Spring Tryptich (Impressions of Nature). Three images. iPhone 6+ images with 645 Pro app. Equivalent 1/530 sec at f/2.2, ISO 32, through 4.15 mm lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
These are three images, previously published, shot for the Impressions of Nature series. The images have been combined in a single tryptich-like image. The images are pictures of very thick brush just coming alive in early spring. These are iPhone 6+ shots and have been digitally manipulated as have most of the Impressions of Nature images.
Egret – 3. One Four Challenge Week Three. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
This is week three of the One Four Challenge for September. I’m working with the egret image. This week features a black and white image as well as a significant crop. Both the monochrome and the crop focus attention more on the egret than the trees with their intense color. Besides the black and white conversion here (done with Nik Silver Efex), I’ve done some color adjustment, roughly equivalent to a red filter; some burning at the top to reduce the shore and the trees; some grain and film emulation; and selenium toning. Comments welcome.
If you’re unfamiliar with the One Four Challenge, this is an exercise curated by Robyn K at Captivate Me. One image, four different edits on successive weeks. It’s great fun and good exercise.
Spring Trees. iPhone 6+ with 645 Pro App. ISO 32. 4.15 mm. 1/610 sec at f/2.2. Digitally manipulated. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
“Spring Trees” is in the Impressions of Nature series. These photos are semi-abstract impressionist and post-impressionist images of nature scenes, created with substantial digital manipulation post capture. My aim in these images is to depict nature in ways that let the viewer see nature with a fresh eye, seeing the colors and textures of nature with different feelings and sensations. These images render the familiar in unfamiliar ways.
Egret – 2. Week Two of One Four Challenge . Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
This is week 2 (September) of the One Four Challenge. The One Four Challenge was initiated and is hosted by Robyn K at Captivate Me. Working from one selected image for the month, we produce four different edits on four successive weeks. It’s a great exercise in image editing, and also a good way to develop the knack of seeing an image different ways.
A process sometimes called the Orton efect – after the photographer who invented it – combines (usually) two images, one of which is sharp and one of which is slightly blurred. Many third-party programs and apps that do digital effects implement versions of this to produce a more “painterly” result. But it can easily be done in Photoshop. A step by step guide is described here.
I have wanted to play with the Orton effect and this seemed like a good image to work with. I also did a couple of other things. After the Orton process, I found that the egret had again faded somewhat. So the egret was selected and brightness and saturation increased. Finally, in Photoshop, I removed the automobile that was in the upper right.
Egret – 1. Week One of One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
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I’m re-entering the One Four Challenge after a hiatus of a few months. The One Four Challenge was launched by Robyn K at Captivate Me, and Robyn continues to ably host and manage it. Working with an image selected at the start of the month, on four successive weeks we produce four distinct edits. This a great exercise in editing and in looking at images many different ways. Join us!
This image of the egret was first posted here back on May 12. The image was shot at Bruce Park in Greenwich. I’ll consider this the first iteration this month. I have tried to enhance the egret – startlingly white! – while still retaining natural colors. I’ve also cleaned up some weird lines that appeared in the original.
This is an iPhone shot. I used the 645Pro app on an iPhone 6+. The image was at ISO 32,4.15mm effective focal length, 1/480 sec at f/2.2.
Spring Pink IV. For Week Four of May 2015 One Four Challenge. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.
I struggled to decide how I should treat this image for this week’s final edit. Should I go “mod” and do something radical. Or should I be conservative. I thought initially that the previous three weeks – original, black and white, and an altered painterly version (see below) – had been all that I could do and retain the integrity of the image. But I decided that I could push what I did last week even further, and that this image lent itself well to an antiqued vintage look. Read More