2021 Week 48 Pointillism Photography.

Your Challenge if you choose to accept it is to produce a Pointillism Painting style image.

Use the slider to compare, the sky shows the effect best. Francisco Goya Picnic Painting, converted by myself. In Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 using Filter / Artistic / Film Grain.

Pointillism is often considered part of the Post-impressionist movement. It was primarily invented by painters George Seurat and Paul Signac. While Impressionists used small dabs of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism took this a stage further using only small dots of pure colour to compose an entire painting. 

The finer the dots, the clearer the painting producing sharper lines, just like the screen resolution on a camera’s liquid-crystal display (LCD) or your mobile phone display. In many ways Pointillism was as much a Science as an Art. 

I believe the original Science behind this method used the Magenta, Cyan & Yellow dots in combinations to produce the required colours of the image. Not un-similar to an Enlarger projecting a combination of Magenta, Cyan & Yellow filters to get the correct colour from a negative. Maybe the dots could be related to the film grain projected onto the printing paper.

Far too complicated for this challenge. We are merely looking to produce the effect to an appropriate image of your choice. Simple to do list, consider the type of image that best fits this Art Style in your opinion. Take a photograph within the allocated set period. Use tools to post edit, to create the necessary style. Sound more complicated than it actually is, just stay cool and follow each step.

Link to Photographic examples


How to Edit your work with one of the following

Adobe Photoshop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmWUERYBhus

Gimp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWgujKU83Qc

Elektrobbild Free on line editing. https://elektrobild.org/photo-filter/pointillism

Android App https://m.apkpure.com/pointillism-art/com.bouletstudio.PointillismArt

iPhone & iPad app https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pointillist/id523617349

For those interested these are some of George Seurat Paintings


The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Please follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines at all times.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.
  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #trevorcarpenterphotochallenge  #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday 28th November and Saturday 4th December.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question why? in your comments. In other words, why do I like (or not like) this photo? or why did this photo catch my eye?

About Peter Randall

As a youngster I was fascinated by camera’s. At about the age of 10 years I was bought a Ilford film camera which I proceeded to capture images as and when film was available, not very often because it was expensive at the time. While at school in the early seventies I was studying Art with a view to going to University. I abandoned my plans for an opportunity in press photography, however the business was struggling within a couple of years and I was made redundant after three years. This gave me some basic ground work after which I continued with photography as a hobby photographing family & friends. Between 1980 to 1985 I had my own darkroom processing both colour & B&W film. Printing my own photographs. I liked Kodak products for colour and Ilford for B&W. I often though about joining a photographic club but family life was busy, never did get round to it. I especially liked photographing my family as they grew up. When we had our second son in 1986. I bought a Canon (camcorder) and developed a liking for amateur video work. At the time I had a Commodore Amiga computer, which at that time had the best graphics so I indulged in Video editing adding titles and cross over fades. During the 1990’s I started building my own computers and this developed into paths crossing with video work. Early digitisation of video. Like many things the early days were painful LOL. I remember video capture cards and hard drives struggling to keep pace with the necessary speed to capture. Setting up the software options in those days was a nightmare because software was definitely not user friendly. Looking back I think I jumped ship from film photography to Digital too early. The early Digital images were not Pretty. But the appeal of the concept was too enchanting. 1996 was the beginning of my Digital Photographic Journey. Despite my initial hiccups with Digital photography, I was definitely sold. Being able to transfer digitised images to your computer. The possibilities of the digital Darkroom and beyond. I joined the PhotoChallenge group in April 2014, and Ive been learning ever since. Joining the group helped me turn the tap back on allowing my creativity to flow again. I found myself anticipating each weekly challenge. I was motivated by discussions, ideas and techniques presented within the group. Constructive Criticism was always very useful because sometimes we can get lost on the journey. However although it’s really good to know the rules it’s so much fun to break them.