Fall 2015 Update

We just finished up the Edmonds Art Studio Tour for 2015, which was the 10th Anniversary show.  I’ve been participating for a few years less than that.  We had a great time yet again with lots of fun and interesting people coming by to talk with us as they both looked at and bought some art.  Thanks again to Mike O’Day for bringing his extensive sculptural inventory over here to display and sell.  We also have fun talking real football (soccer) and about American football.

Because I get so many inquires about the photo below (titled “Droplets”), I decided to write about it here, just in case those who strolled through this past weekend saw it and wondered, what’s going on there? Or, how did you do that?  Here’s the story behind the image …

This image took a long time to get from my PC to the wall. Even though it’s probably my ‘signature’ piece at this point.

After a rainstorm in Mill Creek, WA, the sun came out and all the droplets in the trees were lighting up. I grabbed my camera and raced out wanting to capture that somehow, but it’s a tricky shot as it turns out.

As many photographers know, what the human eye see’s and what the cameras lens see’s can be two very different things.

Eventually I tried focusing ‘into’ the tree with a very narrow depth of field, this caused the out of focus water drops in both the foreground and background to become huge orbs of light.

Still, I couldn’t get the printed result I wanted and so a whole series of shots sat on my PC’s hard drive for almost 2 years as I couldn’t really figure out what to do with any of them. I finally decided to try some off the wall experiments in Photoshop.

First I had to crop it down a lot, then by removing a lot of color (desaturating it), playing with the color balance, I was able to get the effect I was finally after. Add some photoshop filters to bring out more contrast and highlights and finally it was starting to capture what I had hoped to see when I got inspired by the weather to grab my camera.

Some people have requested this image in different colors/shades and because of how it was processed, I’m able to alter it to different parts of the color spectrum so that it pleases most anyone’s color palette, as well as matching the color scheme of your wall or house.

To see the image on my main website (as well as this same general description of the image) you can click here and see what the price range is for the various ways it can be printed and mounted.

About Kurt

My art website contains photography and digital art, while my work website (SpectralDesigns.com) is for graphic, web design and IT consulting. I've been shooting with Canon camera's for two decades now.
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