Whenever I have the opportunity to display my work in art shows I like to spend time answering questions about my art or just listening to the general tone of discussion. When it comes to exhibitions of photography there is always much discussion and many questions and opinions.
Inevitably, I hear comments such as, “I could do that with my iPhone!” or “That picture looks like it has been photo-shopped!” Photographers who are striving to make a name for themselves in the world of photographic art, face an uphill battle. Today, almost everyone takes pictures with their mobile phones. Some do it well.
The question for the serious photographer is, “How do I make my images stand out above the others?” It goes without saying that interesting subject matter, technically correct images and effective compositions are very important. But what else?
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with plugins from Nik Software and Topaz Labs. As add-ons to Lightroom and Photoshop these plugins offer literally thousands of opportunities for artistic interpretation of one’s images.
On a snowy morning several days ago I drove to one of my favourite places to photograph, the Fascieux Creek Wetland in the Okanagan Mission area of Kelowna, B.C. As I got out of my car I noticed the resident Great Blue Herron perched high in a scraggly tree that was more dead than alive. The heron seemed to be overseeing its domain.
The textures of snow on the tree, its dead limbs and its rough bark were interesting so rather that photograph just the heron I included much of the tree in my composition. After working within Lightroom to optimize the image I moved it into Topaz Glow and Texture to arrive at the final image below. My goal was to create an image that evoked a ‘dark’ feeling.
This will be my last post for 2016. Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and view my photography. I appreciate your comments and support.
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Merry Christmas and best best wishes for a very Happy New Year!!