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!
This tree in the White Mountains of New Hampshire caught my eye, as we walked back to the car. It was sitting on a hillside, which gave me a great low angle view of the branches going in various directions.
Shooting up into the sky, on an overcast day, requires blending of multiple exposures, otherwise, you will lose all detail in the sky, or end up with an underexposed foreground. This one was particularly challenging, because the leaves were blowing in the wind, between my bracketed shots. I had to carefully manually blend 3 exposures in photoshop, using luminosity masks, to recreate what I saw with my eyes, while making sure not to get any weird ghosting with the leaves.
I set this shot up with my Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm lens, sitting on my carbon fiber manfrotto tripod.
You might need to click this one to view it larger, so you can appreciate the edit. I used tangledFX, but didn’t like the effect on the whole image, so I used imageblender to mask the effect only on the yellow flower. Before I did all that, I used snapseed for minor edits and a little tilt shift, to keep the focus on the foreground.
Don’t forget, the deadline to enter the Selfy giveaway is tomorrow. If you already entered, and you want an extra entry, you still have time to make a multiple exposure self portrait, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or share the link in the comments. I’ll share the submissions when I announce the winners, on Tuesday.
Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend!
I’ve been a little too busy to post this week. Grandma had a fall just before midnight on Sunday night. I spent the next 12 hours in hospitals with her. Luckily, all of the tests came back clean and she was able to go home that evening. My brain has been kind of useless because of the sleep deprivation, but I think I’m almost back to normal now. One more good nap should do it and I might actually have time for one today.
I got a little creative with this one. I shot with mirrorgram and liked the image, but it was a little out of focus. I didn’t want to scrap it, so I used shockmypic for the painterly look. Finally, I used snapseed to add some contrast and darken the image slightly. The result is much better than a blurry photo, in my opinion.
I saw this old couple sitting on a park bench, one chilly morning, not long ago. I thought I’d be stealthy and sneak behind them for a cool photo op.
I love fall. Colder weather. Beautiful colors. The beginning of the holiday season. Theres a lot to like about it.
This is over at the Japanese garden in Lithia Park. We’re still not at the peak colors yet, but soon!