Bob Benson, APSA  

Abstract Clematis by Bob Benson, APSA

August 2019 - Abstract Clematis

August 2019 - Bob Benson, APSA


About the Image(s)

This is from my backyard. Original was a closeup using my 100 mm Canon macro at f16. It was okay after some minor LR adjustments, but did not do anything for me. So I played around in PS. The first filter was Topaz Impression, a painting filter, which was not great initially, so I added the filter from Snap Art for painting, and blended these. Finally I played around with Topaz Glow on top of it, and masked out parts. A little off the wall, but I enjoyed it more than the original. At least the fun part about this is if tire of the results, or want to make other attempts, these are mostly in Smart filters, so the results remain editable.

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8 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Very nice creation and it makes a great abstract image. The center reminds me of a sea anemone waving its tentacles. It is amazing how a simple blossom can become a work of art. For me, with so many fun options, it's always difficult to know when to quit fiddling. The colors and choices you used are great and I think "on the wall" it will make a room pop.   Posted: 08/06/2019 14:45:56

Very nice. Yes, it belongs on a wall.....maybe as a large print to dominate a room. A great way to enjoy photography without having to travel to find a new subject.   Posted: 08/07/2019 08:07:18

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Beautiful 'painting' and I think I like the original as well . Try brightening up the center to match the yellow close by.
  Posted: 08/10/2019 15:55:51

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I love the painterly affect that you have created here. The stamens appear to be dancing out of the image! Well done for taking a mundane picture and turning it into something special.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:57:36

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
You did an excellent job in post-processing and got something very unique out of a standard shot. I don't have anything to say regarding composition or colors. However, this is a little too much for my taste, since it doesn't look like a photo, even a heavily processed one. For instance, most of the strokes on the petals do not show in the original. But this is more a philosophical discussion than the appreciation of the final result, which is outstanding.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:09:45

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Pretty exciting! Another approach might be to use a square format and a white vignette. A diffrent pattern that would be less bold on the leaess might get more attention to the wild medusa like center.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:46:18

John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
I like this one a lot, Bob. I sure my hope my clematis start to flower properly here in Virginia.   Posted: 08/13/2019 18:26:15

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I like being creative like this. However, I find that one I post creative pictures like this most of my followers like the original or something more subtle. I find the strokes on this picture a little heavy for me as they override any pattern in the original picture. I do agree that it would make for a great large size wall picture.   Posted: 08/23/2019 09:39:02