Category Archives: Special Effects

Same Subject, Different Treatment

Tree Overlooking Meadow, Longwood Gardens, PA

I have walked by this tree overlooking the meadow at Longwood Gardens many, many times.  I must have over 100 images of it, taken over the years.  On my last visit, I stopped again.  It was a nondescript overcast day.  I recorded an image anyway.  Maybe, I could do something interesting in post.

I created this peaceful  overcast feeling by simply adding a texture.  It captures the way I was feeling at the time. It reminds me a little of the Hudson River painters of the late 19th century.

Brightness to Start a New Month

Impressionistic Adaptation of Pink Orchid

I have been to Longwood Garden’s orchid display dozens of times.  On a recent visit I wandered through looking for a different way to capture the beauty of the display.  I thought a double exposure of some orchids rotated about 45 degrees might be interesting. I added a little Topaz Impression to achieve the final result.  It is a bright image to start a bright new September.  Have a good one!

I enjoy experimenting from time to time.  It inspires me to look a little deeper.

A Time to Reflect

“Reflection”

Today is a special day to reflect.  Life’s timeline is multidimensional.  The past, current, and future intermingle.  As I look back and reflect on loved ones who have passed, a warm, peaceful, and grateful feeling comes into my heart. That feeling transcends into a contemplative outlook of what is yet to come.

Beauty of Molokai 1

Art, Color and Beauty are Everywhere

I recently attended a contemplative photography retreat at beautiful Hui Ho’olana on Moloka’i.  The next several posts will be from the retreat.

Beauty was everywhere I looked.  It presented itself along every path, around every corner. It seemed that it was just asking to be photographed.  

Red, green and yellow
Spiked leaves shoot out like a star
Just asking to be noticed

Post Processing Experiment

Polihale State Park – Kaua’i, Hawai’i

It was a beautiful day!  The paved road ended.  We saw a rough dirt road, drove a slow 5 miles and had this beach pretty much to ourselves.  It was so very peaceful and relaxing.  I felt enlightened just to stand, see, and hear the waves crashing on the beach.

I took this image with black and white post processing in mind.  I liked the blue sky and the tan beach sand.  I liked the increased tonalities and mood that B&W gave me.  Time to experiment …. I added split toning into the B&W image, then blended it back into the original photo.  I like the result.

A Different Way of Looking

Sandhill Crane Landing Abstract

Last spring I took 3500 images of Sandhill Cranes near Othello, WA in a 3-day period.  After the trip, I quickly went through and picked a couple of my favorites.  Today, I decided to go back and pick out a few more of my best images.  I found this one of a crane landing in a field.  I used an equivalent of a 600mm lens, but still did not get a good close-up.  This image was further enlarged by a factor of 4.  As expected, the resultant image was not very sharp.

So what can you do with a fuzzy image???  Why not try an abstract processing method.  I used Topaz Impression to get this result.

Lesson Learned:  Don’t take so many darn images.  It is a real pain to review 3500 images. (I am still not done.)  I took a break to post this one.

For reference, below is my original image:

Need a Little Brightness!

Chihuly Museum of Glass, Seattle, WA

It is a dreary winter day today.  I needed a little brightness and whimsey.  I looked to the brilliant display of Chihuly glass at the Seattle Museum of Glass.  To add a little more energy, here is a 9-image vertical pan combined into a single image.  Let your imagination flow!

Playing With Fall Colors

Washington Arboretum, Seattle

I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it.  Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth.  Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.

The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory.  They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting.  I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure.  I like the way it came out.