Fonthill Yellow Room Christmas Tree Impressionistic Detail
This image is an impressionistic perspective of yesterday’s post of the Yellow Room Christmas tree detail. I used Topaz Impressionism plug in to achieve the look.
This posting ends my series on the Fonthill Castle Christmas Decoration Exhibit. I hope you have enjoyed the series. I have enjoyed sharing it.
This probably be my last major project at Fonthill. I will be moving back to the Washington State next Spring. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at Fonthill starting with a workshop led by my good friend John Barclay. I want to also thank Ed Reidell and the staff at Fonthill for the opportunities to help out. It was truly my pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Tomorrow starts a New Year. Every day is a gift to be enjoyed to the fullest.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 62mm, f/11, 1/350 sec, ISO 400
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!
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:
When I saw this scene of our front porch, I felt like it was an impressionistic garden painting with all the pink and light green color. So, I post-processed the image that way using Topaz Impression plugin.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 41mm, f/6.4, 1/800 sec, ISO 1600
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.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 53 mm, f/10, 1/75 sec, ISO 800
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.