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Salt FlatsThis was taken at Death Valley yesterday. It was interesting to me how the salt flats kind of give the feel of the seaside; yet this was most definitely not the sea! I did a little editing -- cropping, a little play with a few other things.
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Rainy Day in ArkansasNo, I don't have the sense to come in out of the rain. These are Arkansas woods in this morning's rain. To get a litle bit more painterly effect I added a (duplicate) layer, gave it a dry-brush effect, and set the dry-brushed layer to a soft-light blend (about 50% opacity). Then I did a bit of local sharpening after merging those layers. - I usually do this by sharpening the entire image, then I add a mask to the sharpened layer, use the paint bucket to fill it with black (making the entire layer transparent), then use a white brush to bring in the areas I want to be a touch more defined.
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Water GardenThe red bud trees over the pond at Botanica almost straight out of the camera. Did a shadows and highlights adjustment in photoshop and picked the vivid color mode.
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Impression of TulipsNo modifications in Photoshop. Slight exposure and contrast adjustment (and crop) in Nikon Capture NX (raw processor). I shot the scene backlit in an attempt to capture the abrupt changes in tonality common to impressionism. I focused in front of the tulips in the foreground, in an attempt to get the appropriate amount of blur on the tulips in the background. If I were to adjust the image any in Photoshop, I would probably add a slight blur to the background bushes. I might have been able to do this by using a slightly larger aperture, but was pressed for time. Next time I will probably use "aperture bracketing" to produce several different variations to chose from.
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My spanish guitarra gently moving
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Impression of LaurenMega cool four-leaf clover. P.S. The only thing done to this shot was that I cropped it. Normally, this would be a boo-boo.
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Wind chime before the stormThe weather changed radically Tuesday night - lots of wind, threats of rain. The trees were blowing a lot, creating obvious movement, and I also played with moving the camera. I had the feel of being in the moment and the movement. I tried fill flash and know the bottom of the chime is a problem but I haven't had time to figure out how to do anything about it. Again, no photo-shopping - just pretty much out of the camera and am interested in hearing ideas about what to do, if anything, and if it works.
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Backyard tree softerI tried to make it softer than this but then it loses the tonality.
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Rasta RickI believe this fits the assignment this week, but I'm not sure. If it doesn't I can remove the file. I actually did this a year ago for a Photoshop homework assignment. I took a picture of Rick and then painted it. When I started, I hated the assignment, but by the time I finished it (around 8 hrs later) I found I had enjoyed it.
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Walking out from photoshop
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FlowerPowerImpressionism by Photoshop (mostly)
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Interpretation of ImpressionismTo see how I did this, please see the picture of the files.
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Files of the flowers used for the imagesI took some pictures of these flowers in my garden by ripping some colored paper behind them. Then I simply layered them and created the two pictures. I did not use any artistic tool, simply layered and feathered. I like the outcome of both pictures. I figured it was ok to play with the photos as this is a project on impressionism.
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Woods-Lined Bank and CabinLight spills over fresh spring growth, behind the Charles Rogler cabin (1859), at Pioneer Bluffs, north of Matfield Green, Kansas. Further down, a clear-water stream courses of white limestone, beneath a flowering redbud tree.
   
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