Posts tagged “painterly

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One of the most iconic sights in San Francisco- Coit Tower:

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Peaceful

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A peaceful view taken on our March trip to California

 


Lensbaby Tree

I love trying to create impressionist effects with my Lensbaby.

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I took the photo above a bit farther by editing it in Photoshop and Topaz Impression.

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Painted Butterfly

I had fun yesterday giving this butterfly a painted look with three textures and two different Topaz Impression filters. It somehow satisfies my childhood desire to be a painter.

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Upcycled Cardinal

I’m back among the land of the living again! I haven’t quite returned to photography as yet, so today’s photo is a reworking of one I took last summer in Tucson. I played with it in Photoshop and added some textures to create a painterly look.

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Pink Impressions

Another flower- this time an orchid.

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Orange Impressions 2

Happy Tuesday! Just a couple more flower abstracts. . .

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Spring is Here!

Here’s another blossom image for today- with a little Topaz Impression for a painterly look:

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Tulip Impressions

What can I say?- I am in the mood for BLUR!

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These photos were shot with the Lensbaby Velvet 56; the resulting softness was further emphasized by editing with Topaz Impression.


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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
                      -Hans Christian Anderson

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Snow Delay

The El Nino storms have been hitting Prescott this week. Here’s a very early morning shot of a snowplow clearing the street yesterday, making it safe for the kids to get to school on a “snow delay” day.

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Edited with Topaz Impression and Topaz Texture Effects


Mammoth Morning

When I’m staying with my daughter’s family at Yellowstone in the winter, I never get tired of going out on the porch in the early morning to check the view- the snow, the sky, and any wildlife that might be there.

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Painterly effects added in Topaz Impression, textures in Photoshop


Hello, Sheep!

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I had fun with some creative edits on the above two shots using Topaz Simplify and textures.

The one below is probably my favorite edit. I used both Topaz Simplify and Impression, as well as textures. I desaturated the bright blue sky to create a monochromatic look, which is more pleasing to my eye.

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Fence Fantasy

Here’s a glimpse of part of the fence on the board walk at the Upper Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone National Park.  I was fascinated by the frozen steam and fog (rime ice) that clung to the railings, as well as to the trees in this magical place.

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After I took the image back into Lightroom, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone- so I played with color to emphasize how icy and cold it was.

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Just the petals. . .

Nothing makes me more content than exploring flowers with a macro lens. Here’s a gerbera daisy from my latest grocery store fall bouquet.

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Water’s Edge

20150724-MMA_0815_melinda_anderson-EditWhen we were walking at the lake a week ago, I was captivated by the green of this tree, which contrasted with the darker trees bordering the lake. It was hard to photograph because I could only see it through branches- so I didn’t.  But I saw it again on our way back- with a little girl under it- and knew I had to try.  I was already envisioning it as a painterly image.  I took the resulting photo into Lightroom and then Photoshop for some cloning work. Then, I used Topaz Simplify to remove details and give it a bit of a watercolor look.  I blended it with the original image, bringing back some detail- and finished it off with some textures. Playing with images is part of what keeps stress out of my life- and it’s so much fun!


Lily Abstracts

I took some time a few days ago to take some abstract macro shots of lilies. I added a couple textures for that painterly look I love- and the first one I also took into Topaz Simplify.  Truthfully, because of the shallow depth of field, it looked pretty painterly already, but I love to fiddle around with my images.  It is my form of a mindfulness meditation and satisfies my childhood ambition to be an artist when I grew up. 🙂

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