A dogwood tree in spring. (Photograph processed with an artistic filter, with additional post-processing in Lightroom.)
A dogwood tree in summer. (Photograph processed with an artistic filter, with additional post-processing in Lightroom.)
A dogwood tree in autumn. (Photograph processed with an artistic filter, with additional post-processing in Lightroom.)
A dogwood tree in winter. (Photograph processed with an artistic filter, with additional post-processing in Lightroom.)
A glassmith applies heat to his creation, molding glass into a work of art.
A photo of a gazebo (in a small town in New Hampshire, processed to look like a painting.
A rendering of a view down Boston's Acorn Street.
Looking straight up at the front facade of St. Peter's Basilica.
I grabbed this shot of a sailboat in the Puget Sound during a clipper ride to Victoria. The original shot was slightly blurry. Rather than trash it, I decided to get artsy with it instead. I converted the image to monochrome, added some Gaussian blur, and applied an effect called "water paper", all using Photoshop Elements. The result, I think, is a moody shot of a lonely sailboat on a cloudy, rainy day.
I like to apply software filters to at least one photo in each of my albums, to create a 'painterly' effect. I like to create the look of an impressionistic painting (and I have no idea if I'm using that term properly). Anyway, the original photo for this image wasn't as sharp as I would have liked, so I couldn't salvage it as a straightforward photograph. But the setting was so nice, I thought it made a good candidate for the painting effect.
A long-exposure shot of flowing water.
I like to apply this effect to photos now and then, and I thought it worked well with this shot. This is a hillside vineyard in Napa, and the curving row of vines just seems to draw your eye into the picture. It seemed like something a painter would want to capture in oil - so I simulated that here.
A quiet side porch at a Napa winery.
Just as I did for "Hillside Vines #1", I applied a filter to this photo to create a painting effect that I think works for this shot.
This image was created using a photo of a dock on Lake Crescent (Olympic National Park). The original photo wasn't great, but I really liked the scene and the composition, so I decided to apply some effects through Photoshop Elements. The goal was to create an appearance of a painting. I think it worked.