2011 - Kara Stewart, Art in Photography
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July 14, 2011


I'm ba-ack!! My thought for today is sometimes it is in the learning. The composition in this image is somehow off. It gives me that slightly uncomfortable, something is not quite right feeling. I usually do better at composition.

However, that being said, the reason I really like this image is that I played with several different post processing methods, tried things I had not tried before and I like the final version of the post processing that I chose! Sometimes it is all in the learning.

For this version, I made minor light adjustments to the original. Then using Corel's Painter Photo Essentials, I tried several different painting styles, settling on Classical Oil Painting. After painting, I uncovered some areas of the image down to the original photo - the fence top left, the Black Eyed Susan blossoms, the sun dial and the slate floor and a few portions of the chair. I then adjusted the color since the oil painting left it rather purple tinged and I wanted to bring back the warm golden wood tones of the chair against the greenery. I then took it into Photoshop CS5 and applied the posterization filter and ended up tweaking that slightly.

Although I had used each of these processes before and tweaked them to my taste, I had never 'double applied' processes before - the painting and then the filter.

I like the result better than either process alone - each one added something to the other that my eye liked.

Sometimes the pleasure is not in the end result but in the learning!