Saturday, June 24, 2017

Discerning Eyes

I almost always run my finalized images by the lovely eyes of my wife, Michele.  I appreciate her input and she often leaves a viewing to look for a place on ours walls for the new picture.  This is a new one she's currently working on where it should live. 😊

Portland Harbor

This was shot on a foggy morning in Portland, Maine, on our New England car tour back in 2015.  It sometimes takes a bit f time before I see what I want to do with an image.  After color correction I used NIK HDR Efex Pro plug-in for the contrast and structure I wanted.  I also had to clone out some spots and weird shadowing above the tops of the foreground posts.  I also created an additional fog effect in Photoshop to give it a little more density and better color.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

From the Archives

Every now and then I go back through the archives of my master photo files to see if I can resurrect an older image.  Usually I'll try the image using new Photoshop skills I've learned or to use a new plug-in filter.  This is such an image:

Wine Barrels

Here I used NIK Software HDR effect with individual channel adjustments and contrast adjustments.  I find it often rewarding to look over older images with new knowledge of what can be done in the digital darkroom.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Digital Art III

I've written before about my beliefs when it comes to digitally "painting" photographs, and this is one of my favorites:

Impression, Tulips

This is one of the first pieces I made.  I created this using Corel Painter and it took quite a bit of time, mostly due to the fact that I didn't really know what I was doing.  But it was a lot of fun experimenting and see what all I could do with it.  It is indeed hand "painted" by creating an overlay of the photograph and painting using a Wacom tablet and pen.