I finally made it out yesterday to take some photos of the fall colors in Ashland. The Japanese garden looks great right now!
I really wasn’t happy with my original exposure because the highlights behind the tree were blown. The clouds had just cleared and created problematic lighting. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it work to my liking with a regular workflow, I went the painterly route.
I molded the light with some dodging and burning, along with some painting with light in photoshop. Then I used Topaz Impressions to get the painterly style. This was using the preset Van Gogh I.
Normally I don’t like my images this small, but this one actually looks better small. The level of detail was just right at this size, and something is lost when the image is larger. So, mini it is!