I’ve played quite a bit with this one. Just last night, I figured out what I needed to do to get it the way that I wanted. Finally done.
That tree trunk is a fern. It’s about 100 years old and 30 or 40 feet tall. The reason that I’m only showing the bottom couple of feet of it is that as a two year old this is about all of it that I looked at. The green stuff was much more interesting.
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While getting things ready for my 70th birthday, I futzed around with this. Holy crap, can I really be this old. Honestly, during the Cold War I never thought I’d make it out of my 30’s. Birthday is in a few days.
I’ve been working on this technique for several months. It’s a combination of Lightroom for getting the photograph tuned, Corel Painter to fashion the image, and Photoshop to fine tune the final image. I’m really excited how well this turned out. All the planets must have been aligned just the right way. Click image for larger view.
Last month, I went camping in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park for a couple of days with Tom and Marc, two other photographers. I hadn’t been camping in a very long time. The biggest challenge for me was changing clothes in a backpacking tent.
This was my second time at L’Orangerie. The first time, I was overawed by the Monets that I didn’t realize that there was much more upstairs. Oops. This time, there was a wonderful cubist exhibit.
The guard here had her head down like she was dozing. There must have been two dozen people pointing their smartphones at the Monets. Several times, I was photographing people looking at paintings through their smartphones and not looking up.
Went camping in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park a couple of days ago. This strangely colored fern caught my eye and then the dandelion puff. More will be coming. Maybe some redwoods, too.