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Tree, Rock and Cosmos

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 84mm. Exposure Details: 1/15 second @ f11 ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 84mm. Exposure Details: 1/15 second @ f11 ISO 400

The image at the bottom of this post is what you might, in a compassionate frame of mind, refer to as Photoshop Artistry. I’d completely understand it if many of you don’t particularly like it. It’s the result of some experimentation but, without a particular goal in mind, the image is as much about process as it is about subject or meaning. So, while I’m reasonably happy with the result, I don’t feel any personal attachment to the image. It’s just a bit of fun though, now the can’s open, who knows what may follow.

The making of this image began at a recent workshop I ran in and around the town of Chewton in Central Victoria. The original image, of a tree and rock face, was made at Dog Rocks, a fascinating and challenging location for landscape photography on Mount Alexander. I chose a Tungsten white balance to highlight the already cool colors evident in the scene.

Lightroom 2 was utilized for initial image processing. Adobe Photoshop CS4 was then employed to enhance color saturation, contrast and to provide a vignette around the image. This is normally about all I do when processing a color image, as is evident below.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 84mm. Exposure Details: 1/15 second @ f11 ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 84mm. Exposure Details: 1/15 second @ f11 ISO 400

Not quite happy with the result I decided to pursue the Photoshop path a little further. I’d almost run out of breadcrumbs when I reached the result you see below. Thankfully I made it back home to Kansas (metaphorically speaking) to report the results to you all.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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