Nothing epic here, no insightful quotes, infact this is a sort of rehash of a previous image!
I’ve been playing around a bit actually and getting up to speed on some of PhotoShop CS6’s many updates. Like my previous 2 posts, the oil paint tool is getting a little bit of a work out. I love what it does to these trees branches. Kinda gives it that Van Goghish look. Certainly adds a bit of mystery I think. I might be overdoing it, but thats what play is all about.
I originally captured this scene while on a workshop for the one and only Trey Ratcliff. When I began this long journey down the path of image refinement and manipulation, his HDR or High Dynamic Range photography insights and tutorial is what got me hooked. (Check out his tutorial and course over on the sidebar!) Actually, it was first his incredible eye and images that got me interested, but then it was his free tutorial that convinced me that this was a great way for me to express myself creatively as well. He has been more of an influence on my work and passion for the art than he will ever know. Thanks for that Trey 🙂
Like I’ve said before, its like being able to “Paint with Light” without all the crew, gear, trucks, administrative paperwork, logistical challenges, and long days that are required of me with the other place I play with light at HyLite Productions. As our lighting season comes to a close, I must say that I am looking forward to getting back into the field and capturing a little more of the world. As always, I look forward to stretching myself a bit more as I refine my technique, learn a few new tricks, see some new places, challenging myself, and if course, sharing a few techniques here and there along the way. If there is one constant in life, its change, and embracing that change and evolution as an artist (or at the very least, someone who has a passion for this art), is what I continue to strive for.
I was reminded of how that passion and drive for expression finds its way into the artists head, heart, and creative life while watching a youtube video from one of my favorite musical artists, Pat Metheny the other day. Check these out and see what I mean:
Wonderful picture Mike! I like the different touch you’ve added to this picture and think this would look fantastic printed.
Enjoyed reading your thoughts as always, the HDR community certainly owes a lot to Trey and his work is very inspiring.
Amazing HDR, really well taken!
Great use of oil paint tool! Nice work!