this is what you do...
duplicate the background layer (in photoshop) amd make sure it's on top of the original
set the dupe to "soft light" and give it a gaussian blur of 3
your original layer was a bit dark so i adjusted the brightness using the levels (image/adjustments/levels) and then finally bumped the saturation (ctrl+U)
Thank you so much, that looks fantastic (I need a photoshop mentor! :)
I adjusted the levels for all of the above photos, but I couldn't seem to get it brighter without washing out the sky. Your method seems to prevent that from happening. The increased saturation makes it magical.
On January 11th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
In particular, the first one is almost surreal in that the birds look arranged, almost painted into reality. The third image with the tree is amazing with a lot of character. The tree has a real personality. Perhaps in a black and white it might deepen the image even more. I think the image of moss might be my favorite, I have a fondness for texture. Great work!
Thank you. :) The first photo is my favorite because of exactly that, they almost don't seem to have any relation to their surroundings. I tried the tree in black and white, but I think I much prefer it in colour mostly because of the bright blues and oranges.
#'s 5 and especially 6 are my favorites. I like the patterns of birds in the sky relative to the ground and how you captured the wingtips without any blurring.
#10 is interesting. The plane is in a dominant triangle position over the birds, yet both are white. Both human and bird are "created" from nature, yet the birds remain connected while we speed along, isolated by our technology for the sake of progress. I can't help but feel that way in my cubicle-farm at work. Nature plays outside my window while I churn along with my productive efforts... paradoxically in the hope of earning enough money to return to nature.
In the future, technology will close the "nature gap". The blinking screens and bleeping noises will give way to "enhanced knowing". My idea of a perfect cell phone is one that doesn't exist. No screen, no ringtone, no battery charger.
"How do you know you are getting a call?"
Answer: "I just know."
Pardon... I'm being creative tonight. Off for tea now. :)
Lovely photos! It's already been said before but there's a rather trippy impression of the birds not being part of the landscape in some of them...it's as though you're in a movie studio and some painted wooden gulls are being hung with wire in front of a backdrop. Not dissimilar to the look of early colour films in a way.
On the subject of impressions, the tree closeup made me do a double take - it could almost be one of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's gorgeous aerial shots, of a ridged hill perhaps. Trees are fascinating, especially in their 'naked' winter state.
Anyway, thanks for sharing them!