Good morning everyone,
Thank you for joining my photo blog as I continue down the road of my own 365 photography project. It is an exciting day for me for two very different reasons. The first being one of my photographs is being featured on the CD cover of an upcoming release by the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge. Check my blog post "Exciting News" for more information on the CD. Secondly, I have the day off so I do not need to rush off to work. YEAHHHH!!!
For today's offering I decided to do some simple action shots. I love photos when an action is frozen in time. The first two images were captured as I drop an ice cube into a glass of tonic water. The last image I decided to add a little colour to the photo by using a lemon slice instead of an ice cube. All three photos were edited in Lightroom and converted into black and white prints using ON1 Photo Raw 2018. In the last image, I then reintroduce some colour back into the photo using layers in Photoshop CC. Taking action shots is a fun and yet simple project for anyone interested in photography and capturing some cool photos. I also created a slow motion video of the lemon falling into the tonic water that I will try to post later.
I would love to hear from you with any comments or questions. Please use the comment section down below. Until tomorrow keeping shooting and have fun!
A few months ago I was contacted by a representative of the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge asking if I would consider allowing them to use one of my photographs for an upcoming CD they were working on. My original reaction was disbelief. I know of no words that adequately describes how honoured I am that such a world class choir chose one of my images for their CD cover. The CD will be featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and is set to be released on Friday May 18, and can be pre-ordered on the the Choir of St John's College's website. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge for the opportunity.
Have a great night!
Hope you are having a great day and thank you for visiting my photo blog. Today's post is super short as I have to goto work very soon. The original images that I wanted to share with you today did not turn out as planned so I had to come up with another idea. If you have been following my blog for any time you will already know that I am a huge of fan of images with lots of textures, and details. As a result, you won't be surprised that I chose to photograph my collection of old screws, bolts, and other hardware that I have collected over the years. The first image is pretty much straight out of the camera with only minor edits done in Lightroom CC. For the second image, I chose to use ON1 Photo Raw 2018 for the editing and combined the image with various textures to give it a slightly different feel.
For those of you interested in improving your photography skills I would challenge you to start your own 365 Photography Project today. The process of finding new interesting things to photograph on daily basis and then working through all the various perspective on how best to shoot the subject will make a huge difference to your photography. If you decide to begin such a project I would love to see your photographs. I have created a 365 Photography Project group on Facebook for this purpose. Alternatively, you can share your images with social networks like 365.org .
Until tomorrow I hope you have a great day and I look forward to showing you tomorrow's project. Feel free to share my blog on your various social medias.
Welcome to day 6 of my 365 Photography Project. For those who just recently joined the blog a few days ago I committed myself to making at least one image each day and posting the results here on my photo blog. There are many reasons why someone may decide to start a 365 photography project, but for me personally I wanted to get back in the habit of making photographs daily. For the past year, I have been busy with my new job and spending time with the family and as a result my photography has suffered. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to use the comment section at the bottom of page. I have also created a FaceBook group for those who would like to begin their own 365 project and I welcome you to share your photographs with the group.
For todays offering I decided to photograph my Hyacinth and Muscari plants that I recently purchased for the garden. To add an extra element of interest I converted the first image into a black and white print using ON1 Photo Raw 2018 and then painted back some of the original colour. This really draws the viewers eyes into the image. The second image is a photograph of the Hyacinth's flowers and was simply processed in Lightroom CC and ON1 Photo Raw 2018.
Hope you have a great day and please join me again tomorrow for Day 7.
Thank you for joining me today for Day 5 of my 365 Photography Project. We are having a crazy spring here in SouthWestern Ontario. It is the middle of April and it is snowing outside! Yuck!! I would normally be photographing flowers and new blossoms by this time of year, however, until the weather turns around for us I will have to be creative in thinking of new subjects for my 365 project.
For today's post I continue to explore my youth and have chosen to use marbles as my focal point. To be honest I found this to be somewhat challenging. My first thought was to line up the marbles and take advantage of leading lines, but I was not able to make this idea work. So I went back to the drawing board and thought it would be fun to photograph the marbles inside a glass container (see image 1). While the outcome was better than my first idea I was still feeling unsatisfied with my results. After some more thought I came up with idea that It might be neat to combine the colours of the marbles with the freshly fallen snow outside (see image 2). After taking the first shot I knew I had a winner.
