Grizzly Peak Spring

GrizzlyI haven’t done much with Topaz Impression lately so I thought it was time. This image of Grizzly Peak was done in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. Hmmm, what if Georgia had come to Southern Oregon instead of New Mexico? Anyway, this was shot last week when things were more springlike. I know for a fact that there is more snow on the mountain today and I’m not sure how the trees fared in the recent winds. But, I now know a good spot to go and capture the changing moods and seasons of Ashland’s own special mountain.

Sunset with Dog

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This is an image I passed by in earlier editing because the sky was overexposed. It finally occurred to me as I sifted through images at the end of the year that I had the correct exposure on another frame without the dog. So, I blended the two images in Photoshop and came up with this beauty.

How did I do that, you may ask. Just open both images in Photoshop. Put the dog image on the bottom and the good sky image on the top. Add a layer mask to the top image. Select the brush tool and paint with black let the dog come through. I used the lines of the ocean and the rocks shadow to get a nice blend. I also had to insert a levels layer between the two images to help get the exposures to line up.

Pear Orchard with Mountains

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This pear orchard in Talent is not five minutes from my house.  I was sitting on the deck of a retreat center and wishing I could come back every day for a year to photograph the changing seasons with this awesome view.

I had to work it a little to control the haziness in the mountains. Added some saturation to bring out the colors of the trees and grass. And it called out for a frame so I gave it one but saved a master without just in case I want to order a large gallery wrap some day.

Seascape

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I spent a few days exploring Redwoods State and National Parks on California’s north coast this week. It wasn’t until the last day that I allowed myself a stroll through the Crescent City harbor area and now I’m wishing I had spent more time there. How often do you get fishing boats and a lighthouse all in one picture?

It was early morning at the time so this image needed some brightness and saturation added. I finished it off with a Cezanne treatment in Topaz Impression.

Mt. Shasta

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Even when the birds are making themselves scarce it is worth a trip to Tule Lake just to see the beautiful views of Mt. Shasta. In this image I was experimenting with Topaz adjust and found the vibrance preset did a good job of cutting through the haze. I also added some saturation and sharpening and added a border, which may have been a mistake as it crowds the top of the mountain a little.

Overgrown Fence

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Well, I had a devil of a time coming up with an image of the week this week. None of them seemed quite good enough. Of course coming back empty handed from my trip to Klamath Falls to photograph dancing grebes probably didn’t help.

But I like this one I took just down the alley from my house of a neglected garden fence. I gave it some treatments to emphasize the feeling of decay and abandonment.

Purple Vetch with Horse

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I had thought to go to California to look for wildflowers this week but the weather was a little iffy for getting over the Siskiyous and back. Then I noticed the hills in my own backyard were turning purple. A short walk from my doorstep brought me to this view and the horse graciously posed to add an element of interest.

Some detail added in post helped give definition to an otherwise dull sky. I would like to try again with a little more light on the subject if the sun ever comes out again.