My last photo shoot of 2016 was at one of my favorite places, Rough and Ready Creek near Cave Junction, Oregon. Pam Cone and I took a day trip up there a couple of days ago. I’d been talking about it for years. The temperature was a couple degrees above freezing. We were prepared and didn’t feel it. The day before, where I’m standing was under water. Great timing! There is high fog in this picture and the mountains in the background are obscured.
Happy New Year!
This was a photograph of a green tree frog in a rose in my front yard that I converted to B&W. I then colored it with only three colors using the new glazing brushes in Corel Painter 2017. Turquoise had really been on my mind this morning, hence the choice of color. The overall image was a little flat so I added the luminosity and saturation of the original photograph to complete the transformation.
I’m taking a class about the new features of Painter 2017. Using several of the new features, I’ve turned a straight photograph of the Lion’s Head Maple in my backyard to this. Fun stuff.
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.