I came across this quote today and find it very appropriate, especially in view of the show that Nature is putting on for us out there at this time of year:
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein
Some more musings:
I did a whole bunch of work yesterday and today and when it was done, it didn't look as though I had done anything. And it occurred to me that's how it should be when you use Photoshop... sometimes!
Loading the gravel from my secret source with my ATV and my trusty "555" Styles trailer
...and unloading it on the driveway. This is about the 6th load, and it's day 2: a little rain last night told me which spots needed a bit of touching up so I got back to work. If you're going to do something, do it right.
So I worked away and sweated for several hours for what? If you look at my driveway a few days from now when the pine needles are covering it, or a month from now when it's blanketed in the white stuff, you won't be able to tell that I did anything – unless you were there when I started. The same thing is true of Photoediting.
Your work in Photoshop or whatever editor you use, should be invisible. But you need to address all the details: no dust spots; no unwanted lens flare, toning and skin just the way it's supposed to be, a slightly burned edge, horizons level, and so on. Address all the details. And don't stop until you're done.
Of course sometimes you edit an image with the INTENT of making it look surreal or impressionistic. I do that a lot. But I think that somewhere during the editing process, you need to bring the image to the point where it's perfect and your editing should be invisible. Something to strive for.
Fall Colours are Addictive!
Every year I say I'm not going to shoot the colours. Every year I do anyway. How can one not: when you see something this spectacular, you have to share it! So here are a few shots around the Haliburton Highlands.
If you are located in the Highlands, perhaps these images won't 'grab' you, but many of my readers are from other parts of the world and this is for them!
At Hall's Lake. The brilliant colours stand out even more against the rich greens of the pine trees. I used the "coloured pencil" preset in Impression as the baseline from which to edit.
Tired of fall colour pictures yet? I have bad news for you: more to come! I took a trip yesterday with Amin Shivji from HHCC to Algonquin Park, in search of fall colours, and moose. Let's just say we had a good day!
On the way up, the sun broke out momentarily as we were passing (I think) Kushog Lake.
As we got into the park, we stopped at Fisherman's Point on Smoke Lake, where we found, wait for it, some fishermen (OK, "fisherpeople"!).
Indeed. I took this through the windshield (thank you, Adobe, for the really nice de-haze filter!). I even blurred the trees a bit to soften it and make it three dimensional.
As we continued westward, we came across some spots where the colours were spectacular. We stopped a couple of times.
An impressionistic view of the outrageous colours in a maple bush.
And now, la pièce de résistance, a bull moose swimming across the water about 100 meters away.
Here's another shot, more tightly cropped.
Using Topaz Impression to turn it into a painting, I edited the same image as the cropped one, to tell more of the story.
We had a good day! I can't wait to visit Algonquin Park again soon.
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