Driving up to Oregon’s Painted Hills, I saw this pastoral scene and stopped to capture the feeling. It was “high noon” and the sun was bright, but I still wanted to give it a try. To recreate the feeling I had, I processed the image in Topaz’s Impression and added a little texture in Photoshop. Who say’s you can’t make good images in bright noon day sun!
Impressionistic Cherry Blossoms.
I was having a lot of fun creating multiple exposures and just experimenting with various artistic ways of processing images when I came up with this combination. I first started out taking individual images of fallen cherry blossoms. I then experimented with multiple exposures (5 exposures in this case). I then further experimented with different artistic presets in Topaz Impression (Georgia O’Keefe II) to arrive at this image.
For reference, below is the 5 image multiple exposure:
Lesson Learned: Enjoy experimenting, you can never tell what you can come up with!
Henry P. Leu Gardens are covered with huge ancient southern wild oaks with Spanish moss hanging loosely from their branches. It was like I imagined an old Southern Garden to be like. High in the trees the moss looked like fluffy cotton balls. Up close the moss is very structured. I took the opportunity to add a little impressionistic water color feeling to the image using Topaz Impression.
Below is a close-up of the Spanish Moss. It looks like it would be rough to the feel, but it is actually very soft. I guess that it was used as bedding in the past.
I had just walked this path covered with ice, almost falling several times. I turned around, the sun broke through the clouds and I caught a glimpse of the warm bright grasses and leaves encasing the ice covered path. I thought, “What a beautiful painting”. The sun went back behind the clouds before I could capture the feeling. I tried several times with the sun behind the clouds, but could not get the warm feeling. I was in no hurry, so I just waited until the sun broke through again for a few seconds. I was ready!
When I processed the image, I took my advice from yesterdays post. I had thought of the image as a painting when I saw it. I therefore processed it as a painting using Topaz Impression. This is what my mind saw.