Picturing the Bathurst to Ophir (NSW Australia) back road

Posted by barbara on November 5, 2016


Ophir - the start of the Australian Goldrush, Ophir, New South Wales, Australia

'Ophir Bluff, Where gold was first found in Australia', from the Kerry collection of glass plate negatives, held by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.


In 1851 payable gold was discovered at Ophir on the Macquarie River, some 29 kilometres north-east of the township of Orange.  This first big rush attracted thousands of 'get rich quick' types from all over the world who flocked to the port of Sydney and crossed the Blue Mountains, hoping to make their fortunes.



The road to Ophir

Over 165 years later, the locality of Ophir remains off the beaten track, most often visited by campers in search of a peaceful riverfront commune with nature and the odd daytripper staying in Orange of Bathurst.  

Taken through the windscreen, my photo of the approach road to Ophir was the inspiration for my WACOM sketch below, an unfinished work.




The basic sketch is mightily enhanced by 'wrangling' it through a range of Photoshop filters.




Here, for example, is what it looks like when transformed by the Brushstrokes - Sumi-e filter.




Another all-time favourite is the Artistic filter - Watercolour which adds intensity and tone to my whimsical low impact WACOm sketch.




Here (above) is what the digital 'sketch' looks like in the Artistic - PaintDaub filter.




Artistic filter - Smudgestick? An improvement that I don't mind one little bit.




Artistic Filter - Plastic Wrap creates a pretty weird (as in out there) there version of the original digital sketch.




Here (above) is Artistic Filter - Glowing Edges, a stunningly inverted transormation, at least to my eyes.




I am quite partial to the Photoshop filter Stylize - Extrude (above).  




And here's Photoshop's filter Distort - Polar Coordinates.




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