Sometimes the difference between a good shot and an extraordinary shot is nothing more than changing your perspective on maybe switching your location, In this case, adding the marbles to the snow outside really helped make the image more interesting and fun to look at. Next time your photographing something change your perspective and you may be pleasantly surprised how much this simple thing can improve your photography.
Don't forget if you want to join me in doing your own 365 project visit my FaceBook group and share your photos with us. Have fun and continue making great shots. Until tomorrow hope everyone has an awesome day.
Welcome to day 4 of my 365 Photography Project. The weather outside continues to be dreadful with heavy rain. As a result, I wanted to post something bright and cheerful. We are going back to grade school today. I chose my daughter's colour pencil to be the focus for today's blog post. Using my macro lens, white paper and three colour pencils I was able to make a few images that are both interesting and fun to look at.
I have created a Facebook group for those who would like to challenge their photography skills by doing their own 365 photography project. Everyone is welcome to join and to make comments. You can find the group by clicking here. Please feel free to share this blog post on your own social media streams. Until tomorrow I hope you have an awesome day.
Sorry for posting so late, but I needed to work an earlier shift today. Well Mother Nature has been busy here in SouthWestern Ontario with lots of freezing rain and high winds. As a result, I chose to grab a few photos on my iPhone on my way home. These pictures were snapped at the local golf course. The weather continues to look grim for the next couple of days. I just hope that we don't lose power with all the crumby weather. Currently, there are thousands of people around the province without any electricity. Lets us all say a little prayer for them that they get power restored soon.
For those who want to take the plunge and join me in there own 365 Photography Project I have created a FB group for us to share our images. You can find the group by clicking here.
See you tomorrow and have a great night!!
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Happy Saturday everyone,
It is absolutely wretched outside, We are currently having freezing rain and high winds and as I have chosen our piano as the focus of my day 2 - 365 photography project. Using my macro lens and sturdy tripod I capture various images of the sound board. I have always been amazed by the intricate details of the internal workings of a piano. This particular piano was made in Toronto sometime in the late 1800's. It has been in the family for 4 generations now.
If you are interested in joining me in your own 365 photography project I have created a Facebook group where you are welcome to share your images with everyone in the group. You can join and follow me on the website 365Project.
You may be asking yourself what is a 365 Photography project anyway and why am I doing it. I first heard about the idea a few years ago from a photographer I knew and when he explained it to me I thought it was a brilliant idea. It is simply me challenging myself to make at least one photograph each day for 365 days. I will be sharing my photographs on this blog and would love to hear from you. I guess everyone may have a different reason for starting such a project, but for me I am using it to further hone my photography skills. In the past couple of months I have been busy with my new job and spending time with the family and as a result I have taken less and less photographs. I am hoping that by doing this photography challenge I will once again make time for my photography. Keep your fingers crossed for me:)
For my first day of the challenge I was confronted with gray and overcast skies. Not the really the best conditions for making a beautiful photograph and as result I headed out with the idea making a black and white print with heavy textures. With this in mind I travelled to the old train station in town. According to Canada-Rail.com the original train station was built in 1854 by the Great Western Railway. It was replaced by another station in 1889 and was later enlarged in 1946. This station remained in service until 1979.
If you are interested in challenging your photography skills and joining me in doing your own 365 Photography Project I have created a Facebook group which your are welcome to join and post your photographs!
For the past couple of years I have used this website to showcase my artwork and to provide you with updates on new pieces that I have added to my collection. Moving forward, I have decided to move my PhotoBlog to its own domain at garvinhunter.blog. Moreover, I have also made some significant changes to its format in hopes of making my blog even more enjoyable. Come check it out!!
By moving my PhotoBlog to another domain this allows me to begin blogging about general photography. For example, I am really interested in starting my 365 Project Photography in the next couple of weeks and sharing my year long journey with you on this website. Stay tuned for more updates.
Hope you are having a great week. For the past couple of days I have been busy working on some new artwork and I am pleased to announce they are now ready for public viewing. It has been busy summer with the kids being off from school and us doing day trips. Hopefully, you have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors recently. Fall is quickly setting in here in SouthWestern Ontario. Today is the first day in which I had to turn on the heat to warm the house up a little. I am not looking forward to winter!
