Category Archives: Special Effects

Art in the Garden

Japanese White Pine

As I walk around our garden, little pieces of art show themselves to me. Most of the time, I am just wandering when they appear. Something makes me stop and look closer. I imagine how I can best treat the gift appropriately. Sometimes they need to be accurately represented with fine detail. Other times they can be converted into an abstract blur. Still other times they are best processed by photoshop manipulation. This time I used a touch of Photoshop and Topaz Degas adjustments to achieve the end results.

I love to walk in our garden and enjoy all the little gifts that are given to me!

Mixture of Color and a Little Imagination

Cherry Trees – Heather Heights Orchard

Color, Color, Color is everywhere I turn.  Greens, yellows, oranges, reds. and even a little brown fill my eyes.  It looks like an abstract painting.  My mind opens up for creative possibilities.  Here is one:

Cherry Trees Abstract

All it takes is a little reverse “C” swipe and imagination!

Fall Wonder #10

“Monet’s Forest”

Gentle light filtering through
leaves of orange, yellow, and green,
paints an image of warmth and peace.

As I looked into the Forest at the Bloedel Reserve, I felt like I was looking into a Monet painting. Soft filtered light, shadows, and subtle pastels decorated the scene.  In post, I added a little of the impressionistic feeling using Topaz Impression.  

Eastern Market Stroll 7

“Peaches”
Capitol Hill Eastern Market, Washington DC

Fresh produce is the center piece of any Market.  Ripe peaches made my mouth water.  

A stroll through a Market brings something for all senses: sight, smell, feel, smell, and sounds.  This day on a warm summer Sunday Morning offered it all.

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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.