Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Art Is Where You Find It

Always keep your eyes open to find interesting subjects. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles can be great subjects for artistic images. This image is a tight shot of an old truck retired to a "truck graveyard" near Richmond, Virginia. Look for small areas of interest and zero in on that. Take lots of images from a variety of angles.

Then free your mind, get out of the box, and try many different approaches with Lightroom or Topaz or Photoshop. Allow yourself to play with a variety of options, filters, and techniques.

This image was optimized and saturated in Lightroom, and then enhanced a bit with the Watercolor filter in Photoshop. Tip: In order to access all filters in Photoshop, be sure to change the image from 16-bit to  8-bit. It is easy. Just go to Image > Mode > and click on 8 bit/channel. Then you can go to Filter > Filter Gallery and start playing with all the filter options to see what looks good with your particular image.

Filters will look different on different images, so don't expect the Watercolor filter to look great on every image. You just have to try them all and find the one or ones that work best with each image.

So get your "artsy" on and go play!

1/125 sec., f/8, ISO 200. Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind."  --Eugene Ionesco 

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