Wednesday, June 3

Pastoral

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I've become fascinated by the possibilities in the SnapArt filter that AlienSkin makes. So I stopped the car by the roadside last weekend just over the Maryland border to the south of Lancaster County. I was hunting for a pastoral that i could make speak eloquently as an oil painting. I stitched a pano together in PhotoShop, then found a dramatic sky from some I found over Cape Cod. I wanted a sky that would set off the palette perfectly and reinforce the wonderful orange highlights in the scene.

This is a robust tool, eh? Especially when you have the gamut of PhotoShop devices to selectively draw out the feelings. As I studied the site, I focused upon the tranquil balance of water, hillside, and the way that the vegetation has, over a lot of years, embraced the bridge and fit it into the natural flow of this place.

That's what I wanted to communicate in a final image... I think I've got it. Wuddaya think?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ted, I like your concept. Did you know that the landscape masters tried to get some of the ground color into the sky and some of the sky color into the ground?

I think it'd be hard to put green into the sky, but you could put some dabs of muted orange in the sky, just as there are dabs of the diluted orange here and there in the field/green in the lower third of the image.

If you could do this, I think it would tie the sky and the green together better. Just a suggestion.

Flo (from TME)

Ted said...

And I love the suggestion Flo... Might even go after it specifically in a future image. This time though, I think that I like the minimal orange so much that I don't want to do anything to reduce the way that I carefully worked to have it pop.

As always, it's terrific to have you visit and comment. Thanks a LOT!

Mike H said...

Ted, You have redefined that painterly look, years from now they will be analyzing your brush strokes...

Debra Trean said...

very beautiful ...yes I think you did a great job...