It is more than likely that the most frequent visitor to this site is me. Ah well. At least I have an appreciative audience to whom I can proudly announce that I have made a few print sales, and that some nice people in a gallery in Canterbury have taken some of my images to sell. Not that any have actually been sold yet, but they are available. I really need to put more energy into self promotion, but it doesn’t come naturally and I don’t have an excess of spare time.
This weekend I was in Bedgebury in Kent, home of the ‘Pinetum’ – which I think must be a made up word. Still, it’s a great place and I got a handful of interesting images, including this one:
Unsurprisingly my aim was to create an impressionistic scene full of colour and texture. As I write I’m very pleased with the result. But I have a tendency to love everything I do for about a week and then reevaluate to conclude it’s all terrible and the cause of great embarrassment. Occasionally however, an image stands the test of time and becomes a long term favourite. I hope this is one of those.
The production is quite simple. Take six or seven images of the same scene moving around the subject. Then compile them in Photoshop. I use CS6 but you can do it in Elements just as well. Thus far I have always compiled this sort of image around a central static point, in this case its the trunk. The risk I think is that if there were no fixed point the overall effect could be bewildering. Perhaps I should experiment some more. Levels and channels and brightness have been tweaked, but not outrageously, and the saturation has been ‘encouraged’ to emphasize those wonderful warm tones. The image has had a shot of unsharp mask to give it a bit more impact.
The only moderately clever bit was in changing the aspect ratio from 2:3 to 3:4 I squeezed the sides in a bit so whilst the central subject (exhibit A: tree) is normally proportioned the sides are compressed. I doubt you would see this effect but it does help to draw your eye into the image.