More Faux Painting

Today features just one photo, and once again I slowed the camera to create motion blur. The original exposure was quite dark as you can see, but I liked the shot as the trees in the background add colour and contrast to the heron.

Left as it is the shot really doesn't work, but I liked the composition and movement so I wanted to see what I could rescue. I lifted the exposure a full couple of stops, and played around with highlights and midtones to draw out the colour. While those were fairly radical in extent, they are basic edits for dealing with underexposed shots. I then cropped the image and added a vignette filter (which creates the white surround). Those steps were all carried out in Lightroom. The final tweak was done in Photoshop where I used the sharpening menu and combined very heavy sharpening and motion blur filter to accentuate the impact of the sharpened pixels (the aim of the filter is to reduce blur, but I tweaked in the opposite direction). The end result gives a heavily textured effect which is (I think) a reasonable representation of a painted image (click the large version to see what I mean).
Large size

The whole process took less than 5 minutes from scratch.
Nature Blog Network
site stats
Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

This entry was posted in water birds and tagged , .

16 Comments

  1. derWandersmann November 30, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    HOT damn! You done good, old son!
    It works very well, indeed.

  2. serola November 30, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Excellent editing

  3. gdare November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Did you use one of the Nik software effects on the second one, too? Looks like Vintage Fog, or whatever its name is, can't really remember now :left:

  4. Words November 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Sami, thanks!

  5. Words November 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Darko, I wasn't even sure what Nik was until I did a search. The editing was all done manually.

  6. Words November 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    dW, thanks!

  7. Words November 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Thanks Lois!

  8. cakkleberrylane November 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Very well done!

  9. SittingFox December 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Very cool indeed :yes: Could easily imagine that on a wall somewhere 🙂

  10. Words December 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Adele, thanks! I'm getting a bit (but only a bit) more adventurous with photo-editing. Mainly because I'm getting so many underexposed/overexposed shots at the moment.

  11. Mickeyjoe-Irl December 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    There's a heron that's taken up residence on a small river just up the road. Both my mother and I have spotted it, but only while in the car so no photos… yet.

  12. Words December 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Mick, they tend to be creatures of habit, so keep watching for it.

  13. derWandersmann December 7, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    but only while in the car so no photos

    Put the camera in the car.

  14. derWandersmann December 7, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    It's more a problem of taking photos while driving.

    Brakes.

  15. Mickeyjoe-Irl December 7, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    It's more a problem of taking photos while driving.

  16. Mickeyjoe-Irl December 7, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    By the time I stopped he'd be long gone.

    Them's the breaks. 😉