Behind the scene of an image

I love this photo so much.  Yet, there’s nothing spectacular about it, nothing to be amazed of.  Only a barn and a snow-covered field.  But, for me, it represents something that I really love.  The country.

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I must love this photo a lot to have spent 6 hours only to remove two trees in the foreground.  These trees were spoiling the composition.  They were going all the way from the bushes to the barn, to the tree and into the sky.  When removing the trunks and branches it would leave some marks so I had to work these areas by drawing branches in the bushes, planks on the side and lines on the roof of the barn and many of the tiny little branches on the tree.  I had to paint colours in the sky and shadows on the snow near the barn.  I knew this would be very time-consuming getting rid of those trees and at first I didn’t want to work on this, but I just couldn’t let it go…   So it was many hours to restore this image and only then I could edit the rest of it.   This image is a blending of three different exposures using luminosity masks in Photoshop.  Christopher O’Donnell wrote a tutorial on how to work with luminosity masks, click here to read it.  It didn’t go exactly as how he explains it in his tutorial so I’ll have to practice this technique again.

I also love this photo with a more vintage look

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We’re having a little break from the cold spell, here’s a photo of Winny playing in the snow during one of these polar colds.

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And since I’m ending this post with a photo of my dog, I’m sharing a link to a wonderful slide show from professional photographer Julie Clegg’s from Bailey & Banjo.  If you love dogs this will put a smile on your face, guaranteed !  (Thanks Janina for sending me this link 🙂 )  Click here for the slide show.

I wish you all a wonderful week.  Be happy, be sweet, laugh a lot, smile and dance in the rain or in the snow !

Jocelyne

Falling for fall

Hello my friends !

Mother nature knows how to amaze us with every new season and autumn is the most glorious, grand and spectacular transformation she deploys before our eyes.  How can we not be in awe in front of such splendor ?

The colourful leaves shine beautifully under the sun and there is such a soft and wonderful luminosity at this time of year.  I tried to capture the colours and light of the season in all its glory !

The church steeple at St-Simon Les Mines, Beauce, Quebec

The leaves have almost all fallen now, but I’ve always found bare trees also beautiful with their silhouettes against the sky.

On another note I wanted to share with you one of my favourite photography blog.   Thomas Whelan is a great photographer and naturalist and specializes in macro photography.  He is also a great artist just by the way he look at things and conveys his vision in his photography.  His photos are simply stunning and marvellously beautiful.  You can visit his blog here and he also has a website here where you can see and purchase prints.  He was also portrayed in a video titled “Before My Eyes” and you can see it here (scroll down on the page to see the video).  The video is 9 minutes long, but it’s a great video where he talks about his motivations and vision of photography.  We see him in nature during a photo shoot and we also see many of his photos.  A very well done video and worth watching.

I hope it won’t be another three weeks before I can make another post.  I still have to edit 26 photos from a photo shoot I did two weeks ago and 3 more for my niece from a portrait session we did last August.  That’s a lot of work !

Have a lovely week-end everyone !

Jocelyne

I’m joining the October Photo Challenge: Something Orange at www.rocktheshotforum.com/