Photo Impressionism from Chris

Red Berry Tree Impression by Christopher Mowers on 500px.com

Hello everyone, this is Chris, the less interested in online interaction, other half of Go See Do Photography. I have recently agreed to post some of my work once a week.

Although Ashleigh and I have a lot of photographic taste in common, our styles are a bit different. Lately my two main areas of focus have been on black and white, geometrically motivated photography, and in a little practiced, not well liked style called photo impressionism.

I grew up being shown the works of the old impressionist masters, and Claude Monet in particular. As different as photography is from painting, there is still a small group of photographers that carry this style of image forward into the age of digital photography. The image in this post is one such example.

About the Photo:
The image on this post is a composite of 8 images. I went out to my front yard in broad daylight and took 8 pictures of this tree that is by our driveway, with each exposure moving slightly to get different parts of the same tree. I shot at F11 in aperture priority mode, ISO 100. I was zoomed to 55 mm on the 18-55mm lens. I opened the images in Lightroom to do a basic edit which I applied to all of the images, then I opened them as layers in Photoshop. Once in Photoshop, I chose the layer that I wanted to be most prominent and placed it on the bottom of the stack. I then changed the opacity of the other layers to be between 25% and 50%. I blended all but the background layer using the “lighten” blend mode. I then applyed a few final adjustment layers to get the brightness, contrast, and saturation the way that I wanted them to be.

Camera Gear:
Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens handheld
Photoshop CC 2015 is also essential for this style of work

Date Taken:
February 13, 2016

Thank you for reading. You can see my best work on 500px and can also find pictures of the “trying my hardest to be good at this” type on Flickr or Pixoto.

Also, be sure to like the Go See Do Facebook Page, and follow Ashleigh on Instagram and Flickr! Check out our Gear page to see inside our camera bag!

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