This beautiful nature art print was created just a couple of days ago as I was looking after my daughter who was home sick with a cold. My wife planted Zinias in our garden and they are a huge hit with the butterflies as well as the honey bees. The photograph was taken using my macro lens and a monopod to steady the shot. I love photographing butterflies and revealing the intricate pattern of spots and lines on their delicate wings. I challenge anyone to be depressed when viewing these beautiful creatures jumping from flower to flower. The original image was processed using ON1 Photo Raw 17. In processing this nature print I chose to blend the original image with various textures to give it a more vintage look. I am super happy with the outcome and I hope you enjoy the print as much as I do!!
Macro Photography of Zinia Flower
Macro photography opens up a whole new world to us as we get to explore the intricate details of mother nature's design. Zinia's are such delicate little flowers gifted with such vibrant colours that they make beautiful floral prints. This stunning floral photograph was taken on the same day as the above picture. When processing this photograph I chose to leave it as untouched as possible and therefore it received very little processing other than correcting for colour. Please feel free to share this print as well as my other work with your friends and family on your various social media streams.
Canadian Fall Colours
As I mentioned before Fall is quickly setting in on SouthWestern Ontario with the temperatures plunging 15 degrees in a couple of days. What better way to celebrate the glorious colours of Fall than to publish this beautiful print of Fall leaves. This photograph was taken a few years ago while on a photowalk with a friend of mine. I love vibrant bold colour of the Maple leaves. Hope you enjoy!!
It has been some time since I last posted on my blog. Life has been busy and working afternoons does not leave me a lot of time for my art or for posting on my website. However, I have managed to add some new pieces in the past couple of days and I am excited to share them with you.
One last thing to mention is that I recently changed my photo editing software from Lightroom/Photoshop to the new On1 Photo Raw. I really appreciate having the option of owning the software outright rather paying the monthly subscription fees that Adobe is currently asking artists other professionals to pay. Moreover, I like the direction that On1 Photo Raw is taking in terms of managing my large database of photographs. The other point worthy to mention is that On1 Photo Raw is always adding new features to its software to further improve it. I would definitely suggest checking out On1 Photo Raw for anyone looking for an alternative to the Creative Cloud platform. It is especially attractive given that they are offering a 30 day free trial.
I captured this beautiful image in garden a couple of weeks ago. I love the deep rich colours of these flowers. I processed the photograph in On1 Photo Raw and then using Corel Painter 18 I painted the image using an impressionistic brush. I am super happy with how it has turned out. This beautiful floral print is now available for sale on various fine art galleries such as Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
Homeward Bound is an image I capture while staying at a Cozy Cove Cottages up in the North Bay region. The sunsets in Northern Ontario are simply breathtaking. On this particular night I noticed one the boats coming home from fishing all day and thought it would make a lovely wall art print. The image received only some minor editing in On1 Photo Raw. I love the warm colours in sky. This gorgeous landscape print is now available for sale at Fine Art America, and RedBubble.
The other day when I was cleaning up my photography database I came across this image. To my surprise I had never processed the image and had been sitting on my hard drive for several years. A few years my friends and I decided to make our way up to one of the car shows in Toronto, Ontario. I took hundreds of images of various exotic and expensive cars. I love this art print and think it would look great in my son's bedroom. I am having one made as we speak. If you are a car enthusiast and looking for a cool art print for your man's room. you don't need to look any further. I have added this image to my Fine Art America store, RebBubble and Photo4me. Come check it out now!!
"Daisy" is based on a photograph that I had taken last year in my garden and it was completely edited in Lightroom, however, never posted as I thought it needed something else. Last night I decided to paint the image using Corel Painter 18 and I love how it turned out. For more information come see the various home decor items available for sale with this beautiful floral artwork come visit my online stores at Fine Art America, RedBubble and Photo4me.
People in Ontario take their time at the cottages very seriously. Every weekend during the summer months our highways are flooded with people making their way to and from their cottage. This image was captured while my family and I were staying at a cottage up in the North Bay region. I love how the beautiful light reflects on the water. For more information on the various home decor products available for sale with this stunning sunset included please visit my fine art stores at Fine Art America, Photo4me and RedBubble.
This beautiful sunset image was capture one cold winter night near my home. The Thames river meanders and snakes its way through Oxford County as it makes it way toward London, Ontario. The colours in the sky and reflecting on the water are simply awesome. Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to check out my fine art gallery stores at RedBubble, Fine Art America and Photo4me.
