Mike Cowdrey, MPSA  

Treen by Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

November 2019 - Treen

November 2019 - Mike Cowdrey, MPSA


About the Image(s)

November's offering is Treen (Literally: 'of the tree'). With all the bad weather, I reviewed some of
my older shots, the original of this one from January fog in the local park. I got rid of the man, fence
and bin to simplify, and added a tad to the LHS to centralise the trees.. I then treated the image to
Topaz Texture - Blossom Sketch, which I had never used previously. I find it works well with under-
exposed misty shots, but it rubbish with anything else.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
As always, good compositions offer opportunities to create outstanding creative images. Thanks for the idea to use another of the many Topaz filters. The soft pastels are wonderful.   Posted: 11/02/2019 22:35:06
Mark Southard   Mark Southard
What a lovely painterly scene !! I like the soft pleasant look here.....Maybe add some type of frame to wrap it Up??   Posted: 11/05/2019 10:53:23

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
I already like the original photo. But your work over fits too - it has now a nice mixture of sketch and watercolor.
But I miss the person with it's dog - I think, that could be a nice addition.   Posted: 11/15/2019 23:05:37

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
A most interesting effect from your Topaz manipulation - not one I have used. It has turned the grass area into rocks. The soft pastle tones are pleasing. Like Kerstin I would like to see man and dog but not sure how the software would have rendered them.   Posted: 11/16/2019 03:42:19
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Other versions are available   Posted: 11/16/2019 05:53:54
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Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
This my favourite but both these versions benefit from the inclusion of figures.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:40:51
Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
  Posted: 11/16/2019 05:54:35
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Nice! Would this do better in black and white? I think I like the man and dog addition better.   Posted: 11/16/2019 09:46:58

Jennifer Empey   Jennifer Empey
Love the watercolour effect for this image. I find the addition of the person with or without the dog tells more of a story.   Posted: 11/17/2019 06:33:16

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
Yes, adding the person and dog or the walker definitely tells a stronger story! I think the effect is very appropriate for this foggy image and turns it inot a real piece of art!   Posted: 11/21/2019 16:17:07

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Thanks for all your very useful comments and advice.   Posted: 11/22/2019 10:23:23