is equally spectacular!

7/31/2007 5:47:38 PM

 
Keith L. Clayton
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I always like looking at this image of yours. It is so nicely done and a creation you should be very proud of. You should get this transferred to canvas.

8/13/2007 5:10:46 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Gorgeous! The effects are just perfect for this lovely scene!

9/7/2007 11:45:35 AM

 
Gregory Allen Collins
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Verynice Mick, it reminds me of a painting I saw once, very well done!

9/10/2007 4:48:24 PM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Love the colors and comp, Mick .. a tad late, but I feel a need to congratulate you on this wonderful 1st place win ..

........................... steve

11/13/2007 11:00:04 AM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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I'm a little late to but Congratulations on this fantastic winner!!!!

1/29/2008 5:52:56 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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I've seen the two different versions of this image in your website. Each is better than the other. I love this painterly look too. Very elegant artwork with a european flavor. Congratulations on your win Mick!!

3/31/2008 9:51:23 PM

 
Ulysses A. Villamin
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COngratulations!!!

7/5/2008 6:49:19 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Spectacular work!!!
Congratulations on this magnificent piece!
~Lisa

7/20/2008 5:40:14 PM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Beautiful image ... you have captured the parisian ambiance so well. Congratulations on this wonderful piece of art.

9/9/2008 2:55:06 AM

 
Judi Bailey
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Love it....beautiful image and very talented artwork...!! Late congrats on first place win!! :-))

3/12/2009 11:37:49 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Coulda swore I left a congrats on this long before now.... but CONGRATS on such a wonderful piece of art, so soft and painterly in a way... bravo Mick!

7/28/2009 8:28:01 PM

 
Sandy Stigliano
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I love your beautiful portfolio, congratulations!!

8/17/2010 4:04:51 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Yes, that's the "real" Paris, all right...and your DDR painting on this lovely capture produced a true work of art, Mick.
A VERY belated Congratulations on your well earned First Place Winner!

5/24/2011 11:38:00 PM

 
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