Thank you again for visiting my photography blog at Garvin Hunter Photography! Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and get some to enjoy the outdoors!
Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here at Garvin Hunter Photography. In today's blog I am going to discuss some of my latest work. I have been going though my photography catalogue and working on completing some projects that I started but never finished. This process has also allowed me to find some previously undiscovered gems. All of these prints have been uploaded to my main online art gallery at Fine Art America.
In SouthWestern Ontario we love our cottages and the lifestyle that surrounds them. On the weekends our 400 series highways are jammed with people making their way to Canada's cottage country. This beautiful landscape painting is based on a photograph I made in 2016 while vacationing with my family. The picture was taken on the shores of Lake Nipissing near North Bay, Ontario. You can see my wife in the canoe with the gorgeous sunset behind her. I love how the golden sunlight reflects one the water making a very tranquil scene. The photo was hand painted using Corel Painter 17 and then processed in Photoshop CC.
Niagara Falls is truly an amazing landscape to behold. I still remember the first time I saw the falls and how amazed I was by it's beauty and power. This painting is based on a photograph I made a few years ago while visiting Niagara Falls in the middle of winter with my sister and brother in-law. We were staying in one of the hotels right next to falls. What I love about this print is the quality of light and how it bounces off the frozen snow and ice making up the falls. There are numerous paintings and photographs of Niagara Falls taken in the summer, spring and fall but there are very few taken in the wintertime. I cannot wait to hang this print in my home.
In one of my earliest blogs I discussed the importance of being ready to make an image. It has always amazed me how many people buy really expensive cameras and when they are out walking with them they are inevitably turned off with a lens cap securely attached. Photography is the art of capturing moments and to do this one has to be ready. One of my first tips for anyone who wants to take better photographs is to always be ready. Keep extra batteries on you, leave the camera on and lens cap in you back pocket. By doing these simply things you will be more likely to capture the rare moments of light, action and gesture as they unfold around you.
This photograph was taken in Hamilton, Ontario while walking the grounds of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. The sun was quickly setting in the winter sky and I was awe inspired by the golden light behind the trees. Shortly after snapping the image several vans pulled up and parked near the gate entrance. Had I not been ready for the image it would have never been captured. So remember always be ready!!
Hope you enjoy!!
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I hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying life. In today's art blog I am going to share with you some of my most recent landscape paintings that I have completed using Corel Painter 17. If you are interested in digital art and the process of converting digital images into faux painting I would strongly encourage you to check out Corel Painter 17. They currently offering a 30 day trial period on their website. In the next few weeks I will be writing a blog showing my workflow on how I create my artwork using Lightroom and Corell Painter 17 so keep an eye out for it. Better yet sign up for my newsletter and I will email you when I add a new positing to my blog.
I love beautiful sunsets and I am super excited to share "Paradise Sunset" with you. This gorgeous landscape print is based on a photograph I took in Barbados a few years ago. My wife and I were getting ready to go out and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary as I noticed this glorious sunset. At the risk of being late for our reservations at Champers an upscale restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados I ran out of our suite and quickly made a few images. In the foreground I chose to include some flat rocks which were close to shore as to anchor the image and add some visual interest for the viewer. The image was hand painted using Painter 17.
In today's crazy world we all need a special place that takes us away from the pressures and demands of life. This painting "Serenity" is my special place. The original photograph was taken a few years ago in the back of my wife's family farm. This is one of my favourite places to escape to. In the summer we enjoy: bonfires by the water, fishing, canoeing, fireworks, and just watching the sun melt into the horizon. In the winter we skate, ice fish, and play on our snow machines. I always have to laugh when I look at this print as the water looks more like a lake than a pond. My father-in-law once estimated that it is over 12 acres in size. Hope you enjoy!!
For those who follow my work they will probably recognize that this is a painting of the lighthouse at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia. In an earlier blog I gave a quick overview of its fabled history. This is one my favourite places to photograph when I am back home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. As a child my friend and I would often walk to the Cape and play by the shore. The lighthouse at Cape Forchu has also touched the lives of my parents and grandparents alike. My mom would tell us stories how the light from the lighthouse would shine in her bedroom at night as a child and how she could hear the fog horn warn mariners afar. While the light is no longer used for marine navigation anymore it is still an important historical landmark and is a very special place for me. The photograph was made one hot summer evening as a storm was brewing off the coast of Nova Scotia. I love the colours and the drama in the sky. Hope you enjoy this beautiful print as much as I do.
