Lens Artists Challenge #42 – Creativity

“Dreaming is easy. Creativity is a lot of work.”

E. Obeng-Amoako Edmonds


This week Ann-Christine has challenged us to show some creativity.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken an artist’s brush to my images, and a recent class reminded me of how much fun it can be.  Combining that with some captures I made during our visit last week to Hudson New York, Ann-Christine has pushed me toward my attempt at artistic creativity. All of todays images were edited using Topaz, Photoshop and French Kiss Textures.


“Genius creates from the heart.”

Elizabeth Goudge

Hudson is a fun little town in the middle of the Hudson Valley  – home of the well-known Hudson River School of 19th century landscape painters. It is filled with interesting shops and excellent restaurants and offers some great people-watching. At just over two hours from NYC it has become a popular getaway for busy Manhattanites seeking the quiet of a country weekend.

My husband and I were in Hudson for a family event but while there we took advantage of several of the restaurants. Along with delicious meals, I will also admit to having eaten some amazing chocolate croissants, which are high on my list of all-time-favorite foods. I also spent time enjoying the shops and wandering the neighborhoods with my Fuji at the ready.


“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

Clearly it was a very creative person (or more likely several of them) who first thought about the town’s transition from a sleepy, one-horse stop along the rail line into a go-to destination. As the process continues to be underway, there are a number of buildings around town that appeal to photographers who, like me, are drawn those that are pre-urban renewal. 



“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Joseph Chilton Pierce

It’s a funny thing about travel – places and things one would pass without a glance become much more compelling. In fact, many of the places that drew my focus would probably be considered eyesores were they to be found in my own neighborhood. 

restaurant, BBQ


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

Albert Einstein

Not so the restaurant above. How creative the owners were to include the little booth in the right corner – which of course comes from Charles Shulz’s wonderful comic strip.  How many times have you smiled at Lucy’s advice to poor Charlie Brown? I suppose as they say, we do get what we pay for 😊.

Decayed, run down, red window


“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”

Cecil B. DeMille

I was drawn to the contrast of the three red squares in the building shown above. Interestingly on closer inspection I found a sign that said the business (which may or may not have been permanently shuttered) was cigar-making. Inside the window I saw what appeared to be a tall pile of tobacco leaves. Now that trade with Cuba had been opened perhaps American cigar-makers are in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

Red gate, run down


“To be creative means to be in love with life.”


The red of the gates above also drew me in to the scene. While the town’s renewal is definitely under way, it’s a bit sad to think that often the character of a place is lost in the process. Happily Hudson seems, at least so far, to be preserving its character while updating its structures.

Doorknob, hearts, worn


“Creativity is the only way a man can ever experience motherhood.”

Girish Kohli

So here’s to the creative among us. Those who embrace rather than fear new ideas, those who try new things without worrying about failure, those who challenge themselves to think outside the box. Here’s to Ann-Christine for challenging us to be creative, and to all of those who will respond to her challenge. We look forward to hearing all about your efforts!

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and Happy Earth Day to us all!  Remember to check in next week when Amy bring us our next challenge. For more information about joining us, click here.  Remember to use the Lens-artists tag to have your post appear in our Reader section.










76 thoughts on “Lens Artists Challenge #42 – Creativity

  1. Glad you enjoyed your Easter break, Tina. Chocolate croissants? Not sharing, I don’t suppose? 🙂 🙂 Never mind- you shared your art work and I very much enjoyed that.

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  3. I always love your Topaz photos, Tina, and I look forward to seeing them when you post! A fun photo prompt! I still use the Painnt app on my tablet once in while then re-edit after I save the file. I hope to use my new Adobe Suite with photoshop and lightroom when I have more time this summer–thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Thanks Terri, I hope you enjoy your Adobe Suite — their products aren’t perfect but the come close😊 lots of competition getting closer but they seem able to stay a step ahead

  4. Your combination of a photo challenge and travel destination has done justice to both. I like your painterly impressions of the Hudson Valley landscapes and buildings. It looks like you were able to enjoy the vacation experience twice.

  5. Hi Tina, You’ve had some fun with Topaz. I love the painterly feel of Facade and the pops of red in Gate and in Vines. Abandoned architecture is fascinating to photograph.

  6. I just love your creative sight and mind, Tina, how you can transform an ordinary to extraordinary. I still yet have to get these apps should I upgrade my computer. Happy Easter!

    • Thanks Perpetua – what a beautiful compliment that is. As for the computer, I’d try downloading the free trial program for Topaz Studio. Try it out and see how well it performs before spending any money on the apps or on your computer. Happy Easter to you too!


  7. very creative post and I had not thought of creativity as a mother – but I like that – and how you said “Those who embrace rather than fear new ideas…” cheers to that – also – i do wonder what the cigar industry has in store? hmmm

  8. Beautiful captures and so beautifully processed, Tina – there is nothing lacking in your creativity! I love especially the three windows and Einstein’s Quote, but all pictures are exquisitely made. Pass it on!

  9. Your photographic eyes has enough creativity and if you also add this point of delicate manipulation, I have to confess that I love it. 🙂

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  11. Very creative! Great quotes, as always. One of my favorites: “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

  12. I know I’ve been there many years ago since I had family up in that area. So glad to hear it is coming alive again!
    Especially loved the three windows and vines

  13. Oooh, what a treat for the eyes, especially Cracked Glass and the Three Windows one! Now I’m going to have to do a bit of playing soon!

  14. Happy Earth Day Tina. What an interesting place Hudson is. I hope they manage to maintain the character of the town.

  15. Wow, Tina. These shots with the artistic filter effects are fabulous. So creative too! I like how you incorporated your own creativity in this post. You should contact the Chamber of Commerce in Hudson to see if they’d like to purchase some of your shots. They are winners!

  16. Tina, I am normally not a big fan of this type of use of certain filters — but in this case, each and every image looks like it was that way to begin with. That takes not only creativity, but vision and discipline. Major kudos. These are beautiful. And, by the way, I also love Hudson and Frederic Church.

    • Thanks so much Michael – that’s probably the best compliment one could receive on this kind of work. Have you visited Church’s Olana estate? Quite magnificent. He surely knew how to build to take advantage of the landscape 🙂

      • I have been toying with some of my Carrizo plain shots: what if Cézanne had been to Carrizo Plain? What if Van Gogh had been to Carrizo Plain? Etc. Not sure if I’m going to post them. We’ll see.

        If you go to my amagaphoto.com website, you will see that I am definitely not shy about manipulating images. However, I only use selective sharpening and blurring. That’s simply my arbitrary preference.

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