Valerie Pohio  

Spring Blossom by Valerie Pohio

October 2020 - Spring Blossom

About the Image(s)

Only one image this time as this is actually made up of about 20 images. I wanted to experiment with Pep Ventosa’s photography technique which gives an Impressionistic result. The fact that we have so many blossoms out in our area meant that I had ample subjects to practice on; not that your subjects need to be a tree. Have a look at the work Pep does and you will see how it can be used for some rather interesting results. Basically, it’s a matter of circling all or part of a subject and taking lots of jpgs. Try to keep one part of your subject in one place as you move e.g. the tree trunk. You then take the images and composite them into separate layers. You can then have lots of fun blending and messing with the opacity to achieve an outcome that you like. It’s just another technique to use in your photography…if you like this sort of outcome. There is lots of information on the internet about both the artist, his works and his technique. Well worth looking at. The more images you take, the softer the effect. You need to use jpgs or your files will become too big. Not for everyone, but I thought the group may be interested.

3 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Valerie, I had not heard about Pep Ventosa. Thank you for bringing his artistic technique to our group. He has plenty of tree images on his website, but I think the simplicity and ethereal color palette in yours is better than most of his because they were done in urban environments. This looks like great fun that I'll have to try. It looks like you are enjoying a beautiful spring down under. Karl   Posted: 10/09/2020 16:15:20

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Val, I like this image very much. AND I am grateful to you for bringing this artist and technique to our attention. He is new to me as is this technique. Your composition and color pallet are wonderful. I cant wait to try this. How did you keep the tree trunk in the same position as you circled the tree?   Posted: 10/10/2020 18:30:22

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I agree with both comments - glad to learn about a new person and technique. I love the impressionist result, which I have been working on. And the leaves are almost pointillistic! My only suggestion is to wonder if you could have shortened the trunk of the tree or stepped back or something to get the whole tree in the photos?   Posted: 10/16/2020 17:40:22


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