For my last landscape painting I chose to share this gem. "The Fisherman" is based on a photograph I took many years ago and just recently rediscovered it as a result of restoring my photography database. My wife and I were entertaining some friends at my wife's family farm. The sunset on this particular evening was simply breathtaking with all its colours. Given that winter has returned once again to SouthWestern Ontario this painting is a great reminder for me that warmer days will return soon. Hope you enjoy it!!
In closing I would like to thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here Garvin Hunter Photography. These prints are now available for sale at my fine art online gallery store. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blogs please do not hesitate to forward your comments on to me. Hope you have a great night and I will be talking to you again soon.
Thank you for visiting my photography/art blog here at Garvin Hunter Photography. For the past few years I have had many bouts of insomnia and spent far too many sleepless nights watching TV, playing mindless games or just counting those damn sheep. It is exhausting to spend the night thinking about all the things you need to accomplish the next day and fretting that you cannot fall asleep. Recently, I decided to try something new to battle my insomnia. Rather than getting frustrated with my inability to sleep I have begun using this time to paint. Yep, I slip downstairs, turn on some nice music and lose myself in painting a beautiful landscape or maybe some gorgeous flowers. Surprisingly, I have found that after a hour or two of painting I am tired enough to go back to bed and fall asleep. Moreover, I have also created some wonderful pieces of art in the process. In today's blog I am going to share with you some of the pieces that I have completed.
For those who follow my art blog you will remember from a previous blog that my external hard drive failed a few weeks ago forcing me to redownload my entire photography database from the cloud (i.e., 1.5 TB). I am pleased to announce that as of today my photography/art database has been restored and I am now working on restoring my family pictures (450 GB). The system now estimates that everything should be restored in approximately 5 days. Yeah!
For those who have been following me for a while know how much I love photographing beautiful flowers. For this image I chose to lay two flowers on top of a mirror which had approximately 1/4 of inch water on it. The resulting reflection makes a beautiful subject for an art print. The original digital image was processed in Lightroom as well as Photoshop CC. Once I was happy with the image I began hand painting the image using Corel Painter 17. Final touchups on the floral print was done using Photoshop CC.
"Twice the Beauty" is now available for sale through Fine Art America online gallery. I hope you enjoy this print as much as I do.
This beautiful landscape painting is based on a photograph I made several years ago while traveling around Nova Scotia. Specifically, it was taken early one morning at John's Cove which is a small fishing hamlet outside of my hometown Yarmouth , Nova Scotia. I love photographing boats of all shapes and sizes. For this image I thought having the dory in foreground would make an interesting subject. The sunrise was particularly breathtaking on this morning and made for a beautiful backdrop. This image was then used in Corel Painter 17 to make the painting. However, in this example I chose to use the auto paint feature in Painter 17 for the initial rough draft. Once the computer had finished with the rough draft I then went back and repainted various elements with a smaller and more detailed brush. The painting was finally touched up in Photoshop CC.
"Fishing Hamlet at Sunrise" is also available for sale through Fine Art America.
For this floral painting I used a photograph I made back in 2016 while walking through the park. As soon as I noticed this little flower was bathed in golden morning sunlight I knew I had to make an image of it. Using my macro lens and lying on the ground I was able to captured fine details of the flower against the green background of the park. The image was then processed in Photoshop CC and Corel Painter 17. I think it makes a beautiful floral print.
"Flowers in Golden Sunlight" is now available for sale though my Fine Art America online gallery.
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A little while back I was contacted by the company Skeeklens to see if I would consider writing a review of their landscape "Through the Woods Workflow" designed for Lightroom. Anyone who knows me understands how much I like playing with new stuff. To make it even better the company was going to supply me with the package of presets and brushes free of charge in exchange for a fair review. There is nothing better than getting free stuff.
After I had agreed to write the review I began considering the fact that I have spent the majority of my photography career avoiding presets. Personally I have never really enjoyed the results. This is equally true for both the standard set of presets that comes with loaded Lightroom as well as specialty presets created by other photographers. I've grown accustomed to processing my photos manually. I cannot even force myself to use the supplied filters on Instagram little own using presets for my photography.
