LAPC #201: Three of a Kind

Simply put: Your post should have three separate images that are somehow related. (Another option is splitting one photo into three parts.)–Ann Christine, LAPC #201

This week, Ann-Christine invites us to explore a different type of visual storytelling with 3 images or a triptych. The aim is to group together 3 images that are organized around a single subject or concept.

I decided to group images around a visit to the Villa Bardini in April when the wisteria were in full bloom. You may remember that I love the sight and smell of this beautiful purple flower, native to several Asian countries, as well as Canada and the United States. It was introduced later to Europe, and it flowers there in early spring.

We visited the villa at the end of April and shot dozens of images. My aim was to select and arrange the photos to show the steep climb up to the villa, standing under the magnificent arbor, and then finally getting close enough to the wisteria to enjoy its wonderful scent.

For my final image of the visit, I accepted Ann-Christine’s invitation– to split one image into 3 sections–which gave me something new to learn in Photoshop. After watching a few videos, I ended up with the following image of the view of the Florence skyline on the terrace of the villa. Can you imagine waking up to this vista every morning?

Now that I’ve figured out how to split an image, I’m going to keep experimenting with this technique. I can see its potential to draw our eyes into the picture, focus on each section and then “reassemble” the 3 pieces into one complete image. Let me know if you think your eyes linger longer on the image for this reason. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Last week, Amy gave us a wonderful reminder to appreciate and celebrate the little things in life. I think all of us will agree this theme came at a perfect time- when many of us are struggling to find some joy.

Next week, Sofia takes the lead. Be sure to visit Photographias next Saturday at noon to explore Minimalism/Maximalism–Single or Flamboyant, Plain or “More Is More? Until then, I hope you have a wonderful and inspiring week. Take care, everyone!

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  1. Patti, I’m ecstatic! Not only do I love your photos, but you transport me back to Florence. When we were there, 4 years ago in February, the wisteria had not even thought about blooming.

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    • Oh, Jo…that makes me so happy to hear you say that! I was hoping it would “spread the joy” to others. I hope you can come back to see them bloom next year. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€. I hope all’s well.

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  2. I loved the Villa Bardini gardens and was worth the walk up the hill. I was there when the Wisteria was in bloom and it was wonderful. Thanks for the memory Patti πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  3. I love wisteria too, and your idea of taking us closer and closer to that beautiful arbour is a great one for this theme! I also really like what you’ve done with your triptych shot – it works so well, it’s as if we were looking through a window at that view! I’m inspired to try something similar myself one day and might even have done so for this challenge had I not already selected all my images πŸ˜†

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  4. Beautiful interpretation of the challenge Patti – I love what you did with the wisteria – also one of my favorite flowers. You definitely achieved your objective of giving the viewer a sense of the entire experience from start to finish. Ours wisteria was lovely this season but sadly is long gone as it doesn’t love the rising temps. Your closing image, I’m agreeing with Sarah, reminds me of looking through a window at the scene below which is gorgeous. I’ve also used that technique to take out pieces of an image that strike me as detracting from the scene. Yours is an excellent and much more faithful use of it!

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    • Oh….that’s so helpful, Tina. Looking through a window. I’m delighted the technique worked for that image. I will definitely experiment some more. Wisteria doesn’t bloom for very long, does it? It lasted until early May over here. Take care and have a good week.

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  5. Beautiful photos. I love wisteria too, and would like to visit Florence, but I’m not keen on flying at the moment. Maybe a rail journey. And I also like the triptych. I have played with that technique, but not for many years.

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    • Hi, Jude. Flying certainly isn’t relaxing, especially now! A rail journey could be the way to go. The triptych was easy once I found the right video to explain it clearly and simply! It always takes a while to find the right one…take care and have a good week.

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  6. Well, Patti, you certainly transported us to this beautiful country and city – again! Your love for Florens is shining everywhere in your images…and I am so pleased you tried the “real” triptych! And at a splendid result too. I must admit I did not use it for fear of scaring people off as many don’t have photoshop. So, thank you for posting it! As you know wisteria is always a favourite with me too, so I am happy you used it for the theme. This villa, we didn’t visit it when we were In Florens many years ago – if I ever come back I will most certainly do then. I love your triptychs – excellently performed!

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    • It’s funny, AC. I watched a number of videos, but found one that made the process quite easy. The others were unnecessarily complicated! I guess it’s always that way when you’re trying to figure out something new in PS! I hope you do come back to Florence. It is such a beautiful city. I’m glad my photos brought back those memories! Take care and have a good week. Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

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      • I must agree on videos – some are not that well thought through and some people just take for granted that the viewer knows exactly what they are talking about, and therefore they sometimes leave out certain steps in the tutorial. I have had that several times. Search and you will find – the less complicated and the best explained one!

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  7. Villa Bardini was a favourite with us too. Lovely photos, and I like the idea of splitting a photo into three. That really works with your photo. I suppose one needs to play with it a bit to figure out what it works with best.

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    • Hi, IJ. Oh you’ve been there! Wonderful. I think you’re right…I think you have to play with it to see what kind of photo works best. It seemed to me that you had to have a focal point for each section…

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  8. I love both of your threesomes! The first set with that lovely wisteria captured my heart! This is really pretty. But I’m also impressed that you figured out how to split a photo into thirds using Photoshop. Good job! And keep working on it in future posts. It’s an interesting technique.

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  9. What a beautiful scene of westeria. That is a lot of climbing! Love the three parts of Florence. πŸ™‚
    It must be a beautiful time of the year to see Florence. We visited there twice during summer…

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  10. Wonderful post, Patti. Smartly done! I also share a love for wisterias so much so I bought one for my small garden. Every spring I suffer until the first leaves come through, it’s still a very fragile thing.

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