Summary – Off to the mountains for a day-trip tomorrow. Forecast is rain. Hoping to see some photo-ops like those that led to today’s image – more painting-like than photo-like.
Odd ball filters, gauze, Vaseline, almost anything
placed in front of your lens can produce
Sometimes almost painterly, in fact
(Used a wet windshield in this case)
Monet Made Me Do It
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
North entrance to Skyland looking south down the drive
Click to enlarge & see the “brush strokes”
Technical – Nikon D300, Tokina 16-50 @50mm, 1/10 sec, f/5.6, EV=-2/3, ISO400, WB=Cloudy, center weighted metering, aperture priority, RAW capture, circular polarizer, hand-held, LiveView with manual focus
- Taken through the windshield in a downpour (parked)
- Hand held and braced on top of the steering wheel
- I wanted the effect of the flowing water on the windshield visible, and the background soft and painterly – a relatively shallow DOF
- f/5.6 at 50mm gives a DOF of only a few feet (4′ at a focus distance of 12′ which is about the distance to the tree framing the left side)
- I used LiveView to see the image more clearly & used manual focus to get what I wanted
- Trees trunks to frame left/right
- Colorful leaves/branch to frame top
- After zooming my 16-50 to 50, the final “Zoom” was moving the car forward/backward until the tree framing was right
- Give the eye a destination – the light area at the bend of the drive
- Place the “destination” off-center; bulls eyes usually don’t work
- The car was off the drive at a spot where I could move it safely – but anyone watching would surely have wondered ??
1. Photoshop Elements/Adobe Camera RAW for RAW conversion
2. Tonal & color contrast adjustments in Color Efex Pro 4 using my custom designed recipe for basic image post processing
3. Added a border using my saved CEP4 custom border recipe
Combine techniques like this with camera motion and/or multiple exposures for some really painterly results
Or, if not painterly, then definitely non-photographic
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