“It” being the little photo jaunt I was on with my photo buddies – Craig Blacklock, and Jon Smithers. We stopped at an information booth along the highway, and as we pulled up, I spotted this – only a nano-second before everyone else did! So it all began here, in a rest stop along the highway, but then you can find pictures anywhere, even rather ordinary places…




It was a great warm up to get our creative juices and the camera batteries ‘flowing’. I like the ‘straight shot’ that I made, a lot, but decided to look at it differently while processing it. It occurred to me that making a multiple exposure of it would have been a great idea in the field, but since I didn’t do that, I created a bunch of duplicate layers, moved them around randomly over the one below it, adjusted opacity to bring them all out, and then, when I was satisfied with that, I was thinking about Monet and how I might make the picture look a bit more painterly with that stippled effect, so I took it into Topaz Simplify 4 and used the ‘buzz sim’ filter. I then blended that layer with the original ‘multiple’ to get the final image above. It’s got the stippled effect of impressionism, but with a bit softer result that blends the repetition, something that with straight multiple exposures often stands out a bit too much for me.


Although it’s ‘over’ for most parts of the country except our southern states, Happy Fall, everyone! I’ve been so busy with getting back to business after being away for a month that I’ve not had much time to even process more from this trip but will soon.

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