Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP  

Flower bed shadows by Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP

June 2021 - Flower bed shadows

June 2021 - Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP


About the Image(s)

The original is a shot of a flower bed in the Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands a couple of years ago, which had some interesting shadows.

I took put the original through Topaz's expressionism filter and got quite a pleasing result although I feel I may have have "lost" the face.

5 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
I like the feeling I get from your use of the expressionism filter. If you want to emphasize the face, I think its a matter of selectively dodging and burning to your taste.   Posted: 06/08/2021 06:30:42

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very interesting and very creative but I have no suggestions for improvement.
  Posted: 06/09/2021 08:43:34

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
My experience when using the Topaz expression filter is that it is all too often just too vivid and I need to reduce the opacity for a pleasing result.
In your image it works really well on the rows of red tulips on the left hand side but becomes a little confused on the face itself, so Jerry's suggestion of dodge and burn would help. Alternatively you could consider using the sponge tool.
Just a bit more work to do I think.   Posted: 06/09/2021 09:23:40

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Your use of the filter creates a striking effect. My eye floats around the image with nothing to actually home in on. There is a small red area, right centre. I think that if this could be strengthened somehow, it would solve the problem.   Posted: 06/11/2021 01:18:13

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have another go (when I have got some spare time!).   Posted: 06/15/2021 09:24:52


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