With that being said, I installed the presets and brushes onto my computer. The "Through the Woods Workflow" comes with 51 presets and 30 brushes. For those who have never used presets before or are unfamiliar with the term I would suggest considering them much like a recipe. The creator of the preset defines how the computer will adjust the photo's individual components like exposure, highlights, shadows, saturation, and clarity to name a few. The exact same set of adjustments are made to any photo each time the preset is used. Whereas brushes are very much like paint brushes, but rather than dipping them into paint and applying it to a canvas or a wall. Lightroom brushes are defined by how they alter a photo's individual components (e.g., exposure, highlights, shadows, saturation.) as they are brushed over the the photo. They provide us the ability to apply changes to a specific area of a photograph.
Sleeklens have organized the Lightroom presets into six groups: (1) all in one, base, (2) exposure, (3) colour, (4) tone/tint, (5) polish, and (6) vignette. Before using any of the presets the Navigator panel in Lightroom was open. This allowed me to preview the changes by simply hovering my mouse/pen over the preset. Sleeklens has done great job organising and naming the presets. The package also comes with 30 local adjustment brushes which are also arranged into broad groups such as (1) basics, (2) colour, (3) effects, (4) haze and (5) light. Again Skeeklens did a nice job naming their brushes taking away any guesswork.. I also appreciate the fact, that Sleeklens provides an extensive library of video tutorials helping people get more out of Lightroom.
Now that the presets and brushes were installed on my computer, I began searching through my photography database for test shots. I will discuss three photos in which I tested the presets/brushes. All of these photos were shot in RAW and then converted to DNG files by Lightroom. I have included both the before and after images to illustrate the power of Sleeklens' presets/brushes.
Test Shot #1
Here is an image I shot a few years ago while visiting in Nova Scotia. As you can see much of the detail in the foreground have ben lost because underexposure. A common issue when photographing sunsets/sunrises. However, I was really quite amazed how quickly I was able to adjust the image using the presets. With six quick clicks of the mouse I was able to enhance the golden warm hues of sunset and bring out the details in the foreground. WOW!!
Workflow (1) all in one - shine into the sunset --> (2) exposure - less highlights --> (3) polish add clarity --> (4) polish -punch it up --> (5) polish - sharpen
Test Shot #2
For the second test shot I chose another sunset image. This is image I made at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia during my last trip home. Again you quickly see that the image appears to be underexposed and therefore much of the detail in the foreground is lost in the shadows. Heck for that matter only the lighthouse is clearly visible. However, using the powerful set of presets created by Sleeklens I was quickly able to recapture the beauty of the original shot. With only five clicks of the mouse I was able to correct the exposure, colour, clarity of the image. How cool is that?
Workflow (1) all in one - calm sunset --> (2) exposure - less highlights --> (3) tone/tint - cool it down --> (4) polish - add clarity --> (5) exposure - brighten
Test Shot #3
For my final test shot I decided to move away from sunsets and sunrises and chose an image made on a foggy overcast day. This image again was made at Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia on a typical summer day (aka foggy). This is one of my favourite places to photograph. I love all the colours and textures found here. Using the Sleeklens presets I was able to quickly enhance the rocks' details as well as correct for colour.
Workflow (1) base - high dynamic range --> (2) exposure - darken --> (3) color correct - reduce yellows --> (4) polish - sharpen --> (5) polish - add clarity
After using the presets for a couple of days now I have to say that I am very impressed by them. In fact I will now be incorporating them into my current workflow. As a photographer one of my toughest jobs is to sift through my images and discard the bad images. This can be a very tedious job when one considers that often I am speaking of hundreds of images that have to be developed and then filtered. However, by using the Sleeklens presets/brushes I will be able to quickly process the images and decide their value faster. Ultimately allowing me to devote more time doing the things I love and less time with the more tedious adminstrative duties.
While these presets are powerful I would still want to make some additional minor tweaking to the photos before publishing. However this fact does not take away from their usefulness. As in my examples I was able to convert a no nothing RAW image into something quite special with a couple clicks of the mouse. I really look forward to using these presets on my most recent work which has not yet been processed. I am so impressed by the presets that I am now surveying the Sleeklens website for other workflows that I will want to purchase.
