Bridal Veil Falls is a relatively short and easy hike in the Columbia River Gorge. I ended up going there twice in the span of a week. It’s quite pretty in person, but very difficult to do justice in photos. That may be why there aren’t any iconic shots that come to mind when you hear the name.
I was struggling to do a straightforward edit, so I decided to try Topaz Impressions for the painterly look. I like to reduce the opacity of the effect, so the details still come through.
Theres so much to share since my last post. The most exciting thing is I’m moving to Maine next month. In the meantime, I’m trying to sell stuff to raise money for the move. If you’ve ever thought about buying one of my prints, this would be the perfect time to do so. You can email me directly at email@example.com for pricing.
Why Maine? I’m following my intuition and my heart. After a week traveling around Oregon with my girlfriend, she asked me to move in with her in Maine. She was looking into jobs and housing in Oregon, but it would probably be easier for me to relocate for now.
Being on the east coast will be a fun new adventure for me. And it should provide Shannon and I with more opportunities to lead workshops together. If you have any interest in a waterfall or fall color workshop in the New England area, you can let me know in the comments, or email me directly.
This was shot with my Nikon D7000 using the Tokina 11-16 2.8 lens. I’ll try to get back into the habit of posting here again.
I’ve been going through the archives, looking for more images that I think would work well with a painterly edit. This one seemed perfect. I’ve found the key to a good painterly image is a strong composition and vibrant colors.
It doesn’t even matter if the image is completely in focus. This one below of a cute chipmunk was one where the focus missed. I’d have never shared the original, but the painterly route saved it. I still liked the image because of the colors and composition, so I used an adjustment brush in lightroom to try and add sharpness, contrast, and clarity on the little guy, before using Topaz Impressions. Then I used ColorEfex Pro 4 to add a little something extra.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but there are a lot of new followers to this blog, so I’ll say it again. You can salvage your out of focus, slightly blurry, iphone photos with a painterly app. Nobody will ever know you messed up, and they’ll think you’re just being creative haha.
(Just to avoid any confusion, the photos in this post were taken with my Nikon D7000.)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with good light.
I don’t know if you know this, but waterfalls and women go well together. Here and there, I’ve been working on this image of Shannon from this past fall in Ricketts Glen (its still not done.) Oh by the way, you can sign up for a workshop there in Pennsylvania, with us this fall. I’ll put a post together soon with more photos of the area. Its really photogenic.
Back to this image, this isn’t what I had in mind for the final version. This was more of a happy accident that I created while playing around with Topaz Impressions. I really like that desktop app/plugin. I actually used that plugin twice in my workflow on this image.
I still have a surreal version of this image in my head, and I’ll be sure to share it when I finally get it finished. It seems like I have a lot of other things to do these days, besides working on photos, like promote our ebook and workshops!
Happy waterfall Wednesday, if thats still a thing…
I feel like I have a ton of new waterfall shots in my portfolio, since moving to Oregon. I’m definitely not complaining. It’s always awesome standing in front of large falls like Burney.
This is a 3 shot pano that I took with my Nikon. I merged the images in Lightroom 6, which I feel did a far superior job than Photoshop at merging the images. For some reason, photoshop wanted to slightly rotate and distort one of the images. Next, I made a few adjustments in photoshop to brighten the scene and bring back some color. The finishing touches were made by using Topaz impressions (van gogh preset) and reducing the opacity to somewhere around 40% to give the scene a subtle painterly feel.
Don’t forget, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, or northern California, I’m available for private workshops, where we can hunt waterfalls together, and I’ll teach you how to improve your photography.
Also, it’s not too late to join Shannon and I for our latest challenge, painting with your camera. Click here for details! We’ve already received some awesome submissions and can’t wait to see more.
I know this probably doesn’t look like it was shot with a Nikon, but read on.
This is a shot I took while I was down on the central coast of CA for christmas. I went out to catch the sunset at one of my favorite spots, Oso Flaco Lake, which is where this whole blog began btw. I initially went out there to get shots of the boardwalk over the water, but there were all kinds of people on it, so plan b was photos of birds and abstract shots.
I didn’t bring my zoom lens with me, mainly because I don’t like the image quality it gives me, so I had to use a 50mm, which doesn’t give nearly enough reach when shooting birds. I made the image work by cropping in much tighter. Luckily, today’s sensors are big enough to do such things without ending up with a 1″x3″ image.
I like painterly images, but I don’t do many painterly edits on my Mac. I think part of the reason for that was the lack of a good app, or workflow for it. Enter Topaz Labs and their latest software, Impressions. After playing with just a few images in it, I’m hooked. There are so many great presets, and you can use Impressions as a standalone editor, or as a plugin for LR and PS.
I really loved how this edit affected the trees in the background. They were a little busy in the original, but now they’re smooth and have good lines.
If you want to try Impressions, go here and start a free trial. The price is still a bit steep at $99, but there are always coupon codes for Topaz floating around.