Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC  


Pictures at an Exhibition by Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC

June 2020 - Pictures at an Exhibition

About the Image(s)

Sometimes my photographic inspiration comes from music. On Memorial Day I took a short drive to Belle Isle State Park, my source of photographic subjects during our lockdown. It is also a great stress reliver from staring at four walls 24/7. As I came upon this scene Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was playing on the radio. I immediately thought about some classic scene by Monet or some other classic painter.

The was photographed with my Canon 7D with a Canon 24-105 mm lens at 24mm setting. My ISO was 200 and camera is programmed to make three bracketed exposures @ 0, +2 and -2. It was processed in Aurora 2019 using the Randy Van Dunen preset looks. I pulled back the yellow saturation to enhance the green grass and trees. It was finished up in Adobe Camera RAW with some edge vignetting.

I intend to work this image further in Topaz Impressions to create a painterly look.


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4 comments posted

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
I feel the colors work exceptionally well in this image. The blend is very smooth and flows well from one tone to the next. The only thing I'm picking up on is what looks to be a bit of cyan / green fringing in the leaves against the sky (upper right most noticeably) and a bit of magenta fringing on the tress branches (upper center).   Posted: 06/08/2020 19:49:38
Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Hi Rick,
I went back to the original files and tried to recreate the above image. I did find additional settings in Aurora 2019 to reduce or eliminate color aberration/fringing. I also tried Photoshop HDR and it seemed to do a slightly better job.

It's something that I can watch out for in the future. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.   Posted: 06/15/2020 13:01:29

Max Burke   Max Burke
Nice work on the composition and color saturations. It does have nice traditional feel to it. When I do painterly type work using Topaz I usually use the Biz Sim settings usuall at level II or III. Rick has a great eye for images as I didn't notice the fringing on the leaves. The while clouds sort of draws my attention, but that's what you had and with all the tree branches covering it, good luck if you wanted to change that.   Posted: 06/10/2020 18:06:41

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Beautiful and very peaceful scene and the red bridge really stands out. Overall the colors are very saturated, a little strong for my taste but certainly Fuji sold a lot of film with saturated greens in the past. There is a bit of color fringing in the branches and leaves on the big tree on the left as well. Could be from that preset..   Posted: 06/29/2020 11:10:57