In closing I would like to mention that I am also equally impressed with the local adjustment brushes that were included with my package. The only reason they were not discussed as much is that their impact on a photo is much harder to illustrate. However, I am thinking of including them in a later review.
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It is Thursday which means only one more day of work. I have been painting pretty much the entire day and I am loving the outcomes. This gorgeous floral painting of white Phlox is one of my all-time favourites. These delicate and beautiful flowers make for such a wonderful subject. They look so soft and cheerful that I always reach out with my hand and touch their tender petals. Using various blender brushes I softened the background so as to ensure nothing would distract the viewer from looking at the white Phlox.
This beautiful floral print is based on a photography I made in early 2016 while doing a crop tour with my wife in our home garden. Using Corel Painter 17 I hand painted the flowers using an oil smeary round brush. For the flowers in the front I bumped up the amount of detail in the settings and reduced the size of my brush.
"Painting of white Phlox" is now available to be purchased through my Fine Art America online gallery as well as on RebBubble, Crated and Photo4Me. You can save 25% on my commission by simply using the promotion discount code DYGRUT when checking out. This promotional code only works with my Fine Art America gallery. This promotional offer expires Feb 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to drop me a line using the comments feature.
I dare you to be sad when looking at this charming floral print. "Golden Sunrise" was photographed just outside of my hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I was up early photographing the sunrise at a. local harbour when I decided to capture these little fellas. I love the warm golden light in the background against the white petals of the daisy. There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful floral print that I find my eyes just dance around the image. As with my White Phox print I used Corel Painter 17 to convert my digital image into a digital painting. Hope you enjoy.
"Goden Sunrise" is also available for purchase through my Fine Art America online gallery, Photo4Me, Crated and Redbubble. Over the next couple of weeks I will be adding these prints to my other galleries. Use my promotional offer as discussed earlier to save 25% off my commission.
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I think I have discovered an amazing source of creativity for myself. I simply combine absolute exhaustion with loads of coffee and volia instant inspiration. Ha ha ha Now that I have told you my recent lifestyle choices I will get along with my blog post. Tonight I am super excited to share with you my most recent floral painting. I love photographing Brown Eyed Susans they are such cheerful flowers. I am also a huge fan of the colour yellow so I am naturally biased toward them. This painting is based an old photograph that I took several years ago but I could never figure out how I wanted to process the image so it just sat there on my database. Well until tonight that is, when I discovered it I had an "EUREKA" moment. I instantly knew that I wanted to paint it using my favourite painting software Corel Painter 17. From a creative perspective I chose to use a larger oil brush and kept the detail lower than I normally do, I have to admit I am very happy with how it turned out, Even as I write this I am desperate to find a place in my kitchen to hang it.
Before I head off to bed I wanted to remind you that my promotional sale in still on until Feb 20, 2017. You can save up to 25% on my commission and it covers everything available on my Fine Art America gallery. To take advantage of this offer simply enter the discount code DYGRUT when checking out.
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Good afternoon everyone,
Is it spring yet? Do you know that I have been sick twice now since the beginning of the year? Enough is enough Mother Nature let spring come early to SouthWestern Ontario, Canada!! Okay now that I have vented I feel better. Thank you!
In today's blog I am excited to report that today I released another floral painting on my Fine Art America online gallery as well as on Redbubble, Crated and Photo4Me. It is amazing how creative one can be when they do not sleep. I started this project last night as a way of settling me and finished this morning with the help of several cups of coffee. "Geranium Painting" is based on a photograph I made a couple of years ago at wife's family farm. I love photographing at the farm with its rolling hills that are basked in golden light each night as the sun swiftly melts away into the horizon. Floral paintings have a magical power to them. I don't think it is possible to be sad or upset when looking at something so delicate and beautiful as a flower. They are instant mood shapers.
Remember that my promotional sale is still running until 11:59 pm EST on Feb 20, 2017. You can save 25% on my commission simply by entering the discount code DYGRUT when checking out. This promotional sale includes all of my products available through my online gallery hosted by Fine Art America. If you interested browsing my collections of beautiful art prints please click here.
I would also like to add that over the next several months I will be adding new features to my photography blog and expanding its focus. I am particularly excited to start discussing applications like Lightroom, Photoshop, On1 Raw and Corel Painter 17 to name a few. As a result, if you have not yet sign up for my newsletter please do so now. This is the best way to keep up to date on my blog features as well as any new promotions.
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