Snap Art

Painted Arches

Double-arch

For this photo I decided to process using Snap Art 2. It has been a while since I have used this plugin, but upon returning from Arches I found that there was large smug on my sensor. This caused a very obvious portion of each photo to be out of focus. This was very disappointing. Instead of throwing out all the images I decided to turn a few of the images into paintings. This is Snap Arts version of an oil painting.

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Sometimes we all need to look for the good in a bad situation.

Thanks for visiting today.

~wr~

Fall Trails


Fall Trails

Today I am continuing my protest of winter. My problem was that I spent a few days in St. George, Utah where it felt like spring. When we came back home we were met by a couple of small winter storms. I am ready for some warm weather to return. This photo was taken on my walk up Rock Canyon last fall. I did the final process using Snap Art 2. This program is amazing. It allows people like me to turn a photo into a realistic looking painting. If you get a chance download the program and use it. Snap Art comes with a free trial.

I like the path heading directly into the heart of the color.
I like the green of the pine trees.
I like the black branches.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Rock Canyon

Snap Art Rock Canyon

Today was a harsh reminder that we are still in the middle of winter. I am ready for spring and the warmer weather to return. So I decided to look at my photos from a warmer time. This photo was taken in Rock Canyon, Utah this past fall. The colors along the Wasatch Front were spectacular this fall. I loved the way this photo set up, but when I downloaded it to my computer it looked to busy for me. So I took this photo and after my initial processing was complete I finished the editing by using Snap Art 2. After I found the look I wanted I played with the sliders to end up with the finished product.

I like how the dry creek bed draws the eye into the photo.
I like how towards the end of the creek is the red tree. This is the focal point of the photo.
I like the dark cliff at the end of the creek it helps to frame the trees and add contrast to the photo.

Thank you for visiting.

~wr~

Simplified Truck

Simplified truck


This is a five shot HDR of an old pick up I found in Midway, Utah. After processing it I decided to apply topaz simplify as the final edit. I like how the colors and rust were simplified, yet you can still tell it has serious rust issues.

I like the focus on the front of the car.
I like the rust, this truck begs for some tender loving care.
I like the colors of the truck and the barn.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Snap Art Wagon

Snap art Wagon

This is another view of the same wagon in yesterday’s blog. It is still a five exposure HDR. The only difference is that after it was processed I ran it through the Snap Art 2 plugin. The setting was an oil painting with a natural fiber paper look. The thing I like about these plugins is that they allow the photographer to experiment with new mediums to display their art. So next time you have processed your photo try a new twist and experiment with one of the many fantastic plugins available.

I like how the oil painting turns this photo into a realistic painting.
I like the texture of the paper.
I like the colors of the paint.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~

Pencil Sunset

Pencil sunset

I went out again tonight to take photos of what looked like a promising sunset. It did turn out to be okay, but we have a temperature inversion that is getting pretty strong. When this happens the pollution from the cars, fireplaces, and businesses gets trapped in the valley. It creates an ugly layer of smog. This photo was to be a five exposure HDR of the sunset, but with all the smog in the air the photo ended up having a gray covering of what almost appeared to be digital noise. So instead of fighting this one I again decided to play around with Snap Art. This is a factory preset for a medium colored pencil drawing. I then went into the sliders and made a few adjustments on the coloring.


This plugging does make the photos appear to be abstract, but it also gives them another look and feel.

Let me know what you think.

~wr~