Daughter’s Room

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Daughter’s Room

A room only a daughter could love! I had fun creating this image, used a number of filters to get the affect I was looking for. This is definately fanciful!

A number of years ago, I was really into high dynamic range photography. And I was really into creating interesting images, images that hearkened to graphic arts more than photography. This photograph is one such image.

I really loved that my daughter is an artist. She is following in her fathers’, grandmothers’, and grandfathers’ footsteps.  My parents painted with oils, and they produced some really nice paintings.

I went more into drawing, and finally into photography, where my artistic drive is satisfied by the work I produce. My daughter on the other hand is multi-talented, she is comfortable in acrylic, drawing, photography, graphics arts and jewelry.

As noted above, I was in this creative zone and so decided to photograph her room (she is much cleaner now!) and see what I could do with it.

As I said, this was one of my first high dynamic range image, comprised of 5 separate exposures merged together in Photomatix. I then took the image and brought it into Photoshop where I opened a number of different filters I had at the time from Topaz Labs, who by the way, create a number of excellent Photoshop plugins for photographers.

This particular image has several Topaz Labs filters applies, but the primary filter which gives it it’s pizzazz is the one that used to be called Simplify. This filter would smooth out textures and give it this graphic arts look. This is what I was going for, essentially the opposite of your typical HDR which emphasizes texture. I used the HDR to merge the exposures and to get the colors I was looking for, but then turned to Simplify to get the smooth look I was going for.

Anyways, this is the results. And it is an image that other’s have expressed to me that they love. I even had a friend who called me to ask that I put the image up on my website. So here it is, Calvin, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!


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