Monthly Archives: February 2015

Painterly

I learned a new word the other day: painterly.  Before I started looking at other photography blogs I don’t think I had ever ran across it.  It means “suggesting a painting or made in a way that reminds you of a painting.”  And, despite the “ly” it is apparently an adjective rather than an adverb.  Go figure.

So here’s my painterly great blue heron.

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Bridges

I’m still exploring all of the filters in Photoshop Elements.  I know some purists probably shudder at the idea of post-processing manipulation, but I love the creative freedom and choices it gives.  I used the “dry brush” filter to replicate the look of paintings to both these photos.

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Glenview Country Club

 

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Lake Sumter Landing

 


Vintage Circles

Yesterday I went exploring with my camera and ended up at Silver River State Park in Ocala.  What a nice park!  I did take a short hike on one of the trails, but the highlight for me was the pioneer “cracker” village just off of the parking lot.  Since I love old, rusty and weather-beaten, I was in pig heaven.

The good news is I got much-needed practice with my tripod, wireless remote and macro lens.  The bad news is I’m still struggling with patience and not thinking before clicking. On most of the shots I committed the stupid mistake of focusing in auto and then not switching to manual to take the shot.

I also wish I would have paid a little more attention to the objects I was photographing to figure out exactly what they were.  I just zeroed in on the beautiful patina age has given the objects but it would have been nice to know what those objects were used for.

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Monochrome Mockingbird

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Okay, so I’ve been hanging on to the original photo I took of this mockingbird for a while, not wanting to delete it, but not knowing exactly what to do with it. This guy was high in the treetop and I only got one quick capture of him with my 200 mm lens.  Even at 200 mm I still had to do a major crop to get this image so noise and soft focus were issues.  But I like the pose, and after playing around a bit, I came up with stripping away the color and adding an “angled stroke” filter which sort of softened everything so it has more of a painted look.