One of the reasons that I write this blog is to keep track of what I have tried and keep notes on what works or doesn’t. This photo I took with Sonel’s Photo-Editing Challenge in mind. The topic this week was trees. A week or so ago it snowed and then there was a lot of wind which made some neat patterns in our yard. So I went out to take some photos. With this one I was trying to show the similarity in the patterns in the bark and the snow:
I took this using the exposure bracketing setting on my camera. From there I edited my three exposures in Photomatix and put it in the painterly setting. Then I opened the image in Photoshop. I knew I wanted to use the filter gallery but because the image was a 16-bit image, the filter gallery which is located in Filter-Filter gallery was greyed out. So first I had to go to Image-Mode- and change it to a 8-bit image. Then the Filter-Filter gallery was able to work. In that gallery, I changed this photo to watercolor with angled strokes. Then I cropped this photo because the original had a brick house in the background which was really distracting from the textures that I was trying to accentuate.
I would say that this photo sort of worked, a kind of close, but no cigar. The first thing I would have gone out a bit earlier, because it was pretty bright. The other thing I would have done differently was to shoot the photo from a different angle so that the house would have not been in the background. Part of the problem was that it was bitterly cold and I don’t think as creatively when I am cold. I guess I need to work on that…
Here is one of the original photos, so you can see where I started:
Feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section below.